Applied Math in Europe Study Abroad

This year, we are excited to announce the first ever Math Study Abroad!! For three weeks in the spring, students will be traveling around eight different European and Scandinavian countries. Led by our Department Chair Michael Dorff, we will visit companies abroad to see the different ways the skills students learn in the classroom are being applied to many different fields of work. We are thrilled to be offering this experience that is sure to be unforgettable for all those who participate!

We are accepting applications now. To apply, click here.

 

 

Dr. Nielsen receives the College Young Scholar Award

The Brigham Young University Math Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Pace Nielsen has received the College Young Scholar Award from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This honor is awarded to a professor in the college who has completed excellent research within the first ten years of their career with BYU. Dr. Nielsen was nominated for his research in number theory and ring theory and for his work mentoring undergraduates.

Recently, Yitang Zhang proved that there were infinitely many pairs of primes less than 70 million apart.  Dr. Nielsen was a collaborator on the Polymath8 project, which improved upon the Zhang gap size, bringing the bound of 70 million down to 246!  Congratulations to Dr. Nielsen for this great honor!

 

Happy Summer!

BYU Hosts High School State Math Contest

BYU hosted the High School State Math Contest on Monday, April 25th. Several thousand students all across the state from junior high to high school came to participate in this competitive event. After completing the test, students recieved a free BYU Math t-shirt and got to eat lunch at the BYU Cannon Center. Students with exeptional scores will be invited to attend the recognition dinner, also hosted by BYU. Check this website in the near future to find this years scores from the event: statemathcontest.byu.edu

Congrats April 2016 Math Graduates!

On Friday, April 22nd, the College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences held their convocation in the Wilkinson Ballroom. The Math Department had the most its seen in attendance for many years. Following convocation, the department held a luncheon open for all family and friends of the graduates. Thanks to all those who attended and participated in this exciting event!
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Math Department Announces New Chair, Dr. Michael Dorff

The BYU Math Department is excited to announce the appointment of Michael Dorff as the new chair of the Department of Mathematics. Drs. Paul Jenkins and Darrin Doud will serve as associate chairs. Dr. Dorff is replacing Dr. Robin Roundy, who served as the Department of Mathematics chair for three years.

 

Michael J. Dorff, Mathematics—

Dorff received his BS in Mathematics Education from BYU and his PhD in Complex Analysis from the University of Kentucky in 1997.

Dorff is the founder and director for the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM), which began in 2007. He also started and leads BYU’s “Careers in Math” Speaker Series and BYU’s summer 8-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). He has received over two million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support and fund these programs.

Dorff has received national recognition for his dedicated work in developing mentored undergraduate research in mathematics. In 2010, Dorff won several awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the college, the Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award from BYU, and the Haimo Award from the Mathematics Association of America. Dorff has also received BYU’s Lawrence K. Egbert Teaching and Learning Fellowship and was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

New Department of Mathematics Chair: Dr. Michael Dorff

The BYU Math Department is excited to announce the appointment of Michael Dorff as the new chair of the Department of Mathematics. Drs. Paul Jenkins and Darrin Doud will serve as associate chairs. Dr. Dorff is replacing Dr. Robin Roundy, who served as the Department of Mathematics chair for three years.

 

Michael J. Dorff, Mathematics—

Dorff received his BS in Mathematics Education from BYU and his PhD in Complex Analysis from the University of Kentucky in 1997.

Dorff is the founder and director for the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM), which began in 2007. He also started and leads BYU’s “Careers in Math” Speaker Series and BYU’s summer 8-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). He has received over two million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support and fund these programs.

Dorff has received national recognition for his dedicated work in developing mentored undergraduate research in mathematics. In 2010, Dorff won several awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the college, the Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award from BYU, and the Haimo Award from the Mathematics Association of America. Dorff has also received BYU’s Lawrence K. Egbert Teaching and Learning Fellowship and was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

State Math Contest

BYU hosted the Utah State Math Contest on April 27, 2015. Junior high and high school students from around the state competed, and the top scorers attended an awards banquet in May. Click here for the State Math Contest results, organized by team and individual awards.

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2014 Putnam Results

The BYU Math Department is proud to announce that the BYU Putnam Team earned 66th place in the 2014 Putnam Mathematical Competition. Four thousand three hundred twenty contestants from 577 institutions competed in the 75th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition on December 6, 2014. Peter Baratta, Grant Molnar, and Brent Mabey made up the BYU Putnam Team, which was coached by BYU math professor Dr. Tiancheng Ouyang. A total of 21 BYU students took the test. Peter Baratta ranked 130th in the nation for his individual score, with Benjamin Pachev and Scott Swingle each ranking in the top 500. The top five ranked teams were MIT, Harvard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Waterloo, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Lonette Stoddard: Bringing Together the Mathematics Family

Lonette Stoddard, BYU Math’s Department Secretary, was recently recognized by the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences for her influence over the department over the last thirty years:

Bringing Together the Mathematics Family

March 6, 2015

Lonette Stoddard, the Department of Mathematics department secretary, hates the spotlight.

“I really don’t like getting up in front of people,” Stoddard said. “I’m not an award kind of a person. It was nice for the deans to come over and give me the gift card, but I’m boring—nothing fancy; I’m just a workhorse.”

Stoddard’s influence, however, is unquestionable. She recently received a Service Award at the College Awards Banquet to commemorate her thirty years of university service in the department.. Stoddard has seen it through its ups and downs in those years.

“When I first started working here we had one printer—a dot matrix,” Stoddard said. “When we finally got computers they were these old clunky things. We thought they were the greatest things since sliced bread. When we got a Macintosh for the first time, we loved it.”

Stoddard had intended on working at the math department for only a few years. Once she started there, however, she fell in love with the atmosphere and the people who she worked with.

“I remember it was only going to be a temporary thing when I started working,” Stoddard said. “But mathematicians are a pretty entertaining bunch; they’re never boring. They’ve always been very supportive and kind. They are more like my family than anything else.”

Having worked in the department for many years, Stoddard has seen technology, students, and even faculty, come and go. The turnover is difficult, but Stoddard is just happy to associate with all of them.

“It’s hard to see all of these faculty members that I have worked with for years retire and pass on, but it’s fun seeing all the new faculty come in who I saw going to school here as undergrads,” Stoddard said. “They are just a great bunch, and I love them, literally, because they are my family now. Just knowing them makes me a better person.”

Stoddard is excited to continue working with the math department in the next few years and grateful for the opportunity to work at BYU.

“I feel privileged to work at BYU,” Stoddard said. “It’s like one of our former department chairs said, ‘It’s like a mission, but you get paid for it.’ That’s made it a lot more enjoyable for me. I feel like maybe I am making a difference somehow, not just in an academic sense, but in a spiritual sense as well, and that’s been a real blessing to me.”

Mackenzie Brown, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

http://cpms.byu.edu/bringing-together-the-mathematics-family/