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LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award

The LSU Alumni Association annually sponsors the Distinguished Dissertation Awards. Two awards are given: one in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and one in science, engineering and technology. Awards are presented to the doctoral student in each category whose research and writing epitomize superior scholarship. The following are the winners of the Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award from the:Mathematics Department. The year refers to the year of the dissertation.

Year Name Major Professor
2009 Jasson Vindas Ricardo Estrada
1983 Michael F. Bridgland Kenneth B. Reid

College of Science Distinguished Dissertation Award

In conjunction with the LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award, the College of Science also annually sponsors a Distinguished Dissertation Award for the outstanding dissertation from the College of Science. The following are the winners of the College of Science Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Department of Mathematics. The year refers to the year of the dissertation.

Year Name Major Professor
2014 Irina Holmes Ambar Sengupta
2013 Laura Rider Pramod Achar

Pasquale Porcelli Graduate Student Research Excellence Award

Prof. Porcelli The Pasquale Porcelli Award for Graduate Research Excellence is awarded each fall semester to a graduate student who has completed PhD Qualifying prior to the current academic year and who shows the greatest promise of making significant contributions to mathematical research, both as graduate students and in their subsequent careers. The award will consist of a Certificate of Graduate Research Excellence and $250 from the Department's Pasquale Porcelli Fund.

Pasquale Porcelli Graduate Student Research Excellence Award Winners

Year Name
2016 Neal Livesay
2015 Eric Bucher
2015 Aleksandr Smirnov
2014 Yunyun Yang
2013 Peter Lambert-Cole
2012 Laura Rider
2011 Xuanting Cai
2010 Cody Armond
2009 Anna Zemlyanova
2008 Jens Christensen
2008 Carolyn Chun
2008 Adam Lowrance
2007 Jasson Vindas
2006 Jean Bureau

Pasquale Porcelli Certificate of Excellence in Research

Beginning with the fall semester of 2010, the Department may award Pasquale Porcelli Certificates of Research Excellence for graduate students in addition to the Pasquale Porcelli Award for Graduate Research Excellence. The selection process and criteria are the same as for the Pasquale Porcelli Graduate Student Research Excellence Award. The award will consist of a Certificate of Excellence in Research.

Pasquale Porcelli Certificates of Excellence in Research Winners

Year Name
2014 Aleksandr Smirnov
2013 Dennis Hall
2012 Yi Zhang
2010 Deborah Chun
2010 Benedykt Szozda

Pasquale Porcelli Graduate Student Academic Excellence Award

Each spring semester the Pasquale Porcelli Award for Graduate Academic Excellence is awarded to a current graduate student who is either in or before the academic year of PhD Qualifying. The purpose is to recognize students whose dedication to the study of mathematics and whose success in such study makes that student a strong role-model for his or her fellow students. The winner will receive a Certificate of Graduate Academic Excellence and $250 from the Department's Pasquale Porcelli Fund.

Pasquale Porcelli Graduate Student Academic Excellence Award Winners

Year Name
2017 Kent Vashaw
2016 Rima Chatterjee
2015 Ryan Leigon
2014 Farid Bouya
2013 Alisina Azhang
2013 Jiayu Zhai
2012 Aleksandr Smirnov
2011 Kyle Istvan
2010 Xuanye Wang
2009 Matthew Dawson
2008 Jeremy Jacobson
2007 Anna Zemlyanova

David Oxley Teaching Award

This award is given each semester. In the Fall, those eligible are senior graduate students, those who have been in the Mathematics graduate program for more than two years. In the Spring, those eligible are junior graduate students, those who are not senior. A student may win both the junior and senior awards but cannot win the junior or senior award more than once. The award carries a cash stipend of $500 funded by contributions from faculty and former students and endowed in 2000 by the Oxley family.

A list of recipients of the David Oxley Teaching Award can be found here.

Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

The Alumni Association Teaching Assistant Award is intended to recognize outstanding teaching ability and service to students. The award acknowledges and emphasizes the important role teaching assistants play in providing quality academic instruction..The award consists of a cash award and an engraved plaque. The following are the winners of the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award from the Mathematics Department.

Year Name
2017 Joshua Fallon
2016 Austin Scirratt
2015 Simon Pfeil
2011 Myron Minn-Thu-Aye
2003 Robin Blankenship

Certificate of Teaching Excellence

The awarding of these certificates began in Fall, 1994. Up to five certificates are awarded each semester. The certificates are awarded in two categories: Junior (for students in their first two years in our graduate program); and Senior (for students beyond their first two years in our program). No individual can be awarded more than one certificate in a given academic year.

A list of recipients of the Certificate of Teaching Excellence can be found here.