2020-2021 Academic Year
A native of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Mike Montoro is a PhD student and a Presidential Fellow in mathematics at the University at Buffalo. He is also an undergraduate alumnus of UB’s Honors College, holding a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and music.
From his upbringing as a public school student to his current position as a PhD student, Montoro has been dedicated to serving the community with his unique set of skills. As an undergraduate, he was a teaching assistant for the Gifted Math Program, a tutor and a summer school teacher at a local high school. Always committed to seeing UB thrive, he also served as an Ambassador to the College of Arts and Sciences, a responsibility that included assisting in admissions events and serving on grievance committees. Montoro is currently a teaching assistant in the math department and also is heavily involved in the Graduate Student Employees Union and the Living Stipend Campaign.
A passionate researcher and academic, Montoro has received numerous academic honors. As an undergraduate, he was awarded both the Wilson Scholarship and the Harriet F. Montague Award, and he was the Department of Mathematics’ Outstanding Senior for the Class of 2018. He also received the Summer Math Scholarship for his research on analytic number theory, the subject of his undergraduate research thesis. His current area of research is in arithmetic geometry, a subfield at the intersection of number theory, algebraic geometry and topology.
Montoro strongly believes that only collective effort and support will make UB a better place in which to study, work and live. With his wide range of experiences in both academics and organizing, he hopes to bring previously unheard voices to the table on academic and workers’ rights issues. He will continue to listen to, and synthesize, all sides of the conversation, and he will continue to stand up for all of the people in the UB family during his tenure as the Student Representative to the UB Council.