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2017

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

Daniel Freedman

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

Roger's Prize winners

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

Lucas Mason-Brown

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

John Bush Presenting to Students

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.

SPUR Program
RSI Program

July 2017: Alum Mitch Rothstein returns to MIT to claim throne

Alum Mitch Rothstein returns to MIT to claim throne

Mitch Rothstein

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

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

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

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

June 2017: Hung Cheng Receives Technology Award and Launches Scholarship Fund

Hung Cheng Receives Technology Award and Launches Scholarship Fund

Hung Cheng

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."

Congratulations Hung!

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

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.

Read more in the MIT News.

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 Carpentier

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.

Bravo, Sylvain!

Full Story on Slice of MIT

June 2017: Congratulations To Our New PhDs in Mathematics!

Congratulations To Our New
PhDs in Mathematics!

Doctoral Graduates 2017

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 Staffilani Jennifer French Karene Chu

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.

Read More

Congratulations David, Gigliola, Jennifer and Karene!

May 2017: Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize

Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize

Sylvain Carpentier receiving Johnson Prize

Sylvain Carpentier and Graduate Chair Bill Minicozzi

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).

Congratulations Sylvain!

May 2017: Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards

Charles and Holly Housman Teaching Awards

Housman Awardees

L-R: John Bush, Ben Housman, Gus Lonergan, Jonasz Slomka, Lucas Tambasco, Tom Mrowka, Charles and Holly Housman

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

Sylvain Carpentier receiving Johnson Prize

Yibo Gao has received the 2017 Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics for distinguished scholastic achievement, professional promise, and enthusiasm for mathematics.

Congratulations Yibo!

May 2017: Casals receives Caselles Award and Fellowship

Casals receives Caselles Award and Fellowship

Roger Casals

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.

Congratulations Roger!

May 2017: Calculus Classes on edX, Rerun Starting Soon

Calculus Classes on edX, Rerun Starting Soon

First course on Differentiation starts June 7.

Brought to you by David Jerison, Gigliola Staffilani, Jen French, and Stephen Wang

April 2017: Infinite Mile Award

Infinite Mile Award

Cesar Duarte Becky Ecung

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

Scott Sheffield Jason P. Miller

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

Guggenheim Fellowship

Gigliola Staffilani

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.

Congratulations Gigliola!

April 2017: NSF Fellowships

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

Gweneth McKinley

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.

Congratulations Gweneth!

March 2017: Hertz Fellowships

Hertz Fellowships

Linus Hamilton Ofer Grossman

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

Simons Fellowships

Tobias Colding Gigliola Staffilani Tomasz Mrowka Wei Zhang

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

Aaron Yeiser Laura Pierson

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.

Laura Pierson, another PRIMES student mentored by Siddharth Venkatesh, has won the 6th place prize for her work on interpolation of the representation theory of symmetric groups.

Two other PRIMES students, Alec Sun and Felix Wang were also finalists.

Congratulations PRIMES students!

March 2017: Sloan Research Fellowships

Sloan Research Fellowships

Semyon Dyatlov Aaron Pixton

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

Tom Leighton

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.

Congratulations Tom!

January 2017: AMS Election Results

AMS Election Results

David Jerison Bjorn Poonen Scott Sheffield

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

Dana Mendelson

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.

Congratulations Dana!

January 2017: A New edX Course

2016

December 2016: Morgan Prize

Morgan Prize

David Yang

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.

Congratulations David!

December 2016: Siemens Competition

Siemens Competition

Louis Golowich Richard Zhou

PRIMES students Louis Golowich and Richard Zhou, mentored by Chiheon Kim, have won the 4th Prize in the Siemens Competition ($30,000 award) for their project on the maximum number of pairwise G-different permutations.

Congratulations, Louis, Richard, and Chiheon!

December 2016: George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships

George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships

photo of Lusztig mentors

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

Marshall Scholar

Kevin Zhou

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.

Congratulations Kevin!

August 2016: Gian-Carlo Rota Biographical Memoir

Gian-Carlo Rota Biographical Memoir

Gian-Carlo Rota

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.

Full Biographical Memoir

August 2016: Ankur Moitra, Packard Fellow

Ankur Moitra, Packard Fellow

Ankur Moitra

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.

