# Award Recipients

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

*Continuing Department Scholarship*

*J.L. Gibson Senior Award*

*Calvin H. Wilcox Memorial Scholarship*

*J.L. Gibson Award*

*Continuing Department Scholarship*

*Continuing Department Scholarship*

*Saxton Scholarship *

*J.L. Gibson Award*

*Continuing Department Scholarship*

*Mathematics Department Scholarship *

*C. Bryant and Clara C. Copley Scholarship*

*Thomas A. Hurd Mathematics Scholarship*

*Golden Scholarship*

*Michael Zhao Memorial Scholarship*

*Junius John Hayes Endowed Scholarship *

*Mathematics Department Scholarship*

*J.L. Gibson Senior Award *

*Mathematics Department Scholarship*

*Continuing Department Scholarship*

*Susan C. Christiansen Memorial Award*

*D. Keith Reed Memorial Scholarship*

*Junius John Hayes Diversity Scholarship*

*Golden Scholarship*

*Continuing Department Scholarship*

*Junius John Hayes Endowed Scholarship *

*Churchill Scholarship*

Pi Mu Epsilon 2021 Recipients

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society whose purpose is the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions. It was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University. The local organizations of Pi Mu Epsilon are the Chapters. The Utah Alpha Chapter was first established in 1960 and was revitalized in 1997. For more information, visit the National Pi Mu Epsilon website.

Congratulations Ph.D. 2021 Graduates!

This year we are recognizing those students who have completed all requirements for their Ph.D.

Yen-An Chen

Priscilla Elizondo Sanchez

Cody Fitzgerald

**Matthew Goroff**

Jihao Liu

*Outstanding Thesis Award*

China Mauck

*Outstanding Thesis Award*

Anna Nelson

**Chee Han Tan**

Conor Tillinghast

Andrew Watson

Daniel Zavitz

Department Awards

**Yiming Xu**

*T. Benny Rushing and Gail T. Rushing Fellowship*

Jacob Madrid

*Outstanding Graduate Student Award*

Allechar Serrano López

*Outstanding Graduate Student Award*

**Jody Reimer**

*Don H. Tucker Postdoctoral Fellow Award*

**Osama Khalil**

*Outstanding Postdoc*

**Joshua Pollitz**

*Outstanding Postdoc*

**Matt Cecil**

*Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award*

**Aleksandra Jovanovic-Hacon**

*Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award*

**Rebecca Noonan Heale**

*Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award*

**Michael van Opstall**

*Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award*

**Kevin Wortman**

*Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award*

**Mary Levine***Outstanding Staff Award*

**Lisa Penfold**

*Outstanding Staff Award*

**Nelson Beebe**

*IT Award*

#### Anthony Do

#### Wolfgang Allred

I first found my love of math in ruler and compass constructions since they intersect with drawing, another passion of mine. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with math involving geometric and spatial intuition. When I'm not doing math or drawing, I can be found reading, hiking, or playing tabletop games.

#### Ben Huenemann

I will be a junior majoring in mathematics and computer science, and I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. Understanding the underlying theorems and principles behind proofs is always fascinating, and I would love to make a career in it. Outside of classwork, I enjoy filling my free time with piano, biking, chess, and philosophy.

#### Jessica Soucie

As a mathematics and chemical engineering major, I am particularly interested in computational approaches to engineering problems. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school in nuclear engineering.

#### Moses Samuelson-Lynn

I am a freshman pursuing an Honors Degree in Mathematics as well as a degree in German and a minor in physics. My main interest is in pure mathematics, especially number theory, analysis, geometric graph theory, geometric group theory, and algebraic geometry. I hope to pursue research opportunities as an undergraduate and aim to earn a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, with the goal of becoming a research professor.

#### Annie Giokas

I am pursuing an Honors Degree in Mathematics. My current interest is in commutative algebra, which I am planning to research this summer. After graduating from the U, the next step in my career is to attend graduate school.

#### Michael Keyser

I am double majoring in applied mathematics and computer engineering. I participate in undergraduate research and will pursue a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering after graduation.

#### Sydney Kossin

I am currently in my senior year of the Mathematics Teaching Program, with a minor in Korean Studies. Following my student teaching during the 2021-2022 school year and after my scheduled graduation in April of 2022, I plan to pursue a career as a mathematics teacher in a Utah middle school or high school. I look forward to being able to give back to the community once I begin my teaching career.

