Past news announcements from the department homepage.
October 2017: Minicozzi, Sheffield, and Pixton awarded chairs
Minicozzi, Sheffield, and Pixton awarded chairs
Bill Minicozzi now holds the Singer Professorship in Mathematics, a chair that was recently held by Tom Mrowka, and previously by Dan Stroock. This was established by the James and Marilyn Simons Professorship Fund in 1999, in honor of Institute Professor and Abel Prize winner Isadore Singer. Formerly named the Simons Distinguished Professorship of Mathematics until Professor Singer’s retirement, it was renamed in 2010.
Scott Sheffield has been awarded the Leighton Family Professorship in Mathematics, a chair previously held by Michel Goemans. The chair was established in 2007 by the Leighton Family Fund.
Both chairs are for five years, renewable once.
Aaron Pixton has received the Class of 1957 Career Development chair for a three-year term. This is an Institute chair for a junior faculty member.
Congratulations Bill, Scott, and Aaron!
September 2017: PRIMES student Felix Wang named Davidson Fellow
PRIMES student Felix Wang named Davidson Fellow
PRIMES student Felix Wang, 18, of Newton, has been chosen as a 2017 Davidson Fellow with a $25,000 scholarship award for his paper, "Functional equations in Complex Analysis and Number Theory." He is one of only 20 students across the country to receive this honor. Felix, a rising college freshman at Stanford University and graduate of Roxbury Latin in West Roxbury, thanked his PRIMES mentors Pavel Etingof and Tanya Khovanova, along with grad student Thao Do and University of Michigan Professor Michael Zieve. "Both mentors provided tremendous assistance, and have always inspired and motivated me," Felix said. “I am unbelievably excited and honored to be a Davidson Fellow,” said Wang. “Mathematics has fascinated me since childhood. In middle school, I spent countless hours poring over textbooks in preparation for various math competitions, but by the time I reached high school, my interest in learning math to win competitions had faded. I searched for a more challenging and more fulfilling way to use my talents, and decided to attempt mathematics research.” He credits PRIMES as the program that fulfilled his need for a challenge.
Congratulations PRIMES and Felix!
September 2017: ICM 2018 speakers include Tom Mrowka, Bjorn Poonen, Alex Postnikov, Chenyang Xu, Zhiwei Yun, and Wei Zhang
ICM 2018 speakers include Tom Mrowka, Bjorn Poonen, Alex Postnikov, Chenyang Xu, Zhiwei Yun, and Wei Zhang
Tom Mrowka will deliver a plenary address at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018, which will be held August 1-9, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro.
Other MIT math faculty invited to speak at ICM 2018 include Bjorn Poonen and our new full professor Wei Zhang in the Number Theory section; new professors Zhiwei Yun and Chenyang Xu in the Algebraic and Complex Geometry section; and Alex Postnikov in the Combinatorics section. Meeting every four years, ICM is where the Fields medals are awarded.
August 2017: Scott Sheffield Wins Clay Research Award
Scott Sheffield Wins Clay Research Award
The Clay Mathematics Institute presented Jason Miller and Scott Sheffield with the 2017 Clay Research Award, for their groundbreaking and conceptually novel work on the geometry of the Gaussian free field and its application to the solution of open problems in the theory of two-dimensional random structures. The award is "in recognition of their introduction of a novel geometric combinatorial method to study doubling properties of solutions to elliptic eigenvalue problems” (full citation). Scott Sheffield holds the Leighton Family Chair in Mathematics at MIT since July 2017. Jason Miller is at the University of Cambridge, and was a Schramm Fellow and an NSF Fellow at MIT under Scott’s mentorship. For those who missed it, Quanta magazine recently wrote about their research in “A Unified Theory of Randomness.”
August 2017: Peter Shor awarded 2017 Dirac Medal
Peter Shor awarded 2017 Dirac Medal
Peter Shor received the 2017 Dirac Medal from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, along with Charles Bennett of IBM and David Deutsch of Oxford. Peter was recognized for his groundbreaking work in quantum computation, including his quantum factoring algorithm, quantum error-correcting codes, and quantum fault-tolerant computation. The award was announced on August 8, the 115th anniversary of Paul Dirac’s birth. Earlier recipients of the medal include Emeritus Professor Dan Freedman and several MIT physicists.
August 2017: Daniel Freedman’s work on neutrino scattering is confirmed 40 years later
Daniel Freedman’s work on neutrino scattering is confirmed 40 years later
Before his arrival at MIT, Daniel Freedman wrote "Coherent Effects of a Weak Neutral Current," which appeared in the 1974 issue of Physical Review. His paper proposed the process called coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, specifically pointing out that it had a much larger strength than other neutrino reactions.
Dan, a theoretical physicist emeritus in the Applied Mathematics division, recently received a pleasant surprise—more than 40 years later. “I received a message from the head of an experimental collaboration of about 80 physicists telling me that the experiment had finally been realized and confirmed my prediction.”
The results of their research were detailed in an article in the latest SCIENCE magazine, “Milk jug–sized detector captures neutrinos in a whole new way.” In the article, the team describes using a device the size of a milk jug in order to observe the neutrinos scattering off atomic nuclei. This development may lead to portable neutrino detectors at nuclear facilities.
July 2017: 2017 Rogers prize split by two teams
2017 Rogers prize split by two teams
The 2017 Hartley Rogers Jr. Family Prize for the best SPUR paper was awarded to two teams, to be split evenly, as decided by the faculty committee (Andrew Lawrie, George Lusztig, and Elchanan Mossel).
Justin Lim and his mentor Frederic Koehler were awarded for their “elegant analysis and presentation of spanning Maker-Breaker games.” The project, “Building Forests in Maker-Breaker Games: Upper and Lower Bounds,” was suggested by Asaf Ferber.
Jianqiao Xia and his mentor Gus Lonergan were awarded for a “penetrating study of the intersection pattern of irreducible components of Springer fibers coming from two-row partitions.” The project, “Topology of Two-Row Type Springer Fibers,” was suggested by Roman Bezrukavnikov.
Congratulations to all of the students, mentors, and faculty who provided projects, and thanks to all mentors, SPUR faculty advisors David Jerison and Ankur Moitra, SPUR+ coordinator Cris Negron, and the program director, Slava Gerovitch, along with the Rogers family for their support of this program.
July 2017: Lucas Mason-Brown named 2017 Echoing Green Fellow
Lucas Mason-Brown named 2017 Echoing Green Fellow
Math grad student Lucas Mason-Brown has been named one of 35 Echoing Green Fellows for his work with Data for Black Lives (D4BL), an organization he recently co-founded to mobilize scientists to use data science to fight racial bias in real estate, finance, criminal justice, and other areas.
Congratulations Lucas!Read more at the MIT News
July 2017: SPUR/RSI lecture series wraps up with Conference Aug. 4
SPUR/RSI lecture series wraps up with Conference Aug. 4
To a packed classroom, Prof. John Bush kicked off the summer SPUR/RSI lecture series with his lecture "Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs." Led by SPUR/RSI faculty advisors David Jerison and Ankur Moitra, the afternoon series concludes with the SPUR Program Conference, featuring presentations by 13 undergraduates. Students in the program work full time for six weeks on original individual or joint research projects, as mentored by a math grad student, and at the conference, the undergraduates present their papers to mentors, peers, and a panel of faculty members.
July 2017: Alum Mitch Rothstein returns to MIT to claim throne
Alum Mitch Rothstein returns to MIT to claim throne
Mitch Rothstein ’77 played the title character in the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble production of King John. “I know of no other example of a college repertory company mounting a production with both current students and 40 years of alumni,” said Mitch, now a math professor at the University of Georgia and one of the ensemble’s first actors. The cast and crew included four current students and 19 alumni that have graduated as far back as 1974.Read more at The Slice
July 2017: Allan Gottlieb ’67, returns for 50th reunion, and profiled...
