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The Department of Mathematics annual Honors Day Reception will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Wolf-Kaplan Hospitality Center in Neyland Stadium. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:00 pm and the ceremony will follow at 4:30 pm.

We hope that you can attend this event, in which many of our top students will be recognized. On behalf of the Honors Day Committee, I hope you will celebrate the accomplishments of our students!

Location: The Wolf-Kaplan Hospitality Center is located at ground level of Neyland Stadium on Phillip Fulmer Way. Enter at Gate 21A and walk down the ramp and make a left at the field gate to go to the Wolf Kaplan Center.

Parking Info: For more information about parking, please contact Ms. Shameca Gandy-Woods via e-mail or by phone at 865-974-2461. Limited numbers of parking passes will be issued and requests will be taken until Monday, April 17, 2017.

History of Wolf-Kaplan Center:

Honors Day

April 14, 2016

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).

Welcome and Mistress of Ceremonies Assistant Professor Judy Day

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 Henry Simpson
Adam Laclair                  Christopher Loa

Recognition of Putnam Competition Participants

Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler
Estonia Black      Jesse Buffaloe      
Walker Bussey-Spencer           Adam Laclair        
Jia Liang               Andrew Wintenburg

Special Recognition Honors Program

Presented by Associate Professor Remus Nicoara
Andrew Belt                    Blake Erickson      Adam Laclair   
Christopher Loa             Jason Rizk            Keaton Stamps

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 Stefan Richter
Ben Levy and Kai Kang

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 – Christopher Dean
2nd Place – NIcholas Fore

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
Maitraya Ghatak

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
Junior Level — Pawel Grzegrzolka and Thomas Weighill
Senior Level — Lindsey Fox and Tim Krumwiede

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
Richard Stockinger

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 Assistant Professor Judy Day and the Harris Family
Nancy June Inman, Katie Mason, and Kaelin Toney

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 Associate Professor Joan Lind
Xiaoyang Pan and 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 Assistant Professor Marie Jameson
Adam Spannaus

Recognition of Pi Mu Epsilon Tennessee Delta Chapter

Presented by Associate Professor Jochen Denzler

Undergraduate Students
Candace Barnes              Cullen Briere

Graduate Students
Mustafa Elmas      Eric Olberding      Adam Spannaus

Merit Based Membership Award Winners
Gary Collins              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 Lees who generously provided an endowment to support these awards.

Presented by Professor James Conant and Ms. Janet Yancey (Lee Family)

Candace Barnes         Daniel Barry             Ashley Brown
Tori Bruinsma             Alana Cooper          Abigayle Galo
Maitraya  Ghatak        Gavin Glenn             Dallas McCash
Paige Schoonover       Andrew Wintenberg

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 Professor Ohannes Karakashian

Estonia Black          Ian Francis      Jonathan Mitchell
Stephen Pablo         Meg Stuart     Dani Waldrop   
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 &
Dr. Jane Row
Kimberly Harrington

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 Joan Lind
Amanda Bartel       Anna Maston

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 Associate Professor Steve Wise
Chase Joslin      Stephen Pablo

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 Dustin Cartwright
Estonia Black           Ian Francis       Jonathan Mitchell
Stephen Pablo               Meg Stuart     

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 Xiaobing Feng
Kylie Berry       Mark Bly

2015-2016 Graduate Program Graduates

Presented by Professor Xiaobing Feng
(Fall 15 – Summer 16)

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

Presented by MGSC
Dr. Mike Frazier (Teaching Award)
Dr. Joan Lind (Service Award)

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 Assistant Professor Marie Jameson
Janet Chandler

Closing Remarks




Buffet Tables

Inside the museum

Mustafa, Tricia, and Cara await the start of Honors Day

Dr. Frazier, Dr. Phan, and Dr. Mengesha

Dr. Karakashian and Guest

Ben Levy is happy to be graduating!

Ben Walker, Amanda Worsham, Shameca Gandy, and Tina Murr

Everyone begins finding a seat.

Jimmy Scott and Mandy & Ryan Loga

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