Quaecumque VeraDepartment of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences




The Department of Mathematical Sciences at present has 76 full-time members, 30 postdoctoral fellows and sessionals, as well as approximately 30 visiting mathematicians. Our current graduate program is very active with approximately 45 M.Sc. and 60 Ph.D. full-time students.


The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences occupies the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the Central Academic Building (CAB).

The Dr. Josephine M. Mitchell Library, located on the 5th floor of CAB, is one of the largest Mathematical and Statistical Sciences library in North America. The substantial reference section contains approximately 30,000 monographs, 20,000 bound journals with subscriptions to 400 journals.

The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences has a full range of computing facilities in three public labs including various workstations (HP, IBM, SUN, SGI, Linux) and personal computers. Available to students and staff is software used extensively in Mathematics and Statistics, such as Mathematica, Maple, Matlab , T EX , Splus, NAG, and SAS. The department is connected via ethernet to additional computing facilities on campus, and to the Internet. The department employs two system analysts to assist staff and students with their computing needs.

The Department has the only Experimental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Canada . The mandate is to construct reliable numerical simulations of complex fluid flows by rigorously testing them against quantitatively analysed laboratory experiments, to develop math models inspired by these results and to train young researchers in experimental, numerical and mathematical techniques.

At present, all full-time graduate students receive office space in CAB and keys to the building, library and computer labs. There are two comfortable faculty lounges affording a quiet and congenial atmosphere for discussion and relaxation.

Living in Edmonton

Edmonton, the capital city of the province of Alberta, is a metropolitan area with a population of about 750,000 people. The North Saskatchewan River runs through the city from west to east with interconnected walking and biking trails. Edmonton is within close proximity to many lakes, rivers and parklands, about four hours drive from both Jasper National Park and Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. Rock climbing and downhill skiing are some of the recreational activities enjoyed in these rugged wilderness National Parks.

The city itself has a downtown area with major department stores, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theatre, the Winspear Centre, the Muttart Conservatory, the Royal Alberta Museum and the Alberta Legislative Building.

Residential sections have their own shopping centres and bus routes. The LRT (Light Rail Transit) service is transferable with all city buses and runs from the northeast corner of Edmonton to the University of Alberta in the southwest.

The University of Alberta is located on the south shore of the North Saskatchewan River near Old Strathcona, with its collection of trendy boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and eclectic culture. Edmonton is known as "Festival City" with over 30 popular festivals throughout the year including the Fringe Festival in August to the Birkebeiner Ski Festival in February. The city hosts the Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands Agricom in November and celebrates Edmonton's multicultural community with Heritage Festival in August.


Edmonton experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm, dry and sunny. Due to our northerly latitude, Edmonton summer days stretch late into the evening. The average summer daytime temperature is +21 degrees Celsius with heat waves reaching into the +30's. Snow cover characterizes winter from November through mid-March, with an average of 120 cm of snowfall each winter. Statistics prove that, aside from an expected cold snap or two, the winters are tolerable provided that proper clothing (a warm parka) and footwear (insulated snow boots) are worn. Statistically, Edmonton weather is more temperate than that of other prairie cities like Regina or Winnipeg, and less humid than Vancouver or Toronto. The average winter daytime temperature is -12 degrees Celsius with cold snaps dipping down to the -20's and occasionally colder. With about 2,300 hours of bright sunshine per year, Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities, with sunny days being the norm year round.

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Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
University of Alberta
632 Central Academic Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G1
Fax: 780.492.6826
Last modified June 25, 2008

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