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Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. Emily Barnard has been selected as the 2023 Faculty Mentor of the Year. Congratulations, Dr. Barnard!

The CSH Mentor of the Year award is made by CSH seniors, based on student nominations of faculty who have made a positive impact on students through their mentorship. Dr. Barnard will receive her award at the CSH Honors Celebration.

Each year the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Walter A. Pranger Award to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student who has achieved a superior academic record in upper level math courses and who has shown an interest in advancing the study of the mathematical sciences. The 2023 recipient of the Walter A. Pranger Award is Rachel Taylor. Congratulations Rachel!

Each year, the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence (broadly defined) in their mathematics career at DePaul University. The 2023 recipient of the Oustanding Student Award is Kathryn Griggs. Congratulations Kathryn!

In Summer 2023, four local undergraduates will spend 8 weeks engaging in full-time mathematical research, thanks to funding from the Mathematical Association America's (MAA) National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP). The 2023 NREUP at DePaul University is being run by Department of Mathematical Sciences faulty Dr. Emily Barnard and Dr. Sarah Bockting-Conrad.

The 2023 NREUP at DePaul University will focus on the relatively new field of graph b-colorings. A b-coloring is a special kind of proper vertex coloring in which every color class must have at least one vertex which is adjacent to all other color classes. The largest number of colors that can be used in a b-coloring is called the b-chromatic number of the graph. Our students will build on existing results about b-colorings and b-chromatic numbers to study b-colorings of various graph families. Students will leave the program with a toolbox for exploring research questions in graph theory.

For more information, see the 2023 NREUP page.

DePaul University Mathematical Sciences major Leslye Rodriguez was one of 10 undergraduate students in 2022 to be awarded an Undergraduate Opportunity Award from the American Mathematical Society. Congratulations, Leslye!

The AMS Undergraduate Opportunity Awards are financial prizes designed to help undergraduate students pursue careers in mathematics. The awards go to students at colleges and universities randomly selected each year from the American Mathematical Society’s institutional members, and the number of recipients and scholarship amount vary. Read more about the award winners on the AMS website.

Applied Mathematics graduate students Michael Bonthron and Jason Echevarria were recently featured in a DePaul Newsline article. Read about their work by clicking here.

Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. Sarah Bockting Conrad was one of three faculty in the College of Science and Health to be selected for the 2022 Quality of Instruction Council Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations, Dr. Bockting-Conrad!

Candidates for the Excellence in Teaching Award may be nominated by a student or by a faculty colleague. The College of Science and Health Teaching and Learning Committee then reviews the nomination materials from faculty in the college before submitting up to three nominees (two tenure-track faculty and one term faculty member) to the DePaul University Quality of Instruction Council.

Dr. Bockting-Conrad will be officially recognized for her award at Academic Convocation in September 2022.

Read about all of the awardees in DePaul Newsline.

Effective July 1, 2022, Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. Ilie Ugarcovici has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Congratulations Dr. Ugarcovici!

Dr. Ugarcovici earned his PhD in Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. He then served for two years as a G.C. Evans Instructor at Rice University before joining the faculty at DePaul University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2006. Dr. Ugarcovici was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure in 2011. Dr. Ugarcovici currently serves as the Graduate Program Director for the Applied Mathematics program. Dr. Ugarcovici's research interests are in dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and population dynamics.

Effective July 1, 2022, Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. Sarah Bockting-Conrad has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. Congratulations Dr. Bockting-Conrad!

Dr. Bockting-Conrad earned her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2014. She then held a one-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College before joining the faculty at DePaul University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2015. Dr. Bockting-Conrad's research interests are in tridiagonal pairs, Lie theory, algebraic combinatorics, and quantum groups.

Effective July 1, 2022, Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Dr. Yiou Li has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. Congratulations Dr. Li!

Dr. Li earned her PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2014. She then held an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University for two years before joining the faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2016. Dr. Li's research interests are in statistics and computational mathematics.

Each year the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Walter A. Pranger Award to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student who has achieved a superior academic record in upper level math courses and who has shown an interest in advancing the study of the mathematical sciences. The 2022 recipient of the Walter A. Pranger Award is An Luu. Congratulations An!