Allan Gottlieb ’67, returns for 50th reunion, and profiled for his work as the Puzzle Keeper
Allan Gottlieb ’67, a pioneer in parallel computing and New York University professor, recently celebrated his 50th reunion this week at MIT. But since he was a junior in the math department he’s been creating The Puzzle Corner, a math and puzzle column that still appears in MIT Technology Review magazine. Gottlieb, who was profiled by Tech Review in 2015, spoke to Slice of MIT about the evolution of the Puzzle Corner.Read more at the MIT News
July 2017: Profile of a Math Senior: Raul Boquin
Profile of a Math Senior: Raul Boquin
MIT Senior Raul Boquin remembers the assignment from his freshman year as if it were yesterday. During a leadership workshop, he was asked to write a headline for a newspaper in his imagined future. The words that came to mind resonated so strongly that they now hang on the walls of his dorm room: “Equal opportunities in education for all.”Read more at the MIT News
July 2017: The Double Life of Doctoral Candidate and NF...
The Double Life of Doctoral Candidate and NFL Pro John Urschel
In the United States, the set of professional football players has about 1,700 members, and set the PhD candidates in math also has thousands of members. In 2017, the intersection of these sets is a singleton. On an overcast day in late winter, that unique element is in the Norbert Wiener Common Room in MIT’s Department of Mathematics, where John Urschel is sitting at a table, chatting. Urschel is an offensive lineman with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, a three-year pro with 40 regular-season games played and a couple of playoff starts on his football résumé. He is also a doctoral candidate in math at MIT who has passed his qualifying exams and has nine published or accepted research papers on his academic résumé.Read more at Technology Review
Urschel recently announced his retirement from his football career, and will concentrate full-time on earning his PhD. His announcement came days after the release of a Boston University study showing the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease.
June 2017: Welcome new graduate students!
Welcome new graduate students!
We are welcoming 19 new students into our graduate program.
Coming from around the world, 4 are from China, 3 from Russia, 2 from Hong Kong; and others are from Thailand, Singapore, Romania, Great Britain and Colombia. Thirteen are pure math, and six are applied math. Four are women.
Four from MIT are Robert Burklund, algebraic topology; Tudor Cristea-Platon, physical applied math; and two combinatorics students, Yibo Gao and Jonathan Tidor. Three are from Harvard: Sahana Vasudevan, general pure math; Gregory Parker, geometry; and Pakawut Jiradilok, combinatorics. Three are from the Higher School of Economics in Russia: Daniil Kalinov, general math; Andrei Ionov, algebra; and Aleksandra Utilarova, lie algebra. And two are from University of Cambridge: Dominic Skinner, physical applied math, and Chun Hong Lo, algebra.
Other new students are:
- Jie Jun Ang, probability, Stanford
- Araminta Gwynne, general pure math, Northwestern
- Kai Huang, geometry, Peking University
- Chenyang Shao, analysis, Tsinghua University
- Felipe Suarez, science, University de los Andes
- Jingwei Xiao, number theory, Columbia
- Ruoxuan Yang, analysis, University of Hong Kong
Please help us welcome them to the Department of Mathematics!
June 2017: Our Spring 2017 newsletter Integral is now available
Our Spring 2017 newsletter Integral is now available, and you can also check out our Simons Building Dedication insert.
June 2017: Hung Cheng Receives Technology Award and Launches Scholarship Fund
Hung Cheng Receives Technology Award and Launches Scholarship Fund
Hung Cheng received the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award in Technology and Humanity/Humanities, by the Chinese Institute of Engineers, San Francisco Bay Chapter. Cheng and his wife, Jill, also pledged $1 million last fall to the Hung and Jill Cheng Scholarship Fund, to support MIT undergraduates. Cheng was inspired to establish the scholarship through writing his novel, "Nanjing Never Cries."
June 2017: Grad student Xin Sun assists physics team with photonic...
Grad student Xin Sun assists physics team with photonic tech project to aid artificial neural networks
Xin Sun, as a 5th year Ph.D. student in mathematics, was part of a team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere that has developed a new approach to such computations, using light instead of electricity, which they say could vastly improve the speed and efficiency of certain deep learning computations. Their results appeared recently in the journal Nature Photonics. “Deep Learning” computer systems are based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples. These systems enable technologies such as face- and voice-recognition software, and could search through medical data to find patterns for diagnostic use, or scan chemical formulas for possible new pharmaceuticals.
Sun, whose advisor was Scott Sheffield, studies probability theory and mathematical physics; he has done research on random planar geometry, including SLE, Gaussian free field, random planar maps and Liouville quantum gravity. He was recruited to this photonics project by his friend, physics post-doc Yichen Shen, one of the first two authors of the article, and part of a team scattered around the world.
“The team in the physics department was trying to use optical device to realize mathematical operations involved in the deep learning algorithm, which are matrix multiplication and nonlinear function,” he explained. “One problem they encountered is to represent every matrix by 2 by 2 unitary matrices with other simple operations that can be easily realized by an optical device.” Together with Yichen Shen, he found what he explained "an economic way with respect to the optical device."
A recent graduate, Xin will go in July to Columbia University as a Simons Junior Fellow He received his B.S. in mathematics from Peking University.
Congratulations Xin Sun!
June 2017: Sylvain Carpentier not only received his PhD in mathematics...
Sylvain Carpentier not only received his PhD in mathematics at Commencement on June 9, but performed that night with the Boston Pops.
Sylvain was the featured soloist with the Pops at Symphony Hall during Tech Night at the Pops, a 120-year Commencement tradition hosted by MIT for alumni and guests. He was the first MIT PhD in Tech Night history to be a soloist.
With the Pops, he performed Frédéric Chopin’s solo piano work, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Opus 22, and received a standing ovation.
June 2017: Congratulations To Our New PhDs in Mathematics!
June 2017: Jerison, Staffiliani, French and Chu win MITx Prize...
Jerison, Staffiliani, French and Chu win MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs
David Jerison, Gigliola Staffiliani, Jennifer French, and Karene Chu are one of three winning groups of co-instructors honored by MIT’s Office of Digital Learning for its inaugural MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs (massive open online courses). They were honored for their significant contributions to MITx MOOC coursework offered on edX.org during the 2016 calendar year. The MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning recognizes educators who have devoted themselves to better engaging learners around the world through digital classrooms.
As part of their 18.01x Calculus Series, the team introduced a new sketch input tool and live-action videos while demonstrating what the review panel described as an “incredible level of commitment to course development and creating the best possible product.” The team drew content from Jerison’s 18.01 (Single Variable Calculus) course to serve as the base curriculum for 18.01x, then designed and built a highly interactive learning experience involving video, problems, text, and images.
At the May 19 MITx Significant Interest Group event, the team received a plaque, shared a $1,000 prize for an account of the faculty’s or department’s choosing, and will be MITx’s nominees for the edX Prize.
Congratulations David, Gigliola, Jennifer and Karene!
May 2017: Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize
Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize
Graduate student Sylvain Carpentier has been awarded the Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize. This award is presented to a current MIT graduate student in the Department of Mathematics for a research paper accepted for publication in a major journal. Sylvain received the prize for his paper "A sufficient condition for a rational differential operator to generate an integrable system" in the Japanese Journal of Mathemtics, March 2017 issue (Vol. 12, no. 1).
May 2017: Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards
Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards
Graduate students Gus Lonergan, Jonasz Slomka and Lucas Tambasco have each been awarded the Charles and Holly Housman Award for excellence in teaching. This award is presented to graduate students in Mathematics for skill and dedication in undergraduate teaching.
Congratulations Gus, Jonasz, and Lucas!
