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Awards are decided in November and December by members of the department awards committees.

Teaching Awards

Senior Faculty Teaching Award

The Department of Mathematics has established a Senior Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of the importance of the place of all faculty members in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The award will be made when it is deemed appropriate and announced in early December. 

Eligibility: All faculty members holding the rank of associate professor, full professor, lecturer, or senior lecturer including visitors and faculty from other departments teaching MATH courses.

Junior Faculty Teaching Award

The Department of Mathematics has established a Junior Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of the importance of the place of junior faculty in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The award will be announced in early December. Awards will be made based upon the faculty member’s ability to develop student’s appreciation and understanding of mathematics. 

Eligibility: Tenure-track assistant professors, H. C. Wang assistant professors, and visiting assistant professors.

Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Department of Mathematics has established a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of the importance of TAs in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The award will be announced in early December. The selection may be based on one or more of the following criteria: the TA’s ability to develop students’ appreciation and understanding of mathematics, creative use or development of materials, success in helping students master material, and improvement of teaching skills over time. 

Eligibility: Graduate students who have been teaching assistants in the Department of Mathematics for at least two semesters. Previous recipients cannot be nominated a second time.
 


Previous Award Recipients:

Year Senior Faculty
Teaching
Junior Faculty
Teaching
Graduate Student
Teaching
2017
Marcelo Aguiar
Herbert Hui
Quincy Loney James Barnes
Lila Greco
Matthew Hin
2016 Tara Holm
Michael Stillman
none Kelsey Houston-Edwards
Amin Saied
2015 Yuri Berest David Zywina Wayne Uy
Drew Zemke
2014 Yulij Ilyashenko
Mark Jauquet
Sanjay Dharmavaram Laura Escobar
Matthew Holden
Zhengyi Zhou
2013 Richard Rand Clinton Conley Anoop Grewal
Melanie Stam
2012 Steven Strogatz Nathaniel Eldredge 
Ana Rita Pires
Kathryn Sullivan Montovan
2011 Timothy Healey Timothy Riley Mircea Pitici
Remus Radu
2010 Reyer Sjamaar W. Frank Moore Mihai Bailesteanu 
Samuel Kolins
2009 Ravi Ramakrishna Guang (Dennis) Yang Benjamin Lundell 
Eyvindur Pálsson
2008 Kenneth Brown 
John Hubbard
Geoffrey Recktenwald
Alexander Vladimirsky
Fatima Mahmood 
Artem Pulemotov
2007 Allen Hatcher Alvaro Lozano-Robledo
Etienne Rassart
Mia Minnes
2006 Patricia Alessi
Irena Peeva
Luke Rogers
Alessandra Pantano
Edoardo Carta
2005 David Henderson Hsiao-Bing Cheng Melanie Pivarski 
Treven Wall
2004 Leonard Gross Tara Brendle
Kasso Okoudjou
Heather Armstrong
2003 Maria Terrell Dan Zaffran Dan Ciubotaru
2002 Michael Stillman Matthew Fickus Christopher Francisco
2001 Alfred Schatz Ravi Ramakrishna Lee Gibson

 


Department Prizes and Awards for Graduate Students

Robert John Battig Graduate Prize

Recipients of the Battig Prize are graduate students in mathematics at Cornell who have passed their A exam (typically in their second year of study). Any such graduate student is eligible regardless of social and financial background. A department committee composed of the chair, the director of graduate studies and three members of the department's graduate admissions committee select a recipient each year based on excellence and promise in mathematics. 

Eleanor Norton York Award

Each year a student in the Mathematics Department and a student in the Astronomy Department, in which Eleanor York was employed, are selected to receive this award. The recipients are chosen from those in the middle of their graduate education on the basis of their achievements to date to encourage them to have even more success in the future.

Hutchinson Fellowship

Awarded by the Mathematics Department to graduate students who have been outstanding in their work as teaching assistants or as students in the graduate program, the Hutchinson Fellowship provides one semester of relief from teaching to allow students to work on their thesis problems. Accordingly, it is given to students who have completed three years of study and are not in their final year.

The Torng Prize

Established in 2017 by former graduate student Bung-Fung Torng, this prize is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student for their work as a teacher. It provides summer support for the student to focus on their thesis work.

Previous Award Recipients:

Year Battig Prize York Award Hutchinson Fellowship Torng Prize
2017-2018

Swee Hong Chan
Benjamin Hoffman
Hossein Lamei Ramandi

Max Hallgren
Itamar Oliveira
Gautam Gopal Krishnan Maru Sarazola Duarte
2016-2017 Wai-Kit Yeung Anwesh Ray Ian Pendleton
Drew Zemke
 
2015-2016 Balazs Elek
Aaron Palmer
Iian Smythe Kristen Pueschel  
2014-2015 Laura Escobar Vega
Radoslav Zlatev
Daniel Miller
Valente Ramirez Garcia Luna
Jeffrey Bergfalk
Voula Collins
Aliaksandr Patotski
 
2013–2014 Hyungryul Baik 
Hung Tran
Kai Fong Ernest Chong Robert Kesler 
Yash Lodha
 
2012-2013 Diana Ojeda Aristizabal      
2011-2012 Peter Samuelson
Tianyi Zheng
Jenna Rajchgot Adam Bjorndahl
Kristine Jones
Daniel Wong
 
2010-2011 Kathryn Lindsey Milena Pabiniak Juan Alonso
Philipp Meerkamp
 
2009-2010 Mingzhong Cai
Benjamin Lundell
Ri-Xiang Chen
Ho Hon Leung
Mihai Bailesteanu
Samuel Kolins
 
2008-2009 Artem Pulemotov
Zhigen Zhao
Igors Gorbovickis
Ann Martin*
Briony Horgan*
Jennifer Biermann
Saul Blanco Rodriguez
 
2007-2008 Alimjon Eshmatov
Jessica Zuniga
Gregory Muller
Yan Ling Wu*
Joshua Bowman  
2006-2007 Mia Minnes
Jay Schweig
Artem Pulemotov
Sabrina Stierwalt*
Noam Horwitz
James Worthington
 
2005-2006 Sarah Koch
Andrei Maxim
Guan-Yu-Chen
David Rothstein*
Henri Johnston
Mauricio Velasco
 
2004-2005 Antonio Montalban
Roland Roeder
Jeffrey Mermin
Jagadheep Panbian*
Drew Armstrong
Treven Wall
 
2003-2004 James Belk
Harrison Zhou
Farkhod Eshmatov
Matja Cuk*
Jason Martin
Melanie Pivarski
 
2002-2003 Todd Kemp Christopher Hardin
Lynn Carter*
Radu Haiduc
Fernando Schwartz
 
2001-2002 Fernando Marques Christopher Francisco
Karen Masters*
Britt Scharringhausen*

Dan Ciubotaru
Jean Cortissoz
Yuval Gabay
Sam Hsiao

 

* Astronomy recipients