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Before and after photos of a completed mural in Altgeld Hall Library.

Altgeld Hall renovation update


The paint conservator has been working on the restoration of the murals in the Altgeld Hall Library. Above are before and after photos of one completed mural. 
Learn more about the Altgeld and Illini Hall capital projects →



Reddy receives LAS Academic Professional Award

Alison Reddy, director of mathematics placement and coordinator of quantitative reasoning courses, has been named a 2020-21 recipient of the LAS Academic Professional Award. She will be honored at the virtual LAS Staff and Academic Professional Awards Program on March 2 at 3:30 p.m. CST. Congratulations, Alison! 
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David H. Blackwell Summer Scholars Program

Named in honor of mathematics alumnus David Blackwell, the new UIUC Departments of Statistics and Mathematics David H. Blackwell Summer Scholars Program is designed to increase the access and equity in the pipeline for graduate degrees in statistics, data science, and mathematics. The six-week program is open to rising juniors and seniors in the mathematical sciences who are interested in learning more about statistics, data science, and mathematics.
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Undergraduate Friday Seminar looking for featured speaker

The Undergraduate Friday Seminar is looking for speakers for its weekly (Friday, 4 p.m.) presentations. The seminar’s goal is to make interesting and higher-level mathematics approachable, show our undergraduates what research mathematics looks like, and give them a glimpse into the sorts of questions mathematicians are working on right now. Every meeting features a guest speaker who presents on a mathematics-based topic of choice. We welcome presentations by our faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. Please contact Derek Thomas ( if you would like to get on the schedule.

Visiting internship project developer opening

The Internship Network in the Mathematical Sciences (Inmas) is seeking candidates for a visiting internship project developer position. The visiting internship project developer will identify and develop research and development internship projects at companies and government hosts in Illinois and neighboring states where the mathematical sciences can make a positive impact. Crucial skills for this position are curiosity about the world and a willingness to learn, as this position involves creative scientific thinking and involvement in a variety of different projects.

Please share this exciting employment opportunity with qualified candidates who may be interested. The deadline for applications is March 16.
View the full job description →
Download a printable PDF →

SURVEY REQUEST: Department Social Hour

As we move to Phase 4 operations and warmer weather, we thought it might be nice to see if members of the department would be interested in a series of informal, outdoor, socially distanced and COVID-appropriate gatherings. These gatherings would have a fixed number of attendees well-below the 50-person allowance in Phase 4, adhere to all university safety protocols (including testing and face coverings), and require advance registration. Before we move forward with setting dates, we wanted to gauge interest. 
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Welcome back, Staci!

The Math Undergraduate Office is pleased to welcome Staci Walker, previously office support specialist for the Department of Mathematics and most recently office manager for the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, back to our office as office manager. Staci will be coordinating the department's May convocation ceremony, among other duties.

COVID Pass/No Pass

Information and a FAQ about the new COVID Pass/No Pass grades and the extension on course drop deadlines are available at these links:

For Spring 2021, students may elect to change their letter grades into COVID Pass (D- or higher grades) or COVID No Pass (F grades not awarded as a result of "F for course" academic integrity violation sanction). Students may drop classes until the last day of class.

Concerned about a student?

If you have concerns about students in your undergraduate courses who have stopped showing up/stopped completing coursework, please share names (and ideally UINs or NetIDs) with so we can refer them for help.



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. 




The December 2020 issue (Volume 64:4) of the Illinois Journal of Mathematics is available online and in print, and recently accepted articles are now available online in advance publication. The April 2021 issue (Volume 65:1) will be published in late March.

In other news, IJM welcomes Felix Leditzky to its editorial board. Felix recently joined the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Illinois and had previously been on the faculty at the University of Waterloo. His research interests are mathematical and computational aspects of quantum information theory.



New Webtools skins

New branded skins for the department are now available in Webtools. Please use the following skins moving forward:

  • Mathematics - Illinois App Wizard (for calendars, blogs, forms, and surveys)
  • Mathematics - Illinois Email Wizard (for Email+)

Additionally, several offices and programs should have access to skins tailored to your individual needs. If your office or area would like to have a branded skin, please contact Jenell Hironimus at

LAS Style Guide

The LAS Office of Communications and Marketing updated the college's writing style guide with new entries on campus name (“UIUC” is in, “Illinois” is out) and the default way of writing unit names (use the “&”). Please note: “at” has been removed from the university's name; it should be written/addressed as the “University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.”
View the style guide →

Please contact Jenell Hironimus at if you have any questions regarding the updating style guide or new branding intiatives.

New email signature template

The university has created a new template for email signatures using the campus generator. Kindly note, you will need to manually remove the “at” from the university name when you use the signature generator as "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" is still the default.

Please be sure to update your email signatures using this new template, especially if you are currently using the now outdated department wordmark.
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Dear Alma podcast series: “Living and Working during COVID-19”

The Office of the Provost recently debuted the first season of the newly created Dear Alma podcast series, episodes centered on offering resources, tools and advice to faculty members at Illinois. Each episode is 5-10 minutes long and is intended to give a snapshot of these issues from different on-campus faculty perspectives.

The podcast was created in collaboration with students in the ATLAS internship program, who conducted the interviews, edited the audio and created the episodes.

The first season, “Living and Working during COVID-19,” includes five episodes.
Listen to the podcast →



Patricia “Patsy” Pillay

Patricia “Patsy” Pillay, mother of Anand Pillay, professor emeritus and Swanlund Chair emeritus, passed away last week in London. Anand was a faculty member in the department from 1996 to 2006.
Read the obituary →



IlliniFest 2021

There’s so much to celebrate at the University of Illinois—even in the midst of a challenging year. Celebrate together at IlliniFest, a virtual program open to everyone in the Illinois community, Sunday, March 7, at 7 p.m. CST.
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Department Town Hall Meeting

Our next department town hall meeting will be held Friday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. CST virtually via Zoom. The recordings of all our town hall meetings are available on the department’s channel on Illinois Media Space at

Risk Analytics Symposium 2021

The Actuarial Science Club and Illinois Risk Lab are joining forces to bring together leaders from both the academic community and the insurance world to this year’s Risk Analytics Symposium 2021: Actuarial Innovations to Emerging Risks for this all-day event, Saturday, March 27.
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Virtual Department Awards Program

Join us for as we celebrate our students, faculty, staff, and alumni at our department's virtual awards program, Wednesday, April 14, at 5 p.m. CST

24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with partner universities, the Pennsylvania State University, Ulm University, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) will host the the 24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics (IME), the largest international meeting dedicated to exploring current trends and research in actuarial science and the insurance and finance industries, July 5-9, 2021.
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Seminar & Event Calendar

View all the upcoming seminars, colloquia, and events hosted by the department at Virtual event? View the weekly calendar of meeting coordinates.

University of Illinois Calendars

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


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