May 2017: Jon A. Bucsela Prize
Jon A. Bucsela Prize
Yibo Gao has received the 2017 Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics for distinguished scholastic achievement, professional promise, and enthusiasm for mathematics.
May 2017: Casals receives Caselles Award and Fellowship
Casals receives Caselles Award and Fellowship
The BBVA Foundation and the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society have awarded the Vincent Caselles Mathematical Research Award to CLE Moore Instructor Roger Casals. Among six recipients, Casals received the award for his contributions to contact topology. The Caselles Award goes to young mathematicians under 30 to boost the research of young Spanish mathematicians or those trained in Spain.
Casals also received RSME's José Luis Rubio de Francia Award and the BBVA Research Fellowship, which funds a three-year research project. His research on contact and symplectic topology, flexible-rigid dichotomy and h-principles is also supported by an NSF award.
May 2017: Calculus Classes on edX, Rerun Starting Soon
April 2017: Infinite Mile Award
Infinite Mile Award
The School of Science has selected Special Projects Assistant Cesar Duarte and Webmaster Becky Ecung to receive the Infinite Mile Award. The Infinite Mile Award recognizes those individuals who have gone above and beyond their required duties. This includes going beyond expectation in mentoring, learning and skill building, innovation, and community building.
Cesar was nominated for the “Beyond Expectation Award,” for consistently going above and beyond the requirements of his job to make the Math Department a better place. Becky was nominated for the “Innovator Award,” for creating solutions to problems large and small, and finding simple solutions to the daily struggles for the department.
Congratulations Cesar and Becky!
April 2017: Clay Research Award
Clay Research Award
Professor Scott Sheffield and former Schramm and NSF fellow Jason P. Miller have won the 2017 Clay Research Award for their work on the geometry of the Gaussian free field and its application to the solution of open problems in the theory of two-dimensional random structures. Jason is now at the University of Cambridge.
Congratulations Scott and Jason!
April 2017: MIT takes 4th place in Putnam Competition
MIT takes 4th place in Putnam Competition
The MIT team of Robert C. Shen, David H. Yang, and Yunkun Zhou placed 4th this year in the 2016 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, after a three-year run of first places.
Yunkun Zhou was named a Putnam Fellow, placing in the top 5.
MIT has 3 students in the next 9 spots: Jiyang Gao, Allen X. Liu, and Sammy Y. Luo; 7 in the next 11 spots: Evan Chen, Andrew He, Hyun Sub Hwang, Eshaan Nichani, Mark A. Sellke, Robert C. Shen, and Lingfu Zhang; and 21 honorable mentions in the next 68: Ryan N. Alweiss, Yibo Gao, Brian H. Gu, Meghal Gupta, Brice Huang, Kritkorn Karntikoon, Samuel Korsky, Michael J. Kural, Calvin J. Lee, Justin K. Lim, Ting-Chun Lin, Yang Liu, Weerachai Neeranartvong, Sung Gi Park, Tahsin Saffat, Sean Shi, Kevin Sun, Suchan Vivatsethachai, Jianqiao Xia, David H. Yang, and Kevin Zhou.
MIT earned an outstanding 32 of the top 93 spots.
A Full List of the Winners
Congratulations to the winners, and to all who took the exam!
April 2017: Guggenheim Fellowship
Professor Gigliola Staffilani has been awarded the 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is among 173 who were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships in April, chosen among 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 93rd competition. Gigliola is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Mathematics.
April 2017: NSF Fellowships
The following undergraduate mathematics students have been awarded 2017 NSF Fellowships for Graduate Study:
- Colin Aitken
- Brian Axelrod
- Shi-Fan Chen
- Robert Jones
- Saarik Kalia
- Jing Li
- Alexander Moss
- Mark Sellke
- Jonathan Tidor
- Kevin Zhou
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.
Congratulations to our winners!
April 2017: Graduate Women of Excellence
Graduate Women of Excellence
Doctoral student Gweneth McKinley has been chosen as an honoree in the 2017 biennial celebration of Graduate Women of Excellence. The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education’s celebration recognizes graduate women who exemplify leadership and service contributions at the Institute, and outstanding accomplishment. Gweneth and others will be recognized on April 24, where honorees will present posters on their accomplishments and future plans.
March 2017: Hertz Fellowships
Linus Hamilton, a first-year graduate student, and fourth-year undergraduate Ofer Grossman were among 12 to receive the Hertz Fellowship.
Hamilton, from College Park, Md., is pursuing his PhD in applied mathematics. His advisor is Ankur Moitra, who also had received a Hertz Fellowship.
Grossman, who will pursue his PhD in theoretical computer science, also co-won the 2015 SPUR (Summer Program in Undergraduate Research) Hartley Rogers Jr. Prize.
Congratulations Linus and Ofer!
March 2017: Simons Fellowships
Professors Tobias Colding, Gigliola Staffilani, Tomasz Mrowka and Fall 2017 incoming professor Wei Zhang have each been awarded a 2017 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. This award is granted to scientists with great potential for research accomplishment based on their accomplishments within the past five years.
Congratulations Toby, Gigliola, Tom and Wei!
March 2017: Regeneron Science Talent Search
Regeneron Science Talent Search
PRIMES math student Aaron Yeiser, mentored by Alex Townsend, has won the 2nd place award in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017 (formerly Intel) for his development of a new numerical method for solving partial differential equations on complicated geometries.
Two other PRIMES students, Alec Sun and Felix Wang were also finalists.
Congratulations PRIMES students!
March 2017: Sloan Research Fellowships
Sloan Research Fellowships
Assistant Professors Semyon Dyatlov and Aaron Pixton have each been awarded the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships. This two-year fellowship recognizes early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise who have a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Congratulations Semyon and Aaron!
January 2017: National Inventors Hall of Fame
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Professor Tom Leighton has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the Content Delivery Network methods that he invented with his graduate student Danny Lewin. Using Applied Mathematics and Algorithms, Leighton's methods allow the replication and delivery of content over a large network of distributed servers, making the Internet faster.
January 2017: AMS Election Results
AMS Election Results
Three of our senior faculty were elected by members of the AMS to these respective appointments and terms:
- David Jerison, Vice President (Feb. 2017 - Jan. 2020)
- Bjorn Poonen, Nominating Committee (Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2019)
- Scott Sheffield, Editorial Boards Committee (Feb. 2017 - Jan. 2020).
Congratulations to them and appreciation for their service to the Mathematics Community!
January 2017: AWM Mathematics Dissertation Prize
AWM Mathematics Dissertation Prize
2015 PhD Graduate Dana Mendelson, under the direction of Gigliola Staffilani, has received the Inaugural Association for Women in Mathematics Dissertation Prize. This prize is awarded annually to outstanding PhD dissertations presented by female mathematical scientists.
January 2017: A New edX Course
December 2016: Morgan Prize
MIT Senior Math Major David H. Yang has won the 2017 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student. As an undergraduate student, Yang has already authored five research papers, three of which have been accepted in the Memoirs of the AMS.
December 2016: Siemens Competition
December 2016: George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships
George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships
George Lusztig with the 2016 and 2017 PRIMES Mentors: Isabel Vogt, Seth Shelly-Abrahamson and Chieon Kim (2016), and Guangyi Yue, Andrew Rzeznik and Lucas Mason-Brown (2017)
The 2017 George Lusztig PRIMES mentors are Lucas Mason-Brown, Andrew Rzeznik, and Guangyi Yue. These positions are awarded annually to continuing PRIMES mathematics mentors for exceptional mentor service in past years.
Congratulations Lucas, Andrew, and Guangyi!
December 2016: Marshall Scholar
Kevin Zhou, a double major in Mathematics and Physics, has been named a 2017 Marshall Scholar. With this scholarship, Kevin will study theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge.
