Department of Mathematics

Congratulations to Solil Shah, William Mulligan, and Meghan A. Turner on winning Goldwater Scholarships. Mulligan majors in Biochemistry, Turner in Biochemistry and Mathematics, and Shah in Chemistry, Mathematics and Economics.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

A Guggenheim Fellowship is a highly prestigious mid career award, only two of them were awarded this year in Mathematics nationwide. It has been awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those "who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

The official announcement can be found here:

Putnam Exam Results are in:

11 of our students took the exam. Huge congratulations to our three team members, Killian Kvalvik, Thomas Hameister, and Zhaoyi Liu, who placed 32nd in the team competition. (Last year we placed 27th.)

We had three students in the top 500 individually: Sohil Shah, Zhaoyi Liu, and Thomas Hameister. Besides the top-scorers, several students did very well, and the median score of the 11 UW students was 22.

Great job everyone who took the exam!

Saverio Spagnolie has been awarded the second annual Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities! This is a campus-wide award, and a very competitive one, it speaks very highly of his work.


Paul Rabinowitz was awarded the Juliusz Schauder Medal, by the Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. The Schauder Medal is awarded to individuals for their significant achievements related to topological methods in nonlinear analysis.

For an announcement see

Jordan Ellenberg was featured as part of the "Fueling Discovery" insert in the 3/22/2015 Wisconsin State Journal.  This highlighted our amazing L&S faculty and their research.  Jordan's article was on "New Math is Needed to Explore New Networks" and it is attached.

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