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Honors Day

April 16, 2015

Join us for Honors Day 2016 on Thursday, April 14 at McClung Museum. Refreshments beginning at 4:00 pm in the Museum Lobby.

Some individuals were not available for pictures. A listing of candid pictures is available at the bottom of the program. High resolution versions of these pictures may be found at name).

Welcoming remarks by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara

Mistress of Ceremonies Assistant Professor Joan Lind

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 Professor Suzanne Lenhart
Hannah Clark, Margaret McDaniel, and Eric Olberding

Recognition of Putnam Competition Participants

Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Ian Francis, Scott Howard, and Adam LaClair

Special recognition Honors Program

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara
Jacob Lambert and Matthew Murphy

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 Grozdena Todorova
Yukun Li and John Cummings

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 Abner Salgado
1st Place – Andrew Wintenberg
2nd Place – Austin Mullen

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 Chuck Collins
Christopher Loa and Estonia Black

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 Professor Michael Frazier
Less than 2 years — Jennifer Ribbeck and Margaret Wieczorek
More than 2 years — Mark Bly and Amanda Diegel

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 Associate Professor Luis Finotti
Katie Mason, Stephen Pablo, and Meg Stuart

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. Granger Morrison.

Presented by Professor Morwen Thistlethwaite
Corie Janeway and Jessica McMahan

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 Assistant Professor Tuoc Phan
Wenqiang Feng, Vy Nguyen, Pawel Grzegrzolka, and James Scott

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 Jerzy Dydak
Jennifer Ribbeck, Garrett Rose, Allison Heming

Recognition of Pi Mu Epsilon Tennessee Delta Chapter

Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Undergraduate Students
Emily Finley, Gavin Glenn, Yingbin Jiang, Bailey Loseby, Eric Olberding, Stephen Pablo, Adam Spannaus, and Tyler Stuessi
Merit Based Membership Award Winners
Ian Francis and Andrew Wintenberg

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 Lee’s who generously provided an endowment to support these awards.

Presented by Assistant Professor Fernando Schwartz
Bailey Loseby, Dani Waldrop, Gavin Glenn, Duncan Cordry, Adam LaClair, Ian Francis, Christopher Loa, Estonia Black, and Jason Rizk

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
Adam LaClair, Ian Francis, Jason Rizk, Meg Stuart, Keaton Stamps, and Andrew Wintenberg

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 Associate Professor Nikolay Brodskiy
Joseph Minutolo Jr

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 Nikolay Brodskiy
Janet Chandler, Carol Hesse, and Jennifer Parker

J. P. and Gladys Maples Scholarship

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

Presented by Professor Henry Simpson
Duncan Cordry

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 Assistant Professor Marie Jameson
Taylor Abbey, Katie Mason, and Megan O’Malley

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  Assistant Professor Tadele Mengesha
Darrin Weber

2014-2015 Graduate Program Graduates

Presented by Professor Xiaobing Feng
(Fall 14 – Summer 15)

Graduate Student Best Teacher Award

Presented by Mark Bly
Dr. Joan Lind

UT Math Teacher of the Year Award

The Department of Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award is given to a local high school mathematics teacher who best exemplifies the knowledge of and enthusiasm for the discipline of mathematics inside the classroom and out.

Presented by Professor Jerzy Dydak
Cynthia Blanchard

Closing Remarks



Dr. Brodskiy meets students

Buffet Tables

Buffet Tables

Dr. Collins with his MS students

Ali and Leah await the start of the program

The Harris' with Jessica McMahan (award winner)

McMahan Family with Pollyanna Harris

McMahan Family

Dr. Ken Stephenson, Dr. John Long , and Dr. Suzanne Lenhart

Dr. Tadele Mengesha, Dr. Xiaobing Feng, and Dr. Abner Salgado

Michelle Hammett greets the Harris Family

Michelle and Jared get things ready

Pawel Grzegrzolka and Maggie Wieczorek await the start of the program

Garrett Rose and his family

Technology and the Row Award

Ben Walker visits with Jane Row

Students review the program

Math Staff gather for Honors Day

Math Staff gather for Honors Day

Dr. Suzanne Lenhart and Dr. Chuck Collins

Dr. Joan Lind and Dr. Remus Nicoara

Dr. Feng sporting a bowtie

Food was yummy

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