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Mathematics & Statistics Chair Announcement

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

CPES and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics welcomes Professor Julie Horrocks as the new Department Chair starting May 1st for a 5 year term.  

Please click here for the official announcement from CPES Dean Tony Vannelli.

Graduate Application Deadline

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics next entry point for ALL graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) is September 2016. In order to receive full consideration for funding, applications should be received no later than February 8, 2016. You must apply online.

Guelph prof AIMS to help Africa add it all up

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

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In 2006, my mother took my then 13-year-old son Zack on safari in Kenya. Zack had always been fascinated by animals and wildlife, and what better place to experience nature first-hand than Africa.

On his return, we asked Zack what the most memorable part of his trip had been. Pondering he said, "I guess it was going from the worst kind of poverty I had ever seen, people literally lying in the street, hungry, tired, sick and poor. And then turning a corner and driving up the laneway to the Masai Mara Lodge – this amazingly extravagant five-star resort."

Although I have never been to Africa myself, this does seem to typify the continent in many ways: a region of extremes – from climate to culture, politics to standard of living.

Now, a University of Guelph professor is working to help Africans access the full power of new science-based technologies in order to address some of their countries' most pressing problems, and raise their overall standard of living. Dr. David Kribs, professor and University Research Chair in Quantum Information at the University of Guelph, has taken on the position of international academic advisor to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

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OCUFA honours Prof. Edward Carter with 2015 Lorimer Award

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) has recognized Prof. Edward Carter, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with a 2015 Lorimer Award. The award recognizes individuals who have worked to protect and promote the interests of Ontario’s academic staff through collective bargaining.

“The 2015 winners of the Lorimer Award have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the working lives of Ontario’s faculty,” said Kate Lawson, president of OCUFA. “We are indebted to them for their hard work, resolve and dedication.”

The Lorimer Award was established in honour of Doug and Joyce Lorimer, who were instrumental in advancing faculty association collective bargaining in Ontario.

Carter received his award earlier this month at a ceremony in Toronto.

OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 28 faculty associations across Ontario.

The Matrix and the Mathematician

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

U of G PhD student proves 20-year-old math conjecture

Among your web of friends and acquaintances, you can probably keep track of who knows whom without resorting to complicated mathematics. But look at the millions of people on Facebook and other social networking sites, and you probably need all the math tools you can find to map out the myriad connections among them.


Helping to untangle the worlds-within-worlds connections that comprise social networks is among the potential benefits of Preeti Mohindru’s recently completed doctoral thesis at Guelph. She says her work in matrix theory might ultimately help software engineers and programmers in designing or improving sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

In the process, Mohindru also accomplished something unusual for a PhD candidate: she proved a mathematical conjecture that had gone without a formal proof for two decades.

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