The department has a number of research-related activities, including the Colloquium Lecture Series, Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminars, and Optimization Research Group Seminars, all highlighting leading experts from other universities as guest speakers. The Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminar has been particularly active over the last ten years with over 200 seminars including 50 external speakers.
The department has also hosted high profile research conferences including Number Theory Day 2008, Canadian Number Theory Association 2012 (CNTA XII), Western Canada Linear Algebra Meeting (W-CLAM) 2012, Algebraic Design Theory and Hadamard Matrices 2014 (ADTHM), and Alberta Mathematics Dialogue 2015 (AMD). The CNTA XII meeting was one of the largest conferences hosted at the university with nearly 200 participants from all over the world.
Our department became a member of PIMS (the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences) in 2012. PIMS was created in 1996 by the community of mathematical scientists in Alberta and British Columbia, and subsequently extended to both Washington State, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. It is a multi-million dollar venture, with various universities being awarded funding for projects, conferences, speakers, post doctoral positions, graduate scholarships, etc.
The mandate of PIMS is to promote research in and applications of the mathematical sciences, to facilitate the training of highly qualified personnel, to enrich public awareness of and education in the mathematical sciences, and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries (with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim). PIMS funds Collaborative Research Groups, Post-Doctoral Fellowships and individual events on a competitive basis.
There are many benefits of having membership in PIMS. Each year the department has two post-doctoral fellows in-house, sponsored by PIMS. Several financial awards have been granted to faculty and graduate students in the department.