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02/23/2015 :
Congratulations to Susan Gilbert, whose service to the department has been recognized with a Dean's Distinction award.
01/11/2015 :
Harvard Math Youtube channel open
12/02/2014 :
Photos of department event celebrating Mike and Jacob.
09/16/2014 :
Please join in congratulating Jacob Lurie, who was awarded a Mc Arthur fellowship. For more details, see the announcement of the Mc Arthur Foundation.
06/29/2014 :
Please join in congratulating Mike Hopkins, who was just awarded the Nemmers Prize. AMS announcement.
06/24/2014 :
The inaugural winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics are Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao and Richard Taylor. Congratulations!
06/01/2014 :
A Graduation pictures 2014.
05/20/2014 :
A Captain Jonathan Fay award has been awarded to Levent Alpoge.
05/14/2014 :
Toy Models Tadashi Tokieda (Cambridge University) visiting Radcliffe Institute gives a talk on Wednesday May 14, 2014, 3 PM in Science Center Room 507. Sample video.
04/28/2014 :
New website for the Center of Mathematical Sciences replacing temporary website. Please update bookmarks.
03/31/2014 :
Special congratulations to Evan O'Dorney for being a Putnam Fellow (a top-five finisher in the individual competition) for the third straight year. Congratulations to Calvin Deng, Malcolm Granville and Xiaoyu He for being among the next 14 highest ranking individuals, and to Octav Dragoi, Pakawut Jiradilok, Aaron Landesman, David Liu, Toan D. Phan, Barry Tng and Jeffrey Yan for honoroable mentions. Results: 1. MIT 2. CMU 3. Stanford 4. Harvard 5. Caltech Please congratulate team members, Evan O'Dorney, Octav Dragoi and Allen Yuan.
09/05/2013 :
New book: "A history in Sum: 150 Years of Mathematics at Harvard, 1825-1975", by Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau"
05/07/2013 :
Congratulations to Joe Harris who was awarded a Harvard College Professorship.
04/30/2013 :
Congratulations to H.T. Yau who was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
03/28/2013 :
Harvard won the Putnam for the 29th time: Eric Larson, Evan O'Dorney and Allen Yuan receive \$1,000 each as members of the top-ranked team. Eric Larson and Evan O'Dorney are Putnam Fellows. Octav Dragoi finished about the next eleven individuals. Xiaoyu He, Aleksandar Makelov and Allen Yuan receive honorable mentions.
An article in the Notices "Remembering Raoul Bott".
Congratulations to Sarah Koch who won a Sloan Research fellowship. List of fellows.
President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Science to Dr. Barry Mazur on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Congratulations to Barry Mazur who is one of twelve eminent scientists and mathematicians recognized by the National Medal of Science, which is the highest national honor for scientists and mathematicians. Boston globe.
The Harvard Undergraduate Mathematics Association presents: Summer Opportunities in Mathematics Featuring: Yacoub Kureh '13, Lucia Mocz '13, William Chen '14, and = Chris Stock '14, Boylston Hall - Ticknor Lounge, Thursday, November 29, 6:30 PM. We will be discussing opportunities for research and internships for students in mathematics. Come learn from our panelists and their diverse experiences about opportunities in both academia and industry. See where math can take you! Free burritos from Felipe's will be served!
11/10/2012 :
Undergraduate Women Interested in Math and Physics Saturday, November 10th, 8 pm Leverett House SCR. Undergraduate women interested in math and physics are invited to a casual get-together - all years and levels of experience are welcome. There will be homemade finger foods, drinks, board games, and good company! Come as a current concentrator to give advice and meet other women interested in math and physics, or as a prospective concentrator or freshman to talk to some of your more-seasoned peers about the ins and outs of the math and physics departments and courses. Sponsored by SPS and HUMA
09/13/2012 :
Congratulations to teachers who received a score of 4.5 or higher (with a minimum of 5 evaluations) for courses taught in FAS during the spring semester of 2012: 1b: Yu-Shen Lin, Alvin Siu, Michaela Tracy, Jie Zhou, 19a: Adrian Veres, 19b: John Capodilupo 21a: Hansheng Diao, 23b: Irene Chen, Isabel Vogt 55b: Levent Alpoge, 99r: Omar Antolin Camarena 123: Atanas Atanasov, 231br: Aliakbar Daemi Mb: Chelsea Barry as well as to the following people for being awarded the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence. These awards go to outstanding lecturers and preceptors but not to senior preceptors: 21b: John Hall, 25b: Sarah Koch, 154: Paul Bourgade.
07/24/2012 :
H.T. Yau Simons Investiagator
05/24/2012 :
Fotos of the graduation 2012.
