In the 2018 Putnam Mathematical Competition, the UCLA team (Ciprian-Mircea Bonciocat, Xiaoyu Huang, Konstantin Miagkov) was ranked #3 out of 568 institutions. This is the best result in UCLA’s history, matching the performances in 1968 and 2012.

Individually, two students (Xiaoyu Huang and Kaiqi Zhu) received a prize for ranking in the top 27 nationwide, and two others (Osman Akar and Konstantin Miagkov) received honorable mentions for ranking in the top 100. Other high scorers from UCLA (in the top 500 nationwide) were Ciprian-Mircea Bonciocat, Justin Li, Minghao Pan, Alexandru Pascadi, Bryan Hu Jacob Zhang, Ken Willyard, and Yan Tao. A total of 42 UCLA students participated in the competition.

The Basil Gordon Prize, for the top scorer among UCLA students, will be awarded to Xiaoyu Huang.

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UCLA Math graduate student and research assistant, Baichuan Yuan, has been awarded the 2019 National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship. The award will fund Yuan’s research on “Large-Scale Deep Point Process Models for Crime Forecasting” over the next two years in collaboration with the Gang Reduction & Youth Development program (GRYD) in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). A total award amount of $149,999 will support tuition, fees, and other research related expenses.

The goal of the GRF program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels. The NIJ fellowship has a STEM track which supports research in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer and information sciences, and the mathematical sciences.

For more information, please visit NIJ’s award detail here.