2016 Daniel B. DeLury Teaching Assistant Award Winners

We are happy to announce that this year’s winners of the Daniel B. DeLury Teaching Assistant Awards for graduate students in mathematics are:

  • Tracey Balehowsky
  • Beatriz Navarro Lameda
  • Nikita Nikolaev
  • Asif Zaman

The selection committee consisted of Mary Pugh, Abe Igelfeld and Peter Crooks.

Nominations were made by faculty members, course instructors, and undergraduate students.

The awards recipients will receive a monetary award and a certificate during our awards/graduation reception scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 3:10 p.m. in the Math lounge.

Congratulations Tracey, Beatriz, Nikita and Asif!

 

2016 Course Instructors Teaching Excellence Award Winner

Congratulations to our graduate student, Peter Crooks, winner of the 2016 CI Teaching Excellence Award.

In 2015, the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award launched the first-ever TATP award specifically for graduate student Course Instructors. This is a university-wide award that “recognizes one graduate student whose outstanding work as a sole-responsibility Course Instructor shows evidence of educational leadership, meaningful contributions to course and curriculum development, and impact on student learning.” Further information about this award can be found in this link: http://tatp.utoronto.ca/awards/ci-award/

Peter is co-supervised by Lisa Jeffrey and John Scherk and is working in the area of Lie Theory and Equivariant Geometry. Peter is defending his thesis this Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

2015 Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients

The Department would like to congratulate the following 2015 award winners and scholarship recipients:

Frederick V. Atkinson Teaching Award (excellence in teaching by Postdoctoral Fellows):

  • Nicholas Hoell (working with Adrian Nachman)
  • Geoffrey Scott (working with Marco Gualtieri)

Daniel B. DeLury Teaching Awards (excellence in instruction for graduate students in mathematics):

  • Yuri Cher, student of Catherine Sulem
  • Ali Mousavidehshikh, student of Ragnar Buchweitz
  • Yuan Yuan Zheng, student of Stevo Todorcevic
  • Trefor Bazett, student of Lisa Jeffrey/Paul Selick

Vivekananda Graduate Scholarship (academic excellence in graduate studies for international students):

  • Benjamin Briggs, student of Ragnar Buchweitz

We thank the faculty members, undergraduate students and course instructors who took the time to submit their nominations.  We have many excellent instructors and teaching assistants who are hardworking and regularly inspire and challenge their students.

The department held a ceremony in the Math lounge on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.  to celebrate.  At this same ceremony we also took the opportunity to honor our graduating master’s and doctoral students.  - (photos coming soon)

Congratulations once again to Nicholas, Geoffrey, Yuri, Ali, Yuan Yuan, Trefor and Benjamin!  And very best wishes to our graduating class!

UofT Math Graduate Co-Winner of 2015 CMS Doctoral Prize

Yuval Filmus, who completed his PhD in 2013 for his thesis Spectral methods in extremal combinatorics at the University of Toronto, was recently awarded the 2015 CMS Doctoral Prize along with Hector H. Pasten Vasquez (Queen’s University).

This is the first time the award was given to two recipients which speaks to the quality of both their work.

Further information on the award, this year’s recipients and the CMS can be found here:
https://cms.math.ca/MediaReleases/2015/dp-award

Congratulations to both Yuval and Hector on this prestigious award.

Graduate Students and PDFs recognized

award winners

From left to right (top): Ivan Livinskyi (Graduate Student), Abe Igelfeld (Senior Lecturer), Alex Rennet (PDF), Chris Eagle (Graduate Student), Asif Zaman (Graduate Student)
From left to right (bottom): Eckhard Meinrenken (Professor), Almut Burchard (Professor), Daniel Soukup (Graduate Student)

The Department was proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Graduate Students and PostDoctoral Fellows last week with a reception honouring recipients of three Departmental awards and one University wide award.

Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award

The TATP Teaching Excellence Award was created in 2003 to recognize the outstanding contributions of teaching assistants at the University of Toronto.   The award seeks to value the work of TAs who regularly inspire and challenge undergraduate students.  This year’s winner was Asif ZamanAsif is a second year PhD student of John Friedlander and is working in the area of analytic number theory.

Further information this award can be found here

Frederick V. Atkinson Teaching Award

Given annually by the department this award recognizes excellence in teaching by PostDoctoral Fellows.   This year it was awarded to:

  • Prashant Athavale
  • David Penneys
  • Alex Rennet

Daniel B. DeLury Teaching Awards

This annual departmental award recognizes excellence in instruction for graduate students in mathematics.  This year’s winners were:

  • Peter Crooks
  • Christopher Eagle
  • Daniel Soukup

Vivekananda Graduate Scholarship for International Students

Ivan Livinskyi (L) and Professor Almut Burchard (R)

Ivan Livinskyi (L) and Professor Almut Burchard (R)

This was the inaugural year for this award.  The award is based on donations from individuals, charitable organizations and companies from the VEDANTA Society of Toronto, and they are matched, dollar for dollar by the Provost. These donations will allow the department to be able to endow several new Fellowships for graduate students.

Vivekananda was a philosopher and spiritual teacher (1863-1902). He founded the Ramakrishna Mission in India and the Vedanta Society is a branch center of that Mission. The Vivekananda Fellowship is meant to fund the study of an international doctoral student in mathematics.

This year, the committee chose Ivan Livinskyi as the recipient of this scholarship. Ivan is a second year doctoral student working under the supervision of Professor Steve Kudla.

Congratulations to all our winners and our sincere appreciation for all your hard work and effort!

2014 TATP Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to our graduate student, Asif Zaman, one of the four the recipients of the 2014 TATP Teaching Excellence Award. The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award was created in 2003 to recognize the outstanding contributions of teaching assistants at the University of Toronto. The award seeks to value the work of TAs who regularly inspire and challenge undergraduate students.

Asif is a second year PhD student of John Friedlander and is working in the area of analytic number theory.

Further information about this award can be found here 

Malcolm Slingsby Robertson Prize Winners

The awards subcommittee of the Graduate Committee decided on the recipients for the 2013 Malcolm Slingsby Robertson Prize in Mathematics for “a graduating PhD student who has demonstrated excellence in research“. The theses and external examiner reports of several excellent graduating students were considered.

The department is happy to announced that this year’s winners are:

Brent Pym and Shibing Chen

Brent’s thesis on “Poisson structures and Lie algebroids in complex geometry” was written under the supervision of Marco Gualtieri; the thesis contains three separate remarkable results which earned him a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford.

Shibing’s thesis on “Convex solutions to the power-of-mean curvature flow, conformally invariant inequalities and regularity results in some applications of optimal transportation” was written under the supervision of Robert McCann. During the course of his doctorate, Shibing produced five results on his own. He is currently an MSRI Postdoctoral Fellow.

The prize carries a $350 monetary award. We congratulate Brent and Shibing for their excellent work and wish them great success!