Austin Kraft, Fulbright award winner

Austin Kraft Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Language Research

August 19, 2020 - Austin Kraft, a ’20 graduate with majors in Mathematics and Linguistics, was offered a Fulbright Award to travel to Indonesia to conduct a comparative study of grammatical binding in three Indonesian languages. Working with Professor Yanti at Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Austin will conduct fieldwork at three different locations on the islands of Java and Borneo to elicit and document native speakers' binding patterns. He has previously studied Indonesian with a Critical Language Scholarship in the summer of 2018 and has completed research with Professor Hooi Ling Soh at the University of Minnesota. After his Fulbright year, he plans to complete a PhD in Computational Linguistics.
MPM organizers Harini Chandramouli, McCleary Philbin, Esther Banaian, and Sarah Brauner

The Mathematics Project at Minnesota (MPM) awarded MAA Tensor Women in Mathematics Grant

August 18, 2020 - The Mathematics Project at Minnesota (MPM) has been awarded a Tensor Women in Mathematics Grant from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The grant provides funding to programs that are "designed to encourage college and university women...to study and persist in mathematics." MPM is a four-day workshop for undergraduates at the University of Minnesota who come from underrepresented groups in mathematics. The workshop aims to increase the participation and success of students majoring in mathematics by building community, providing mentorship, and instilling participants with a sense of mathematical empowerment. MPM is founded and organized by graduate students, and has run successfully for three years. MPM organizers Esther Banaian, Sarah Brauner, Harini Chandramouli and McCleary Philbin, along with faculty advisor Paul Carter, are the Principal Investigators on the grant. To learn more about MPM and the 2020/21 workshop, visit the MPM website.
Bruno Poggi and Ryan Matzke

Bruno Poggi and Ryan Matzke Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

July 7, 2020 - Bruno Poggi and Ryan Matzke have been awarded a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-21.  Bruno's research interests lie in the intersection of harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, and elliptic partial differential equations. His thesis advisor is Svitlana Mayboroda.  Ryan's research interests lie in potential theory, discrepancy theory, and optimal point distributions. His thesis advisor is Dmitriy Bilyk. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.
Kai-Wen Lan and Gregg Musiker

Kai-Wen Lan and Gregg Musiker Promoted to Full Professor

May 15, 2020 - The Board of Regents has now approved the promotions of Kai-Wen Lan and Gregg Musiker to full professor. Prof. Lan’s research interests are Number theory, automorphic forms, Shimura varieties and related topics in arithmetic geometry. Prof. Musiker’s research interests are Combinatorics, cluster algebras, and tropical geometry.
Ondrew Tillotson

Ondrew Tillotson Receives President's Student Leadership and Service Award

May 12, 2020 - Ondrew Tillotson, a CSE Undergraduate Mathematics Major, received this year's President's Student Leadership and Service Award (PSLSA). The award recognizes his outstanding leadership and service.  Among his many contributions, he is currently serving as Disabled Student Cultural Center (DSCC) President, and has spent several years tutoring and mentoring for TRIO Upward Bound and the University YMCA. According to the PSLSA website, students are nominated and chosen by a committee based on their leadership strengths, accomplishments, and contributions to the University community.
Anh Hoang

Anh Hoang Receives Beek Graduate Student Teaching Award

May 11, 2020 - Graduate student Anh Hoang received the 2019-20 Aaron and Anna Beek Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Council of Graduate Students. According to the Council of Graduate Students (COGS), this award is given to graduate teaching assistants who have made “distinguished contributions to undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota by demonstrating exceptional teaching ability and improving the experience of classroom, laboratory, or studio instruction. The recipients of the award are chosen by an Evaluation Committee formed by COGS, and are based on nominations from undergraduate students."
Marina Kirkeide

Math Alumna works on Models to Help with COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020 - Marina Kirkeide, who received her BS in 2019 in mathematics with a math biology specialization, is now working on an interdisciplinary research team co-led by School of Public Health Professors Eva Enns and Shalini Kulasingam, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, to model the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Minnesota.  Governor Tim Walz relied heavily on the projections based on their models when he issued a stay-at-home order on March 27, 2020.  
María Sánchez-Muñiz and Adrienne Sands Receive President's Student Leadership and Service Award

María Sánchez-Muñiz and Adrienne Sands Receive President's Student Leadership and Service Award