Each year, the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence (broadly defined) in their mathematics career at DePaul University. The 2022 recipient of the Oustanding Student Award is Isabella Petri. Congratulations Isabella!

Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty Dr. Emily Barnard and Dr. Karl Liechty have been awarded a grant from the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) for Summer 2022. Congratulations Dr. Barnard and Dr. Liechty!

The NREUP supports the participation of mathematics undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups, through focused and challenging research experiences, to increase their interest in advanced degrees and careers in mathematics. The 2022 NREUP at DePaul University will provide stipends to four undergraduates as they spend 8 weeks engaging full-time in mathematics research.

The 2022 NREUP at DePaul University will focus on the relatively new field of  dynamical algebraic combinatorics. Broadly speaking, problems in dynamical algebraic combinatorics investigate enumerative questions about the orbit of a combinatorially defined map on some algebraic object. We will focus on two key maps on the symmetric group: the pop-stack sorting map and the kappa map. A typical question is: For an invertible map, is the average of "size" of each orbit the same? Our students will build on existing results about the behavior of these maps for the set of all permutations and for permutations which are 312-avoiding to study the maps on other pattern-avoiding permutations. Students will leave with a toolbox for exploring research questions in a variety of interconnected mathematical fields, including dynamical systems, extremal, algebraic and geometric combinatorics, and possibly topology and representation theory.

At the end of the day on June 30, 2021, Professor Ahmed Zayed concluded an incredible 20-year stint as the Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Dr. Zayed joined the DePaul faculty in 2001 as the result of a targeted search to hire a new Chair for the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In his term as Chair, Dr. Zayed oversaw many transformations within the department, including the hiring of almost all of the department's current full-time faculty. The Department owes much of its success over the past two decades to Dr. Zayed's steady leadership and administration.

Dr. Zayed will be succeeded as Department Chair by Professor Kyle Petersen.

Effective July 1, 2021, Dr. Yevgenia Kashina has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Congratulations Dr. Kashina!

Dr. Kashina earned her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1999. She then spent one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA, and two years as a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate at Syracuse University, before joining the faculty at DePaul University in 2002. Dr. Kashina's research is in Hopf algebras.

Effective July 2021, Professor Bridget Tenner has been awarded a 3-year $175,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences to investigate the subject of Higher-Order Pattern Containment. Congratulations Professor Tenner!

From the abstract of Professor Tenner's award:

Permutations are orderings of a set of objects, typically positive integers. They can model aspects of many different problems and scenarios, and they are used throughout mathematics. A permutation pattern is a subset of a permutation that appears in a particular order. For example, it might have an increasing subsequence of some length, or it might avoid having a large number followed by two smaller numbers. The presence or absence of particular patterns can be critical to features of the data that the permutation is modeling, which has led to great interest in the analysis of permutation patterns for the past several decades. The goal of this project is to establish a broader context to the traditional study of permutation patterns. Historically, research in this area has been almost entirely in terms of a binary question: does a permutation contain a given pattern or does the permutation avoid it? Recent evidence has shown that the specific number of times that a pattern appears is of great importance, and consequently a more granular notion of pattern containment should be studied. Specifically, the question should instead be: how many times does the permutation contain the pattern? This project will address that higher-order question in several ways, with implications for combinatorics and its connections to algebra, topology, and computer science.

In August 2021, the Department of Mathematical Sciences will be proud to co-host ARC 2021, the 56th Actuarial Research Conference. This year's meeting will be held virtually online. For more information, visit the conference website go.depaul.edu/arc2021

Each year the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Walter A. Pranger Award to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student who has achieved a superior academic record in upper level math courses and who has shown an interest in advancing the study of the mathematical sciences. The 2021 recipient of the Walter A. Pranger Award is Matthew Mikota. Congratulations Matthew!

Each year, the Department of Mathematical Sciences awards the Outstanding Student Award to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence (broadly defined) in their mathematics career at DePaul University. The 2021 recipient of the Oustanding Student Award is Devin Becker. Congratulations Devin!