Graduate Student Awards

The Dr. Ralph Faudree Award

Dr. Ralph Faudree

As officially recorded by the University of Memphis, the family of Ralph Faudree has established an award for PhD students in mathematics.

Acknowledged internationally as an outstanding mathematician, Dr. Faudree's interest in and promotion of higher education helped to guide the University of Memphis toward increased standards for academic excellence.

Ralph was the first in his family to graduate from college and the first to earn a doctoral degree. Life as a professor of mathematics enabled him to travel the world, meet and work with great mathematicians, and nurture upcoming students at all levels. Teaching and research brought him enormous joy, and both were central to what made his many years of service at the U of M so rewarding. This award was established to encourage others in pursuit of similar goals.

Accordingly, the Department of Mathematical Sciences has established the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award, to be given annually to up to two PhD students in Mathematics who have demonstrated excellent progress toward achieving the doctoral degree. It consists of a monetary award of $300 and a certificate of recognition. Eligibility requirements include having passed the Qualifying PhD Exam and a commendable teaching record. Each year, nominees will be invited to give a presentation of their research during Mathematics Research Day. The final decision is made by a jury of department-appointed faculty members.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is very grateful to Pat Faudree for her generous gift aimed at instilling in the new generation of PhD students in Mathematics at the University of Memphis those very same goals of excellence in research and teaching that defined the professional life of Dr. Ralph Faudree. We hope this award will continue, through the contribution of additional donations, for many, many years to come.

Spring 2017 Award Recipients

Buddhika Priyasad

Congratulations to Buddhika Priyasad, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Mr. Priyasad gave the presentation Stabilizing the Turbulence of Navier-Stokes Equations in Besov and Lp-based Sobolev Spaces.


Stephen Smith

Congratulations to Stephen Smith, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Mr. Smith gave a presentation investigating Zero Forcing in graphs.

Other nominees for the Ralph Faudree Award in Mathematics included Richard Snyder and those listed below, along with their research topics presented on Mathematics Research Day, April 27, 2017.

  • Vanishing Relaxation Time Dynamics of the Moore-Gibson-Thompson equation arising in high frequency ultrasound by Sutthirut Charoenphon
  • A problem for sudoku enthusiasts by Amy Shaw
  • M-Ideal Properties in Orlicz-Lorentz spaces by Hyung-Joon Tag

Spring 2016 Award Recipient

Yury Sokolov Congratulations to Yury Sokolov, recipient of the 2015-2016 Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. During Mathematics Research Day, Dr. Sokolov gave a presentation entitled Diameter of a Random Graph.  Also, Yury's PhD dissertation won this year's prestigious Morton Dissertation Award.

 

Other nominees for this year's Ralph Faudree Award in Mathematics are listed below, along with their research topics presented on Mathematics Research Day, April 28, 2016.

  • Statistical approximation by double Poisson-Cauchy singular integral operators by Merve Kester
  • Turbulence in Sobolev/Besov Spaces by Buddhika Priyasad
  • Diameter of weak neighborhoods and the Radon-Nikodym property in Orlicz-Lorentz spaces by Hyung-Joon Tag

Spring 2015 Award Recipients

Ali Dogan

Congratulations to Ali Dogan, recipient of the inaugural Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Ali has been an excellent calculus instructor, as well as assisting in the Math Learning Center. Mr. Dogan gave a presentation from graph theory, On the Edge Spectrum of Saturation Number for Paths and Stars.


Kamil Popielarz

Congratulations to Kamil Popielarz, recipient of the inaugural Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Kamil has been a stalwart in the Math Learning Center, helping our undergraduates get through their courses. Mr. Popielarz gave a presentation investigating the question, How many triangles can a graph have?

Other nominees for the Ralph Faudree Award in Mathematics included Richard Snyder and those listed below, along with their research topics presented on Mathematics Research Day, April 30, 2015.

  • Quantitative Uniform Approximation by Generalized Discrete Singular Operators by Merve Kester
  • Stability Analysis of Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP) Control by Yury Sokolov
  • Intuitionistic Models of Intuitionist Logic by David Lewis
  • On a Problem of Littlewood and Extremely Sparse Partition-Regular Patterns by Julian Sahasrabudhe

The Dr. S.P. Wong Award in Statistics

This newly created award, in memory of Dr. S.P. Wong, will be presented each year to up to four graduate students in statistics. More details will be posted shortly.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award

Sutthirut Charoenphon

Congratulations to Sutthirut Charoenphon, recipient of the 2017 Department of Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award.


Diego Calle-Cadavid

Congratulations to Diego Calle-Cadavid, recipient of the 2016 Department of Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award.


Ali Dogan

Congratulations to Ali Dogan, recipient of the 2015 Department of Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award.


Other Awards

Julian Sahasrabudhe

Congratulations to Julian Sahasrabudhe whose PhD dissertation, defended in the Spring 2017, has won the Morton Dissertation Award, and was an award recipient in the Math and Computer Sciences Category at the 29th Annual Student Research Forum.


Yury Sokolov

Congratulations to Yury Sokolov whose PhD dissertation, defended in the Spring 2016, has won the Morton Dissertation Award.


Ali Dogan

Congratulations to Ali Dogan who received the Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Award for the 2015-2016 academic year and was the 28th Annual Student Research Forum 1st place recipient in the Math and Computer Sciences Category