August 2016: Gian-Carlo Rota Biographical Memoir
Gian-Carlo Rota Biographical Memoir
The National Academy of Sciences has released a biographical memoir of former MIT Mathematics Professor, Gian-Carlo Rota. Rota became a Professor of Mathematics in 1967 and Professor of Applied Mathematics and Philosophy in 1975. He won the Killian Faculty Achievement Award in 1996.
August 2016: Ankur Moitra, Packard Fellow
Ankur Moitra, Packard Fellow
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded Ankur Moitra the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, recognizing him as one in eighteen of the nation's most innovative young scientists and engineers.
August 2016: Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016
Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016
Professor Tobias Colding received the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize for ground-breaking research in differential geometry and geometric analysis. Awarded annually for over 200 years, this prize is given to researchers who have contributed significantly to basic research at a high international level.
August 2016: Rogers Family Prize
Rogers Family Prize
The 2016 Hartley Rogers Jr. Family Prize for the best SPUR paper was awarded to Lingfu Zhang and his mentor Hong Wang for the paper, "Refinements of the 2-Dimensional Strichartz Estimate using the Maximum Wave Packet" (project provided by Larry Guth).
Congratulations Lingfu and Hong!
August 2016: José Luis Rubio de Francia Prize
August 2016: Building 2 Awards
Building 2 Awards
The Building 2 renovation project has received two prestigeous awards. First, the Cambridge Historical Commission celebrated the quality of historial preservation of the property by granting the project a 2015-2016 Preservation Award. Second, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) has honored the project with a SCUP/AIA-CAE Award for "excellence in architecture for building additions or adaptive reuse."
Thank you Ann Beha Architects and other project contributors!
August 2016: Quanta Magazine Feature
August 2016: Canadian Thesis Prizes
Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow Vincent Genest has been awarded two prizes for his Phd work, Algebraic structures, superintegrable systems and orthogonal polynomials. The Canadian Mathematical Society has presented Vincent with the 2016 Doctoral Prize, and the Canadian Association of Physicists-Division of Theoretical Physics has awarded him with the 2016 Thesis Prize.
August 2016: Communications of the ACM Cover Story
Communications of the ACM Cover Story
Communications of the ACM, the leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields, has featured the work of Professor Bonnie Berger on the cover of the 2016 August issue. The article, titled Computational Biology in the 21st Century: Scaling with Compressive Algorithms, discusses how algorithmic advances take advantage of the structure of the massive biological data landscape.
July 2016: Simons Fellowship
July 2016: Simons Professorship
Professor Bonnie Berger has been appointed the Simons Professor of Mathematics. Established by the James and Marilyn Simons Professorship Fund in 1996, this appointment recognizes outstanding achievements in mathematics, continued commitment to excellence in education and research, and service to the mathematics department.
July 2016: JSMF Complex Systems Scholar Award
JSMF Complex Systems Scholar Award
Assistant Professor Jörn Dunkel has received a 2016 Complex Systems Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The JSMF Scholar Awards Program supports high quality research to further the science of complex systems. Awardees are selected by an expert advisory panel based on the importance and originality of the applicant's proposed research.
June 2016: Simons Investigator
June 2016: New PhDs
May 2016: Rockwell International Career Assistant Professorship
Rockwell International Career
Ankur Moitra has been selected as the next Rockwell International Career Assistant Professor of Mathematics. This professorship recognizes and encourages excellence of the research and teaching by our gifted young faculty.
May 2016: Jon A. Bucsela Prize
Jon A. Bucsela Prize
Yongyi Chen and Mitchell Lee each received the 2016 Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics for distinguished scholastic achievement, professional promise, and enthusiasm for mathematics.
Congratulations Yongyi and Mitchell!
May 2016: Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Hertz Foundation Fellowship
Felipe Hernandez was awarded the Hertz Foundation Fellowship, given to support an outstanding student with the freedom to innovate as part of their graduate studies.
May 2016: Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize
Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize
Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prizes L-R: Department Head Tomasz Mrowka, Awardee Yun William Yu, Awardee Yi Sun, Associate Department Head John Bush
Graduate students Yi Sun and Yun William Yu have each been awarded the Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize. This award is presented to a current MIT graduate student in the Department of Mathematics for a research paper accepted for publication in a major journal. Yi Sun received the prize for his paper "Traces of Intertwiners for Quantum Affine sl2 and Felder–Varchenko Functions," and Yun William Yu for his paper "Entropy-Scaling Search of Massive Biological Data."
Congratulations Yi and Yun William!
May 2016: Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards
Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards
Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards L-R: Associate Department Head John Bush, Holly and Charles Housman, Awardee Carlos Sauer Ayala (with daughter Micaela), Ben Housman, Department Head Tomasz Mrowka and Awardee Zachary Abel
Graduate students Zachary Abel and Carlos Sauer Ayala have each been awarded the Charles and Holly Housman Award for excellence in teaching. This award is presented to graduate students in Mathematics for skill and dedication in undergraduate teaching.
Congratulations Zachary and Carlos!
May 2016: American Philosophical Society
American Philosophical Society
Emeritus Professor Alar Toomre has been elected to be a member of the American Philosophical Society. The APS is America's first learned society and members are elected after achieving extraordinary accomplishments in their field of intellectual endeavor.
May 2016: Edmund F. Kelly Research Award
Edmund F. Kelly Research Award
Assistant Professors Jörn Dunkel and Ankur Moitra have each been awarded an Edmund F. Kelly Research Award. This award is given to a junior faculty member “in recognition of work that applies mathematical methods to a new area or that offers a fundamentally new perspective on a classical problem.”
Congratulations Jörn and Ankur!
May 2016: Math Department Faculty Promotions
May 2016: Irwin Sizer Award and MIT Awards Convocation
Irwin Sizer Award and MIT Awards Convocation
The MIT Awards Convocation awarded Professor Tom Leighton and Dean Michael Sipser the Irwin Sizer Award of the Graduate School Council, for most significant improvements to MIT Education. -- in particular, for their development of the highly successful 18C major: Mathematics with Computer Science.
Congratulations Tom and Mike!
...Full List of Awards
April 2016: MIT Phi Beta Kappa
2016 MIT Phi Beta Kappa
The Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 32 mathematics majors, out of 84 electees in the entire school, from the Class of 2016 to become members. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society with a very selective invitation process. Membership is awarded to students in recognition of excellent academic records and commitment to the objectives of a liberal education.
April 2016: AWM-Birman Research Prize
AWM-Birman Research Prize
Assistant Professor Emmy Murphy has been awarded the Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry. With this prize, the Association for Women in Mathematics recognizes Murphy's outstanding contributions to symplectic and contact topology. The official award ceremony will take place at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2017.
April 2016: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor Pavel Etingof has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. With members including many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide, the American Academy is one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers.
April 2016: Putnam Competition
MIT Wins Putnam Competition for the Third Consecutive Year!
Our 1st Place Team:
Mark A. Sellke, Bobby C. Shen, David H. Yang
Our Putnam Fellows:
David H. Yang and Yunkun Zhou
Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize for the Top Woman Scorer:
In addition to having the 1st place team and 2 of the 6 highest ranking individuals, MIT has 4 of the next 10 top scorers, 3 of the next 10, and an outstanding 24 out of 63 students who received honorable mention.
March 2016: Simons Building
Building 2 To Be Renamed the Simons Building
In the Fall of 2016, MIT will officially dedicate the newly renovated Building 2 in honor of James H. and Marilyn Simons. Thanks to the couple's generosity the Institute was able to restore and renovate the building. Alumna Ann Beha led the project, modernizing the space and expanding it with the addition of a fourth floor while maintaining the historic integrity of the building's original limestome façade. The new Simons Building opened in January for the Spring semester.