#### Lia Smith

I am a mathematics major with a love for calculus, specifically. After I receive my Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, I plan to go to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Outside of my studies, I love to read, and I'm always looking for an opportunity to grow my personal library.

#### A. Nichols Crawford Taylor

I'm majoring in applied mathematics and computer engineering. I'm interested in using math to model social systems, control automated systems and autonomous robots, and so much more. Post-graduation, I'd like to take one of my engineering projects, develop it into a full business, and eventually pursue graduate school.

#### Matthew Gordon

I’m a mathematics and economics major at the U. I’m interested in probability/statistical theory and the application of this theory to real-world data. Recently, I’ve been interested in using dynamic-factor and Bayesian vector autoregressive models to measure GDP in real-time. My goal is to pursue graduate education in economics and mathematics and enter academia as a research professor.

#### Maya Wagner

I'm a sophomore at the University of Utah, a candidate for graduation in Honors Applied Mathematics and Honors Physics, emphasizing astronomy and astrophysics. I do undergraduate research through the ACCESS Program with Dr. Daniel Wik. I plan to complete my undergraduate education and pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics or mathematics.

#### Lela Feaster

I'm a senior in applied mathematics. I am doing undergraduate research with Dr. Howe on shadows of cubic surfaces, and I intend to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics.

#### Benvin Lozada

I am a sophomore double-majoring in mathematics and economics. I'm interested in mathematical finance and statistical analysis. After I graduate, I plan to attend a graduate program to obtain a Ph.D. in economics.

#### Lauren Mickelson

I'm studying mathematics and will be a senior in the fall. I enjoy learning how mathematics relates to the world, as well as tutoring other students in the subject. I like to run, hike, and travel in my free time.

#### Cassandra Schultz

I am working toward earning a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics. I am highly enthusiastic about becoming a junior high school math teacher in the future. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the University of Utah, and I thank all those who support me.

#### Kaleb Alles

I have been interested in mathematics from a young age. I like to program, specifically in numerical analysis and problem-solving, and I enjoy games of strategy. I hope to continue my mathematical studies.

#### Charlie Barth

*Paradise Lost*for the latter. I plan to attend the University of British Columbia in the fall.

#### Brooklyn Davis

I'm graduating this spring with a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics Teaching, and Family, Community, and Human Development. I am exceedingly passionate about math education and have a particular desire to use equitable and developmentally appropriate teaching practices in my future classroom at Granger High School. I have a strong belief that excellent education can increase confidence in individuals and give them the tools to change the world. I'm excited to use my undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah and experience as an assistant director at a math learning center to become a secondary teacher who supports my students in gaining a solid sense of self-worth and an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics.

#### Mackenzie McLean

Next year I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in math, focusing on topology. In my time at the U, I've had incredible experiences researching with UCAIR and working as an ambassador for the College of Science. Ultimately, my goal is to be a professor and help new students enjoy math.

#### Clayton Allard

I am a mathematics major with a statistics emphasis and a computer science minor. I am involved in tutoring at the Math Tutoring Center as well as grading. I'm also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon. My interests mostly lie in probability. This summer, I am participating in an eight-week REU program in Connecticut (online) about Markov Chains.

#### Emma Coates

I am an incoming fourth-year applied mathematics student minoring in computer science. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I plan to volunteer with the Peace Corps, teaching secondary mathematics. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics after I complete my service.

**Eli Counterman **

I have always enjoyed the sciences and have found math to be fundamental to all of them, hence my double major in math and chemistry. After getting involved with undergraduate research this past year, I found a new love for the “applied" side of mathematics. I look forward to another year in the Math Department!

**Katherine Oxspring **

I'm a fourth-year Math Teaching major and have enjoyed working as a Learning Assistant in the Math Department for the past two years. When I’m not at school, I enjoy watching Netflix and traveling.

**Winston Stucki **

I am a junior math major, with interests in probability and stochastic processes and a Putnam enthusiast. I'm currently studying probability under Davar Khoshnevisan.

#### Aidan Copinga

I enjoy numerical analysis and partial differential equations and plan to become a professor.

#### Caroline Luman

I enjoy differential equations and plan to attend law school.

#### Carolyn **LaPrete**

I enjoy many different areas of applied mathematics and plan to pursue a master's degree, followed by a career in industry.

#### Jameson McCarty

I enjoy mathematical biology and epidemiological modeling. I plan to pursue a graduate degree, followed by work in the biotech or bioresearch industries.