About the Department
The faculty of the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine are prominent scholars engaged in teaching, fundamental research in both pure and applied mathematics, and service to the local community with outreach efforts to foster success in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The Department includes 36 permanent faculty members together with 4 permanent adjunct instructors and is augmented by an equal number of postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, and visiting assistant professors, who play a vital role in teaching and research. Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the perfect Southern California location, wonderful weather, and a diversified campus community and culture.
We offer undergraduate and graduate students a program of study leading to professional competence in teaching, mathematical research, or in an area of application. Additionally, we serve the entire student population at UCI by providing required courses in Mathematics. The Department population includes approximately 100 graduate students, over 350 undergraduate majors, and numerous students completing minors, specializations, and concentrations.
The curriculum in mathematics includes opportunities for supervised individual study and research, and dissemination of knowledge through seminars and colloquia. The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics whereas the graduate program leads to a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics or a Master of Science degree. Graduate students are offered financial support through research associate and teaching assistant positions and through a department GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need), a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides fellowships to graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and determination to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study.
The faculty includes two members of the National Academy of Sciences, three fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, three SIAM fellows, thirteen former Sloan Research Fellows, and numerous other distinguished awards and recognitions. The Department has an excellent scholarly production as witnessed by the numerous awards received by its faculty and the national NRC ranking of its research-doctorate program. The Department offers many valuable research opportunities such as: iCAMP (Interdisciplinary Computational Applied Math Program), an NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Computational Applied Math Program for freshman and sophomore UCI undergraduate students; MCBU (Mathematical and Computational Biology for Undergraduates), an NSF-funded program for training and research for UCI undergraduate students in mathematics and biology; and a RTG (Research Training Grant), an NSF-funded project which is a collaboration between Caltech, UCI, and UCLA to increase US residents (K-12, undergraduates, and graduates) who pursue careers in mathematical logic.
Community outreach includes many programs to motivate a new generation of future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders for California, the nation, and the world. Such outreach includes: COSMOS (California State Summer School for Math & Science) high school summer research program; MathCounts (regional and state math competition hosted by UCI for middle school students); IAMM - Irvine Area Math Modelers (outreach to local high schools to train students for HiMCM math competition); Flippin' for Math - Girl's Mathematics and Gymnastics Day (one-day workshop at a local gymnastics facility where students get to do various physical gymnastics activities and do some associated mathematics to go with each activity); Russian Math Circles program (K-6 academic enrichment with planned expansion to incorporate K-12); and various other school-visit and teaching opportunities that expose local and disadvantaged communities to the beauty and importance of Mathematics.
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