Graduate Awards 2004:

The Richard Sady Prize recipient is Stuart Ambler: Each year the department presents the Richard Sady Prize to our best second year graduate student based on his/her performance in the basic courses he/she took in their first year. Richard Sady was a graduate student in our department and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1977. He then was an assistant professor at Pembroke State University in North Carolina where he died in 1982. He was beloved by many here. This fund was established in his name.


NSF Graduate Fellowship recipient is Abigail Mitchell:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards three-year Graduate Research Fellowships for doctoral candidates in science, mathematics and engineering. These prestigious three-year fellowships include a $30,000 stipend, tuition coverage, and possible international travel allowance.

The graduate fellowship program is one of NSF’s oldest, with roots in NSF’s original 1950 charter, offering support for graduate study in all scientific disciplines, according to Susan Duby, former director of NSF’s graduate education division.

NSF graduate fellows are promising young mathematicians, scientists and engineers who are expected to pursue lifelong careers marked by significant contributions to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. Its recipients go on to become top researchers and educators.

“Eighteen former fellows have won Nobel Prizes,” Duby says. “Historically, the recipients of these fellowships have completed their Ph.D.s at a higher rate than other graduate students, have moved on to top-notch departments, and have won more postdoctoral appointments, research grants, prestigious awards and other honors.”

The number of fellowships awarded in each scientific discipline depends on the number of applicants in the discipline. A review panel of professionals in an applicant’s field makes recommendations for awards based on the candidate’s intellectual merit and potential for research achievement.