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.

Sucharit Sarkar

Distinguished Teaching Award

To recognize excellence in teaching among Assistant Adjunct Professors.

Claudia Falcon, Ben Harrop-Griffiths, Hangjie Ji, Leif Zinn-Brooks

graduate awards

Balbes Award

To recognize the top performing female graduate student.

Yuejiao Sun

Departmental Teaching Assistant Awards

To recognize outstanding performance among Teaching Assistants.

Allen David Boozer, Jeremy Brightbill, Yacoub Kureh, Maria Ntekoume

Dissertation Year Fellowship

This program is intended to support doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy at the time of nomination by their department to the Graduate Division.  Applicants should be within one year of completing and filing the dissertation and planning to start teaching or research appointments soon after the end of their dissertation fellowship year. Approximately 200 fellowships awarded under this program yearly by the Graduate Division.

Bjoern Bringmann, Yuejiao Sun, Jacob Moorman, Laurent Vera

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.  

 Redmond Callaghan Mcnamara

Girsky Student Award

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

David Hemminger and Fei Feng

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.

Itai Bar-Natan, Jason Schuchardt, Mingtao  Xia

Pacific Journal Mathematics Dissertation Award

David Jekel, Michelle Feng and Maria Ntekoume 

UCLA Mathematics Graduate Research Presentation Prize

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

Jialin Liu

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.

Jacob Zhang

Daus Prize 

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

Qinyi Chen, Clark (Xiaoyu) Huang

Outstanding Actuarial Science Student Award

To recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional performance in actuarial mathematics.

Pui Ieng Lei, Chaonan Liu, Clarice (Fengze) Liu, Han Sheng, Yan Sun, Jianzhen Wang

Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award

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

Haolun Li, Ruyue Pang, Jinghui Song, Tianze Tan, Kevin Boren Zhu

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.

Ciprian-Mircea Bonciocat, Runze Yu, Jacob Zhang, Baiqing Zhu, Kaiqi Zhu

Sherwood Prize 

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

Zhenyi Chen, Johannes Kim Hosle, Bryan Hu, Justin Dong Li, Jaspreet Singh, Steven Khang Truong, Ken Willyard, Yunchen Yu