Richard Kent has been awarded an NSF CAREER award. This is the most prestigious NSF award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Christopher Janjigian has won the 2014 LS Teaching Fellow competition, and Balazs Strenner was named as an Alternate. These awards are quite an honor, since each year at most 15 people are chosen from throughout L&S.
Congratulations to our top scoring students in the 74th Putnam Competition. The exam was taken by 4113 contestants from 557 institutions last December. The median score was 1 out of 120, the top score was 99.
A team of Enkhzaya Enkhtaivan, Hongkai Pan and Sohil Shah, placed 27th in the team competition, up from 112th last year and 39th 2 years ago.
We had three students in the top 500 individually: Killian Kvalvik, Andrew Morgan and Hongkai Pan. Our best result came from Killian Kvalik who placed in the top 150 with a score of 40.
Shirin Malekpour been selected as a Teaching Academy Fellow. Fellows are chosen from nominations based on excellence in teaching and a commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning across campus.
Sigurd Angenent has been chosen to receive the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. The award will be presented to him by Chancellor Blank on May 19.
Jordan Ellenberg has been appointed as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. The Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships recognize professors whose distinguished scholarship has advanced the confines of knowledge, and whose excellence has also included teaching or service.
Sigurd Angenent has been awarded the Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Advising for 2014. This award goes to faculty who are committed to excellent academic advising and mentoring of undergraduate students.
Gheorge Craciun has won a Vilas Associate award. The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Graduate School Research Committees on the basis of a detailed proposal. He was one of 26 to receive the award throughout the University.
Sam Stechmann and Jun Yin have won 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. These competitive fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. 126 fellowships are awarded nationally annually.