News and updates for the Department of Mathematics faculty and staff
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[ Faculty + Staff E-News | October 2021 ]

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Open positions in the Department of Mathematics

Please encourage excellent candidates to apply to our open positions:

Grant news and updates


Congratulations to these colleagues on recent awards:

Felix Leditsky is co-PI on an innovative multi-institution award in which theoretical and experimental scientists join forces to tackle “Quantum Networking with Multipartite Entangled Photons” ($2.5m).


Submit a nomination for the 2022 Department of Mathematics Alumni Awards


Each year, the Department of Mathematics recognizes exceptional alumni who have made significant contributions through outstanding professional achievement in academia, research, and industry.

Nominations for the 2022 UIUC Department of Mathematics Alumni Awards are now open:

  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Recent Alumni
  • Alumni Humanitarian Award
  • Actuarial Science Alumni of the Year Award

Please consider nominating one or more of our outstanding alumni.
Learn more →



Department Picnic

The annual departmental picnic will be Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jean Driscoll Pavilion in Ambucs Park.

The department will be providing food from Caribbean Grill. We encourage everyone to bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there!
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MTD Service Adjustments

MTD has reduced bus service because of staffing shortages. Campus hopper routes will remain unchanged, but passengers may experience increased wait times with fewer shuttles operating. Also, many routes and connections that individuals regularly use to reach the general campus area have been adjusted or rescheduled.

Before making a trip, please check the updated schedules on the MTD website, which uses real-time tracking data. You can also sign up for custom alerts once logged in to your MTD account.
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Updated testing guidance and other COVID-19 updates

Based on guidance from our SHIELD team, the university is updating testing guidance. Beginning on Oct. 16:

  • If you are fully vaccinated with a university-verified record in the MyMcKinley Portal, you are not required to participate in the testing program.
    • The only exception is if you receive a notification that you are in a location or group with increased cases and need to test every other day for a period of time.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and you have an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption, you are required to test and receive negative results every other day.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated with a university-verified record and you do not have an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption, you are required to test and receive negative results every other day until you are fully vaccinated.
    • Employees who are required to test are not required to test on their non-work days or on remote days, if working a hybrid remote schedule.
    • Employees working at remote, off-site university facilities should follow the established testing frequencies at their location.

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Additionally, the university provided updates on COVID-19 leave, Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots and more earlier this month.
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As always, for the latest news and updates regarding the university's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Math Department Annual Retirees’ Happy Hour

In lieu of an in-person lunch at Silvercreek Restaurant, we have switched to a Zoom-based happy hour for our annual retirees’ gathering. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. Emails with a Zoom link and instructions will be going out soon to everyone who’s been invited in the past (plus any of our recent retirees). We will have some short presentations/updates by faculty members, as well as some time for anyone who wants to share news or an announcement.

If you don’t receive an email by Oct. 18, please contact Peggy Currid, program coordinator, at
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iSEE Announces Fall Request for Seed Funding Proposals

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is announcing a call for proposals to support interdisciplinary research projects on topics related to sustainability, energy, and environment. The iSEE seed funds are available to promote research collaborations among faculty and scientists across campus that will improve their potential for attracting external support.

The goal of the funding is to enable interdisciplinary research teams working in any of the five thematic areas of interest to iSEE to collect preliminary data or other information and to develop a strong proposal that can be submitted for external funding through the Institute in 2022-23. The deadline for proposal submissions is Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.
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Flu Shot Clinics

McKinley Health Center is providing free seasonal flu shots to all students who have paid the health service fee, as well as to benefit eligible faculty, staff, and retirees. There are several locations across campus between now and the end of October.
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Message from the ACF

I encourage faculty members and postdocs to take advantage of these upcoming opportunities and resources:

  • NSF-DMS grant programs – summer salary and RA support. Deadlines: various during the Fall.
  • ACF website – links to many grant programs.
  • ACF Resources Box folder – contains examples of successful grant proposals to the NSF, Simons Foundation, and Campus Research Board. It’s useful to see what has worked for some of our colleagues. 

I am also looking for samples of conference proposals and research-in-pairs type proposals for our ACF resources. I’d be happy to receive any successful proposals you are able to share. Please feel free to send these via email to

Thank you,
Richard Laugesen
Associate Chair for Faculty



Graduate Papers & Publications webpage

Graduate students are invited to submit a request to have their publicationsjournal pubs, conferences, ArXivadded to our department's Graduate Papers & Publications web page. This page was created to showcase and celebrate graduate student papers, publications, and research.
Submit a request → 



Zoom-friendly Spaces

The University Library supports participation in online classes in some of our designated study spaces. While not available in all campus libraries, Zoom-friendly spaces are available in some study rooms and areas where conversations are traditionally permitted. Headphones are required, and users are encouraged to bring their own devices to participate in class. Additionally, all libraries currently require mask-wearing at all times.

Zoom-friendly spaces are listed on the University Library website by volume level. 

Reservations may be necessary to reserve various study/group rooms on this list.
Reserve a room →


IJM News

IJM releases September issue

The September issue of the Illinois Journal of Mathematics (Volume 65, No, 3) is available online to subscribers. Back issues are also available, as are articles in advance publication. Issues older than five years are open access. IJM is published by the Department of Mathematics in partnership with Duke University Press.

You can subscribe to the Illinois Journal of Mathematics via Duke University Press. Institutional, individual, and student subscriptions are available.
Learn more at IJM →



John H. Walter

Professor Emeritus John H. Walter passed away Sept. 20, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois, where he served as a full professor of mathematics until his retirement in 1993. He was a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and author of the Walter Theorem. He also had visiting professorships at Harvard, UCLA, Cambridge (England), and the University of London.
View the obituary →



Senior Memorial Chime Homecoming Concert

The Altgeld Chimes players held a special two-part concert in honor of Homecoming 2021.
Watch part 1 →
Watch part 2 →



Department Picnic

The annual departmental picnic will be Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jean Driscoll Pavilion in Ambucs Park.
Learn more →

Mathematics Department Retirees' Happy Hour

This Zoom-based happy hour for Department of Mathematic retirees will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Learn more →

2021 MDAB Annual Meeting

Members of the Mathematics Development Advisory Board (MDAB) will gather for the 2021 MDAB annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 22.

Actuarial Science Advisory Board Meeting

Members of the Actuarial Science Advisory Board will gather virtually via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 29.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Celebrate our amazing UIUC graduate students during the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Oct. 25-29. Be on the lookout for more details on the university's Graduate Student Appreciation Week website.

2022 Alumni Awards Nomination Deadline

Each year, the Department of Mathematics recognizes exceptional alumni who have made significant contributions through outstanding professional achievement in academia, research, and industry. The deadline for nominations for our 2022 awards is Monday, Nov. 15.
Learn more and nominate today →

Seminar & Event Calendar

View all the upcoming seminars, colloquia, and events hosted by the department at

University of Illinois Calendars

View a variety of Illinois event, academic, and programming calendars at

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