57% of our graduate student group is comprised of international students from: Russia, Brazil, Iran, India, China, Israel and several European countries. At the University, there is no majority racial or ethnic population. The most recent US News & World Report review of colleges ranks UIC 9th out of 311 Carnegie-classified national universities for campus ethnic diversity.
The Department has a strong representation of women in tenure-track faculty and PhD and MS Degree candidates, relative to other Research I institutions. Our Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM) Student Chapter is very active in supporting and celebrating the achievements of female mathematicians in every level of academia. The mission of our AWM chapter is to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for women and gender minorities in the mathematical sciences.
Also, the MSCS Out in Math graduate student group hosts a weekly seminar and works to foster a welcoming community for LGBTQ individuals. Out in Math works to address issues facing LGBTQ mathematicians, including limited visibility in the field, and celebrates the work of LGBTQ mathematicians in every level of academia.
Other active graduate student groups include SIAM, AMS Graduate Student Chapter, and the Mathematics Graduate Students Association. Several MSCS graduate students are also involved in Chicago Math Circles which provides math enrichment programs to Chicago 5th-12th grade students from diverse backgrounds.
MSCS faculty and graduate students have active connections with mathematicians all over the Chicago and the Midwest, in particular with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Also, UIC is part of the Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP). CMEP is an agreement between the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, which encourages graduate students in a doctoral program to enroll at one of the three participating institutions to take advantage of academic courses that are not available at their home institution.