Congratulations Ankur!

...full listing of 2016 Packard Fellowships

August 2016: Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016

Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016

Tobias Colding

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.

Congratulations Toby!

August 2016: Rogers Family Prize

Rogers Family Prize

Lingfu Zhang Hong Wong

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

José Luis Rubio de Francia Prize

Roger Casals

Instructor Roger Casals has been awarded the José Luis Rubio de Francia Prize from the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society. This award recognizes and encourages the work of young researchers in mathematics.

Congratulations Roger!

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!

...Building 2 Photos

August 2016: Quanta Magazine Feature

Quanta Magazine Feature

Scott Sheffield

Quanta Magazine has featured the work of Professor Scott Sheffield for his three-paper series providing a comprehensive view of random two-dimensional surfaces.

Congratulations Scott!

August 2016: Canadian Thesis Prizes

Thesis Prizes

Vincent Genest

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.

Congratulations Vincent!

August 2016: Communications of the ACM Cover Story

Communications of the ACM Cover Story

Bonnie Berger

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.

Congratulations Bonnie!

July 2016: Simons Fellowship

Simons Fellowship

Alexei Borodin

Professor Alexei Borodin has been awarded a 2016 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 Alexei!

July 2016: Simons Professorship

Simons Professorship

Bonnie Berger

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.

Congratulations Bonnie!

July 2016: JSMF Complex Systems Scholar Award

JSMF Complex Systems Scholar Award

Joern Dunkel

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.

Congratulations Jörn!

June 2016: Simons Investigator

Simons Investigator

Bjorn Poonen

The Simons Foundation has awarded Professor Bjorn Poonen a Simons Investigatorship. This award is given to outstanding theoretical scientists to support long-term investigations of fundamental questions.

Congratulations Bjorn!

June 2016: New PhDs

Congratulations To Our New
PhDs in Mathematics!

Doctoral Graduates 2016

May 2016: Rockwell International Career Assistant Professorship

Rockwell International Career
Assistant Professorship

Ankur Moitra

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.

Congratulations Ankur!

May 2016: Jon A. Bucsela Prize

Jon A. Bucsela Prize

Yongyi Chen Mitchell Lee

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

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.

Congratulations Felipe!

May 2016: Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize

Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize

Yi Sun

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

Carlos Sauer and Housman Family Group Photo Zachary Abel

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

Alar Toomre

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.

Congratulations Alar!

May 2016: Edmund F. Kelly Research Award

Edmund F. Kelly Research Award

Jörn Dunkel Ankur Moitra

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

Math Department Faculty Promotions

Jared Speck Gonçalo Tabuada

The Corporation Executive Committee has approved faculty promotions for Jared Speck and Gonçalo Tabuada to Associate Professor.

Congratulations Jared and Gonçalo!

May 2016: Irwin Sizer Award and MIT Awards Convocation

Irwin Sizer Award and MIT Awards Convocation

Tom Leighton Mike Sipser

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.

Congratulations Electees!

April 2016: AWM-Birman Research Prize

AWM-Birman Research Prize

Emmy Murphy

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.

Congratulations Emmy!

April 2016: American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Pavel Etingof

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.

Congratulations Pavel!

April 2016: Putnam Competition

MIT Wins Putnam Competition for the Third Consecutive Year!

Gormley Art

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:

Danielle Wang

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.

Congratulations!

March 2016: Simons Building

Building 2 To Be Renamed the Simons Building

Building 2

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.

MIT News
Completed Building Photos

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.

Congratulations Meena!

March 2016: Sloan Fellowships

Sloan Research Fellowships

Ankur Moitra Vadim Gorin

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

MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Michael Sipser

Dean of Science and Donner Professor of Mathematics Michael Sipser has been awarded a 2016 MacVicar Faculty Fellowship. This award recognizes professors who exhibit exceptional undergraduate teaching, educational innovation, and mentoring.

Congratulations Mike!

January 2016: Wigner medal

Wigner Medal

Professor Emeritus Bertram Kostant has been selected to receive the 2016 Wigner Medal. Awarded since 1978, the medal is given "to recognize outstanding contributions to the understanding of physics through Group Theory."

Congratulations Bert!

January 2016: Integral

January 2016: AIMBE Fellow

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.

