
Undergraduate 
From left: ManKin Yau, Geir Helleloid, Maureen Donahoe, Suzy Reichel, Adam Loeffler, Brian Yablon 
At the Annual Student Awards Ceremony on May 10, 2000 in the 9th floor lounge, the following awards were presented to undergraduate students:
R. Creighton Buck Prize for Creativity in Mathematics ($500): Nicholas Sterling
Mark H. Ingraham Scholarship ($750): Matthew McGinley; Nicos Savva
Mark H. Ingraham Scholarship ($500): Keng Ao; Brian Yablon; Adam Loeffler; ManKin Yau
Frank D. Cady Scholarship ($500): Maureen Donahoe; Suzy Reichel
The first David & Janet Kirkbride
Scholarship was also
presented to Geir Helleloid at this ceremony (see the next feature).
Geir Helleloid is first recipient of the
``Kirkbride Scholarship''
From left: J. Kirkbride, G. Helleloid, D. Kirkbride 
In November, 2000 Professor Dan Shea and Geir went to the annual Pi Mu Epsilon Conference at St. Norbert's College where Geir gave a wonderful presentation of the spring semester work done by the participants in the Spatial Systems Laboratory, directed by Professor James Propp. Geir reported on the progress made by the group on the socalled chipfiring problem. As Dan Shea has remarked, part of the pleasure of trips to studentresearch conferences is the opportunity to discuss mathematics and student life with our students.
Because of his special accomplishments and abilities, this semester Geir, although still an undergraduate, is a Teaching Assistant, our first undergraduate TA. According to Dan Shea, Geir is managing his student and TA responsibilities very well. Geir, who plans to get a PhD in mathematics, is already taking a firstyear graduate course.
Matthew McGinley Selected for Budapest
Semesters in Mathematics
Matthew McGinley participated in Budapest Semesters in Mathematics this past fall. Budapest Semesters in Mathematics is an overseas study program for math students from North American colleges and universities. Studyabroad programs abound in the humanities and social sciences, but this is one of only a few in mathematics. The program was begun in the mid1980s at a time when Hungary's Communist government was more liberal than that of its neighbors. Open to students in their junior and senior years, the Budapest program offers a broad selection of math courses  in a country with an exceptionally strong math tradition.
Talent Search Honors Day
From left: D. Kane, Y. Zhang, C. Moore, M. Isaacs 
The program consisted of a talk by Professor Clint Sprott of the Physics Department on The New Science of Chaos and one by Professor Richard Brualdi of the Mathematics Department on Let Me Count The Ways: Putting painted balls in painted boxes, painted balls in unpainted boxes, unpainted balls in painted boxes, and unpainted balls in unpainted boxes. There was also a tour of the Astronomy Department.
The prizes were given out by Professor I. Martin Isaacs at a luncheon in the 9th floor lounge. Included among the prize winners were three members of the Loh family from Madison, PoLing, PoRu, and PoShen. Each year, top Wisconsin performers in the Talent Search are eligible to compete for the Van Vleck Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The scholarship pays $6,000 per year for four years. This year's winners were Daniel Kane, Chris Moore, and Yian Zhang, all from Madison West High School. All three of them finished in the top 25 in North America to qualify in the USA Mathematical Olympiad, as did previous Scholarship winners Howard Liu, PoRu Loh, and PoShen Loh. PoRu Loh, PoShen Loh, and Yian Zhang were all among the top twelve finishers, with PoRu Loh and Yian Zhang selected to compete with seven other students for the six positions on the team representing the USA in the International Mathematical Olympiad (Taejon, South Korea, July 1920, 2000). PoRu Loh was selected as a team member and was a Silver Medalist for his team which placed third.
Here is a problem from this year's Talent Search.

Eight Undergraduate Math Majors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
This past year eight undergraduate mathematics majors were
inducted into the honorary society Phi Beta Kappa. They are:
Daniel Drake, Jonathon Giffen, Geir Helleloid, Sarah Knoop,
Matthew McGinley, Clayton Nall, Nicholas Rasmussen, and Chad
Sundell. Among the second majors of these talented students are
computer science, physics, and political science.
Hilliard Gift to the WES Program
UWMadison alumnus Wallace (Wally) J. Hilliard announced last April the establishment at the UW Foundation of The Wallace J. Hilliard Fund for the purpose of supporting undergraduate students in the College of Letters and Science, and expressed his desire ``to support the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars Program". Each year the Foundation "will advise the chair of the Department of Mathematics of the total amount available for distribution in support of the Fund's objectives." The Fund was initiated with a gift of $100,000. Wally now lives in Naples, Florida, but the gift comes from the Hilliard Family Foundation, which is run by Wally's son, Daniel Hilliard, who lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. WES Coordinator Melinda Certain hopes to meet Daniel, and possibly Wally, some time next summer and update them on the WES program.
As described in last year's Newsletter, the main goal of WES is improved success in calculus for minorities and other groups of people which historically have been underrepresented in advanced mathematics, science, and engineering. The program is open to all qualified students, and recruits minority and rural students.
The WES program was begun in the Fall of 1993 with 2 sections of Math 221. Most semesters there are 4 or 5 WES sections; for example, last Spring there were 2 sections of Math 222, and 1 each of Math 221 and Math 234. WES sections usually have GPAs well above the lecture average. Last spring the GPAs in the WES sections of Math 222 were 3.88 and 3.53, whereas the lecture GPAs were 2.88 and 2.43.
This past Fall the WES program introduced a section of Math 171 for the first time. Math 171 is a combination of precalculus and calculus and is followed the next semester by Math 217. Offering a WES section for these two courses is compatible with the WES emphasis on providing firstyear students with a ``friendly but challenging" math experience. Also in an experimental stage is a WES section of Math 211 followed by one for Math 213. This is a sequence designed primarily for business and finance majors. The fall WES section of Math 211 was a great success, earning a GPA of 3.60.
The Hilliard gift offers the WES program the chance to try new things, but also the means to keep the quality of the program high and assure the ongoing success of the program.
Contributed by Melinda Certain.