department of mathematics commencement

congratulations, class of 2021!

This year, our department has partnered with the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences and StageClip to host virtual commencement ceremonies for our graduate and undergraduate students. There are three ceremonies total – one for graduate students and two for undergraduates (ordered alphabetically). Along with the virtual ceremonies, each student can download their own individual student clip with their name, degree, and a personalized message to share online with family and friends! 

The ceremonies will go live on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 9:00AM PST.  At that time, you may search the ceremony and/or student name at the link below. 

2021 commencement speaker:

UCLA MATH ALUMNA

Davida Milo

Davida has over 20 years’ experience delivering technology solutions for businesses. For 13 years, Davida served as Senior Vice President at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), an investment management firm with over two trillion dollars in assets under management. At PIMCO, she focused on software systems to support PIMCO’s client facing business, including leading oversight of PIMCO’s global CRM platform with over 1,600 users across the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001, Davida was a Senior Manager at Accenture, where she worked with clients in the high tech, financial services, and public utilities industries. Davida holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics with a Specialization in Computing from UCLA. She is the chair of the UCLA Physical Sciences Board of Advisors and a member of the UCLA Mathematics and Statistics Chairs’ Council. She is married to a fellow Bruin, and together they have a daughter and son in college and high school, respectively.

Featured in Virtual commencement ceremonies:

Department Chair

Mario Bonk

Vice Graduate Chair

Wilfrid Gangbo

Vice Undergraduate Chair

Don Blasius

Vice Undergraduate Chair

Mike Hill

Graduate Advisor

Martha Contreras

Graduate Advisor

Brenda Buenrosto

Undergraduate Advisor

Connie Jung

Undergraduate Advisor

Vaneh Hartoonian

Undergraduate Advisor

Yoni Anderson

department awards

The following awards are typically presented during the in-person commencement ceremony. Please join us in congratulating each award recipient for their academic achievements!

Anshul Adve
Girsky Undergraduate Award (For High Achievement in Mathematics)

Anshul Adve

Major: Mathematics

Graduation Year: 2021

GPA: 3.97

Research: I have done research in algebraic combinatorics with Professor Alexander Yong at UIUC and in optimal transport with Professor Alpár Mészáros at UCLA (papers available on arXiv). Professors Tim Austin, Michael Hitrik, and Inwon Kim have also been generous in sharing their time with me for non-research projects and questions, and I am grateful for their mentorship. Currently, I am interested both in applications of analysis to discrete problems and in partial differential equations.

Clubs/Organizations: I co-founded the Undergraduate Mathematics Colloquium with Alex Pascadi. I am also on the UCLA chess team.

Future Plans: I will be joining the Ph.D. program in math at Princeton in the fall. I hope to eventually become a professor of mathematics.

Erik Chen
Outstanding Actuarial Science Student Award

Erik H Chen

Major: Financial Actuarial Mathematics, Specialization in Computing

Graduation Year: 06/2021

GPA: 3.99

Clubs: Director of Internal Outreach for Bruin Actuarial Society, Data Journalist for Bruin Sports Analytics

Future Plans: Pursue a career in the actuarial field, continue finishing my actuarial exams, and obtain credentials as a Fellow for the Society of Actuaries.

Zheyuan (Kevin) Cui
Daus Prize

Zheyuan (Kevin) Cui

Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics with a Specialization in Computing

Graduation year: 03/2021

GPA:  My overall GPA is 3.976. My applied mathematics major GPA is 4.0/4.0, my economics major GPA is 4.0/4.0, and my Master of (Applied) Mathematics GPA is 4.0/4.0.

I simultaneously received a Master’s degree in (Applied) Mathematics through the departmental scholar program. I attended two REUs under the UCLA Mathematics department during the last two summers. In addition to those, I had four different research projects in economics, covering the topics of machine learning applied to game theory, econometrics, and decision theory.

Future Plans: Starting this fall, I will be pursuing my Ph.D. degree in economics at Princeton University.

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Sherwood Prize

Joshua Enwright

Major: Mathematics

Graduating year: 06/2021

GPA: 3.978

Future plan: Beginning a PhD in Math at UCLA this Fall 2021, and my interests include Homotopy Theory and Algebraic Geometry.