Congratulations Bonnie!

January 2016: National Medal of Science

National Medal of Science

Professor Emeritus Michael Artin has been awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest honor in science and technology, for his outstanding contributions to mathematics.

Congratulations Michael!

2015

December 2015: Morgan Prize

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.

Congratulations Amol!

December 2015: Honorary Doctorate

Honorary Doctorate

Professor Bonnie Berger has been awarded an Honorary doctorate from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne at their 2015 graduation ceremeony.

Congratulations Bonnie!

December 2015: George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships

George Lusztig PRIMES Mentorships

Chiheon Kim Seth Shelley-Abrahamson Isabel Vogt

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

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.

Congratulations Martin!

November 2015: Marshall Scholar

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.

Congratulations Phong!

November 2015: MIT Team Develops Innovative Desalination System

MIT Team Develops Innovative
Desalination System

Martin Bazant

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.

MIT News Article

November 2015: New Horizons in Mathematics Prize

New Horizons in Mathematics Prize

Larry Guth

Professor Larry Guth has been awarded the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize for ingenious and surprising solutions to long standing open problems in symplectic geometry, Riemannian geometry, harmonic analysis, and combinatorial geometry.

Congratulations Larry!

October 2015: New Memoir - George W. Whitehead Jr.

New Memoir - George W. Whitehead Jr.


Courtesy of MIT Museum

A biographical memoir on the late MIT Mathematics Professor George W. Whitehead, Jr, authored by Haynes Miller, has just appeared as one of some twenty such memoirs published annually by the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

Read Full Article

September 2015: Building 2 Architects Named Top Firm

Building 2 Architects Named Top Firm

Ann Beha Architects, the firm responsible for the renovation of Building 2, has been named one of the top 50 firms of 2015 by Architect Magazine. Rankings are based on scores in the categories of business, sustainability and design.

...Building 2 Renovation

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.

Congratulations Alexei!

...MIT News Article

August 2015: Teaching Prize for Graduate Education

2015 Teaching Prize for Graduate Education

Professor Larry Guth has been awarded the 2015 Teaching Prize for Graduate Education by the School of Science. Prize recipients are nominated by faculty and students to recognize their outstanding teaching.

Congratulations Larry!

August 2015: Davidson Math Awards

PRIMES and RSI Students Win All Davidson Math Awards

Noah Golowich Peter Tian

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

PRIMES Featured in AMS Publication

The September 2015 issue of the AMS publication, Notices, features a an article about the PRIMES program, an MIT research-based program for high school students. The article was written by Slava Gerovitch, Tanya Khovanova, and Pavel Etingof.

Read Full Article

August 2015: Rogers Family Prize

Rogers Family Prize

Yuchen Fu Ofer Grossman

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.

Congratulations Martin!

July 2015: Clay Prize

Clay Prize

Professor Larry Guth, together with Nets Katz, has won the 2015 Clay Research Prize for his solution to the Erdős distance problem and for other joint and separate contributions to combinatorial incidence geometry.

Congratulations Larry!

July 2015: OCW

MIT Mathematics OCW is
Extremely Popular

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.

MIT OpenCourseWare

July 2015: Loève Prize

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.

Congratulations Alexei

July 2015: Leslie Fox Prize

Leslie Fox Prize

Applied Math instructor Alex Townsend has won the Leslie Fox prize in Numerical Analysis. This award is given every two years to a young numerical analyst for mathematical and algorithmic brilliance in tandem with presentational skills.

Congratulations Alex!

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.

Congratulations Jared!

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.

Congratulations Jonathan!

June 2015: Babbage Award

2015 Babbage Award

Math faculty member Alan Edelman has won the 2015 Charles Babbage Award. This award is given each year to an IPDPS conference participant in recognition of exceptional contributions to the field of parallel computation.

Congratulations Alan!

June 2015: MOOC

Math Department MOOC on edX

The MIT Math Department presents its very first MOOC (massive open online course) on edX. This free, 13 week Calculus 1A course is taught by David Jerison, Gigliola Staffilani, Jen French and Stephen Wang.

Visit the Course Website

June 2015: Tenure

Faculty Promotion

Math faculty member Laurent Demanet has been promoted to tenure as approved by the MIT Corporation Executive Committee.