05/04/2012 :
Please congratulate the recipients of the Department's undergraduate prizes and awards this year:
  • The David Mumford Undergraduate Mathematics Prize is awarded in 2012 to Alex Zhai.
  • The Herb Alexander Award is given this year to Utsav Bhat.
  • The Hoopes Prize this year are given to Roxana Feier, Ellen Rice and Rachel Hinman.
04/15/2012 :
Forth year graduate student Anand Patel has been awarded the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. He was recognized especially for the tireless hours he spent teaching, helping and motivating his students at all levels. The award is given to 5 graduate students selected from among the many excellent Teaching Fellows in FAS courses. This is the second year in a row that a Mathematics Graduate Student has won the award.
03/24/2012 :
Congratulations to David Kazhdan who has been awarded the Israel prize in Mathematics of 2012.
03/18/2012 :
Harvard won for the 28th time the Putnam competition: 1. Harvard, 2. Carnegie Mellon, 3. Caltech, 4. Stanford, 5. MIT. Congratulations to our team members, Eric Larson, Evan O'Dorney and Alex Zhai who win $1000, to Evan O'Dorney for being a Putnam Fellow (a top-five finisher, with an award of $2,500). Congratulations to Alex Zhai for finishing amongst the next 18 individuals (and an award of $250), and to Eric Larson and Allen Yuan for honorable mentions.
02/23/2012 :
Congratulations to Irene Minder for being awarded one of the 2012 Dean's Distinction. This award, now in its third year, honors our highest-achieving FAS staff members, whose critical contributions and skillful collaboration have delivered outstanding results for the FAS in 2011.
02/23/2012 :
Our graduate student Jack Thorne won a Clay Research Fellowship More details.
01/23/2012 :
Congratulations to Michael Hopkins for the NAS Award for his leading role in the development of homotopy theory, which has both reinvigorated algebraic topology as a central field in mathematics and led to the resolution of the Kervaire invariant problem for framed manifolds. Fotos of Lunch in honor of Michael Feb 8, 2012.
12/05/2011 :
The Austine and Chilton Mc Donnell Common Room opening Ceremony took place on December 5th, 2011. Here and Here are some photos from the event.
11/30/2011 :
The 72nd Annual Putnam Mathematical Competition takes place Saturday, December 3, 2011. The morning session begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM The afternoon session begins at 3:00 PM and ends at 6:00 PM.
06/02/2011 :
The library and common room renovations in the mathematics department have begun. The books and journals have moved already to temporary storage places.
05/04/2011 :
  • David Mumford Prize: Arnav Tripathy.
  • Wister Prize:Sherry Gong.
  • Herb Alexander Award: Jonathan Wang.
  • The Rogers Prizes: First prize: Adrian Sanborn. Second prize divided equally between Eric Larson and Akhil Mathew.
  • Hoopes Prize:: Adrian Sanborn.
05/03/2011 :
Congratulations to Joe Harris who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
04/26/2011 :
Congratulations to Dick Gross for winning the senior faculty Levenson award and Pei-Yu Tsai for winning the teaching fellows Levenson award. The picture shows Joe Blitzstein from statistics who won the junior faculty prize this year.
04/22/2011 :
Congratulations the department's Bok teaching award winners: Nathan Kaplan, Jerry Wang, and Yu-Shen Lin, (Gen Ed, 221,and 1b) undergrads Lily Hsiang (21a), Jessica Hwang (Ma), Zhihao Luo (23a), Rob Mrkonich (1b), and Will Cember (144) The Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence was awarded to Jameel Al-Adroos (21a) , Juliana Belding (Ma and 152), Janet Chen (Ma and 1b) and Paul Bourgade (297). Jack Huizenga was awarded the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates.
04/04/2011 :
Mathematics Awareness Month, April 2011: The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics announce that the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month 2011 is "Unraveling Complex Systems." To the website.
04/02/2011 :
24 Juniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Two of the 24 are Mathematics concentrators, Eva Belmont and Philip Mocz (where Philip is joint with Astrophysics).
03/24/2011 :
The 2010 Putnam competition results were 1. Caltech, 2. MIT, 3. Harvard, 4. UC Berkeley, 5. U Waterloo. Please congratulate our team members, Kevin Lee, Arnav Tripathy and Alex Zhai. Each receives $600. Alex Zhai is a Putnam Fellow, a top-five finisher and carries an award of $2,500. Congratulations to Iurie Boreico, Eric Larson and Arnav Tripathy for being among the next ten highest ranking individuals with a prize of $1000, and congratulations to Sherry Gong for an honorable mention. We had outstanding individual results, with four students placing into the top 15.
