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  • Karen Uhlenbeck, Professor Emerita of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin and a Visiting Senior Research Scholar at Princeton, will receive the 2019 Abel Prize “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for…

  • For the fourth consecutive year, instructor Hansheng Diao was awarded the Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering Student Councils' Excellence in Teaching Award. This student-nominated award is for a professor or TA who "was especially dedicated, taught the material clearly, and simply deserves…

  • Assistant Professor Francesco Lin has been selected to received a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship. Lin is one of 10 current Princeton faculty members in the 2019 class of fellows. Other fellows in mathematics this year include Xiuyuan Cheng *13 (PACM), now at Duke University; Philip Isett *13,…

  • Princeton University senior Ryan Chen, a mathematics major who is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with the goal of entering academia, has been selected as one of this year’s Churchill Scholars.

    Chen is one of 16 scholarship winners who will spend a year studying at the…

  • Jean Bourgain, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Visiting Lecturer with Rank of Professor at Princeton, revered for the exceptional range, depth, and power of his mathematical work, passed away in Bonheiden, Belgium, on December 22,…

  • Elias Menachem Stein, a Princeton University mathematician for more than 50 years, died on Dec. 23 from complications related to mantle cell lymphoma. He was 87.

    Stein, the Albert Baldwin Dod Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, was a pioneer in the field of harmonic analysis, an area of…

  • Professor Weinan E  will receive the 2019 Peter Henrici Prize at the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, July 15-19, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

    SIAM and ETH Zürich jointly award the Peter Henrici Prize to recognize original contributions to applied analysis…

  • A three-week intensive program at Princeton University for 25 advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students consisting of courses in geometric analysis.  Geometric analysis is the branch of mathematics which uses methods in analysis and PDE to study problems in geometry. The goal of the…
  • June Huh, a visiting associate research scholar in mathematics at Princeton and a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, will receive a 2019 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize.

    Huh studies the geometry, topology and combinatorics of algebraic varieties. Huh shares the…

  • The Department annual teaching awards were announced at a special tea on Monday, October 15. This year's Junior Faculty Teaching Awards went to Assistant Professor Nicolas Boumal and Visiting Research Collaborator (and former Instructor) Evita Nestoridi, while the Graduate Student Teaching Award…

  • Professor Sun-Yung Alice Chang was selected for the 2019 class of AWM Fellows by the Association for Women in Mathematics "for shattering the glass ceiling and inspiring women mathematicians to follow her lead; for her leadership of the Princeton mathematics department and her extraordinary…

  • Professor Allan Sly has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. The foundation cites Professor Sly's work "applying probability theory to resolve long-standing problems in statistical physics and computer science".

    The MacArthur Fellows program began in 1981 and…

  • Princeton alum David Donoho '78, Stanford's Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, was awarded the 2018 Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro for his fundamental contributions to the mathematical,…

  • Akshay Venkatesh was one of four recipients of the 2018 Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. Venkatesh, who completed his Ph.D. at Princeton in 2002 under the supervision of Peter Sarnak, was cited for his synthesis of analytic number theory,…

  • Professor Charles Fefferman received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Warwick at their summer graduate ceremonies July 17-25.

  • Professor Michael Aizenman was awarded the Henri Poincaré prize at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematical Physics in Montreal for his seminal contributions to quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, and disordered systems in which he pioneered innovative techniques that demonstrate…

  • The Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) has named Professor Michael Aizenman its Aisenstadt Chair for its fall thematic semester on the mathematical challenges in many-body physics and quantum information. Professor Aizenman will deliver a series lectures at this program September 24, 25,…

  • Congratulations to the Mathematics concentrators who have been elected to

    Phi Beta Kappa:

    Dylan James Altschuler, Rodrigo Sanches Angelo, Enric Boix, Alexandre Perozim de Faveri, Jeffrey Kuan, Soonho Kwon, Jiahuang Lin, Jessica Shi, Roger Wolcott Van Peski, Joshua Xu Wang, …

  • In  1958  Edward L Kaplan *51 and Paul Meier *51  (both former students of John Tukey) published an innovative statistical method in the Journal of the American Statistical Association to estimate survival curves when including incomplete observations. The Kaplan–Meier (KM) method became the…

  • Peter Ozsváth, Professor of Mathematics, is one of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Also elected from Princeton this year are Sanjeev Arora, Professor of Computer Science; Orley…

  • Low-dimensional topology and its interactions with symplectic geometry

    June 20-22, 2018 

    Symplectic geometry and its interactions with low-dimensional topology

    June 28-29, 2018

    There will be two mini-conferences in conjunction with the 2018 Princeton RTG Geometry/…

  • Professor Assaf Naor has been named the 2018 Frederic Esser Nemmers Mathematics Prize Recipient "for his profound work on the geometry of metric spaces, which has led to breakthroughs in the theory of algorithms".

    The award announcement notes that "Naor has discovered structural…

  • Georgios Moschidis is one of four winners of this year’s Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University’s top honor for graduate students, along with Chantal Berman, Cole Bunzel and Matthew Edwards. 

    The fellowships support the students’ final year of study at Princeton and are…

  • INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE MATHEMATICS MAJORS

    Why Major in Mathematics?

    Mathematics is one of the most versatile majors at Princeton and students here have the opportunity to work with some of the best mathematicians in the world in a wide variety of fundamental areas of both…

  • By Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Princeton junior Ryan Chen has been awarded a one-year Goldwater Scholarship, an annual award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. 

