Welcome to the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Our computer science, mathematics and statistics faculty and instructors are top of the line, with credentials to rival other universities in and outside of Canada.
We offer Bachelor of Science undergraduate degrees in Applied Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics. Both Master's and Doctoral levels of study are also available. Department faculty are currently working with students studying at each of these levels, many of whom are graduate students from around the world. Learn more about our majors and minors.
Undergraduate students may have opportunities to do research projects with our faculty, using modern facilities, for hands-on experience. Several department faculty have independent research programmes supported by agencies such as NSERC and IBM Canada, and at times, there may be a collaboration with other disciplines.
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"Math-anxiety" forms at an early age and often follows us into adulthood. Math isn't going anywhere. We use it to varied degrees throughout our lives. So how do we cope with the associated anxiety?
Solving a mathematical problem is a hurdle one encounters starting in elementary school. Attached to this is a unique educational issue known as “math-anxiety.” Resilience and persistence are essential skills in research, particularly in mathematics where problems can remain open for generations: the Riemann Hypothesis is a star conjecture that has been fascinating and challenging mathematicians and amateurs for over 160 years. It is a life-long endeavour for a female professional mathematician such as Kadiri to tackle problems, both mathematical and societal, and find resources to overcome them.
Congratulations to Dr. Sean Fitzpatrick, an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, for being named winner of the 2022 University of Lethbridge Excellence in Teaching Award.
Since arriving at ULethbridge in 2014, Sean has taught 14 different courses ranging from introductory to senior level, from algebra to calculus and specialized topics such as topology. He earned his bachelor’s in mathematics and physics at the University of Winnipeg, followed by a master's and PhD in mathematics at the University of Toronto.
Fitzpatrick will be honoured at the Fall 2022 Convocation ceremony.
MITACS Grant Award - Dr. Shahadat Hossain with Wali Mohammad Abdullah, PhD
Dr. Shahadat Hossain, computer scientist, has been awarded a MITACS grant of $15,000 for a six-month project titled Using Social Network Analysis in Marketing. A student-led technology, Wali Mohammad Abdullah is working with North Forge as the partner investor. Wali successfully defended his PhD thesis very recently.
Math Scholarships Awarded
Five $1000 scholarships in Mathematics were awarded this Spring to the following recipients:
Dentist Fern Leavens (BSc '13) recognized as ULAA 2021 Young Alumna of the Year
“In a short time, Fern has demonstrated a high level of excellence in her chosen field of dentistry,” says Jason Elliott, president of the ULAA. “She wears many hats, but above all else, she is passionate about providing all patients with care that goes above and beyond. There is no doubt that she delivers on this.”
Fern Leavens (BSc ‘13) is an exemplary health-care provider, teacher and mentor who has committed her career to quality patient care. Her impressive track record in the dentistry field is further elevated by her reputation as a thorough, humble and hardworking professional. During her time at the University of Lethbridge, she completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics, with an honours thesis in biochemistry. As part of her academic endeavours, Leavens conducted research in computational chemistry and biochemistry, resulting in multiple publications. She then went on to become a dentist, obtaining her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2016. However, Leavens’ education journey was far from finished, and she completed additional hospital and advanced dentistry training through a general practice residency.
The University of Lethbridge’s new Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics combines excellence in teaching with cutting-edge research.
Instructors: Drs. Athanasios Zovoilis and Angeliki Pantazi
Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, including the courses, learning outcomes and career pathways.
Students should have an academic background in either life sciences (biological sciences, biochemistry, neuroscience, genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, or a related field), or mathematics, computer sciences, or engineering (or a related field).
Co-op gave Skylar Nikkel a solid foundation for the future
Skylar Nikkel (Sky) is a fifth-year applied statistics student with a minor in computer science and a geography concentration. Combining her enthusiasm for research and keenness for a challenge, Sky has completed three agriculture and research-related …
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