Prizes and Awards

The Mathematics and Statistics Department recognizes outstanding students in many ways:


The Walker Awards

The Walker Awards consist of the following:

  • The Walker Award in Mathematics and Statistics is awarded to a student who has demonstrated initiative, creativity, perseverance, and achievement in Mathematics and Statistics.
  • The Walker Award for Leadership is awarded for outstanding leadership and for contributions to the mathematics and statistics community at Amherst.
  • The Walker Teaching Award is awarded to a student for accomplishment and promise in teaching and tutoring of mathematics or statistics.
  • The Walker Prizes in Problem Solving, established by William J. Walker of Newport, Rhode Island. Two prizes are awarded to members of the first-year class and two prizes to members of the sophomore class for proficiency in mathematical problem solving, determined by an examination.

The Nomination Process for Walker Awards

Nominees are solicited for the Leadership and Teaching Awards from students. Any Amherst student is eligible to nominate any number of students for these awards. Nominations for 2020 are due on March 26, 2020. Please contact Professor Ching (mching@amherst.edu) if you have any questions.

Recent Walker Award winners:

The Walker Award in Mathematics and Statistics:

2020: Camille Blum '20 , Mia Nicholson '20, Shashank Sule '20 
2019: Bonnie Lin '19, Margaret A. Medina-Pena '19, Katherine A. Mendoza '19 and Joseph (Joe) M. Schneider '19
2018: James Corbett, Jocelyn Hunyadi, Jamie Tucker-Foltz
2017: Jonathan Che, Hui Xu, and Bowen Yang

The Walker Award for Leadership:

2020: Andrea Boskovic '21, Maria-Cristiana (Kitty) Girjau '21, Noah Solomon '22, Andrew Tawfeek '21E
2019:
Sean Y. Gao '22 and Elizabeth Pratt '22
2018: Katherine Finnerty, Jennifer Halbleib, Obinna Ukogu, Bowen Yang
2017: Yen Nhi Truong Vu

The Walker Teaching Award:

2020: Shu Amano '21, Lisa Cenek '21, Sirig Gurung '21, Seamus Lawton '21, Juhyun (Julie) Lee '22
2019:
Michael N. Bakshandeh '21, Camille Blum '20, Sai Chauhan '20 and Enoch Y. Shin '21
2018: Fengling Hu, Denise Noriega
2017: Yariana Diaz, Obinna Ukogu 


The Walker Competition

The Walker Competition is a mathematical problem-solving competition open to all first-year and sophomore students. Problems are challenging in nature. The competition is a 3-hour exam without access to books, notes or calculators. The 2020 exam will take place on Monday, March 9 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. in SMUD 014. 

Recent Walker Prize in Problem Solving Winners:

2020

First Year Students:
1st place: Yee-Lynn Lee '23 
2nd place: Ethan Spingarn '23 , Shixiong (Leo) Xu '23 
 
Sophomores:
1st place:  Subin Manandhar '22 
2nd place: Elizabeth Pratt '22 

2019

First Year Students:
 1st place: Subin Manandhar '22 
2nd place: Zhengyu (Albert) Jing '22, Holden T. Lee '22 and Elizabeth Pratt '22 

Sophomores:
1st place: Shu Amano '21 and Kieran L. Brookes '21 
2nd place: Lianbi Ji '21 and Enes Kristo '21

2018
First Year Students: 1st place: Kieran Brookes, 2nd place: Enes Kristo
Sophomores: 1st place: Alex Mangiafico, 2nd place Elizabete Mezinska

2017
First Year Students: 1st place (tied): Alex Mangiafico, Ralph Skinner, Elizabete Mezinska
Sophomores: 1st place: Jamie Tucker-Foltz, 2nd place: Gregory Carroll

2016
First Year Students: 1st place (tied): Alex Santos, Jamie Tucker-Foltz, Gregory Carroll
Sophomores: 1st place: Bowen Yang, 2nd place: Hui Xu

2015
First Year Students: 1st place: Bowen Yang, 2nd place: An Thu Hoang, Tobias Schweb
Sophomores: 1st place: Fan Hao Yang, 2nd place: Yen Nhi Truong Vu

Recent Walker Exams:

 


The Robert H. Breusch Prize

Each year, the Robert H. Breusch Prizes are awarded to the seniors who, in the opinion of the faculty, have presented the best honors theses in mathematics and statistics.

Recent Breusch Prize Winners:

2020: Gregory Carroll '20, Max Fox-Jurkowitz '20, Joseph Lupo '20, Shashank Sule '20
2019:
Katherine (Kate) S. Finnerty, Fengling Hu, Eleanor (Ellie) Thieu and Robert (Robbie) J.  Zielinski
2018:
William (Jack) Wesley and Hui Xu (in math), Jonathan Che (in statistics)
2017: Yen Nhi Truong Vu
2016: Rebecca Danning and Hannah Goodwillie
2015: Dvij Bajpai, Eddie Kim, and Darius Onul  


The Five College Statistics Prize

The Five College Statistics Prize is awarded to one student at each of the Five Colleges based on their outstanding independent research, thesis, or capstone course project in statistics.

Recent Five College Statistics Prize Winners:

2020: Enoch Shin '21, Emily Ye '20
2019: Jocelyn V. Hunyadi and Cassidy W. Maher
2018: Sarah Teichman
2017: Azka Javaid, Caleb Ki, and Muling Si
2016: Christina Wang
2015: Jarvis Sill  


Honors Societies

Sigma Xi 

All mathematics and statistics senior thesis writers are elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. See our list of all recent thesis writers.

Mu Sigma Rho

Amherst nominates outstanding students in Statistics to membership in Mu Sigma Rho, the National Statistics Honorary Society.

Mu Sigma Rho INDUCTEES:

2020: Oliver Baldwin Edwards, Andrea Boskovic, Graham Chickering, Claire Dennis,Jasper Alfred George Flint, Maria-Cristiana Girjau, Sirig Gurung, Ziad Kaddouri, Natalia Khoudian, Jung Hoon Andy Ki,
Liubou Klindziuk, Emily Lachtara, William Niklas Lonnquist, Tyler Andrew Marshall, Sabir Meah, James Melican, Mark Nathin, Bodhi Nguyen, Tony Ni, Arnav Parikh, Chae Young (Clara) Seo, Enoch Shin, and
Audrey Stromberg

2019: Shu Amano, Erika Rose DeAngelis, John Festa Jr., Max Fox-Jurkowitz, Dahyun Jessica Jeong, Rebecca Silva, Christopher Stone, Brandon Wang, Emily Ye, and Shukry Zablah.

2018: Zack Brown, Maggie Chien, Kendall Codey, Patrick Frenett, Kaitlyn Haase, Chase Henley, Jasmine Horan, Fengling Hu, Jocelyn Hunyadi, Siqing Liu, Cassidy Maher, Grace Montoya, Brendan Routh, Leonard Yoon, and Robbie Zielinski

2017:  Megan Adamo, Jordan Browning, Pei Gong, Jennifer Halbleib, Caleb Ki, Andrew Kim, Timothy Lee, Harrison Marick, Brendan Seto, Syed Abbas Shah, Margaret Shea, Olivia Xu, and Leonard Yoon

2016: Jonathan Che, Stephany Flores-Ramos, Paul Gramieri, Connor Haley, Azka Javaid, Rishi Kowalski, Levi Lee, Amanda Rosenbaum, Muling Si, Sarah Teichman, and Alex Titelbaum

2015: Johannes Ferstad, Jason Premo, Thomas Savage, Jarvis Sill, and Ningyue (Christina) Wang

2013: Russell Chen and David (Hao) Zhang  


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Last Updated: 3 March 2020 TLR