PhD Student Awarded First Prize in the Great Math Challenges in Biology Contest

Ph.D. student Harish Kannan and a teammate won the first prize in the Great Math Challenges in Biology Contest conducted by the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University. Congratulations! 

September 6, 2022

282 Comprehensive Exam - September 15th

The MATH 282 Comprehensive Exam has been scheduled for Thursday, September 15 from 10am-1pm. 
Students with A- or better in 282A and 282B in 2021-2022 are NOT required to take the exam.
Register via the link below by Wednesday, August 31:

July 14, 2022

Fall 2022 Qualifying Exams - August 29 - September 9

Fall 2022 Qualifying Exams

Exam dates:

  • August 30 - STATISTICS (1 - 4 PM PDT)

  • August 31 - COMPLEX (1 - 4 PM PDT)

  • September 1 - TOPOLOGY (1 - 4 PM PDT)

  • September 2 - APPLIED ALGEBRA (1 - 4 PM PDT)

  • September 6 - REAL ANALYSIS (1 - 4 PM PDT)

  • September 7 - NUMERICAL (9 AM - 12 PM PDT) 

  • September 8 - ALGEBRA (1- 4 PM PDT)

July 5, 2022

2021-22 TA Awards

The Mathematics department is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2021-22 TA Awards --

  • Tai-Hsuan Chung was praised as a devoted and enthusiastic instructor with a contagious love of mathematics.
  • Thomas Grubb was noted as instrumental to the success of Math 157, developing much of the content, methodology and overall tenor of the course.
  • Somak Maitra is a 'go-to' TA for entry level mathematics, where his students rave about his commitment to teaching and willingness to help
  • Nicholas Sieger was singled out for his clear passion for teaching and his willingness to always 'do more' to help in the running of his courses
  • Ji Zeng was commended as being professional, helpful and knowledgeable - with students finding him a more valuable resource than the textbook  

Please join us in celebrating this year's awardees!

June 3, 2022

PhD Student Honored as GPSA Community Award Recipient

Congratulations to PhD student Eva Loeser - recipient of the 2021-22 GPSA Community Award for Peer Mentorship.  This award honors a graduate student at UC San Diego who has proven to be an excellent source of advice and wisdom for their colleagues in graduate school. Eva has shown a strong dedication and ability to advise her fellow graduate students on issues related to academics as well as general life skills, and her efforts towards peer mentorship (particularly as part of the rebirth of the Association for Women in Mathematics) has significantly enhanced the graduate school experience of our students.  Congratulations on the recognition Eva.

May 23, 2022

2021-22 Powell Dissertation Fellowship & Award

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Jiaqi Liu, Jason O'Neill, Samir Canning, and Suhan Zhong have been awarded a 2021-2022 Powell Dissertation Fellowship, which provides funds to support research, and that Zilu Ma, Xiaoou Pan, and Zirui Zhang have been awarded a 2021-2022 Powell Dissertation Award. Congratulations to all of the awardees!

May 19, 2022

2021-22 Libby Awardees

Congratulations to the 2021-22 recipients of the Richard Libby Graduate Research Award

Somak Maitra & Kejin Wu (both advised by Dimitris Politis)

Richard Libby ('80, MA '82, PhD) received his degrees in mathematics at UC San Diego.  His generous contributions support graduate student research in our department in the areas of market analysis, quantitative finance, and related fields.  This includes, but is not limited to, research exploring the measurement, estimation, and implications of extreme events on financial markets and the broader economy with the potential to cause breakdown and systemic risk. The research may also include the extent to which the risks associated with these events can be managed by financial institutions, regulators, and households, along with the possibility of predicting and quantifying the magnitude and frequency of such events.

May 4, 2022

Spring 2022 Qualifying & Comprehensive Exams

Real Analysis – May 9
Statistics – May 10
Numerical – May 11
Topology – May 12
Complex Analysis – May 17
Applied Algebra – May 16
Algebra – May 18

MATH 282 Comprehensive exam - April 12 

Questions? Please contact Diana Platero-Lopez (

April 8, 2022

Math PhD named 2021-22 ARCS Scholar

Congratulations to PhD student Brian Tran, recipient of a 2021-22 ARCS Foundation Fellowship Award!  ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation of San Diego is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization founded and administered by women who support American leadership and aid advancement in science and technology.

October 13, 2021

GPSA Names Two in Mathematics for the 2021 Community Awards

Congratulations to Math Ph.D. student Evangelos “Vaki” Nikitopoulos, recipient of the 2021 Professional / Grad Student Leader Award from the GPSA (Graduate & Professional Student Association). Also receiving an award, as Outstanding Professional / Grad Student Support Staff is Scott Rollans, Director of Student Services.

August 3, 2021