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Department Special Awards

Faculty Awards

Sorgenfrey Distinguished Teaching Award

This award was established in 1996. Professor Sorgenfey was a UCLA faculty member from 1942 through 1978. In 1963, he was the first mathematician to win the university's Distinguished Teaching Award. The prize honors faculty for excellence in teaching.

2018-2019 Recipient: Marcus Roper

Distinguished Service Award

To recognize faculty for their outstanding service to the Department, beyond their teaching and research duties.

2018-2019 Recipient: Ciprian Manolescu

Distinguished Teaching Award

To recognize excellence in teaching among Assistant Adjunct Professors.

2018-2019 Recipients: Jens Eberhardt and Michael Willis

 

Graduate Awards

Departmental Teaching Assistant Awards

To recognize outstanding performance among Teaching Assistants.

2018-2019 Recipients: Tyler Arant, Hung Chou, Austin Christian, Michael Puthawala

The Horn-Moez Prize

This prize was established by Dr. Ali Amir-Moez and named in honor of his advisor, UCLA professor Alfred Horn. The prize recognizes high academic achievements and superior results on the qualifying exam for first year graduate studies.

2018-2019 Recipients: Bohan Chen, Louis Esser, Clark Lyons

Dissertation Year Fellowship

This program is intended to support doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy at the time of nomination by their department to the Graduate Division.  Applicants should be within one year of completing and filing the dissertation and planning to start teaching or research appointments soon after the end of their dissertation fellowship year. Approximately 200 fellowships awarded under this program yearly by the Graduate Division.  

2018-2019 Recipients: Allen David Boozer, Thomas Gilton, Yanli Liu, Christian Parkinson  

The Edwin and Alice Beckenbach Award

The award was established in 1984 and is named after Professor Edwin Ford Beckenbach, Emeritus Professor. The award is given to a graduate student in their final year so that it may reduce their teaching duties in order to complete their doctoral dissertation.  

2018-2019 Recipient: Dohyun Kwon

Girsky Student Award

This award was endowed by Stephen J. Girsky, a UCLA alumnus to support two meritorious academic performance among graduate students.

2018-2019 Recipients: Michelle Feng and Maria Ntekoume

UCLA Mathematics Graduate Research Presentation Prize

To support a graduate student who excels in the presentation of original research.  

2018-2019 Recipient: Eden Prywes

Barrett O’Neill Travel Award

This award is supported by the Barrett O'Neill Memorial Fund.  Barett O'Neill was a member of the Department of Mathematics at UCLA for 60 years from 1951 to 2011 when he passed away.  He had a long and distinguished career as a researcher.  His work had a notable and lasting impact, in particular in the areas of differential geometry and general relativity. This award is intended to assist postdoctoral researchers and more advanced graduate students with travel expenses to present their work and research results, in the differential geometry or related fields, at conferences and similar events.

2018-2019 Recipient: Austin Christian

 

Undergraduate Awards

Basil Gordon Award 

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada. This award is to recognize the top scorer among UCLA student competitors.

2018-2019 Recipient: Xiaoyu Huang

Daus Prize 

To recognize the academic accomplishments of a top-ranked student in mathematics at the undergraduate level.

2018-2019 Recipient: Konstantin Miagkov

Outstanding Actuarial Science Student Award

To recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in actuarial mathematics.

2018-2019 Recipients: Sarah Renee Pena, Yi Zu Tan

Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award

To recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in the Mathematics/Economics major.

2018-2019 Recipients: Artem Pashchinskiy, Ellen (Jeongeun) Song

Sherwood Prize 

To recognize overall outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in mathematics at the undergraduate level.

2018-2019 Recipients: Neil Michael Charles Bickford, Akshay Smit, Jiayu Wan, Qinyi Zeng

Putnam Performance Prize 

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada.  This award is given to UCLA undergraduate participants for their outstanding performance.

2018-2019 Recipients: Ciprian-Mircea Bonciocat, Kaiqi Zhu, Konstantin Miagkov, Osman Akar, Xiaoyu Huang