    Chen, a mathematics major from…

  • Robert P. Langlands has been awarded the 2018 Abel Prize for his work dating back to January 1967. He was then a 30-year-old associate professor at Princeton, working during the Christmas break. He wrote a 17-page letter to the great French mathematician André Weil, aged 60, outlining some of…

  • Mathematics Department instructor Hansheng Diao and graduate student Kathleen Emerson were awarded this year's Excellence in Teaching Award by the Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering Student Councils. This student-nominated award is for a professor or TA who "was especially dedicated, taught…

  • The 78th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, organized by the Mathematical Association of America, includes the Unites States and Canada. In 2017, 4,638 students from 575 institutions participated and spent two 3 hour sessions solving 12 problems.

    Princeton University…

  • Wednesday, April 4
    Taplin Auditorium

    1:15-2:15pm Ian Jauslin (IAS)
    2:30-3:30pm Rupert Frank (LMU Munich - Caltech)
    4:30-5:30pm Hugo Duminil-Copin (IHES)

    Thursday, April 5
    Jadwin A10

    1:15-2:15pm Bruno Nachtergaele (UC Davis)
    2:30-3:30pm Eric…

  • A three-week intensive program (June 11–29, 2018) at Princeton University for 25 advanced undergraduates and first year graduate students consisting of courses in low dimensional topology and symplectic geometry. Topics will include low-dimensional topology, gauge theory, and pseudo-holomorphic…
  • The Department is pleased to welcome Noga Alon as our newest professor, joint with the Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics. A world leader in the field of combinatorics, Professor Alon's contributions include solutions to longstanding questions on universal graphs, epsilon-nets,…

  • Assistant Professor Javier Gómez Serrano was one of seven young mathematicians to receive the third annual Vicent Caselles Mathematical Research Award of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society. The award recognizes "creativity, originality and achievement in the early years of the scientific…

  • Technion University will present Professor Michael Aizenman with an honorary degree at a ceremony June 11, 2018.

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    Professors Alex Ionescu, Sergiu Klainerman, Fernando Codá Marques, John Pardon, and Peter Sarnak were elected to the 2018 class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding…

  • King's College London presented Professor Peter Sarnak with an honorary doctorate on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. A mini-conference to celebrate the award to Professor Sarnak was held at Goodenough College, London WC1, on 24 October, and Professor Sarnak delivered a colloquium at that event and…

  • Congratulations to Professor John Pardon, who was named a 2017 Packard Fellow. The David and Lucile Packard foundation named 18 fellows this year, each of whom will receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research.

    In 1988, the Packard Foundation established the Packard…

  • This is the fifth year the “Department of Mathematics Graduate Teaching Award” has been given. Last year, it was awarded to Charles Stibitz and Anibal Velozo Ruiz. The award was created to recognize excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. This year’s recipients are Alexandros…

  • Congratulations to Professor Allan Sly for being awarded an NSF Career grant. With this five year grant Professor Sly will study "stochastic processes and embeddings on networks."

    The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National…

  • The Simons Foundation has named Princeton professors Igor Rodnianski, Amit Singer, and Allan Sly as Simons Investigators in 2017. The Simons Investigators program provides a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions.…

  • Maryam Mirzakhani, a Princeton faculty member from 2004 through 2008 and the first woman to win a Fields Medal, died on Friday, July 14, of breast cancer.Professor Mirzakhani received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2004, and was then hired as an assistant professor at Princeton University…

  • Sir Andrew Wiles, Princeton's James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford was awarded the 2017 Copley Prize by the Royal Society.First awarded in 1731, the Copley Medal is the Royal Society…

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, has had a Princeton chapter since 1898. Membership is based on general academic performance throughout the college course; normally about a tenth of a class is elected. The society takes its name from the initials of its…

  • Professor János Kollár has been awarded the 2017 Shaw Prize in mathematics. Professor Kollár shares this year's prize with Clair Voisin, professor at the Collège de France, for their "remarkable results in many central areas of algebraic geometry, which have transformed the field and led to the…

  • Anibal Velozo, a fourth year graduate student, was one of ten recipients of the 2017 Graduate School Teaching Award. Anibal has also shared this year's departmental graduate student teaching award with Charles Stibitz.About the award:
    Every year the Graduate School presents graduate…

  • Our Annual Department Spring Recital will be held on Thursday, April 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in Taplin Auditorium (w/brief intermission). We have a wonderful program this year. Come out and celebrate spring and the end of the academic year!  And, as always, there will be a Reception following in the…

  • Professor John Pardon has received a National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, which is the nation's highest honor for scientists and engineers younger than 35. The prize carries a five-year, $1 million grant.Pardon was recognized for "revolutionary, groundbreaking results in…

  • Professors Michael Aizenman and Manjul Bhargava *01, along with five other Princeton faculty members, have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. They are among 228 leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition…

  • Good news from this year's Putnam Competition!Princeton's team of Eric Schneider, Alex Song and Xiaoyu Xu won 2nd place.
    Eric Schneider and Murilo Zanarella earned N1 distinction (6th-14th place) and sophomore Simona Diaconu won the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize as highest…

  • It is with deep regret that we must report the death of Gerard Washnitzer, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, who died on April 2, 2017. Professor Washnitzer did his doctoral work at Princeton under Salomon Bochner,  receiving his Ph.D. in 1950. After appointments at MIT and Johns Hopkins…