Doug Ulmer

Douglas Ulmer

Professor and Head
Department of Mathematics
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0089

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(December 7, 2017) Reflecting on my first semester back at Arizona, I am gratified by the warm welcome from across the university, and struck by the number of people willing to share their insights and ideas for the future. Over the course of the semester, I have had the pleasure of meeting with many individual faculty members in their offices and in groups at lunch. I've benefited from sage advice and detailed historical background from former interim department heads Tom Kennedy and Dan Madden. I've also enjoyed getting to know several members and prospective members of our external advisory board. We hope to restart the advisory board with new structures and new mandate early in the Spring.

(November 18, 2017) The department hosted a very successful conference to advise NSF on STEM education at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Given that UA is a science powerhouse and will soon be designated an HSI, it was a natural for us. One of the highlights was a keynote address by Congressman Raul Grijalva. Kudos to Guada Lozano for writing the grant that funded the conference and organizing the event.

(November 16, 2017) I am very happy to announce our new associate heads for undergraduate instruction and programs, all effective January 2, 2018:

We are fortunate to have such wise, talented, and energetic faculty willing to administer our undergraduate courses and programs!

(October 18, 2017) The first “Everything is Math” public outreach lecture by Matti Morzfeld took place this evening at Maynard's in downtown Tucson. We plan two such lectures each spring. (The second will be by Janek Wehr on November 15th.) This new lecture series is sponsored by our loyal alumnus and supporter Duncan Buell, and we were lucky to be able to see Duncan for the initial lecture and a dinner afterwards.

(September 19, 2017) Today we launched a new seminar series called “Tools You Can Use” aimed at providing faculty, post-docs, and grad students with information and advice on topics ranging from grant applications to computing resources to annual review and the promotion and tenure process. Suggestions for topics are always welcome.

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I have projects for students at several levels. For the last few years, I have enjoyed working with advanced undergraduates on semester-length projects in number theory and related areas. I'd also be happy to talk with graduate students about projects in number theory and algebraic geometry ranging from a quick MS with good prospects for a paper to more substantial PhD projects.


The fastest and most reliable way to reach me is via e-mail at To make an appointment, please contact my colleagues Alejandra (Ali) Gaona (520-621-2868, or Aubrey Mouradian (520-621-2713,


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email: phone: 520-621-2868 offices: Math 109 & ENR2 S311