Congratulations Laurent!

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

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.

Congratulations Ruthi!

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

Felipe Hernandez

Math major Felipe Hernandez has won a Goldwater Scholarship. This prestigious award is merit-based and highly competive, with only 300 scholarships awarded nationally.

Congratulations Felipe!

May 2015: Jon A. Bucsela Prize

Jon A. Bucsela Prize

Ka Yu Tam

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

Congratulations!

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.

Congratulations Bonnie!

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.

Congratulations Electees!

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.

Congratulations Tom!

April 2015: Frank E. Perkins Award

Frank E. Perkins Award

Pavel Etingof

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.

Congratulations Pavel!

April 2015: Graduate Woman of Excellence

2015 Graduate Woman of Excellence

Isabel Vogt

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.

Congratulations, 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.

Congratulations Bill!

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.

Congratulations!

March 2015: Simons Fellowship

Simons Fellowship

Professor Bjorn Poonen has been awarded a 2015 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 Bjorn!

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.

Congratulations Jörn!

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.

Congratulations Emmy!

February 2015: NSF CAREER Award - Ankur Moitra

NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Ankur Moitra has been honored with an award through the Faculty Early Career Development Program from the National Science Foundation for his project "Algorithmic Aspects of Machine Learning".

Congratulations Ankur!

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".

Congratulations Jared!

February 2015: Churchill Scholarship

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.

Congratulations Daniel!

...Full List of Scholars

February 2015: Faculty Promotions

Math Department Faculty Promotions

Clark Barwick Steven Johnson

The Corporation Executive Committee has approved faculty promotions for faculty members Clark Barwick and Steven Johnson. Clark has been promoted to Associate Professor and Steven has been promoted to Full Professor.

Congratulations Clark and Steven!

January 2015: Richard D. Schafer 1918-2014

Richard D. Schafer 1918-2014

Photo Credit:
MIT Museum

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.

Online Obituary

2014

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

Jesse Geneson Darij Grinberg Yufei Zhao

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.

Congratulations Victor!

November 2014: Alice T. Schafer Prize

2015 Alice T. Schafer Prize

Sheela Devadas

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.

Congratulations Sheela!

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."

Congratulations Vadim!

August 2014: 2014 Teaching Prize

Bjorn Poonen

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.

Congratulations Bjorn!

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

ISCB Vice President

Professor Bonnie Berger has been elected Vice President of the International Society for Computational Biology, a scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation.

Congratulations Bonnie!

July 2014: Simons Fellowships

Simons Fellowships

Professors Roman Bezrukavnikov, George Lusztig, and Scott Sheffield are among the 40 mathematicians who have been awarded Simons Fellowships in Mathematics in 2014.

Congratulations Roman, George and Scott!

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.

Congratulations Vlad!

June 2014: Simons Investigator

Simons Investigator

The Simons Foundation has named Professor Larry Guth to be a Simons Investigator. This award is given to outstanding theoretical scientists to support long-term investigations of fundamental questions.

Congratulations Larry!

May 2014: Shaw Prize

George Lusztig

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."

Congratulations George!

May 2014: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair Awards

Grand Awards

Ritesh Ravender

Ritesh Ragavender has won the First Prize for his PRIMES-USA project, Odd Dunkl Operators and nilHecke Algebras, suggested and mentored by Alex Ellis.

Rumen Dangovski

Rumen Dangovski has won the Second Prize for his RSI project, On the Lower Central Series of PI-algebras, suggested by Pavel Etingof and mentored by Nathan Harman.

Special Awards

  • 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.

Congratulations Dennis!

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:

Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize Honorable Mention

Jessie Zhang

Computing Research Association - Outstanding Female Undergraduate Researcher

Pratiksha Thaker

Astronaut Scholarship (2013)

Praveen Venkataramana

Barry Goldwater Scholarships

Carl Lian
Daniel Kang

Marshall Scholar

Kirin Sinha

NSF Fellowships

Joshua Alman
Jeffrey Chan
Catlin Sample
Dennis Tseng
Xiang-Yu Zhou

Congratulations Math Majors!

May 2014: Tenure

Math Department Faculty Promotions

Math faculty members Jacob Fox and Jonathan Kelner have been promoted to tenure as approved by the MIT Corporation Executive Committee.

