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Honors Day

April 21, 2017

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John H. Barrett prize

The tradition of the John H. Barrett Prize began in 1970. It is an annual memorial award given to outstanding undergraduate seniors who have a concentration in mathematics or are mathematics majors.

Presented by Associate Professor Steve Wise
Estonia Black, Ian Francis, Gavin Glenn, and Stephen Pablo


Recognition of Putnam Competition Participants

Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Jia Liang, Shaver Phagan, Travis Stockinger, Andrew Wintenburg, and Viktor Zenkov


J. P. and Gladys Maples Scholarship

J. P. and Gladys Maples set up their scholarship endowment fund to encourage scholastic excellence in students.

Presented by Assistant Professor Yu-Ting Chen
Larrissa Weaver


Dorothea and Edgar D. Eaves Summer Fellowship

The Dorothea and Edgar D. Eaves Summer Fellowships were established in 1977 to encourage high school mathematics teachers to return to the University during the summer to further the study of mathematics.

Presented by Associate Professor Luis Finotti
Sonya Hatfield and Carol Hesse


Special Recognition Honors Program

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara
Candace Barnes, Estonia Black, Ian Francis, Gavin Glenn, Stephen Pablo, and Andrew Wintenberg


James A. Cooley Scholarship

The James A. Cooley Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of James A. Cooley and to help qualified and deserving mathematics students secure a college education. Professor Cooley was Head of the Department of Mathematics from 1942 until he returned to full time teaching in 1961. Preference is given to students interested in a teaching career.

Presented by Associate Professor Joan Lind
Amyee Alexander, Alana Cooper, Jonathan Mitchell, Paige Schoonover, and Larissa Weaver


Spike Tickle STEM Endowed Fellowship

The Spike Tickle Fellowship was established Mr. John D. "Spike" Tickle to recognize students who have an outstanding academic performance and desire to use their talents and education in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The award is

Presented by  Professor Alex Freire
Kylie Berry and Thomas Weighill


Recognition of Pi Mu Epsilon Tennessee Delta Chapter


Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Undergraduate Students
Shaver Phagan, Paige Schoonover, and Dani Waldrop
Merit Based Membership Award Winners
Daniel Barry and Gavin Glenn


Lucille and Herbert Lee Memorial Scholarship

The Lucille and Herbert Lee Scholarship Awards have been awarded annually since 1986 to sophomore and junior mathematics majors with outstanding records of academic achievement. They are made in memory of the Lees who generously provided an endowment to support these awards.

Presented by Assistant Professor Dustin Cartwright
Alex Crawford, Kayla Ellis, Matt Ghatak, Dallas McCash, Rebecca Percy, Chloe Ross, Paige Schoonover, and Ryan Unger


Cooper D. Schmitt Memorial Scholarship

The Cooper D. Schmitt Endowment was established in 1987. The goal of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and appropriate awards to outstanding students in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Tennessee.

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara
Brandon Barker, Daniel Barry, Aram Bejnood, Alana Cooper, Jonathan Mitchell, Hayley Phillips, Ryan Unger, and Andrew Wintenberg


Polly Anna Harris Scholarship

This scholarship helps support a future mathematics teacher. Applicants must be fourth-year undergraduate students pursuing a major in mathematics, with intent to become a high school mathematics teacher. Polly Anna Harris, a former UTK math major, taught at Bearden High School for many years before she retired. She was a recipient of the UT Alumna and Presidential Award for outstanding teaching. This scholarship is sponsored by her family, son, David Harris, MD, who is also a former UTK math major, and his wife Patricia, son, Frank Harris and wife T.R. Morgan, daughter, Paula Morrison, also a former UTK math major, and her husband G. Grainger Morrison.

Presented by Professor Suzanne Lenhart, Polly Anna Harris, and the Harris Family
Abigayle Galo and Charis Maness


Dr. Glenn R. and Elise I. Young Scholarship

The Dr. Glenn R. and Elise I. Young Scholarship was established in 2010. Its purpose is to support Physics or Mathematics majors who demonstrate successful academic performance. Preference is given to juniors. Awards are given in the Mathematics and the Physics Departments.

Presented by Assistant Professor Marie Jameson
Brandon Barker, Carrie Elliott, and Andrew Wintenberg


Simms Foundation Scholarship

The Simms Foundation Scholarship was created through a generous gift from Carol Sue Simms in 2014. The Simms Foundation Scholarship is a 4-year merit scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman with an excellent high school record who will major in math and has an interest in teaching.

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara
Hannah Huckaby


John M. Allen Prizes

The Allen Medal in mathematics was originated by John Mebane Allen in 1890 and has since been presented annually. It is noted to be one of the oldest awards given by The University of Tennessee. The Allen Medal is given to recognize freshman students who demonstrate, upon testing, the best knowledge of Algebra, Plane Geometry, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Single Variable Calculus, and/or any other areas of mathematics as may be determined by the department head and select faculty members.

Presented by Assistant Professor Tadele Mengesha
1st Place: Grayson Northern
2nd Place: Viktor Zenkov


Randall E. Cline Award

This award was established by friends and colleagues in memory of Dr. Randall E. Cline. It is to provide student aid for scholarly activities associated with graduate student work in The University of Tennessee Department of Mathematics. Currently enrolled and prospective math graduate students are eligible for the award.

Presented by Professor Kenneth Stephenson
Brittany Stephenson


Yueh-er, Hong-hsu and Clarence Cheng Kuo Fellowship Endowment

The Yueh-er, Hong-hsu and Clarence Cheng Kuo Fellowship Endowment was established in 2003 by Dr. Yueh-er Kuo to promote Masters’ degree education in the Department of Mathematics. Yueh-er Kuo was a professor in the Department of Mathematics since 1964. She was an expert in educating Masters’ degree students in addition to her own research. She had 56 thesis and project students and many of them are very successful in their careers. Hong-hsu Kuo was the husband of Yueh-er Kuo and was a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Clarence Cheng Kuo was the son of Yueh-er and Hong-hsu. He was a brilliant model student of University Nursery School. This award is given to graduate students with outstanding academic merit.

Presented by Professor Kenneth Stephenson
Emma Bell (could not attend)



Graduate Student Achievement Award

The goal of these awards is to recognize outstanding academic achievement among graduate students. It was established several years ago to parallel the award for outstanding teaching among graduate students.

Presented by Professor Jan Rosinski
Joshua Mike and Stefan Schnake


Harry Row Scholarship

Harry Row was deeply committed to teaching and spent considerable time working with teachers. One of his professional goals was to promote the appropriate use of technology in the teaching of Mathematics. This scholarship funds a teacher who wants to continue the study of Mathematics and preference is given to those who have significantly used technology in their teaching.

Presented by Dr. Allison Wolf and Jane Row
Ginger Davis


Dorothea and Edgar D. Eaves Teaching Awards

The Dorothea and Edgar D. Eaves Awards were established in 1977 in order to recognize outstanding teaching among graduate teaching assistants.

Presented by Assistant Professor Judy Day
Junior Level Award: Mustafa Elmas and Cara Sulyok
Senior Level Award: Kylie Berry and Brittany Stephenson


2016-2017 Graduate Program Graduates

Presented by Professor Xiaobing Feng


Special Recognition Graduate Students


Presented by Professor Xiaobing Feng
Grace McClurkin, Joshua Mike, Stefan Schnake, and Brittany Stephenson



Math Graduate Student Council Teaching Award &
Math Graduate Student Council Service Award

Presented by Darrin Weber, MGSC President
Dr. Suzanne Lenhart (Teaching Award)
Dr. Steve Wise (Service Award)




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