March 2016: Intel Science Talent Search
Intel Science Talent Search
PRIMES and RSI math student Meena Jagadeesan has won the 2nd prize nationally in the Basic Research category of the Intel Science Talent Search 2016. She was awarded the prize for her paper on algebraic combinatorics, written under the guidance of Miriam Farber (project suggested by Professor Alex Postnikov). This was the only project in mathematics that won a top prize this year.
March 2016: Sloan Fellowships
Sloan Research Fellowships
Assistant Professors Ankur Moitra and Vadim Gorin have been awarded 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships. This two-year fellowship recognizes early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise who have a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Congratulations Ankur and Vadim!
March 2016: MacVicar Fellow
January 2016: Wigner medal
January 2016: Integral
January 2016: AIMBE Fellow
Professor Bonnie Berger has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. AIMBE Fellows are the most distinguished and outstanding bioengineers, representing the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community.
January 2016: National Medal of Science
December 2015: Morgan Prize
MIT Class of 2015 Math Major Amol Aggarwal has won the 2016 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student. Now a PhD student at Harvard University, Amol's research focuses on combinatorics.
December 2015: Honorary Doctorate
December 2015: George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships
George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships
The 2016 George Lusztig PRIMES mentors are Chiheon Kim, Seth Shelley-Abrahamson, and Isabel Vogt. These positions are awarded annually to continuing PRIMES mathematics mentors for exceptional mentor service in past years.
Congratulations Chiheon, Seth and Isabel!
November 2015: Bose Grant
Chemical Engineering and Mathematics Professor Martin Bazant, has been awarded a Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grant to support his innovative research. Bazant's project involves the development of theories behind ion transport and reactions in ionic liquids, on a molecular level. Such research could potentially be used for ultrafast rechargeable batteries.
November 2015: Marshall Scholar
Võ Tiến Phong, a double major in Mathematics and Physics, has been named a 2016 Marshall Scholar. With this scholarship, Phong will study theoretical physics at University of Cambridge.
November 2015: MIT Team Develops Innovative Desalination System
MIT Team Develops Innovative
Chemical Engineering and Mathematics Professor Martin Bazant, along with graduate student Sven Schlumpberger, undergraduate Nancy Lu, and former postdoc Matthew Suss, has recently published a paper in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters which describes a new approach to desalinating water. After extensive theoretical mathematical work on this problem, Bazant's innovation is a wonderful example of mathematics leading to experiments, which lead to new processes that address pressing global needs.
November 2015: New Horizons in Mathematics Prize
October 2015: New Memoir - George W. Whitehead Jr.
September 2015: Global Grand Challenges Summit
Global Grand Challenges Summit
Student Day Competition
Math undergraduate Nadia Wallace and two other undergraduates, Katrine Tjoelsen and Priya Kalluri, have won third place at the 2nd Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Day Competition in Beijing, China. Competing under the heading "Advancing Health Informatics," the students pitched a software-as-a-service company for adaptive clinical trials solutions. This summit is jointly organized by the NAE, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Congratulations Nadia, Katrine and Priya!
September 2015: Daniel Kan Biography in AMS Notices
Daniel Kan Biography in AMS Notices
The October 2015 issue of the AMS publication, Notices, features a biographical article about former mathematics professor Daniel M. Kan (1927-2013). The article, written by Clark Barwick, Michael Hopkins, Haynes Miller and Ieke Moerdijk, reflects on Daniel's life, work and influence on the field of mathematics.
September 2015: Building 2 Architects Named Top Firm
September 2015: Henri Poincaré Prize
Henri Poincaré Prize
Professor Alexei Borodin has won the 2015 Henri Poincaré Prize. This prize, awarded every three years at the International Mathematical Physics Congress, recognizes outstanding contributions in mathematical physics and supports young people of exceptional promise who have already made outstanding contributions to the field.
August 2015: Teaching Prize for Graduate Education
August 2015: Davidson Math Awards
PRIMES and RSI Students Win All Davidson Math Awards
PRIMES student Noah Golowich became a Davidson Fellow Laureate ($50,000 award), and PRIMES USA student Peter Tian became a Davidson Fellow ($25,000 award). Among the 20 national fellowships only two were awarded for mathematical projects, and both went to PRIMES students. Both Noah and Peter were also RSI students in 2014.
Thank you to Noah's mentors Laszlo Lovasz, David Rolnick, and Yufei Zhao, Peter's mentor Jesse Geneson, PRIMES and RSI Head mentor Tanya Khovanova, Professor Jacob Fox who provided the projects, and to Professor David Jerison and Dr. Slava Gerovitch who do a great job running these programs!
Congratulations Noah and Peter!
...Full List of Winners
August 2015: PRIMES Featured in AMS Notices
August 2015: Rogers Family Prize
Rogers Family Prize
The 2015 Hartley Rogers Jr. Family Prize for the best SPUR paper has been shared between student Yuchen Fu and his mentor Seth Shelley-Abrahamson, and student Ofer Grossman and his mentor Dongkwan Kim. Their projects were suggested by Pavel Etingof and Andrew Sutherland.
Congratulations, Yuchen, Seth, Ofer, and Dongkwan!
July 2015: Alexander Kuznetsov Prize
Alexander Kuznetsov Prize
Professor Martin Bazant has been awarded the Alexander Kuznetsov Prize in Theoretical Electrochemistry by the International Society of Electrochemistry. This prize is awarded every two years to a living individual who has made groundbreaking contribution to the theory of electrochemical phenomena.
July 2015: Clay Prize
July 2015: OCW
MIT Mathematics OCW is
The traffic to the MIT Mathematics OCW Scholar courses is outstanding. One course, 18.01SC Single Variable Calculus, has reached 2.2 million visits. 18.02SC Multivariable Calculus and 18.06SC Linear Algebra have each received more than 1 million visits, and 18.03SC Differential Equations (which was published in late 2013) is now approaching 1 million. In the last 18 months, 14 new course sites have been published for the Mathematics Department through MIT OpenCourseWare.
July 2015: Loève Prize
Professor Alexei Borodin has won the 2015 Loève Prize. The prize, awarded every two years, is intended to recognize outstanding contributions by young researchers in probability.
July 2015: Leslie Fox Prize
June 2015: Faculty Chair - Speck
Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Professorship
Jared Speck is the new Cecil and Ida Green Career Assistant Professor of Mathematics. This professorship recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching by gifted young faculty members.
June 2015: Faculty Chair - Kelner
Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professorship
Jonathan Kelner is the new Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics. This chair honors outstanding researchers by allowing them flexibility to pursue new ideas and opportunities.
June 2015: Babbage Award
June 2015: MOOC
June 2015: Tenure
Math faculty member Laurent Demanet has been promoted to tenure as approved by the MIT Corporation Executive Committee.
May 2015: Charles and Holly Housman Award
Charles and Holly Housman Award
Graduate Students Dana Mendelson, Michael Andrews, and Daniel Harris have been awarded Charles and Holly Housman Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Pictured above, the students were congratulated by Charles Housman, Gigliola Staffilani and Tom Mrowka.
Congratulations Michael, Daniel, and Dana!
May 2015: Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize
Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize
Graduate Students Yufei Zhao and Francesco Lin have been awarded Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prizes. This prize is given to graduate students in mathematics for an outstanding paper accepted for publication in a major journal.
Congratulations Francesco and Yufei!
May 2015: Graduate Student Appreciation Fellowship
Ruthi Hortsch has received the Math Department's Graduate Student Appreciation Fellowship, in recognition of outstanding teaching and service to the department.
May 2015: Hertz Foundation Fellowships
Hertz Foundation Fellowships
Undergraduates Cole Graham, Alexander Siegenfeld, and Jordan Cotler have been awarded Hertz Foundation Fellowships. These fellowships are given to support outstanding students with the freedom to innovate as part of their graduate studies.
Congratulations Cole, Alex and Jordan!
