June 29, 2019

Professor Emeritus R. Ian McDonald passed away June 29, 2019.

Ian McDonald was a well-respected colleague and my next-door neighbour in College West for many years. Ian joined the Department of Mathematics – as it was then called – in 1965, just as the “new” campus opened on the south-east edge of the city, and spent his entire career at the University of Regina.

Ian was a mainstay of the undergraduate teaching program, as was with his first wife, Joanne. Ian prepared carefully for his courses and was an effective and popular professor. He wanted his students to do well and his door was always open to them.

Ian was the second head of the department, from 1970 to 1976. Unlike his predecessor, who oversaw a rapid expansion of the faculty complement amidst burgeoning enrolments of the 1960’s, Ian’s term as head coincided with a period of declining enrolments, a loss of faculty positions in the department, budget stringency and bickering between the two campuses of the University of Saskatchewan (that led to the creation of the University of Regina in 1974). Ian’s calm demeanour and the esteem in which he was held by his colleagues kept the department on track during a time of anxiety and uncertainty.

Ian’s tall, imposing frame belied a very gentle personality. He was soft-spoken, respectful and easy-going. He was good company, a congenial colleague and made important contributions to the department and the University as a whole.

Jim Tomkins
July, 2019

To read me about Dr. McDonald, please see the obituary.


June 8, 2019

Roghayeh Maleki won the CMS President’s Prize for Best Poster at the Summer Meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society in Regina.

Roghayeh Maleki

Roghayeh Maleki
and Douglas Farenick

May, 2018

Sam Jaques, BSc Honours (Math) will receive the Governor General's Gold Medal at the University of Waterloo spring convocation for his masters work.  Sam is working in classical crytography and quantum information theory.

December 9, 2018

Professor Emeritus, J. Harley Weston was named a Canadian Mathematical Society Fellow in CMS Meeting Banquet in Vancouver.  Congratulations Dr. Weston!!

 Read more.

2018 CMS Fellow

J. Harley Weston
and Douglas Farenick,


June 7, 2018

Ms. Charlayna McGill (BSc. in Actuarial Science) received the Faculty of Science Dean's Medal at Spring Convocation.

Dr. Thuntida Ngamkham

Douglas Farenick, Charlayna McGill and Shaun Fallat

June 7, 2018

Dr. Andrei Volodin considers the probability of people getting cannibis licenses in Saskatchewan.  Published in the Leader Post, June 7, 2018.  See the article for complete details.

May, 2018

Thuntida Ngamkham has been selected as the 2017 University of Regina recipient of the Governor General's academic gold medal. This award recognizes the most outstanding academic performance of a graduate student.

Dr. Thuntida Ngamkham

May 10, 2018

Dr. Saroup Kaul, Professor Emeritis, passed away May 10, 2018. The following memory of Dr. Kaul is from Dr. Jim Tomkins.

I was deeply saddened to learn that Saroop Kaul had passed away. I had the good fortune to be taught complex analysis by Dr. Kaul during my final undergraduate year at the University of Saskatchewan. He was always well-prepared for class and he presented the material clearly. In addition, at a time when interactions between students and their professors was much more formal than today, Dr. Kaul was approachable; he seemed to enjoy getting to know his students outside the classroom and was easy to talk to.

When I became a faculty member in Regina in 1969, I wasn't aware that Saroop had moved from the Saskatoon Campus of the University of Saskatchewan to the Regina Campus – and I was pleased to become re-acquainted with him. Indeed, he and I were next-door neighbours in College West for many years, after the math department moved out of the Library. We had many conversations over the years and I always enjoyed his company. In my mind’s eye, he is smiling. He was a congenial colleague, a scholar and teacher respected by students and faculty alike.

I offer my deepest condolences to the Kaul family.

Jim Tomkins
6 June 2018

To read me about Dr. Kaul, please see the obituary.

February, 2018

Mehwish Anwar, recipient of the 2017-18 Joan and Norman Beirnes Scholarship.  Congratulations Mehwish!

Mehwish Anwar Characature

Picture created by James Burbank

May 21-22, 2017

Michelle Hatzel, a second year student, presented a poster at the Calgary Applied and Industrial Mathematical Sciences Conference. This poster is a collaboration between Asghar Ghoranpour and Michelle Hatzel.  The following is the poster abstract.

The Reimann zeta function ζ(s) is defined for s > 1 by the series Zeta Function.  Despite convergence for s > 1, the value of the series is challenging to compute.  Numerous proofs have been developed to evaluate what we know as the Basel problem, ζ(2), and then generalized to compute ζ(2k).  In this work we use Parseval's identity, a common textbook technique, to evaluate ζ(2), to find the values of zeta at all positive integers.

May, 2017

Marzeih Bayeh has been selected as the 2017 U of R recipient of the Governor General's academic gold medal. This award recognizes the most outstanding academic performance of a graduate student.

November, 2016

Kian Blanchette, recipient of the 2016-17 Joan and Norman Beirnes Scholarship.  Congratulations Kian!

Kian Blanchette Characature

Picture created by James Burbank

October, 2016

Professor Emeritus, Harley Weston was interviewed by the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society Spotlight on the Profession.  See the article on the SMTS website.

September 26, 2016

Professor Emeritus, Haragauri N. Gupta passed away on September 26, 2016 in Waterloo Ontario.  Dr. Gupta joined the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus in 1966.  To learn more about Dr. Gupta, please see:

May 20, 2016

Patrick Maidorn has been awarded the Mathematics Education Prize from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. See for details about Patrick's accomplishments and the award.

February 17, 2015

Dr. Bruce Gilligan and his recent PhD student, Dr S. Ruhi Ahmadi, have had their December 2014 article "Complexifying Lie group actions on homogeneous manifolds of non-compact dimension two" recognised as one of the top papers in the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin.

October 20, 2014

Two retired faculty members, Dr. J. Chris Fisher and Mr. Norman Beirnes, have generously established scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. The first recipients of these awards are Adam Gorr, a third-year Mathematics major, who received the Joan & Norman Beirnes Scholarship in Mathematics and Statistics, and Mizanur Rahaman, a first-year doctoral student, who received the Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Entrance Award for International Students.

October 1, 2014

Dr. Donald Stanley has been appointed to the NSERC Discovery Grants Evaluation Group for Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Michael Kozdron has been named the University of Regina liaison for the PIMS Postdoctoral Stochastic Training Centre.

June 10, 2013

Dr. R. James Tomkins, former Head of Mathematics & Statistics and President of the University of Regina, has been named the eighth Chancellor of the University. Dr. Tomkins, a distinguished academic and a tireless contributor to the University, will assume his new role on July 1, 2013, for a three-year term. For further details, please see the formal announcement: