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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 2019 Award Recipients

Mariusz Zyluk

Congratulations to Mariusz Zyluk, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Mr. Zyluk gave the presentation Boundedness of Maximal Operator in Musielak-Orlicz spaces and some related problems.


Rebekah Herrman

Congratulations to Rebekah Herrman, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Ms. Herrman gave the presentation Uniform bounds for non-negativity of the diffusion game.

Other nominees for the Ralph Faudree Award in Mathematics are listed below, along with their research topics presented on Mathematics Research Day, April 25, 2019.

  • The Singular Thermal Relaxation Limit for the MGT-Equation by Marcelo Bongarti
  • Local Null Controllability for a Chemotaxis System of a Bacterial Infection in a Chronic Wound by Stephen Guffey

Spring 2018 Award Recipients

Sutthirut Charoenphon

Congratulations to Sutthirut Charoenphon, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Ms. Charoenphon gave the presentation Vanishing Relaxation Time Dynamics of the Jordan Moore-Gibson-Thompson (JMGT) Equation arising in High Frequency Ultrasound (HFU).


Richard Snyder

Congratulations to Richard Snyder, recipient of the Dr. Ralph Faudree Award. Mr. Snyder gave a presentation investigating Highly linked tournaments with large minimum out-degree.

Other nominees for the Ralph Faudree Award in Mathematics are listed below, along with their research topics presented on Mathematics Research Day, April 26, 2018.

  • Excursions into Controllability of a Chemotaxis System via Diffusive Phenomena by Stephen Guffey
  • Topological properties of operations on spaces of continuous functions and integrable functions by Holly Renaud

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, is presented each year to up to four graduate students in statistics.

Donations to the award fund are welcome, and can be made at the online donation website.

Spring 2019 Award Recipients

Kenneth PasiahWinner of the Best Use of Simulation

Kenneth Pasiah, Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Title: Recent developments in pseudo random number generators (PRNGs) for computer simulations and security applications


Winners of the Best Presentation in Application Winner of the Best Use of Simulation

Malle Carrasco-Harris, Biology Department.
Title: Exploring an alternative in habitat analysis: Resource utilization functions

Winner of the Best Use of Simulation

Helen Long, Communication Sciences.
Title: Using GEEs to evaluate the longitudinal vocal development in infants at risk for cerebral palsy


In addition, three students were awarded the Dr. Wong Award in SAS.

Winner of the Dr. Wong Award in SAS, undergraduate

Jonathan McCurdy, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Winner of the Dr. Wong Award in SAS, graduate

Robert Aymett, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

John Appiah-Kubi, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Spring 2018 Award Recipients

Luhang HanWinner of the Best Bayesian Application to Big Data

Luhang Han, Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Title: Identifying and clustering stable and dynamic CpG sites via Bayesian Analysis


Yunusa OlufadiWinner of the Best Use of Simulation

Yunusa Olufadi, Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Title: On a new statistical procedure to investigate epigenetic dose-response relationship


Hadi HosseiniWinner of the Best Presentation in Big Data Visualization

Seyed Mohammad Hadi Hosseini, Bioinformatics Department.
Title: ggbio visualization toolkits for genomics data


Winner of the Best Presentation in Application

Prabin Shrestha, Biology Department.
Title: Drug re-discovery: an application of R-programming


In addition, two students were awarded the Dr. Wong Award in SAS.

Winner of the Dr. Wong Award in SAS, undergraduate

Jeff Richardson, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Winner of the Dr. Wong Award in SAS, graduate

Lijia Wang, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award

Stephen Guffey

Congratulations to Stephen Guffey, recipient of the 2019 Department of Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award.


Sutthirut Charoenphon

Congratulations to Holly Renaud, recipient of the 2018 Department of Mathematical Sciences 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

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Congratulations to Marcelo Bongarti for receiving the 2nd place prize in the Math and Computer Sciences Category at the 31st Annual Student Research Forum.

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Congratulations to Budhika Priyasad for receiving the 1st place prize in the Math and Computer Sciences Category at the 30th Annual Student Research Forum.

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Congratulations to Sutthirut Charoenphon for receiving the 2nd place prize in the Math and Computer Sciences Category at the 30th Annual Student Research Forum.

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