Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest

Come have a chance to win cash prizes. The event will be held in 111 TMCB on Saturday, October 21st. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM, come no later than 8:45. Email Dr. Nielson with questions, No sign up is necessary.

Dr. Fisher Receives Young Scholar Award

BYU recently honored Associate Chair Dr. Todd Fisher by presenting him with the Young Scholar Award during the 2017 Annual University Conference. Only given to three faculty members per year, and within the first ten years of their appointment, this award commends Dr. Fisher for his excellent research in Dynamical Systems. According to Dr. Fisher, Dynamical Systems is primarily concerned with the mathematics that studies complicated systems and how they evolve in time. Department faculty members nominated Dr. Fisher who was then selected by the university committee to receive the award.

Internship Panel

Join us on October 12th at 4:30 pm in 1170 TMCB to learn from Math Interns past experiences. We’ll have students that interned at the following: Goldman Sachs, NSA, Lawrence Livermore, Intermountain Healthcare, Harvard University, Amazon, Federal Reserve and the FBI.  Refreshments will be served.

BYU Math TA Receives Tutor of the Year Award

BYU Independent Study’s team of over 90 tutors is an impressive group of intellectual coaches—they can help you learn anything from Economics to World Languages. BYU Math is proud to announce that out of the multitudes of tutors from many disciplines, BYU-IS presented their “Tutor of the Year” award to our very own Math 110 TA, Robert Glasgow!

Robbie shows off his well-earned award

Wendy Simmerman, with BYU-IS, said, “Robbie received the top award for his excellent interactions with students, and also for the initiative, creativity, and dedication he exhibits in working with math students.” If any of you have worked with him, you know that that statement is not an exaggeration. Robbie’s fellow tutors and others admire the way he works, and because of that, they nominated him for this awesome award.

Robert is the best of the best—because our entire team of tutors really are the best. If you have ever had questions in algebra, trigonometry, statistics, or calculus, then you have probably worked firsthand with one of our amazing tutors.  If you have not, you are missing out. The Math Lab is open almost every day for students who want a little extra help, and if that’s not enough, you can schedule an appointment with a tutor through the Independent Study Website.

Here is an entertaining video about BYU-IS and the Math Lab–

Don’t just take our word for it–check it out!

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.



BYU Math Students Rank Top Ten in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest

Earlier this year, students from all across the nation gathered in an intense mathematical competition—the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest. The stakes were high and the chances for success were intimidating. Despite staggering odds, and up against over 670 other students from 28 states, BYU students Grant Molnar and Joseph Ward made the top ten! Such high rankings by our very own students is a major accomplishment, especially considering how many of the participants have spent much of their lives competing in math contests. To put their achievement in scope, many of the schools in attendance are renowned mathematical powerhouses like Harvard, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, and Duke.

The test on which our two students did so well was not an easy feat. Each student competing received an exam with seven complex questions, and each question was worth 10 points—adding up to a staggering total of 70 points. The test was so difficult that the first-place score was only a 42/70, and over 80 percent of competitors scored 0/70. Despite the test’s extreme difficulty, BYU’s Grant Molnar tied for third place with a score of 32, and Joseph Ward took tenth place with a score of 27.  They accredit their success to active participation in BYU’s Problem Solving Club, the Putnam class, and undergraduate research work.

“This is an excellent accomplishment,” stated Professor Nielsen, commenting on the students’ success.  We applaud both students for their mathematical talent and commend them for this impressive accomplishment.

New BYU Math Professor Pays It Forward to His Students

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BYU Mathematics Welcomes New Faculty

New Faculty Biographies:
            Blake Barker (far left) earned his bachelors and masters of science in mathematics at BYU and his PhD in mathematics at Indiana University. His research lies at the intersection of PDEs, numerical analysis, and dynamical systems. Dr. Barker is excited to work with the fantastic students at BYU as well as the great staff and faculty. He feels the mathematics department at BYU provides a unique and wonderful opportunity for scholarship and quality teaching and  looks forward to joining of the faculty there. Dr. Barker and his wife, Diana, are the proud parents of two young, lively boys.
            Nathan Priddis (left center) received his BS in 2007 and MS in 2009 from BYU. During that time, he also served in the Germany Frankfurt mission. In 2014 he received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also received the Karen Rhea Excellence in Teaching award. Dr. Priddis was offered a PostDoc position for two years at the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, which he accepted. This year he joins the faculty at BYU. He has been married for ten years and has four children. Apart from mathematics, he enjoys sports, mostly basketball and ultimate frisbee, and the outdoors, especially hiking and camping. He is glad to again be living where there are mountains.
           Mark Allen (right center) attended BYU as an undergraduate and received a B.S. in mathematics in 2007. He then attended graduate school at Purdue University where he received his PhD in mathematics in 2013. From 2013-present, he was an NSF postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Allen is married to Tamri Allen, and they have four children. They are excited to move back to BYU and the Provo area. He enjoys outdoor activities and looks forward to living near mountains again.
            Curt Kent (far right) earned a BS in mathematics from BYU and a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2013.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Toronto (2013-2014) and the Courant Institute of Mathematics at New York University (2014-2016). He will begin a tenure-track position at BYU in fall semester. Dr. Kent’s research interests are ow-dimensional topology and geometric group theory. He and his wife JaNae have 5 kids and now live in Springville, UT.

Dr. Jarvis Receives the Maeser Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Tyler Jarvis, one of the math department faculty, was recently awarded the Maeser Faculty Teaching Award. This honor is presented annually to exceptional teachers across campus. Departments nominate their outstanding professors to be considered for the  award. A university committee reviews the nominations, and selects a few recipients every year. Dr. Jarvis is well respected by the students he teaches in the Applied and Computational Math Emphasis. On Rate My Professor, one student wrote, “Dr. Jarvis teaches math by day and protects the city of Gotham by night. Teaching this class was superhuman since it was the first time he taught it, the textbook was still being revised, and the material was very challenging. Through all that, Jarvis still gave us tons of help in office hours and individual help. We all dressed up as him one day.” Congratulations Dr. Jarvis!

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!