2019 Trjitzinsky Award

Author: Judy Hygema

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University of Notre Dame student receives 2019 Trjitzinsky Award

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) has made $3,000 awards to eight undergraduate students through the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund, which is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Waldemar J., Barbara G., and Juliette Trjitzinsky.

Yuxin Lin, originally from Guangzhou, China, is one of the recipients.  She is a third-year honors mathematics student at the University of Notre Dame. Yuxin has a deep appreciation for mathematics and has been involved with a number of mathematical extracurriculars even as a high school student. Before coming to Notre Dame, she participated in the Ross Mathematics Program times, and in 2018 returned as a junior counselor. She has also been active with the Notre Dame Putnam team, earning a score of 40 points in the 2018 exam. Her main mathematical interest has been in number theory where she has been active with directed readings with Andrei Jorza, and in the summer of 2019, she participated in the University of Chicago REU. Yuxin has also been an active TA in Notre Dame’s “proofs” help room for math students who are taking proof-based courses. A quote from one of her professors is: “She is very mature mathematically as evidenced in her writing, thinking and performance in the Math classes. Her mathematical sophistication is well above her peers. She is very tenacious and focused on her clearly formulated goals.”

About the award

The AMS chose eight geographically distributed schools to receive one-time awards of US$3,000 each. The mathematics departments at those schools then chose students to receive the funds to assist them in pursuit of careers in mathematics. The schools are selected in a random drawing from the pool of AMS institutional members.

The Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Waldemar J., Barbara G., and Juliette Trjitzinsky. The will of Barbara Trjitzinsky stipulates that the income from the bequest should be used to establish a fund in honor of the memory of her husband to assist needy students in mathematics.

Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky was born in Russia in 1901 and received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1926. He taught at a number of institutions before taking a position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he remained for the rest of his professional life. He showed particular concern for students of mathematics and in some cases made personal efforts to ensure that financial considerations would not hinder their studies. Trjitzinsky was the author of about 60 mathematics papers, primarily on quasi-analytic functions and partial differential equations. A member of the AMS for 46 years, he died in 1973.

Read more about the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Awards, and read about all the 2019 Trjitzinsky Award recipients.