 

Samanda Hu
Sherwood Prize

Samanda Hu

Major: Mathematics

Graduation year: 2021

GPA: 3.796

Research: No research yet, but did a lot of DRP and reading courses in algebraic number theory

Clubs/Organisations: Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle, Game Music Ensemble (keyboardist)

Future plans: Going to UChicago for graduate school in mathematics

Jack Krupinski
Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award

Jack Krupinski

Major: Mathematics/Economics

Minor: Statistics

Graduation Year: 2021

Research: Worked as research assistant in Economics Department

Clubs: Club tennis, Bruin Apiary

GPA: 3.98

Future Plans: Working as an actuary

Yin Lei
Daus Prize

Yin Lei

Major: Applied Mathematics

Graduation Year: 2021

GPA: overall GPA 3.385, Major GPA 3.618, Upper GPA 3.98

Research, clubs/organizations involved in: I was a member of UCLA one-to-one tutoring club.

Future plan: I attempt to participate in math-related research after graduation, and expect to enter a graduate school by 2022.

Jingyi Li
Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award

Jingyi Li

Major: Mathematics/Economics

Graduation year: 06/2021

GPA: 4.0/4.0

Future plan: I hope to enter the Sales and Trading division inside an investment bank and later move to a buy-side firm. 

Claire Nelson
Outstanding Math/Econ Student Award

Claire Nelson

Major: Mathematics/Economics

Graduation year: 06/2021

GPA: 3.99

Economics Undergraduate Research Fellow, UCLA Afro-Cuban Ensemble, UCLA Symphony, External Director for the Undergraduate Economics Society, Research Assistant at the Anderson School of Management

Future Plans: Senior Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, PhD in Economics

Alexandru Pascadi
Daus Prize

Alexandru Pascadi

BS Major: Mathematics of Computation

MA Specialization (DSP): Pure Mathematics

Expected graduation: Spring 2021

GPA: 4.0.

Research/interests: I’m currently mostly interested in analytic number theory and additive combinatorics, and I often use computational assistance in my work. 

I’ve done most of my research so far under the kind mentorship of Professor Terence Tao. In 2019, I also attended the Emory REU in Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory. See a list of my preprints here.

Clubs/organizations: I’ve been teaching the Junior Olympiad Group at the Olga Radko Math Circle for a couple of years. I also co-founded the UCLA Undergraduate Mathematics Colloquium with Anshul Adve.

Future plans: In October 2021, I will join the research group of Professors James Maynard and Ben Green as a DPhil student at the University of Oxford.

I further plan to become a postdoctoral researcher and ultimately a professor of Mathematics.

Junhong Shen
Daus Prize

Junhong Shen

Major: Mathematics of Computation

Graduation year: 06/2021

GPA: 4.0/4.0

Future plan: Incoming Ph.D. in Machine Learning at CMU

Diana Wu
Daus Prize

Zhoutong (Diana) Wu

Major: Mathematics of Computation & Statistics

Graduation Year: 2021

GPA: 3.9

Research: Research assistant for Anderson school of management and UCLA Medical School. UCLA Math REU under supervision of Professor Deanna Needell.

Future plans: Work as an analyst for a year then pursue PhD. 

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Sherwood Prize

Shangjie Zhang

Major: Mathematics

Graduation year: 03/2021

GPA: 3.97

Future plan: Math PhD at UCSD

Shend Zhjeqi
Sherwood Prize

Shend Zhjeqi

Major: Mathematics

Graduation year: Fall 2021

GPA: 3.9

My main interest is geometry, in particular, associating and computing structures attached to geometric objects. Last summer I participated in an algebraic geometry REU project with Prof. Gieseker and this year I will also do an REU in algebraic geometry with Prof. Suzuki and Prof. Totaro. For about two years I have been teaching at the Olga Radko Math Circle. I am also involved with the Mathematical Olympiads back at my home country Kosovo.

Future plan: I plan to continue studying and working (PhD and beyond) in pure mathematics.

If you have any further questions regarding the Mathematics Department Commencement Ceremony, please do not hesitate email us. Also please feel free to email with questions concerning:  

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