May 2015: Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Math major Felipe Hernandez has won a Goldwater Scholarship. This prestigious award is merit-based and highly competive, with only 300 scholarships awarded nationally.
May 2015: Jon A. Bucsela Prize
Jon A. Bucsela Prize
Ka Yu Tam has received the Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics for distinguished scholastic achievement, professional promise, and enthusiasm for mathematics.
Congratulations Ka Yu!
May 2015: NSF Graduate Fellows
NSF Graduate Fellows
The following students have been awarded 2015 NSF Fellowships for Graduate Study:
- Amol Aggarwal
- Julian Chaidez
- Sheela Devadas
- Caelan Reed Garrett
- Carl Lian
- Quanquan Liu
- Joel Schneider
- Brandon Tran
- Alex Siegenfeld
- Erik Waingarten
May 2015: Honorary Degree
Honorary Doctoral Degree
Professor Bonnie Berger will be awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne during the school's October graduation ceremony. EPFL has top CS and life science departments and is deeply engaged in many areas of computing, biology and medicine.
April 2015: MIT Phi Beta Kappa
2015 MIT Phi Beta Kappa
The Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 43 mathematics majors (nearly half of the 90 electees in the entire school) from the Class of 2015 to become members. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society with a very selective invitation process. Membership is awarded to students in recognition of excellent academic records and commitment to the objectives of a liberal education.
April 2015: National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
Department Head Tomasz Mrowka has has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is one of the highest honors that a scientist can achieve.
April 2015: Frank E. Perkins Award
Frank E. Perkins Award
Professor Pavel Etingof has been awarded the Frank E. Perkins award for Excellence in Graduate Advising. Named in honor of Frank E. Perkins, Dean of the Graduate School from 1983-85, this award is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates unbounded compassion and dedication towards students.
April 2015: Graduate Woman of Excellence
2015 Graduate Woman of Excellence
Isabel Vogt, a first-year graduate student, was honored at a celebration on April 23 as one of this year's Graduate Women of Excellence. Isabel, along with 50 other MIT women, was selected for this honor by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE). The award not only recognizes Isabel's mathematical achievements and research potential, but also her contributions to mentoring others, including her work with Girls' Angle, a math club for girls, and her years of work as a mentor and this year as the program coordinator of MIT's PRIMES Circle, promoting mathematics for students of disadvantaged backgrounds in Boston-area high schools. Thanks to Professor Pavel Etingof for nominating Isabel.
April 2015: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor William Minicozzi has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge since 1780 and its members include many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide.
April 2015: Infinite Mile
Inifinite Mile Awards
Human Resources Coordinator Daniel Delgado and Administrative Assistant Jonathan Harmon have been awarded School of Science Infinite Mile Awards. The Infinite Mile award recognizes those individuals who have gone above and beyond their required duties. This includes going beyond expectation in mentoring, learning and skill building, innovation, and community building.
Congratulations Dan and Jonathan!
April 2015: Putnam Competition
MIT Wins Putnam Competition, Again!
Our 1st Place Team:
Mitchell M. Lee, Zipei Nie, and David H. Yang
Our Putnam Fellows:
Zipei Nie, Mark A. Sellke, Bobby C. Shen, David H. Yang and Lingfu Zhang
In addition to having the 1st place team and 5 of the 6 highest ranking individuals, MIT has 5 of the next 10 top scorers, 6 of the next 11, and 16 students who received honorable mention.
March 2015: Simons Fellowship
February 2015: PRIMES/RSI Students Win Top Intel Prizes
PRIMES/RSI Students Win Top Intel Prizes
PRIMES and RSI student Noah Golowich won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Basic Research ($150,000), PRIMES-USA student Brice Huang won the Second Place ($75,000), and PRIMES/RSI student Shashwat Kishore the Third Place ($35,000), taking the three top prizes in all fields of science and technology. Noah’s mentors were Laszlo Lovasz and David Rolnick; Brice’s mentor was Wuttisak Trongsiriwat; Shashwat was mentored by Gus Lonergan and Prof. Pavel Etingof.
Congratulations, Noah, Brice, and Shashwat!
February 2015: Sloan Research Fellowship - Jörn Dunkel
Sloan Research Fellowship
Assistant Professor Jörn Dunkel has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Dunkel works on continuum theories with application to biology and soft matter physics, most recently making breakthroughs in the study of cell locomotion and formation of wrinkles on curved surfaces.
February 2015: Sloan Research Fellowship - Emmy Murphy
Sloan Research Fellowship
Assistant Professor Emmy Murphy has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Murphy's work has transformed symplectic topology in particular the understanding of high dimensional contact geometry.
February 2015: NSF CAREER Award - Ankur Moitra
February 2015: NSF CAREER Award - Jared Speck
NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Jared Speck has been honored with an award through the Faculty Early Career Development Program from the National Science Foundation for his project "Geometric Methods in Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations".
February 2015: Churchill Scholarship
MIT math senior Daniel Kang has won a prestigious Churchill Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. This scholarship is awarded to individuals with exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement.
February 2015: Faculty Promotions
January 2015: Richard D. Schafer 1918-2014
Richard D. Schafer 1918-2014
Emeritus Professor Richard Schafer passed away at Brookhaven in Lexington on Dec 28. A specialist in non-associative algebras, he joined our faculty as Professor in 1959, serving as Deputy Head under Ted Martin from 1959-68. Previously, he was Department Head of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut, 1953-59. He retired from MIT in 1988.
December 2014: Siemens Competition
Two PRIMES students win Siemens Competition
PRIMES-USA and RSI student Peter Tian has won the 1st Prize ($100,000) and MIT PRIMES student Joseph Zurier has won the 2nd Prize ($50,000) in the Siemens Competition, taking the two top prizes among all fields of science and technology. Peter's project was suggested and mentored by Jesse Geneson; Joe's project was suggested by Professor Larry Guth and mentored by Ben Yang.
Congratulations, Peter and Joe!
December 2014: George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships
George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships
The first George Lusztig PRIMES mentors are Jesse Geneson, Darij Grinberg, and Yufei Zhao. These positions will be awarded annually to continuing PRIMES mathematics mentors for exceptional mentor service in past years.
Congratulations Jesse, Darij and Yufei!
November 2014: AMS Steele Prize
AMS Steele Prize
Professor Victor Kac will be honored with the AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, "for his groundbreaking contributions to Lie Theory and its applications to Mathematics and Mathematical Physics." He is the 5th faculty member to be so honored in the 23 years that the prize has been awarded.
November 2014: Alice T. Schafer Prize
2015 Alice T. Schafer Prize
Undergraduate student, Sheela Devadas has won the 2015 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Sheela began work on a PRIMES Project with graduate mentor Steven Sam in the 10th grade. The project continued for 1.5 years, resulting in a joint publication. She entered MIT early after the 11th grade.
Sheela is our 5th winner in the 9th consecutive year, in which one of our students won at least Honorable Mention in the Schafer Prize. Thanks to Pavel Etingof for nominating Sheela, and to Mike Artin, David Jerison, Ronitt Rubinfeld (EECS), and Steven Sam (Miller Fellow, Berkeley) who wrote supporting letters.
October 2014: Moscow Math Society Prize
Moscow Math Society Prize
Instructor Vadim Gorin has been awarded the Moscow Mathematical Society Prize. This prize is awarded to young scientists for work or series of works on mathematics with substantial scientific interest. Gorin was awarded this prize for a cycle of works entitled "Asymptotic problems in combinatorics and representation theory."
August 2014: 2014 Teaching Prize
2014 Teaching Prize
Professor Bjorn Poonen has been awarded the 2014 School of Science Prize in Undergraduate Teaching. Prize recipients are nominated by faculty and students to recognize their outstanding teaching.
