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teji271095
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UW Madison math department

Postby teji271095 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:10 pm

Can anybody tell me about the math department at UW-Madison. I just got off the waitlist. I am interested in number theory. I have heard that overall its a very strong school.

kuz
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Re: UW Madison math department

Postby kuz » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:28 am

For number theory, it is excellent (easily top ten); Jordan Ellenberg, Simon Marshall, and Melanie Matchett Wood are all big names.

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Re: UW Madison math department

Postby ponchan » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:40 am

Don't forget Nigel Boston.

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Re: UW Madison math department

Postby FourierTransformer » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:57 pm

teji271095 wrote:Can anybody tell me about the math department at UW-Madison. I just got off the waitlist. I am interested in number theory. I have heard that overall its a very strong school.


Department is good obviously. Top 20 and usually top 15. Department is pretty big and the top floor has a really pretty view of Madison. I think analysis (particularly harmonic analysis) and number theory are it's strongest areas. Melanie Wood is actually leaving and going to Berkeley I believe. She may not even be there in the Fall, but I'm not 100% sure. Otherwise Jordan Ellenberg is Jordan Ellenberg obviously + others mentioned. They have a small issues with students struggling on the quals, but apparently it's getting better. The algebra qual is easier now than it use to be. The students who do well seem to get pretty good post docs. I heard Michigan, Berkeley, and MIT as some of the schools some of the upcoming graduates got post docs at.

teji271095
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Re: UW Madison math department

Postby teji271095 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:31 am

Thank you for your reply. I just wanted to get an overview of the department. Indeed its very strong in number theory and algebra. Melanie wood is leaving but from what I heard, they are getting some excellent new hires in the fall.




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