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**BYU Mathematics Today**

## Recent Highlights

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### 2023 Cougs vs Cancer Run

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### BYU Places 13th at Putnam Mathematics Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an advanced problem-solving competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada. Students compete individually and in teams to solve 18 math problems. The competition consists of three 1-hour sessions. Students are expected to work on 6 problems during each session. In the 83rd annual Putnam exam in 2022, BYU competed against teams from 455 other institutions and won 13th place overall.

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### A new 5 year BS/MS program in mathematics has been approved

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### Mathematics Department Hosts Math Circles

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### Math Department Holds Summer Math Camps

Each summer, the math department holds math camps for high school and middle school students. The students participate in this 5-day camp where they spend the morning and early afternoon having fun with math and going to classes.

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## Current Enrollments

### 335 Undergraduates

### 38 Master's Students

### 7 PhD Students

### 494 Minors

## Degrees Offered

## Research Areas

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### Algebra and Algebraic Geometry

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### Analysis

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### Combinatorics and Matrix Theory

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### Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems

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### Minimal Surfaces

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### Number Theory

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### Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics

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### Topology and Geometric Group Theory

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## Current Chair

### Dr. Paul Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins joined the BYU faculty in January 2009 and has been the department chair since 2019. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and did postdoctoral work at UCLA. His research is in number theory and modular forms, and he has been funded by the Simons Foundation. He has mentored 26 undergraduates, nine master’s students, and one PhD student in research projects. Dr. Jenkins received the BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award in 2018.

## Recent Retirees

### Dr. Shue-Sum Chow

Dr. Shue-Sum Chow began working for the math department on January 5, 1998, and he retired on July 1, 2023. He received his PhD in mathematics from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 1983. His research interest is in numerical analysis.

### Dr. Rodney Forcade

Dr. Rodney Forcade began working for the BYU math department on September 1, 1981, and he retired on July 1, 2023. His research interests are in combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory. In the SIAM News, volume 33 number 4 (2000), he and his co-author Helaman Ferguson were listed in an article entitled "The Best of the 20th Century: Editors Name Top 10 Algorithms."

### Prof. Kening Lu

Dr. Kening Lu began working for the math department on August 27, 1990, and he retired on August 1, 2022. He has received many awards, including the Young Scholar Award in 1993, the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award in 2001, and the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award in 2007, and he is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Dr. Lu was a popular teacher and continues to be active in his research fields of stochastic partial differential equations and dynamical systems.

## In Memory of

### Dr. Todd Fisher

**Recently Passed Away**

In July 2022, Todd Fisher passed away shortly after being diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. In his 15 years at BYU, Todd established a reputation as an excellent teacher and a respected scholar of dynamical systems, mentored many students and younger faculty members, and played a major role in many of the good things happening in the BYU math department. He taught in the honors program and served as associate chair for six years. He shared his smile and his love for his family, for learning, for the gospel, and for BYU with everyone around him.