August 2014: Davidson Fellowships
Two PRIMES students win Davidson Fellowships
PRIMES student Ravi Jagadeesan became a Davidson Fellow Laureate ($50,000 scholarship), and PRIMES-USA student Ritesh Ragavender became a Davidson Fellow ($25,000). Among the 20 national fellowships only two were awarded for mathematical projects, and both went to PRIMES students.
Congratulations, Ravi and Ritesh!
August 2014: Rogers Family Prize
Rogers Family Prize
Undergraduate student Saarik Kalia and his mentor, graduate student Ben Yang, have been awarded the Hartley Rogers Jr. Family Prize for the best SPUR paper. The project, "Generalizations of the Szemeredi-Trotter Theorem," was suggested by Larry Guth.
Congratulations, Saarik and Ben!
August 2014: ISCB Vice President
July 2014: Simons Fellowships
July 2014: SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize
SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize
Instructor Vladislav Voroninski has been awarded a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize for his paper "Phase Retrieval via Matrix Completion", co-authored with Emmanuel Candes, Thomas Strohmer and Yonina Eldar. This prize is awarded to authors of papers that exhibit orginiality by offering a fresh look at an existing field or opening up new areas of applied mathematics.
June 2014: Simons Investigator
May 2014: Shaw Prize
Abdun-Nur Professor George Lusztig has has won the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences "for his fundamental contributions to algebra, algebraic geometry, and representation theory, and for weaving these subjects together to solve old problems and reveal beautiful new connections."
May 2014: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair Awards
Ritesh Ragavender has won the First Prize for his PRIMES-USA project, Odd Dunkl Operators and nilHecke Algebras, suggested and mentored by Alex Ellis.
- Sarah Shader (RSI) -- Second Award
- Ritesh Ragavender (PRIMES-USA) -- Third Award
- Bertrand Stone (RSI) -- Honorable Mention
Congratulations to all contestants, mentors, staff, and faculty!
May 2014: Endowed Chairs
Faculty Endowed Chair Appointments
Professors Paul Seidel and David Vogan will be appointed to endowed chairs
effective July 2014.
Paul Seidel will be the Norman Levinson Professor of Mathematics
David Vogan will be the Norbert Wiener Professor of Mathematics
The Norman Levinson chair is supported by a generous gift from James and Marilyn Simons.
Congratulations David and Paul!
May 2014: Bucsela Prize
Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics
Dennis Tseng has received the Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics for distinguished scholastic achievement, professional promise, and enthusiam for mathematics.
May 2014: Undergraduate Distinctions
Math Majors Win Honors and Awards
On May 5, 2014, Steven Johnson presented the following distinctions at the Math Majors Senior Dinner:
Congratulations Math Majors!
May 2014: Tenure
May 2014: Conferences
May 2014: Simons Lectures
Simons Lectures in Mathematics
May 14-16, 4:30-5:30pm
University of Oxford
Finding algebraic structure in combinatorial problems
Lecture 1: May 14, Room 54-100
Approximate groups and applications
Lecture 2: May 15, Room 3-270
Linear equations and higher-order Fourier analysis
Lecture 3: May 16, Room 3-270
Incidence geometry and cubic curves
April 2014: NAS - Jim Simons
National Academy of Sciences
Math Department alumnus and friend Jim Simons has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Academy membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
April 2014: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Gigliola Staffilani and Paul Seidel have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge since 1780 and its members include many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide.
Congratulations Gigliola and Paul!
April 2014: Infinite Mile Award
Inifinite Mile Award
Academic Administrator Barbara Peskin has been awarded the School of Science Infinite Mile Award. This award honors exceptional employees whose accomplishments so often go far beyond their assigned roles and duties.
April 2014: Integral
April 2014: Putnam Competition
MIT Wins Putnam Competition!
Our 1st Place Team:
Benjamin Gunby, Mitchell Lee, Zipei Nie
Our Putnam Fellows:
Mitchell Lee, Zipei Nie, Bobby Shen, David Yang
In addition to having the 1st place team and 4 of the 5 highest ranking individuals, MIT has 11 of the next top 20 scorers and 20 of the 56 students with Honorable Mentions.
March 2014: Goldwater Scholarships
Math majors Carl Lian and Daniel Kang have won Goldwater Scholarships. This prestigious award is merit-based and highly competive, with only 300 scholarships awarded nationally. Thanks to Professor Pavel Etingof for nominating Carl and EECS for nominating Daniel.
Congratulations Carl and Daniel!
March 2014: Intel Science Talent Search
Intel Science Talent Search 2014
PRIMES student Bill Kuszmaul has won 3rd place in the Intel Science Talent Search 2014, the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Additionally, he was elected by the Intel Finalists to receive the Glen T. Seaborg award and give a speech at the awards ceremony.
RSI student, Jessica Shi was among the 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists.
Congratulations Bill and Jessica!
March 2014: MAA Poster Session
MAA Undergraduate Poster Session
PRIMES students Jin-Woo Oh, Ritesh Ragavender, Uma Roy, and Junho Won and RSI student Jessica Shi have won Outstanding Presentation Awards at the 2014 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session.
Congratulations contestants and advisors!
March 2014: Jacob Fox - NSF CAREER
NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Jacob Fox has been honored with an award through the Faculty Early Career Development Program from the National Science Foundation for his project "Extremal Combinatorics: Methods, Problems, and Challenges."
March 2014: Simons Lectures
Simons Lectures in Mathematics
March 12-14, 4:30-5:30pm
Ramanujan graphs and the solution of the Kadison-Singer problem
Lecture 1: March 12, Room E25-111
Sparsification of graphs and matrices
Lecture 2: March 13, Room 3-270
The solution of the Kadison-Singer problem
Lecture 3: March 14, Room 3-270
Ramanujan graphs of every degree
February 2014: Sloan Research Fellowships
Sloan Research Fellowships
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced that Assistant Professors Charles Smart and Jared Speck are among the nine MIT faculty members receiving 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. These two-year fellowships are awarded to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Congratulations Charlie and Jared!
February 2014: Salem, Rollo Davidson, NSF CAREER awards
Rollo Davidson Prize
NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Mathematics Professor Gonçalo Tabuada has been honored with an award through the Faculty Early Career Development Program from the National Science Foundation.
January 2014: Alice T. Schafer Prize
Alice T. Schafer Prize
Math major Jessie Zhang has won Honorable Mention for the 2014 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.
This continues the amazing 8 year streak of Math Department students winning at least Honorable Mention in the Schafer prize. Thanks to Mike Artin for nominating Jessie and to Pavel Etingof, Mark Behrens and Jenny Hoffman (Harvard Physics).
December 2013: Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships
Math Majors Win Scholarships
One of the thirty-four Marshall Scholarships awarded nationwide has been granted to senior Kirin Sinha. This scholarship will support two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.
The Rhodes Trust has selected recent MIT graduate John Mikhael as one of thirty-two Rhodes Scholarship winners nation wide. This scholarship will support his study next year at Oxford University.
October 2013: Packard Fellowship
Jacob Fox, Packard Fellow
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded Jacob Fox the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, recognizing him as one in sixteen of the nation's most innovative young scientists and engineers. Congratulations Jacob!
September 2013: Faculty Chair Appointment
New Faculty Endowed Chair Appointment
Toby Colding has been appointed as the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Mathematics.
September 2013: Davidson Competition Results
2013 Davidson Competition
Three out of the four awards in mathematics went to RSI and PRIMES students. Congratulations Laureates!
William Kuszmaul of PRIMES received a $10,000 scholarship for the project, "Equivalence Classes of Permutations Created Under Pattern-Replacement Relations" (mentor Darij Grinberg).
Joshua Brakensiek of RSI 2012 received a $10,000 scholarship for the project, "Bounds on the Size of Sound Monotone Switching Networks Accepting Permutation Sets of Directed Trees" (mentor Aaron Potechin).
