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Two statistics MS students win poster awards at the 2024 New England Statistics Symposium
Christopher Odoom and Denis Folitse at the 2024 New England Statistics Symposium.
At the 37th New England Statistics Symposium, graduate students Christopher Odoom and Denis Folitse each won student poster awards (sponsored by insurance company Munich Re). The conference was held at the University of Connecticut on 20-24 May 2024.
July 2, 2024
Student Awards for 2023–2024

The Awards Dinner recognized the many activities and achievements of students within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics during the 2023–2024 academic year.

May 20, 2024
Letter from the Department Head: Reflecting on 37 Years Here
 Professor Whitaker.

This is my final year as department head and more significantly as a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMass. I am retiring. It has been quite a run, starting here as a young assistant professor in 1987. It is bittersweet, in that I am looking forward to doing new things, but I will truly miss this great department. 

May 20, 2024
Adena Calden wins Distinguished Teaching Award

The Center for Teaching and Learning has announced the recipients of the 2023-24 Faculty Distinguished Teaching Awards.

May 10, 2024
Professor Whitaker named 2024 Fellow of SIAM
Nate Whitaker

Whitaker, professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been recognized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for his “significant achievements in broadening participation in mathematics and important contributions to multiple fields in applied mathematics, especially fluid mechanics.”

April 1, 2024
A new problem list in low-dimensional topology
Rob Kirby surrounded by graphics of mathematical equations

This past October, dozens of mathematicians gathered in Pasadena to create the third version of “Kirby’s list” — a compendium of the most important unsolved problems in the field.

February 22, 2024
Statistics and Data Science at UMass
A Statistics and Data Science analysis chart.

Some of the many things that happened in the last year.

February 9, 2024
Remembering Professor Jim Humphreys
A group picture of Humphreys' graduate students.

In September 2023 the journal Transformation Groups published a special volume dedicated to the memory of Professor Jim Humphreys, our late colleague. Jim, who joined the faculty in 1974 and became emeritus in 2003, passed away in August 2020. Jim was a prolific author and an influential researcher. His research focused on algebraic questions related to simple Lie algebras, whose classification boils down to understanding the most common symmetry groups, including the symmetries of the cube and the tetrahedron and their generalizations to higher dimensions. Jim had a deep influence on this

January 9, 2024
Research Experience for Undergrads in Summer 2023
A group picture of the Research Experience for Undergrads in Summer 2023 conference.

This past summer the department mentored 20 undergraduate students in research under the auspices of its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and the Lee Science Impact Program of the College of Natural Sciences. The projects covered subjects like Statistics, Data Science, Mathematical Physics, Disease modeling, Mathematical Biology, Partial Differential Equations, Algebra, Discrete Math, and Algebraic Geometry. For more about the research, see the REU website (,
where the titles and reports are available.

January 3, 2024


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