News Archive

Colloquium: Barry Simon (Cal Tech)

Title: Tales of Our Forefathers

Abstract: This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times” really is a curse.

Time: Nov 14th 4:00-5:00PM 3106 JKB

Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party

The Math Department is pleased to host the Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm in room 3222 of the Wilkinson Center. This is a fun event to enjoy a catered dinner together and visit before the Homecoming football game. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP for the event — 
Homecoming Football Game and other events: link to 
Be part of the throng of thousands to support the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Purchase tickets at
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM

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!

Graduate Open House

Thursday, Sept 29 at 5:30 pm at the Tanner Building in room 251.

All majors welcome and pizza is provided!

Explore Masters & PhD Options.

Meet with Faculty about their research.

Talk to Current Grad Students.

To Be Or Not To Be: Math Major Info Session

Choosing a major is tough.  BYU’s wide variety of options can be a bit overwhelming, and gathering information on each one can feel virtually impossible.

The Math Department wants to do everything possible to make this selection process easier for students.  If you have ever had any interest in mathematics, or maybe you just did really well in a math class, you are invited to attend an info session about the Mathematics degree on Thursday, Sept 22nd at 5:00pm .  The meeting is intended to provide all the basic information you need to know about being a mathematics major or minor.  In addition, there will be a discussion on all the different career options you would have with a degree in mathematics.  A question and answer session after the general presentation will follow.

If a successful future in mathematics is not enough to convince someone to attend the info session, pizza may do the trick.  Free pizza will be provided for all who attend.  So if you have an interest in mathematics, and have friends who also enjoy math and free food, then come and join us!

Math Opening Social

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: