Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The faculty members of this department work in areas spanning a broad spectrum of mathematics and statistics and the subject matter of the courses they teach reflects a significant part of this diversity (but not all of it). How do large, string-like molecules twist around each other? Are there questions in mathematics than can never be answered, even in principle? How should a portfolio of financial assets be structured? What are the most effective strategies for stopping the spread of a communicable disease? How does one extract meaningful information from astronomically large data sets? What does the rotation of an infinite dimensional object look like? These are just some of the questions that occupy the minds of members of our department, often to the point of obsession. The greatest satisfaction they can achieve from their research comes from making progress in the exploration and development of new ideas in mathematics and statistics.
If you are enrolled in one of our undergraduate or graduate programs, taking a course required by another program, or simply taking a course for general interest, keep in mind that it is ideas that are the most valuable part of what you will learn. We want to help you to learn and enjoy mathematics and statistics and we can do this best by helping you to explore, understand, appreciate and make use of mathematical and statistical ideas. You will come to understand that ideas are much more than facts. They are harder to acquire, but infinitely more valuable.
Professor Juris Steprans Chair.