Congratulations Jacob and Jon!

May 2014: Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

Fourth Annual PRIMES Conference

  • MIT, Room 4-163
  • May 17-18, 2014
  • Website



Representations of reductive groups
A conference dedicated to David Vogan on his 60th birthday

  • MIT, Room 10-250
  • May 19-23, 2014
  • Website

May 2014: Simons Lectures

Simons Lectures in Mathematics

May 14-16, 4:30-5:30pm

Ben Green

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.

Congratulations Jim!

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.

Congratulations Barbara!

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.

Congratulations!

March 2014: Goldwater Scholarships

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."

Congratulations Jacob!

March 2014: Simons Lectures

Simons Lectures in Mathematics

March 12-14, 4:30-5:30pm

Daniel Spielman

Yale University

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

Salem Prize

Mathematics Professor Larry Guth has been awarded the Salem Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of analysis.

Congratulations Larry!

Rollo Davidson Prize

MIT/Microsoft Schramm Fellow Ivan Corwin has won the Rollo Davidson Prize for outstanding achievements in the area of stochastic growth processes and their relation to integrable systems.

Congratulations Ivan!

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.

Congratulations Gonçalo!

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).

Congratulations Jessie!

...Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize

2013

December 2013: Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

Math Majors Win Scholarships

Kirin Sinha

Congratulations Kirin!

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.

John Mikhael

Congratulations John!

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.

...Marshall Scholarship MIT News
...Rhodes Scholarship MIT News

October 2013: Packard Fellowship

Jacob Fox, Packard Fellow

Jacob Fox

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!

...full listing of 2013 Packard Fellowships

September 2013: Faculty Chair Appointment

New Faculty Endowed Chair Appointment

Laurent Demanet

Congratulations Toby!

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!

Laurent Demanet

William Kuszmaul of PRIMES received a $10,000 scholarship for the project, "Equivalence Classes of Permutations Created Under Pattern-Replacement Relations" (mentor Darij Grinberg).

Laurent Demanet

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).

...full listing of Davidson Fellow Laureates

June 2013: Staff Infinite Mile Awards

Staff Infinite Mile Awardees

Debbie Bower Shirley Entzminger
Susan Ferguson Avisha Lalla

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

2013 Davidson Competition

Three out of four awards in mathematics went to RSI/PRIMES students

Clark Barwick the Cecil and Ida Green Development Chair

Clark Barwick

Clark Barwick is the new Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Laurent Demanet is the new Class of 1954 Career Development Chair

Laurent Demanet

Laurent Demanet is the new Class of 1954 Career Development Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics.

June 2013: Graduate Awards

Graduate Student Honorees

The Department of Mathematics recently held its annual awards ceremony to honor the accomplishments of our graduate students.

student awards ceremony

Nan Li, Ailsa Keating and John Lesieutre

Nan Li, Ailsa Keating and John Lesieutre received the Charles and Holly Housman Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

student awards ceremony

Yin Tat Lee, Paul Seidel and Eric Marberg

Paul Seidel presents the Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize to Yin Tat Lee and Eric Marberg, for their outstanding
papers accepted for publication in a major journal.

Undergraduate Awardees

June 2013: Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awardees

These are the undergraduate awardees from throughout the academic year.

Holden Lee receives the 2013 Jon A. Bucsela Prize

Holden Lee

Holden Lee received the Mathematics Department's Jon A. Bucsela Prize for distinguished scholastic achievement. He also recevied a Gates Scholarship
to study at the University of Cambridge.


(Photo courtesy of \ Lee Holden)

Yangzhou Hu awarded Honorable Mention of the
Alice T. Schafer Prize

Yangzhou Hu

Yangzhou Hu was an Honorable Mention Awardee of the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman.


(Photo by Beata Shuster, MIT Economics Dept.)

Noam Angrist received a Fulbright Scholarship

Noam Angrist

Noam Angrist, a math and economics major, received a Fulbright Scholarship to work in Botswana next year on educational reform.


(Photo by Allegra Boverman)

 

May 2013: PRIMES Conference

May 2013: National Academy of Sciences

Victor Kac
David Vogan

Congratulations Victor and David!

Victor Kac and David Vogan were recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

April 2013: Putnam Competition Results

 

Another Putnam Record!

