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Honors Day

April 19, 2018

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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 Judy Day
Andrew Wintenberg and Jonathan Mitchell (not present)


Recognition of Putnam Competition Participants

The Putnam Competition is an annual contest among undergraduate students across the United States and Canada.

Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Christopher Dean (not present), Joseph Hunter (not present), Jia Liang, Steven Patrick (not present), Andrew Wintenberg, and Viktor Zenkov


J. P. and Gladys Maples Scholarship

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

Presented by Assistant Professor Christopher Strickland
Christal Martin


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 of Tennessee during the summer to further the study of mathematics.

Presented by Assistant Professor Mat Langford
Matthew Ellis (not present) and Christopher Garner


Special Recognition Honors Program

The Math Honors Program is a nationally competitive program for highly motivated undergraduate students majoring in mathematics at the University of Tennessee.

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara


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 Professor Steve Wise
Shay Phagan and Ryan Christopher Unger


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 given to a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences to focus on teaching and/or research efforts in mathematics.

Presented by  Professor Alex Freire
Pawel Grzegrzolka (not present), Vy Nguyen, and James Scott


Recognition of Pi Mu Epsilon Tennessee Delta Chapter


Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Undergraduate Students
Alan Gan and Ryan Christopher Unger


Louise Hisey Scholarship

The Louise Hisey Scholarship Fund was a established in 1978 to support Tennessee students who have demonstrated academic merit.

Presented by Professor Suzanne Lenhart
Christal Martin


Lucille and Herbert Lee Memorial Scholarship

The Lucille and Herbert Lee Scholarship Awards were established in 1986 by a generous endowment from the Lee estate, and are awarded to sophomore and upperclassmen mathematics majors with outstanding records of academic achievement. Herbert E. Lee, who received his Ph.D. from Duke University, taught mathematics at UTK for three decades until his retirement in 1969. He, and his wife Lucille, were cheerful, friendly, outgoing people who always kept students' welfare in mind.

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara and Janet Yancey
Lucas Fiet, Alan Gan, Maitraya Ghatak, Matthew Klingerman, Jia Liang, John Park, and Chloe Ross (not present)


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 Assistant Professor Christopher Strickland
Brandon Barker, Alan Gan, Maitraya Ghatak, Jia Liang, Dallas McCash, Shay Phagan, Cody Sartorius, and Ryan Christopher Unger


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 Conrad Plaut
Tingting Chen and Alana Cooper


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 Joan Lind
Brandon Bell


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 Assistant Professor Marie Jameson and April Conner
Harry Channing


Dr. Warren L. & Kyleen D. Franz Scholarship

The Dr. Warren L. & Kyleen D. Franz Endowed Mathematics Scholarship was established in 2015 to support mathematics majors who demonstrate successful academic performance.

Presented by Assistant Professor Dustin Cartwright and Kyleen D. Franz
Tingting Chen and Alahnah Ligon (not present)


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.

John Park

Presented by Assistant Professor Yu-Ting Chen
1st Place: John Park
2nd Place: Jeongmin Andrew You


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
Mustafa Elmas, Jesse Sautel, and Montgomery Taylor


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 Morwen Thistlethwaite
Samantha Duchscherer, James Scott, Andrew Starnes, and Elise Weir



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 Mike Frazier
Montgomery Taylor and Andrew Starnes


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 Luis Finotti and Jane Row
Stefanie Holmes


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 Ohannes Karakashian
Junior Level Award: Shuler Hopkins and Jack Ryan
Senior Level Award: Mark Bly and Maggie Wieczorek

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 Dr. Allison Wolf
Valerie Capps


2017-2018 Graduate Program Graduates

Presented by Professor Xiaobing Feng
PH.D. GRADUATES
Mark Bly
Nicholas Dexter (not present)
Mustafa Elmas
Logan Higginbotham (not present)
David Horton (not present)
Xiaoyang Pan (not present)
Rebecca Pettit (not present)
Kevin Sonnanburg (not present)
Andrew Starnes
Brittany Stephenson (not present)
Elise Weir



M.S. Graduates
Joseph Daws (not present)
Mahir Demir
Samantha Duchscherer
Lindsey Fox (not present)
Steve Galloway (not present)
Beili Johnson (not present)
Kolin Konjura (not present)
Vy Nguyen
Tricia Phillips
Hamza Ruzayqat (not present)
Cara Sulyok (not present)
Maggie Wieczorek



Special Recognition Graduate Students

Presented by Professor Xiaobing Feng

  • Kileen Berry received a Science Graduate Student Research Award in 2017.
  • Hamza Ruzayqat was awarded a 2017 SARIF Award from Research Office to do research under direction of Dr. Tim Schulze.
  • Brents Ring is just awarded a 2018 SARIF Award from Research Office to do research under the direction of Dr. Xiaobing Feng.
  • Vy Nguyen is selected to participate the 2018 Graduate Summer School in MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), University of California at Berkeley.
  • Danielle Burton, Tim Robertson, Hamza Ruzayqat, Adam Spannaus, Wencel Valega Mackenzie, Liet Vo, and Thomas Weighil, each has published one or more joint research papers in 2017-2018.
  • Ibrahim Aslan, Kileen Berry, Danielle Burton, Jonathan Clark, Joseph Daws, Valega Mackenzie, each has given a research talk in a mathematical conference in 2017-2018.
  • The following students have earned GTA academic progress awards in 2017-2018: Jonathan Clark, Cameron Cook, Shuler Hopkins, Edward Mitchell, Tamara Riggs, Jack Ryan, Jesse Sautel, Mitchel Sutton, Hannah Thompson Jea Hyun Park, Timothy Roberston



Math Graduate Student Council Awards

Teaching Award

This award goes to a professor who has done an exceptional job teaching a course for graduate students this school year. Voted on by the graduate students, this award is meant to recognize the work and dedication a professor has given to help students understand the course material.

Service Award

This award goes to a professor who has gone above and beyond to mentor, advise, or in general help graduate students this year in a non-teaching capacity. Voted on by the graduate students, this award is meant to recognize the extraordinary work a professor has done to foster students' progress through the program and/or aid students in their preparation for a career.

Presented by Mark Bly, MGSC President
Professor Suzanne Lenhart (Service Award)
Associate Professor Joan Lind (Teaching Award)





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