Jacob McNamara of RSI 2012 received an honorable mention for the project, "A Bound on the Norm of Shortest Vectors in Lattices Arising from CM Number Fields" (mentor Mitka Vaintrob).
June 2013: Staff Infinite Mile Awards
Staff Infinite Mile Awardees
Debbie Bower, Shirley Entzminger, Susan Ferguson and Avisha Lalla received the Infinite Mile Award of the School of Science for their tremendous contributions to the Mathematics Department. The Award recognizes those individuals who have gone Above and Beyond in their work.
June 2013: Career Development Chairs
June 2013: Graduate Awards
June 2013: Undergraduate Awards
May 2013: PRIMES Conference
May 2013: National Academy of Sciences
April 2013: Putnam Competition Results
February 2013: Sloan Research Fellowships
February 2013: Kelner Teaching Prize
January 2013: Walton and Duarte Awards
January 2013: Chia-Chiao Lin, 1916-2013
January 2013: David Jerison wins Bergman Prize
David Jerison wins Bergman Prize
David Jerison is a co-winner, with his collaborator Jack Lee (University of Washington), of the 2012 Bergman Prize.
January 2013: Mike Artin Receives Wolf Prize
Mike Artin Receives Wolf Prize
The Wolf Foundation has recently announced that Mike Artin will receive the Wolf Prize in Mathematics. Israel's President Shimon Peres will officially award the prizes this spring.
December 2012: Our 2012 Newsletter 1ntegraL is Out!
October 2012: PRIMES and RSI successes and Alice T. Schafer Prize
October 2012: PRIMES and RSI successes
September 2012: Davidson Fellow Laureates
September 2012: Welcome
August 2012: Student Awards
July 2012: Sutherland Receives Selfridge Prize
July 2012: Seidel and Guionnet Chosen as Simons Investigators
May 2012: Students Honored at Awards Ceremony
April 2012: Faculty Committee Announces Award Recipients
April 2012: Faculty Awards - Kac, Berger, Poonen
February 2012: Awards - Rodriguez-Wong, Sutherland, McGrath
Nov 2011: AMS and Fermat Announcements
David Vogan to be next
AMS President starting 2013.
Igor Rodnianski, co-recipient
of the 2011 Fermat Prize.
Nov 2011: Alice T. Schafer Prize
Alice T. Schafer Prize
Senior math major Fan Wei won the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.
In the past five years our students won at least an honorable mention in this award, making this now an amazing six-year run.
Oct 2011: Integral
Aug 2011: New Faculty Chairs
New Faculty Endowed Chair Appointments
Gil Strang has been appointed as MathWorks Professor, a new endowed chair in our department.
Mark Behrens has been appointed to the Cecil and Ida B. Green Career Development Chair.
June 2011: Loeve Prize
Professor Scott Sheffield has been awarded the Loeve Prize.
May 2011: Royal Society
Professor James McKernan has been elected a new Fellow of the Royal Society.
May 2011: Student Awards
Johnson Prize for Research
Congratulations to Vedran Sohinger and Steven Sivek, who have both been awarded the Johnson Prize for Research.
Housman Award for Teaching
Congratulations to Linan Chen and Joel Lewis for receiving the Housman Award for Teaching.
Bucsela Prize for Undergraduate Achievement
Congratulations to Alexandr Zamorzaev who has won the Bucsela Prize for Undergraduate Achievement.
Anna Pogosyants Award for a UROP in CSAIL
Congratulations to Paul Christiano for winning the Anna Pogosyants Award for a UROP in CSAIL.
May 2011: PRIMES - Conference
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Room 4-370, MIT
Open to the public
Faculty, Instructors, and graduate students interested in mentoring or proposing projects for PRIMES in the future are encouraged to attend.
April 2011: Faculty Awards - Berger, Kelner, Shor
Bonnie Berger has been invited to give the prestigious Margaret Pittman Lecture, sponsored annually by the National Institute of Health.
Jon Kelner received MIT's Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award which recognizes a junior faculty member for exceptional distinction in teaching and research.
Peter Shor was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
April 2011: Simons Lecture and Peter Shor
Peter Shor was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
April 20 − April 27
Steven Strogatz (Cornell University)
Title: Sync, Balance, and Blog
Manjul Bhargava (Princeton University)
Title: Orbits of Group Representations and Arithmetic
April 2011: Poonen - Guggenheim Fellowship
February 2011: Demanet - Sloan Research Fellowship
January 2011: Faculty Awards - Vogan, Mrowka, Poonen
Professor David Vogan is awarded the Conant Prize for his article, "The character table for E8."
Professor Tom Mrowka shares the Doob Prize with Peter Kronheimer for their book "Monopoles and Three-Manifolds."
Professor Bjorn Poonen is awarded the Chauvenet Prize for his paper, "Undecidability in number theory."
January 2011: IAP
December 2010: MIT School Of Science Colloquium
MIT SCHOOL OF SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM
Jim Simons, President of Euclidean Capital and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Renaissance Technologies
Thursday, December 9, 2010
3:45pm - Community Reception (4-349)
4:15pm - Colloquium and Q&A (10-250)
November 2010: Katrin Wehrheim
November 2010: Schafer Prize 2010
2011 Alice T. Schafer Honorable Mentions
Congratulations to Fan Wei and Yinghui Wang!
They have been selected to receive Honorable Mentions in the 2011 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics.
October 2010: Wiener Lectures
Interpolation of Data in Rn
October 21, 22 and 26th
4:30 - 5:30pm
Lectures 1 & 2: Room 4-237
Lecture 3: Room 4-270
September 2010: Integral 2010
September 2010: Welcome
Welcome to the new academic year
August 2010: Women in Math Website
May 2010: Denes Prize
Congratulations Jacob Fox
Our new Assistant Professor and Simons Fellow Jacob Fox was awarded SIAM's Dénes König Prize for work in Discrete Mathematics.
June 2010: Faculty Chairs
New Faculty Chairs
May 2010: Sarah Smith and Charmaine Sia
A huge Thank You to Sarah Smith
for doing a wonderful job as our Administrative Officer.
Senior Academic Award
Congratulations Charmaine Sia!
Charmaine has won the 2010 Institute-wide AMITA Senior Academic Award.
April 2010: Tom Mrowka
Congratulations Tom Mrowka!
Tom is smiling because he received a
April 2010: Simons Lectures
April 28 - May 5th 2010
4:30pm, Room 4-370
Lecture 3: Towards probabilistic mirror symmetry
Reception at 4:00pm in 2-290
April 2010: Student Awards
Senior math major Maria Monks is a recipient of the prestigious
Hertz Fellowship worth $250,000.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Senior Yufei Zhao, a math and computer science major, is one of three MIT students awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
March 2010: Putnam Competition and 2010 Intel Science Talent Search
Congratulations to our first place team and to all participants for achieving extraordinary results in this year's competition!
2010 Intel Science Talent Search
March 2010: Putnam Competition
March 2010: William Velez Talk
February 2010: Abhinav Kumar and Jonathan Kelner
NEW Faculty Awards!
January 2010: Toby Colding and Paul Seidel
January 2010: Ken Kamrin and Maria Monks
December 2009: Dan Nicholas
Infinite K Award
Congratulations to Dan Nicholas, a recipient of the Infinite K Award from the MIT School of Science.
December 2009: John Bush
New APS Fellow
Congratulations to John Bush for his election
as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
July 2009: Scott Sheffield
Scott Sheffield to Receive PECASE Award
Professor Scott Sheffield has been named as one of the recipients of the 2009 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). It is the highest distinction awarded by the government of the United States to scientists and engineers beginning their careers.
Scott will be presented the award at a ceremony in the White House this fall.
...official White House press release. [No longer available]
June 2009: Integral
The Autumn 2009 Integral is Out!
April 2009: Strang and Sipser