department awards

faculty awards

Sorgenfrey Distinguished Teaching Award

This award was established in 1996. Professor Sorgenfey was a UCLA faculty member from 1942 through 1978. In 1963, he was the first mathematician to win the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The prize honors faculty for excellence in teaching.

postdoc awards

Awards for Continued Excellence in Teaching

Liggett Instructors Awards

These new awards are supported by The Thomas and Christina Liggett Endowed Scholars Fund to honor the late Professor Emeritus Thomas M. Liggett, for his contributions in research, teaching, and service at UCLA for 51 years.

graduate awards

Edwin and Alice Beckenbach Award

The award was established in 1984 and is named after Professor Edwin Ford Beckenbach, Emeritus Professor. The award is given to a graduate student in their final year so that it may reduce their teaching duties in order to complete their doctoral dissertation.  

Girsky Fellowship Award

This award was endowed by Stephen J. Girsky, a UCLA alumnus to support two meritorious academic performance among graduate students.

Horn-Moez Prize

This prize was established by Dr. Ali Amir-Moez and named in honor of his advisor, UCLA professor Alfred Horn. The prize recognizes high academic achievements and superior results on the qualifying exam for first year graduate studies.

Liggett Fellow Award

To recognize outstanding performance among Teaching Assistants.

UCLA Mathematics Graduate Research Presentation Prize

To support a graduate student who excels in the presentation of original research.  

Austin Christian

Undergraduate Awards

Basil Gordon Award 

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada. This award is to recognize the top scorer among UCLA student competitors.

The Putnam competition was cancelled due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, there is no award recipient this year.

Daus Prize 

To recognize the academic accomplishments of a top-ranked student in mathematics at the undergraduate level.

Zheyuan (Kevin) Cui,  Alexandru Pascadi, Junhong Shen, Zhoutong (Diana) Wu, Yin Lei

Girsky Undergraduate Award 

To recognize a top-performing student for high achievement in mathematics.

Anshul Adve

Outstanding Actuarial Science Student Award

To recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in actuarial mathematics.

Erik H. Chen

Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award

To recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in the Mathematics/Economics major.

Jingyi Li, Claire Nelson, and Jack Krupinski




Putnam Performance Prize 

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada.  This award is given to UCLA undergraduate participants for their outstanding performance.

The Putnam competition was cancelled due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, there are no award recipients this year.

Sherwood Prize 

To recognize overall outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in mathematics at the undergraduate level.

Shend Zhjeqi, Joshua Enwright, Samanda (Yuting) Hu, and Richard (Shangjie) Zhang