CAM News and Announcements Archive

June 7, 2018

Wenjia Jing and Ke Ye selected for the 2017 Thousand Talents Program

Wenjia Jing and Ke YeCongratulations to Dr. Wenjia Jing and Dr. Ke Ye on being selected for the 2017 Thousand Talents Program for distinguished young scholars in China. Wenjia Jing was a Dickson Instructor advised by CAM faculty Takis Souganidis and before that a PhD student at Columbia University advised by CAM faculty Guillaume Bal. He is now an assistant professor at Tsinghua University. Ke Ye was a Dickson Instructor and CAM postdoc advised by CAM faculty Lek-Heng Lim. He is now an associate professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and has also been selected for the CAS's Hundred Talents Program. Further information may be found in Chinese here, here, and here.

April 16, 2018

RTG Summer School

The Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTI Chicago) and the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM) at University of Chicago will jointly organize a two-week Introduction to Machine Learning Summer School as part of an NSF funded Research Training Group (RTG) grant. It will take place from June 18, 2018--June 29, 2018 at TTI Chicago. Please refer to our webpage for further information and application details.

April 5, 2018

First Year CAM PhD Students Justin Finkel and Aaron Chen Awarded Prestigious Graduate Fellowships

Justin Finkel was recently selected for a highly competitive Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Justin Finkel and Aaron Chen Awarded Prestigious Graduate Fellowships Justin’s research goals include developing and extending more flexible data-driven methods to analyze and forecast climate dynamics. As a first year PhD student, Justin has been pursuing an interdisciplinary line of study, augmenting the CAM courses with courses in geophysical fluid dynamics. The DOE CSG Fellowship will support Justin’s study for 4 years, and provide him with additional opportunities such as a 12 week practicum experience at a DOE lab. Justin came to U.Chicago after undergraduate study at Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in both mathematics and physics.

Aaron Chen has been selected for a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This fellowship will support his applied mathematics research for the next three years. In 2017, Aaron was a recipient of a research grant from the University of Chicago’s Physical Sciences Division, which was made possible through the Neubauer Family Initiative for Graduate Education. Aaron has broad interests in both mathematics and computer science, and came to U.Chicago after undergraduate study in mathematics at Cornell University.

Congratulations to Justin and Aaron for these honors and also these exciting opportunities.

January 17, 2018

Admissions Application Closed!

The deadline of January 15th, 2018 to submit admissions applications for Fall 2018 to Computational and Applied Mathematics at University of Chicago has come and passed. At this time, the application portal has closed and we are no longer accepting applications. We thank all applicants that have expressed interest in our program and submitted their applications and necessary accompanying documents. The CAM Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. If you have submitted your application or If you have any questions regarding admission, please send your inquiry to

October 9, 2017

Admissions Application Open!

Prospective PhD students interested in applying for admission for Fall 2018 to Computational and Applied Mathematics at University of Chicago can now do so. You may CLICK HERE to access the online application. The deadline to submit your application for admission, along with all necessary documentation is January 15th, 2018. For more information regarding admission requirements, please visit here. If you have any questions regarding admission, please send your inquiry to

October 5, 2017

RTG Student Presentations Are Underway!

The Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics is partly supported by an NSF Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences grant from NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences. This grant recognizes and supports many of the activities of the CAM. One of those activities includes the support of students and the opportunity to allow students to present their research to one another, faculty and staff. For more information about the NSF RTG Grant, please visit here. To see the Schedule of Student Seminar presenters, please visit here.

September 2017

CAM Faculty Featured in SIAM Review Research Spotlight

Professors Lek-Heng Lim and Jonathan Weare are acknowledged in the SIAM Review, a publication of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, for their article "Fast Randomized Iteration: Diffusion Monte Carlo through the Lens of Numerical Linear Algebra."

See the excerpt from the SIAM Review here:

September 25, 2017

Computational and Applied Mathematics welcomes its first Ph.D. Cohort

Our first Ph.D. Cohort!

(Left to right: Rebecca Kotsonis, Robert Webber, Justin Finkel, Aaron Chen, Zhisheng Xiao, Ruiyi Yang)

Last week, the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics welcomed its first cohort of Ph.D. students to campus with a host of orientation sessions and activities. Students had the opportunity to meet with one another, some for the first time, tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff, including their advisors, and have lunch with the Director of the Committee. We are very excited to welcome our new and returning students and look forward working with each of them throughout the academic year.

September 18, 2017

Welcome Student Affairs Administrator, Zellencia Harris!

Zellencia Harris We are excited to have Zellencia Harris join the CAM team as our Student Affairs Administrator. Zellencia will be working closely with our CAM PhD students, supporting them with things such as orientation activities, registration, financial aid, and addressing any student concerns or resolving any student issues that may arise.

Zellencia comes to the University of Chicago from DePaul University, with over 7 years of experience working in Student Affairs and Student Support Services. She also completed her Master's Degree in Multicultural Communication and Education at DePaul University. Zellencia is a native Chicagoan, originally from the south side Avalon Park neighborhood. Some of her hobbies include cooking, singing, and swimming. We are happy to have Zellencia join us. Please feel free to stop by her office to say hello in Jones 116B!

June 5, 2017

Prize Spotlight: Lek-Heng Lim

Courtesy of SIAM News: Awards and Recognition

Lek-Heng LimWe're proud to award Lek-Heng Lim, University of Chicago, with the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing in 2017. This prize, established in 1979, is given for research in, or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing during the six years preceding the award. The purpose of the prize is to stimulate younger contributors and to help them in their careers. The prize will be awarded at the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting in July.

Q: Why are you excited about winning the prize?

A: Looking at the list of past winners, I am deeply honored and humbled that the prize committee decided that I belong to this list. Usually when I get an email from Nick (Higham), he is either seeking a referee report or conveying one; but his last email (informing me of the prize) came as a very pleasant surprise. I am extremely grateful to the people who kindly nominated me.

Q: What does your research mean to the public?

(Read the full article here)


March 27, 2017

UChicago Launches PhD program in Computational and Applied Mathematics

By Greg Borzo
March 27, 2017

The University of Chicago's Division of the Physical Sciences is launching a PhD program in computational and applied mathematics, part of an expansion into a field at the intersection of big data and scientific discovery.

The program, which has started accepting applications, has engaged faculty from numerous departments, including statistics, computer science, mathematics, neurobiology, human genetics, and astronomy and astrophysics. It follows the division's addition of an undergraduate major in computational and applied mathematics and the hiring of new faculty focused on the interdisciplinary field.

"The University's expanding focus on computational and applied mathematics provides a training ground for a new generation of scholars who will harness data in new and innovative ways to produce discoveries across the sciences," said Edward "Rocky" Kolb, dean of the division and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. "The doctoral program will ensure that massive data sets and powerful computational algorithms to which scientists increasingly have access produce rigorous and correct results."

(Read the full article here)