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July 16, 2018
When Dorothy Gilford enrolled at the UW to study mathematics in 1935, the department’s one female professor warned her that mathematics was not a promising career for women. Gilford barreled ahead anyway, and went on to become a wildly successful statistician. Gloria Hewitt similarly defied the odds decades later, when she earned a PhD in mathematics at the UW—only the seventh African-American woman at any university to earn a mathematics PhD. She became a professor and department chair at the... Read more
William Dana
June 2, 2017
Will Dana has been named one of the four 2017 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. Will is a Mathematics major and Music minor, and will begin graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Michigan next year. He has been doing research for a senior thesis under the supervision of Professor Jim Morrow as well as research within the Washington Experimental Math Lab with other... Read more
David Jekel
May 1, 2015
David Jekel has been named one of the four 2015 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. David is a double major in Mathematics and Classics, and will begin graduate studies in mathematics at UCLA next year. He has been doing research for a senior thesis under the supervision of Professor Tatiana Toro and additional research with Professor Jim Morrow. David is the twelfth math major in the... Read more
Cris Negron
March 1, 2015
Cris Negron has received a Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Already the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Cris has been working on noncommutative algebra and noncommutative algebraic geometry under the supervision of James Zhang. He will continue his research next year at Louisiana State University, and then as a postdoc at MIT.
Matt Junge teaching for the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound
January 1, 2015
Matt Junge, a graduate student who received the department's Excellence in Teaching award in 2011, is featured in the current newsletter of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound for a year-long college prep course he is offering at the Washington Correction Center for Women. With the resumption of his class earlier this month, one student declared, "... Read more
Haimo teaching award winners
January 1, 2015
At the Joint Mathematical Meetings in San Antonio earlier this month, Brian Hopkins received the Mathematical Association of America's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, the same award that Jim Morrow was given in 2008. Hopkins, a professor at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey, obtained his PhD at UW in 1997 under the... Read more
Austin Roberts
July 1, 2014
Austin Roberts shared the award for best student paper at the 26th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC 2014) held at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. These awards recognize the depth of the papers' results as well as the clarity of the recipients' presentations.
2014 NSF PostDocs
May 1, 2014
Toby Johnson and Austin Roberts are the latest departmental recipients of Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Johnson has been working in probability and combinatorics under the supervision of Ioana Dumitriu and Soumik Pal. He plans to carry on his research as a postdoc at the University of Southern California. Roberts works in combinatorics and will complete his PhD this year under the supervision of Sara Billey. He will be teaching in... Read more
Reid Dale
May 1, 2014
Reid Dale has been named one of the four 2014 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. He is also the recipient of an NSF graduate fellowship, which he will use to pursue a PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley. Reid already has a head start, having just visited Berkeley for a semester to pursue several research projects... Read more
Matthew Kahle
April 1, 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a CAREER grant to former grad student Matthew Kahle. Matt received his PhD from UW in 2007, with Eric Babson and Chris Hoffman as advisors. Following three years at Stanford as an NSF postdoctoral fellow and a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, he became an assistant professor in 2011 at Ohio State University, receiving a Sloan Research Fellowship a year later. Matt's... Read more
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