Results of the 2012 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition are in: MIT has 3 of the 5 Putnam Fellows and 12 of the top 25 scorers. We also have 34 of the 84 students with Honorable Mention or above; thus over 40% of the high-scorers are our students!

  • MIT Putnam Fellows:
  • Benjamin Gunby
  • Mitchell Lee
  • Zipei Nie

Other MIT students in top 25:
Whan Ghang, Sung Gi Park, Szu-Po Wang, Tianyou Zhou, Alex Zhu, Joshua Alman, Holden Lee Jeffrey Shen, Ka Yu Tam

MIT Honorable Mentions:
Robi Bhattacharjee, Justin Brereton, Lucas Camelo Sa, Kevin Chen, Alexander Cole, Michael Cohen, Zheng Fan, Brian Hamrick, Jiaoyang Huang, Hyun Sub Hwang, Kuan-Yu Lin, Eric Mannes, Ofir Nachum, Jonathan Schneider, Brandon Tran, Mark Velednitsky, Anderson Wang, Anthony Wang, Michael Wu, George Xing, Kerry Xing, Dai Yang

Check all the results

 

February 2013: Sloan Research Fellowships

Jacob Fox Sug Woo Shin

Jacob and Sug Woo receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Jacob Fox and Sug Woo Shin are among the six MIT faculty members receiving Sloan Research Fellowships this year.

February 2013: Kelner Teaching Prize

Jon Kelner

Jon Kelner awarded School of Science Teaching Prize

The School of Science has announced that Jon has received the Teaching Prize for Undergraduate Education.

January 2013: Walton and Duarte Awards

 

Chelsea Walton

Chelsea Walton Awarded 2013 Infinite Kilometer

This honor is in recognition of Chelsea's hard work and leadership in PRIMES Circle, a new program established for mathematically talented students with underprivileged backgrounds. PRIMES Circle owes much of its success to her enthusiasm and dedication.

Cesar Duarte

Cesar Duarte to Receive MIT Excellence Award

President Rafael Reif will present the award, in the category of "Innovative Solutions" to Cesar this spring. Cesar has contributed to many of the Department's design projects and has been a valuable resource in the planning process of the upcoming renovations.

January 2013: Chia-Chiao Lin, 1916-2013

 

Chia-Chiao Lin

Chia-Chiao Lin, 1916-2013

Institute Professor Emeritus Chia-Chiao Lin passed away Sunday morning in Beijing. He joined the Mathematics Faculty in 1947 and retired in 1987. He was a seminal figure in applied mathematics.

MIT news

January 2013: David Jerison wins Bergman Prize

Michael Artin

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

Michael Artin

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.

2012

December 2012: Our 2012 Newsletter 1ntegraL is Out!

October 2012: PRIMES and RSI successes and Alice T. Schafer Prize

 

PRIMES and RSI successes

All eight regional finalist awards in the 2012 Siemens Competition in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in all fields went to PRIMES students. Also, two PRIMES students and five RSI students are Siemens semifinalists.

Congratulations to the winners and to PRIMES and RSI mentors and staff!

Congratulations Yangzhou!

Mathematics Senior Yangzhou Hu won Honorable Mention for the 2013 Alice T. Schafer Prize for undergraduate women demonstrating excellence in mathematics, marking the seventh year in a row that an MIT student has won Honorable Mention or more in the Schafer Prize.

 

 

 

October 2012: PRIMES and RSI successes

 

PRIMES and RSI successes

All eight regional finalist awards in the 2012 Siemens Competition in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in all fields went to PRIMES students. Also, two PRIMES students and five RSI students are Siemens semifinalists.

Congratulations to the winners and to PRIMES and RSI mentors and staff!

 

September 2012: Davidson Fellow Laureates

David Ding
Sitan Chen
Xiaoyu He

2012 Davidson Fellow Laureates

Among the 22 nationally selected high school student laureates, three of the prizes were awarded for projects in mathematics, and all three went to students mentored at MIT's Department of Mathematics, two at PRIMES and one at RSI.