April 28, 2020 - Graduate students María Sánchez-Muñiz and Adrienne Sands received this year's President's Student Leadership and Service Award (PSLSA). The award recognizes these students’ outstanding leadership and service to the Department, the University, and beyond. According to the PSLSA website, students are nominated and chosen by a committee based on their leadership strengths, accomplishments, and contributions to the University community.
Svitlana Mayboroda, McKnight Professor at the University of Minnesota

Professor Svitlana Mayboroda Awarded McKnight Presidential Professorship

April 22, 2020 - Prof. Svitlana Mayboroda has been awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Professorship. The McKnight Professorship is one of the highest honors for faculty at the University of Minnesota. Recipients of this award are recommended by their college dean and chosen by the president based, in part, on their academic and research accomplishments as well as their contributions to advancing the University. Prof. Mayboroda’s name will be added to Scholars Walk in recognition of this award.
NSF graduate research fellowship recipients Ashleigh Adams, Anuraag Bukkuri, and Jacob Ogden

Ashleigh Adams, Anuraag Bukkuri, and Jacob Ogden Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 14, 2020 - Ashleigh Adams, Anuraag Bukkuri, and Jacob Ogden, have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Henry Twiss, Goldwater Scholarship Recipient

Henry Twiss Receives Goldwater Scholarship

April 6, 2020 - Henry Twiss, a junior majoring in mathematics, has been awarded the national Goldwater Scholarship. This prestigious, competitive scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.  For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship, visit The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation website.
Wei-Min Ni

Wei-Ming Ni Receives 2019 Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award

February 27, 2020 - Professor Wei-Ming Ni’s jointly written paper --  “Carrying capacity in a heterogeneous environment with habitat connectivity” --  was selected to receive “The 2019 Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award” by the ESA (Ecology Society of America).  The paper is motivated by mathematical results and explores a key question in spatial population biology: “How do spatial heterogeneity in environmental factors and movement patterns determine the regional abundance of a population?”  The paper was written in collaboration with Bo Zhang,  Alex Kula, Keenan M. L. Mack, Lu Zhai, Arrix L. Ryce, Donald L. DeAngelis, and  J. David Van Dyken, and was published in Ecology Letters in 2017 (20: 1118-1128).
Jeff Calder, Sloan Research Fellow

Jeff Calder Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

February 24, 2020 - Jeff Calder has been awarded a fellowship with the Sloan Research Foundation. The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study.
Hao Jia

Hao Jia Receives NSF CAREER Grant Award

February 13, 2020 - Hao Jia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics has been awarded a CAREER Grant from the National Science Foundation for his project: "New Mechanisms for Stability, Regularity and Long Time Dynamics of Partial Differential Equations" The CAREER Award is one of the NSF's most prestigious awards, supporting the early career development activities of teacher-scholars that effectively combine research and education.  
Jeffrey Calder

Jeffrey Calder Receives NSF CAREER Grant Award

February 13, 2020 - Jeffrey Calder, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics has been awarded a CAREER Grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled: "Harnessing the Continuum for Big Data: Partial Differential Equations, Calculus of Variations, and Machine Learning." The CAREER Award is a prestigious award offered by the NSF to support early career development activities of teacher-scholars that integrate research and education.
2018 - 2019 Outstanding TA award recipients

2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

December 19, 2019 - Congratulations to Olivia CannonAndrew Hardt, and Michelle Pinharry -- recipients of the 2018 - 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Students submitted 500 nominations for the awards! The Instructional Evaluation Committee chose the recipients based on nominations from students and on faculty nominations and evaluations.
women in math and stat team at the 2019 MinneMUDAC Student Data Science Challenge

“Women in Math and Stat” Team Places 2nd at 2019 Student Data Science Challenge

November 30, 2019 - The University of Minnesota “Women in Math and Stat” team placed 2nd out of 24 graduate-level teams at the 2019 MinneMUDAC Student Data Science Challenge. The team — Somyi Baek, Cora Brown, Sarah Milstein, and Yu Yang (faculty advisor: Professor Gilad Lerman) — also won the Analytical Acumen Award. For its fourth annual data science challenge, MinneAnalytics posed the problem of predicting the price of soybeans in the volatile market of 2019. The project consisted of graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals in the working with real-world data, conducting exploratory data analysis, and building an informed model to predict the price of soybeans.
Anar Akhmedov

Anar Akhmedov Named AMS Fellow for 2020

November 10, 2019 - Prof. Anar Akhmedov was named American Mathematical Society Fellow for 2020 for contributions to core problems in topology.  The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.  Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.