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The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Destiny Diaz has won the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Award. The prestigious award is one of the most competitive and respected scientific fellowships in the U.S.  Diaz is completing a BS in mathematics with a minor in Spanish. Recently, Diaz received 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. A Buffalo native, she is a member of the University Honors College and a Prosperity Fellow. In Fall 2019, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship will support her pursuit of graduate study in biostatistics at UB. The award provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period, which amounts to a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution.
Congratulations to the UB Student Team upon achieving the designation of Meritorious Winner in the 2019 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The award puts the UB team in the top 8% of contestants. This year, 14,108 teams competed in the 35th Annual MCM Contest. The participating teams represented institutions from seventeen countries/regions from around the world. John Ringland, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of UB Mathematics, served as faculty advisor for the UB student team.
Congratulations to Destiny Diaz, winner of the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Diaz will graduate with a bachelor of science in mathematics and a minor in Spanish. Her accomplishments as an undergraduate student include: University Honors College Scholar; Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences; Western New York Prosperity Fellow; Volunteer, Dominican Republic Alternative Spring Break; and more. Diaz has completed research on how to increase STEM enrollment, and works at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as a research apprentice. See the award announcement in UB Now.
On Thursday, April 25, 2019 UB's 15th Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence recognized five UB Mathematics students: Destiny Diaz, Michael Montoro, Julia V. Quebral, Anthony R. Taboni, and David Tallents. Our students are receiving various awards for outstanding work. The event began with the CURCA Poster Celebration, followed by the Awards Ceremony. The wide-ranging UB community gathers at this annual event to recognize and celebrate the outstanding academic contributions of our students, faculty and research mentors.
Each summer, the “Summer Math Scholarship” is awarded to one UB Mathematics major. The scholarship allows the recipient  to pursue individual research with a faculty mentor. The six-week, full-time, summer program provides a stipend of $3,000. The following academic year the research will be writtenup into a senior honors thesis. Applications are due each Fall. To apply for the scholarship, consult with your faculty mentor.
Matthew Eichhorn, a junior from Williamsville, NY, who is double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, has won our second Math Summer Scholarship. Matt is highly involved in the Math Department, participating in competitions including the Putnam exam and the Rochester Math Olympiad. Additionally, he has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both MTH 141 and MTH 241, as well as a tutor in the Thomas J. Edwards Undergraduate Learning Center, which assists students with material ranging from algebra and trigonometry through MTH 142.

The scholarship provides the opportunity for Matt to study theory and applications of machine learning under the guidance of Dr. John Ringland. The primary application will be designing and using deep convolutional neural networks to analyze Google Street View imagery from rural Thailand, with the ultimate goal of determining how farming practices, especially small-scale residential horticulture, are related to the food-security and health of the population.
The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Michael Montoro is the recipient of the first annual Summer Math Scholarship. The annual undergraduate research award, established in 2017, is a result of a scholarship endowment by The Summer Math Foundation, Inc. of Amherst, New York. The endowment supports a six week, full-time summer program for the selected undergraduate student to work with a UB Math faculty mentor, which includes a $3000 stipend.
Founded by UB students interested in actuarial careers, "The Society of Future Actuaries" (SOFA) is now a club with roughly half of the membership interested in general data analytics.
The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. Winning the top awards, including a $750 prize, were Charles Cain and Abdalrazzaq Zalloum.
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) named a record number of winners from UB this year, one more than all the awards given to students in the rest of the SUNY system. For the 2016 competition, NSF received close to 17,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers.
The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. Winning the top awards, including a $750 prize, were Megan Johnson and Tara Hudson.
Thomas Effland wins Grand Finals in the Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition for his paper, Focused Retrieval of University Course Descriptions from Highly Variable Sources.
Competing in a field of 7,600 entries, UB's team became one of ten Outstanding Winners in the 2015 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The worldwide competition is run by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.
Fall 2019 Wilson Scholarships

In Fall 2019, the Department of Mathematics accepted applications for up to eight new scholarships for undergraduate students. The scholarships, totalling $30,000., are made possible by a bequest from UB Math Alum John Wilson. The awards are intended for outstanding mathematics majors with demonstrated financial need. The studnet applicant must be a full-time Math Major, with 40 credit hours completed as of Spring 2020, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. The deadline was October 4. Scholarship recipients will be announced soon.


Mousa Sunnoqrot is a senior at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Amherst, New York, where he is majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Economics and Statistics, with a concentration on Actuarial Science. Mousa is the professional chair for University at Buffalo’s student-run Society of Future Actuaries, and he interned this past summer at Healthfirst in New York City. Mousa is featured in a Q&A by AdvisorSmith, a provider of comprehensive research and advanced tools to better understand insurance for business professionals.

The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Gary Bolduc and Ellyn Sanger are recipients of the 2015 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award.
At the International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis, held in Brno, Czech Republic, our URGE To Compute team received the Best Student Paper Award for their presentation, "On Intersection Graphs of Convex Polygons".
The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that two math majors and three double majors were selected by the College of Arts and Sciences to be college ambassadors for 2015-2016. The program fosters student growth and professional development.
The mathematics department held a commencement ceremony on May 15, 2016, followed by a reception for graduates, their families, and faculty. At the reception the department’s outstanding senior, Jessica Eisenhauer, was honored and made some brief remarks.
Starting in Summer 2017, one UB mathematics major will be the first to receive the “Summer Math Scholarship” to pursue individual research with a faculty mentor. The Summer Math Foundation, Inc. of Amherst, NY has funded the program for 2017 and simultaneously established an endowment to support the program for future summers.