The laureates are:
PRIMES Student David Ding received first prize for the project, "Infinitesimal Cherednik Algebras of gl_n" (mentor Sasha Tsymbaliuk);

RSI Student Sitan Chen, for the project, "On the Rank Number of Grid Graphs" (mentor Jesse Geneson);

PRIMES Student Xiaoyu He, for the project, "On the Classification of Universal Rotor-Routers" (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova).

September 2012: Welcome

 

Welcome Back to the 2012 Fall Term

August 2012: Student Awards

Amol Aggarwal Gouzhen Wang

Aggarwal and Wang win the Rogers Prize

The 2012 Hartley Rogers Jr. Prize for the best SPUR paper has been awarded to Sophomore Amol Aggarwal and his mentor, Graduate Student Gouzhen Wang, for the project, "Using Difference Operators to Determine the Correlation Functions of the Schur Process," suggested by Alexei Borodin.

 
Joel Lewis

Lewis and Zhang win best student paper award

The 24th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC'12), held this year at Nagoya University in Japan, has awarded the honor of best student paper to Joel Lewis and Yan Zhang. Their paper is titled "Enumeration of Graded (3 + 1) - Avoiding Posets."

July 2012: Sutherland Receives Selfridge Prize

Sutherland Receives Selfridge Prize

Andrew Sutherland

Principal Research Scientist Andrew Sutherland has been awarded the Selfridge Prize for his paper, "On the Evaluation of Modular Polynomials." This distinction is given in recognition of the best paper presented at the biennial Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium.

July 2012: Seidel and Guionnet Chosen as Simons Investigators

May 2012: Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

student awards ceremony

Steven Sam, Hoeskuldur Halldorsson, and Alejandro Morales

The Department of Mathematics recently held its annual awards ceremony to honor the accomplishments of the student body. This year the Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize was awarded to Steven Sam for his outstanding paper. Sheel Ganatra, Hoeskuldur Halldorsson, and Alejandro Morales received the Charles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jon A. Bucsela Prize Goes to Fan Wei

Fan Wei

Undergraduate student Fan Wei has received the Jon A. Bucsela Prize for distinguished scholastic achievement.

April 2012: Faculty Committee Announces Award Recipients

Faculty Committee Announces Award Recipients

Pavel Etingof

Robert E. Collins
Distinguished Scholar

Pavel Etingof has been appointed a Robert E. Collins Distinguished Scholar.

Jacob Fox

Edmund F. Kelly Research Award

Jacob Fox has been selected to receive the Edmund F. Kelly Research Award.

April 2012: Faculty Awards - Kac, Berger, Poonen

Victor Kac

Congratulations Victor!

Victor Kac has been included in the first round of Simons Fellows in Mathematics.

Bonnie Berger
Bjorn Poonen

Congratulations Bonnie and Bjorn!

Bonnie Berger and Bjorn Poonen were recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

February 2012: Awards - Rodriguez-Wong, Sutherland, McGrath

Alejandro Rodriguez-Wong

Congratulations Alejandro!

Alejandro Rodriguez-Wong received an Infinite Kilometer Award for his commitment to outreach in the larger community, especially to underrepresented minorities and for many other deeds and accomplishments.

Andrew Sutherland

Congratulations Andrew!

Andrew Sutherland received an Infinite Kilometer Award for his outstanding contributions to UROP, freshman advising, SPLASH and HSSP.

Erin McGrath

Congratulations Erin!

Erin McGrath, Director of Development for Math and Physics, received a 2012 MIT Excellence Award, the highest award given to MIT staff.

2011

Nov 2011: AMS and Fermat Announcements

2011 AMS election results

David Vogan to be next
AMS President starting 2013.

Igor Rodnianski

Congratulations to
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

Gilbert Strang

Gil Strang has been appointed as MathWorks Professor, a new endowed chair in our department.

Mark Behrens

Mark Behrens has been appointed to the Cecil and Ida B. Green Career Development Chair.

 

June 2011: Loeve Prize

Scott Sheffield

Congratulations Scott!

Professor Scott Sheffield has been awarded the Loeve Prize.

 

May 2011: Royal Society

James McKernan

Congratulations James!

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

PRIMES

PRIMES Annual 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

Congratulations Bonnie!

Bonnie Berger has been invited to give the prestigious Margaret Pittman Lecture, sponsored annually by the National Institute of Health.

Jon Kelner

Congratulations Jon!

