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University of Richmond Professor Bill Ross Receives NSF Funding to Host International Mathematics Conference on Campus

Grant News

September 28, 2023

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND ─ University of Richmond mathematics professor Bill Ross has received a $30,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to host the annual Virginia Operator Theory and Complex Analysis Meeting at the University of Richmond this fall.

Ross, Professor and Roger Francis and Mary Saunders Richardson Chair in Mathematics, is the founder of VOTCAM, which has been held at colleges and universities in Virginia for more than 30 years. 

“VOTCAM is a forum where mathematicians, including students, convene to share ideas and build relationships,” said Ross. “The annual meeting is known for being welcoming and accessible to a wide range of mathematicians from all backgrounds and in all stages of their careers.”

VOTCAM attracts researchers from across the mid-Atlantic region, with several of the plenary speakers coming from Canada and Europe. The NSF grant will fund the coordination of the conference as well as lodging support for attendees to ensure the conference is accessible for all students and scholars. Registration is free.

“Conferences like these are wonderful experiences for the mathematical community and foster productive collaborations,” Ross said. “I have benefitted personally and professionally from conferences like VOTCAM.”  

The 2023 VOTCAM conference is Oct. 14 at the University of Richmond in Jepson Hall.