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Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 54 Mathematics Seniors

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The Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 54 mathematics majors, among 127 electees from MIT's Class of 2024, to become members.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Membership is awarded to students in recognition of excellent academic records and commitment to the objectives of a liberal education. The annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture and initiation ceremony is May 29, during MIT’s Commencement week.

Full list of Mathematics Inductees

Congratulations to our newest members of Phi Beta Kappa!

Ben Lou and Kenta Suzuki Receive Goldwater Scholarships

Ben Lou Kenta Suzuki

Third-years Ben Lou and Kenta Suzuki each received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Ben is majoring in physics and math with a minor in philosophy. Under the mentorship of the LIGO Group’s Nergis Mavalvala, dean of the School of Science, and graduate student Hudson Loughlin, he is working on research to advance the field of quantum measurement, with potential applications including quantum gravity. He thanks his advisors Janet Conrad from Physics and Thomas Rüd from Math. He also acknowledges support from Math’s Elijah Bodish and Roman Bezrukavnikov; Physics’ Alan Guth, Barton Zwiebach, and Richard Price; and David W. Brown of the San Diego Math Circle.

An alum of the PRIMES and SPUR programs, Kenta is a math major who works with Roman on research at the intersection of number and representation theory, using geometric methods to represent p-adic groups. Kenta says he was also inspired to research representation theory by Zhiwei Yun and Wei Zhang.

They were among 438 U.S. college students selected on the basis of academic merit.

Congratulations, Ben and Kenta!

Read more in the MIT News.

Dor Minzer and Kai Zhe Zheng to Receive STOC 2024 Best Paper Award

Dor Minzer Kai Zhe Zheng

Assistant Professor Dor Minzer and graduate student Kai Zhe Zheng will be receiving a Best Paper Award at the June 24-28 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2024).

In their paper, Dor and Kai provide a near-optimal trade-off for so-called 2-prover 1-round games, which are crucial to proving strong inapproximability results.

Dor and others from our Department and MIT have other papers that have been accepted at the symposium. The symposium is the flagship conference of ACM’s SIGACT (Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory).

Congratulations, Dor and Kai!

Andre Lee Dixon Selected for School of Science Infinite Mile Award

The School of Science has selected Mathematics Program Coordinator André Lee Dixon as one of the recipients of the 2024 Infinite Mile Award!

“I have been consistently struck by the level of initiative and passion André brings to work,” says his nominator, John Urschel PhD ’21.

Infinite Mile Award winners are nominated by colleagues for going above and beyond in their roles at the Institute.

Congratulations, André!