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

Congratulations Peter!

Peter Shor was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

April 2011: Simons Lecture and Peter Shor

Peter Shor

Congratulations Peter!

Peter Shor was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

Simons Lectures in Mathematics

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

Bjorn Poonen

Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations Bjorn!

Professor Bjorn Poonen is one of this year's Guggenheim Fellows.

February 2011: Demanet - Sloan Research Fellowship

Laurent Demanet

Sloan Research Fellowship

Congratulations Laurent!

Assistant Professor Laurent Demanet is among the three MIT faculty members to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship this year.

January 2011: Faculty Awards - Vogan, Mrowka, Poonen

David Vogan

AMS Levi L. Conant Prize

Professor David Vogan is awarded the Conant Prize for his article, "The character table for E8."

 
Tom Mrowka

AMS Joseph L. Doob Prize

Professor Tom Mrowka shares the Doob Prize with Peter Kronheimer for their book "Monopoles and Three-Manifolds."

 
Bjorn Poonen

MAA Chauvenet Prize

Professor Bjorn Poonen is awarded the Chauvenet Prize for his paper, "Undecidability in number theory."

 

January 2011: IAP

IAP Spotlight

Independent Activities Period

Mathematics Lecture Series
Lectures by mathematics faculty members on interesting topics from both classical and modern mathematics.

Math Sponsored Activities

 

2010

December 2010: MIT School Of Science Colloquium

MIT SCHOOL OF SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM

Jim Simons

Mathematics, Common Sense and Good Luck: My Life and Careers

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

Katrin Wehrheim

PECASE Award

Congratulations Katrin Wehrheim!

Professor Katrin Wehrheim has been named as one of the recipients of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

White House press release

 

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

Norbert Wiener Lectures

Charles Fefferman

Princeton University

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
2010-2011

August 2010: Women in Math Website

Please visit our new website for Women in Math

May 2010: Denes Prize

Jacob Fox

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

Tobias H. Colding

Toby Colding and Ben Brubaker are appointed as the Levinson Professor of Mathematics and the Green Career Development Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

May 2010: Sarah Smith and Charmaine Sia

Infinite Mile Award

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

Tom Mrowka

Congratulations Tom Mrowka!

Tom is smiling because he received a
Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

April 2010: Simons Lectures

Simons Lectures in Mathematics

April 28 - May 5th 2010

Wednesday's Lecture:
Andrei Okounkov
4:30pm, Room 4-370

Lecture 3: Towards probabilistic mirror symmetry
Reception at 4:00pm in 2-290

 

April 2010: Student Awards

Hertz Fellowship

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

Putnam Competition

MIT Team Wins First Place!

Congratulations to our first place team and to all participants for achieving extraordinary results in this year's competition!

2010 Intel Science Talent Search

Congratulations to RSI students Akhil Mathew and Lynnelle Ye for winning 3rd and 4th place in the Intel Science Talent Search!

Lynnelle Ye is also the 2nd place winner in the 2009 Siemens Competition for her project at RSI.

 

March 2010: Putnam Competition

March 2010: William Velez Talk

SPECIAL LECTURE

The Mathematical Enterprise: A Minority Perspective
April 5th at 4:30pm
Room 4-370

William Yslas Vélez
(University of Arizona)

Open to the Public
Reception at 4:00 PM in 4-349

February 2010: Abhinav Kumar and Jonathan Kelner

NEW Faculty Awards!

Abhinav Kumar Jon Kelner

Abhinav Kumar receives
NSF Career Award.

Jon Kelner is awarded
Sloan Fellowship.

January 2010: Toby Colding and Paul Seidel

January 2010: Ken Kamrin and Maria Monks

Ken Kamrin Maria Monks

Ken Kamrin receives the Nicholas Metropolis Award for outstanding doctoral thesis.
Maria Monks is awarded a Churchill Scholarship to pursue a Masters at Cambridge University.

 

2009

December 2009: Dan Nicholas

Infinite K Award

Danforth Nicholas

Congratulations to Dan Nicholas, a recipient of the Infinite K Award from the MIT School of Science.

 

December 2009: John Bush

New APS Fellow

John Bush

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

Scott Sheffield

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!

2009 Autumn Integral Cover

April 2009: Strang and Sipser