Mathematics Department - Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards


Mathematics Graduate Program

External Awards


  • 2014: Kelly Spendlove was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • 2014: Lillian (Katy) Crow-Craig won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2013: John Kim won an NSF-GRF Fellowship; Lihua Huang won an honorable mention in the NSF-GRF application; (incoming student) William Franks won an NDSEG Fellowship.
  • 2012: Siao-Hao Guo won a Taiwan Fellowship
  • 2012: Lillian (Katy) Crow-Craig won an honorable mention in the NSF-GRF application.
  • 2011: Glen Wilson won an honorable mention in the NSF-GRF application.
  • 2010: Wesley Pegden won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2009: Philip M. Wood won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2008: Chris Stucchio won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2007: Vincent Vatter won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Recipients of TA Teaching Excellence Awards


SemesterWinner(s)SemesterWinner(s)
Fall 2015Patrick Devlin, Charles Wolf Spring 2016 Fei Qi, Howard Nuer
Fall 2014Bud Coulson, Glen Wilson Spring 2015Nathaniel Shar, Tien Trinh
Fall 2013Moulik Balasubramanian, Zhan Li Spring 2014Sjuvon Chung, Matthew Russell
Fall 2012Kellen Meyers, Ming Xiao Spring 2013Shashank Kanade, Arran Hamm
Fall 2011Yusra Naqvi, Chris Sadowski Spring 2012Ved Datar, Francesco Fiordalisi
Fall 2010Thomas Tyrrell, Jinwei Yang Spring 2011Priyam Patel, Vijay Ravikumar
Fall 2009Wesley Pegden, Humberto Montalvan-Gamez Spring 2010David Duncan, Elizabeth Kupin
Fall 2008Sara Blight, Padmini Mukkamala Spring 2009Gabriel Bouch, Daniel Staley
Fall 2007 Andrew Baxter, Leigh Cobbs Spring 2008John Bryk, Brent Young
Fall 2006Jared Speck, Thotsaporn Thanatipanonda Spring 2007Shiting (Ellen) Bao, Colleen Duffy
Fall 2005Ben Bunting, Scott Schneider Spring 2006Lara Pudwell, Eric Rowland
Fall 2004Ben Bunting, Brian Manning Spring 2005Ben Kennedy, Ian Levitt
Fall 2003Derek Hansen, Sasa Radomirovic Spring 2004Brian Lins, Jason Tedor
Fall 2002Laura Ciobanu Spring 2003Michael Weingart
Fall 1999Brian Ingalls, Ryan Martin Spring 2000Klay Kruczek, David Nacin
Fall 1998Cyril Coumerbatch, Paul Dreyer Spring 1999Amy Stern, Steven Warner
Fall 1997Thomas Bullock, Tor Gunston Spring 1998Jim Dare, Rebecca Hickling
Fall 1996Terri Girardi, Luca Mauri Spring 1997Ka Luen Cheung, Pirkko Kuusela


Award recipients get a certificate and $200.


Recipients of Pizza Seminar Awards


Semester Winner  Semester Winner
Fall 2016 Patrick Devlin Spring 2017
Fall 2015 Patrick Devlin Spring 2016 Nathan Fox, Yonah Biers-Ariel
Fall 2014 Erik De Amorim Spring 2015 Pedro Pontes
Fall 2013 Patrick Devlin, Nathaniel Shar, Richard Voepel Spring 2014 Matthew Russell
Fall 2012 Jake Baron Spring 2013 Sjuvon Chung
Fall 2011 Doug Schultz Spring 2012 Jake Baron, Bence Borda
Fall 2010 Jay Williams, Michael deFreitas Spring 2011 Justin Bush
Fall 2009 Daniel Staley Spring 2010 Brian Thompson
Fall 2008 Scott Schneider Spring 2009 Philip Matchett Wood, Elizabeth Kupin
Fall 2007 Wesley Pegden, Jay Williams Spring 2008 Dan Staley
Fall 2006 Phil Matchett Wood Spring 2007 Dan Staley
Fall 2005 Lara Pudwell Spring 2006 Phil Matchett Wood
Fall 2004 Nick Weininger Spring 2005 Jared Speck
Fall 2003 Paul Ellis Spring 2004 Matt Young
Fall 2002 Michael Weingart Spring 2003 Jason Tedor
Fall 2001 David Galvin Spring 2002 Jason Tedor
Fall 2000 Waldeck Schötzer Spring 2001 David Galvin
Fall 1999 John Cain Spring 2000 Yuka Taylor
Fall 1998 Harri Ojanen Spring 1999 Amy Stern


Award recipients get a prize of $50. Winners are selected by a vote of their fellow graduate students.


Recipients of Academic Excellence Awards


Semester Winner  Semester Winner
Fall 2016 Holly Mandel Spring 2017 George Hauser, Xiaoping Zhu
Fall 2015 Abigail Raz, Keith Frankston Spring 2016Jeaheang Bang, Yukun Yao
Fall 2014 Jianxiang Gao, Jing Gong Spring 2015Erik de Amorim, Matthew Welsh
Fall 2013 Pedro Pontes Spring 2014Matthew Charnley, William Cole Franks
Fall 2012 Ross Berkowitz, Edmund Karasiewicz Spring 2013 Jiayin Pan, Fei Qi
Fall 2011 Bence Borda, Glen Wilson Spring 2012 John Kim, Vladimir Lubyshev, Douglass Schultz, Thomas Sznigir


Award recipients get a prize of $100. Winners are selected based on performance on the written qualifying exam.


Other awards

  • FAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education (certificate and check)
      2001: Amy Stern
  • School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education as a Teaching Assistant:
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the Graduate School (certificate and check):
      2001: Clifford Smyth (Ph.D. received in 2001)
      2002: Juan Davila (Ph.D. received in 2002)
      2004: Augusto Ponce (Ph.D. received in 2005)
      2008: Thotsaporn Thanatipanonda (Ph.D. received in 2008)
      2009: Luc Nguyen (Ph.D. received in 2009)
      2012: Tianling Jin and Camelia Pop (Ph.D. received in 2012)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student from the Graduate School
      2014-5: Kellen Myers (Ph.D. received in 2015)

  • Bevier University Fellowship (For advanced students writing their Ph.D. dissertation):
      2003-4: Matt Young
      2004-5: Aaron Lauve
      2005-6: Qinian Jin
      2006-7: Chris Stucchio
      2008-9: Luc Nguyen
      2011-12: Tianling Jin
      2013-14: Zahra Aminizare


    Awards received by alumni

    • 2016: Wesley Pegden won an A.P. Sloan fellowship.
    • 2014: Lara Pudwell won a Mathematical Association of America Henry L. Alder Award.
    • 2012: Daniel Kling receives a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award
    • 2011: Roman Holowinsky and Xiaoqing Li each won an A.P. Sloan fellowship.
    • 2011: Roman Holowinsky won the SASTRA Ramunujan Prize.
    • 2007: Zoltan Szabo won the Oswald Veblen prize (with Peter Ozsvath).
    • 1998: David Reimer won the Polya Prize.
    • 1997: Jeong Han Kim won the Fulkerson prize.
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