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Honors Day

April 2020


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.

This year's winner is Alan Gan.

Recognition of Putnam Competition Participants

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

This year's participant was Jun Park. 

J. P. and Gladys Maples Scholarship

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

This year's winner is 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.

This year's winners are Curtis Dishner and Dani Waldrop.

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.

Graduates of the Mathematics Honors Program are Carl Edwards, Alan Gan, Daniel McBride, Spencer McDonald, and Niharika Sharda

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.

This year's winners are Harper Bryan, Adrian Calderon, Jun Park, and Wyatt Smith.

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.

This year's winners are Chris Oballe and Jeremy Siegert.

Recognition of Pi Mu Epsilon Tennessee Delta Chapter

Pi Mu Epsilon inductees are Lucas Fiet and Jeffrey Utley.

Math GTA Teaching Excellence Fellowship

This award was established in 2019 to recognize excellence in teaching, as well as significant contribution to the undergraduate education mission of the Department of Mathematics. The award is designed to encourage Math GTAs to deepen their involvement in the educational mission of the department.

This year's winners are Kelly Buch, Leigh Pearcy, Tamara Riggs, Jeremy Siegert, and Hannah Thompson

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.

This year's winners are Spencer Catron, Harry Channing, Maria Dassow, Lucas Fiet, Shannon Hall, Kay Howell, Ethan Kessinger, Sam Kilgore, John Maddox, Owen Queen, Wyatt Smith, and Aaron Stapleton.

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.

This year's winners are Spencer Catron, Harry Channing, Lucas Fiet, Shannon Hall, Victoria Howard, John Maddox, Jun Park, Owen Queen, Emma Schooley, Aaron Stapleton, Zachary Taylor, Jeffrey Utley, and Matthew Walker.    

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 Abby Avery, daughter, Paula Morrison, also a former UTK math major, and her husband G. Grainger Morrison.

This year's winner is Vinny Jodoin.

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.

This year's winner is Ethan Kessinger.

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.

This year's winner is Gesa Nestler.

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.

This year's winners are Harper Bryan, Adrian Calderon, Maria Dassow, and Kay Howell.  

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.

This year's 1st place winner is Alexander Krneta. 
This year's 2nd place winner is Ian MacDougall

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.

This year's winner is Danielle Burton

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.

This year's winner is Cara Sulyok

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.

This year's winners are Tricia Phillips and Sathya Rengaswami.

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.

This year's winner is Justin Lee.

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.

Junior Level Award: David Elzinga and Andy Gilliam
Senior Level Award: Cameron Cook and Jeremy Siegert

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.

This year's winner is Emily Brandel.

2019-2020 Graduate Program Graduates

Danielle Burton
Joseph Daws
Gabriel Dusing
Steve Galloway
John Hicks
Delong Li
Cassie Micucci
Chris Oballe
Tricia Phillips
James Scott
Adam Spannaus
Margaret Wiecezorek
Michael Wise
Le Yin
M.S. Graduates
Liam Bitting
Kelly Buch
Samanatha Clapp
John Garland
Justin Groves
Morganne Igoe
Amanda Lake Heath
James MacPherson
Eddie Mitchell
Brents Ring
Anna Sisk
Mitchell Sutton
Wencel Velega
M.M. Graduates
Emily Brandel
Mariah Campen
Curtis Dishner
Matthew Ellis
Joshua Janik
Justin Lee
Rhett Lyle
Theresa Nelson
Megan Warren

Math Graduate Student Council Awards

MGSC Ann Keith Lea Faculty 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.

This year's winner is Dr. Henry Simpson

MGSC 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.

This year's winner is Mr. Kevin Sukanek 


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