CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENTS AND ALUMNI
Victoria (Tori) Akin was one of three UGA students to be awarded a Goldwater Scholarship last April. Tori is a Foundation Fellow in her senior year majoring in Mathematics. She excels in her coursework and has done research with epidemiologist and biostatistician Andreas Handel from the College of Public Health. She has also participated in two Research Experiences for Undergraduates; one at William and Mary College and the other at Louisiana State University. Tori has been active with our Math Club and with the MathCounts Outreach Program in neighboring middle schools. To top this off, Tori was recognized with Honorable Mention for the Alice T. Shafer Prize given by the Association for Women in Mathematics at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, January 2012.
Jacob Rooney was chosen as the winner of the Strahan Outstanding Junior Mathematics Major Award. Jacob is a Foundation Fellow honors student. He has excelled in his coursework and has participated in research projects on knot theory with Jason Cantarella.
Arianna Kazez won and Rachel Kulikoff, David Millard, and Ryan Norris tied for second in the 2011 Kossack Calculus Prize. This prize honors Carl F. Kossack, a former member of UGA’s Mathematics and Statistics Departments. The winners are determined by their performance on a challenging calculus test.
The 2011 Hollingsworth Awards for outstanding achievement in sophomore/junior level mathematics classes went to Steven Adams, Muneeb Ahmed, Daniel Atha, Grant Bickwit, Mary Boyles, Glenn Branscomb, Chelsea Davidson, Lucy Fu, Tyler Johnson, Kirk Lemmen, Xieran Li, Xin Lu, Alexander Lyford, Kathryn Maples, Kristine Melstrom, Malik Obeidin, Chris O’Dekirk, Brian Pidgeon Katherine Plumblee, Derek Ponticelli, Alex Pritchett, Trevor Reece, Theresa Stratmann, Zachary Upton.
Brandon Samples won the Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award. At most five of these awards are given out university-wide each year and Brandon is the first ever Mathematics graduate student to have received one. Not only is Brandon known for his excellence and dedication in teaching calculus and pre-calculus, but he is also recognized as an influential mentor to his fellow graduate students. He has run our graduate student seminar for first-time teachers where graduate students learn the nuts and bolts of conducting a class and get individual feedback on their teaching.