03/14/2011 :
Congratulations to Jonathan Wang, Harvard senior, who was recently awarded the Churchill Scholarship by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. This is a scholarship for a year of post-graduate study and research in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Competition for this Scholarship is rather intense with only fourteen Scholarships awarded this year.
01/09/2011 :
The Harvard-MIT Math Tournament takes place February 12, 2011, at MIT. If you like to contribute to that experience for hundreds of high school students please fill out the following form indicating your availabilities. Or email for any questions.
01/31/2011 :
Congratulations to Peter Kronheimer who won jointly with Tomasz Mrowka the AMS 2011 Joseph L. Doob Prize for their outstanding research book "Monopoles and Three-Manifolds", Cambridge University Press, 2007. that makes a seminal contribution to the research literature.
01/13/2011 :
This year's Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM/ICM) takes place February 10-14, 2011. Details. Interested students please organize a 3-person team and inform Peter Kronheimer about the names of the members, by February 4th, 2011 to have a team 'advisor' assigned to register. The Department covers registration fees.
01/06/2011 :
It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Dale Winter who passed away January 5th, 2011. Dale had been a preceptor at the Mathematics department from 2000 to 2003.
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2/5/2015 :
Barry Mazur's and Mark Schiefsky's seminar HistSci206r continues as an informal reading group composed of faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate, together with professionals from the Boston area. All readings in translation. No prerequisites. Place: SciC Room 232, Thursdays 2-4. First meeting: Feb. 5th. Readings from "Newton, Gauss, Abel, Galois, Poincaré, Riemann, Hadamard, Cantor, Dedekind, Hilbert Brouwer, Noether, Godel, Turing, Grothendieck. More information: Juan Marin (jmarin\
10/22/2014 :
Bob & Ellen Kaplan Founders of The Math Circle at Harvard and Amartya Sen, Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Philosophy, Harvard October 22, 2014, Wednesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Center for European Studies - Adolphus Busch Hall, LL1 - Lower Level Conference Room, 29 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
4/10/2014 :
Inaugural Lecture Series of the CMSA: Shoucheng Zhang of Stanford University: talk entitled 'Topological insulators, superconductors, and mathematical science' and Stanley Osher of the University of California, LA 'What sparsity and l1 optimization can do for you'. Refreshments in common room at 3:30, opening remarks at 4:15 Hall A
11/13/2013 :
Shing Tung Yau And Steve Nadis. Author talk at The Coop, on November 13th, 2013, 7:00 PM.
11/04/2013 :
On November 4, Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and The Big Bang will discuss The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, his latest book exploring mathematical insights into the most successful animated show in television history.
10/09/2013 :
On October 9, a one-hour documentary by Nandan Kudhyadi examining the life and legacy of Ramanujan is shown at 7:30 PM in Science Center C.
28/08/2013 :
The I. M. Gelfand Centennial Conference of August 28-September 2, 2013, MIT, Rm 34-101, includes 21 talks by leading mathematicians in many fields.
04/24/2013 :
Winston Chen Lecture [PDF]: Mathematizing "Shape," from Dürer to MRIs, Maxwell Dworkin G115
03/14/2013 :
Piday, 2013
11/16/2012 :
Current Developments in Mathematics, Nov 16-17, 2012
10/15/2012 :
Ahlfors Lectures, Oct 15-16, 2012
05/10/2012 :
FRG Conference, Aug 25-27, 2012
05/02/2012 :
Graduation event, May 2, 2012
03/05/2012 :
Larry Gonick, Mar 5, 2012, Hall C
02/01/2012 :
Building Geometry exhibit Feb 1-Feb 28, 2012
10/03/2011 :
Ahlfors Lectures, October 3-4, 2011
08/25/2011 :
Celebration of Algebraic Geometry, August 25-28, 2011
05/16/2011 :
2011 Clay Research Conference, May 16-17
05/16/2011 :
Trends in Complex Dynamics
05/06/2011 :
FRG 2011: FRG workshop in Cambridge, May 18-19, 2011.
12/03/2011 :
JDG 2011: Eighth Conference on Geometry and Topology April 29- May 1, 2011.
02/24/2011 :
Special Luncheon in the honor of David Mumford who received the national medal of science award, Thursday, Feb 24, 2011, 1-2 PM, 4th floor Common area
02/18/2011 :
Vi Hart, "Playing Math", 3-4 PM Friday, 2/18/2011 Lobby of Maxwell Dworking
01/05/2011 :
Sectioning information, Spring 2011 First day of class is January 24th, 2011.
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