2021 Undergraduate and Graduate
Award Winners


Jared Able

Graduate

Dr. William L. Harkness Endowed Fellowship

I would like to thank my advisor, Matt Hedden, who has challenged me to be a better mathematician. I would also like to thank my students and the members of the Center for Instructional Mentoring, who have challenged me to be a better teacher.

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Noah Ankney

Undergrad

R.E. Phillips Memorial Scholarship

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Michael Annunziata

Graduate

Douglas A. Spragg Endowed Fellowship in Mathematics


Evan Bell

Undergrad

R.E. Phillips Memorial Scholarship

I am very grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by the Math Department this year. I would especially like to thank Dr. Wald for all of her encouragement and advice, Dr. Kachkovskiy for always making problem solving a blast, and Dr. Yan for mentoring our exchange research project. I look forward to meeting everyone who I worked with and learned from this year in person.

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Mark Berkelaar

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching


Alexandra Borseth

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching

I am so grateful for this award and the opportunities I have received over the past 4 years that have allowed me to excel. I truly believe that being a ULA has prepared me for my teaching career in a way that nothing else could. My experience at MSU has not only been improved academically by the positions I have held but also relationship-wise, as I have met so many wonderful students and teachers inside and outside of the mathematics department. I am so excited to use what I have learned at Michigan State and go teach math to students. Go green!

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Kristina Boynton

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund

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Lukas Brave

Undergrad

McCartney Endowed Educational Enrichment Fund


Junyu Chen

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund

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Jaylin Coleman

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Jacqueline Conrad

Undergrad

Dr. Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarship

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Brandon Cook

Undergrad

Kindle Mathematics Endowed Fund

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Matthew Cook

Undergrad

Kindle Mathematics Endowed Fund


Pranjal Dangwal

Undergrad

McCartney Endowed Educational Enrichment Fund


Noah Dean

Undergrad

James P. Conlon Endowed Mathematics Scholarship


Madison Desormeau

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Grace Doverspike

Undergrad

Actuarial Science Scholarship

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Charlene Dukes

Undergrad

Kindle Mathematics Endowed Fund


Grace Foster

Undergrad

J. K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Actuarial Science Scholarship


Andrés Galindo-Olarte

Graduate

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund

"The last three years have been a transformative experience. In my mind, I only came to MSU to do a PhD, but what I could never have imagined was that I was going to find a new home, where I have not only grown as a professional mathematician and a researcher, but where thanks to all the opportunities inside and outside the classroom I have become a better version of myself. I want to thank the Math Department for this award, my advisor Yingda Cheng for her patience and guidance and my family and friends for their unconditional love and support."

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Isabella Ginnett

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund


Ashley Gogolin

Undergrad

William & Lydia Falk Scholarship

This award is an honor to receive as it represents my hard work and dedication to actuarial science. I am grateful that people believe in me and will invest in my future.

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Nicholas Grabill

Undergrad

McCartney Endowed Educational Enrichment Fund


John Graham

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund


Chuangtian Guan

Graduate

2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching


Xiaotong Guan

Undergrad

Dr. Marshall and Barbara Hestenes Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics


Alyssa Harvey

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Cullen Haselby

Graduate

Dr. Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarship


Jordan Herskovitz

Undergrad

Actuarial Science Scholarship


Yuta Hozumi

Graduate

Hertert T. Graham Scholarship Fund

Due to covid19, like many others, I am working remotely. It has been quite difficult not being able to see my classmates, and I found myself having difficulty concentrating. I am very thankful to my mentor Dr. Wei for always encouraging me to work hard. Without Dr. Wei's guidance, I don't think I would have been able to find a topic to further my research career.

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Ryan Huizinga

Undergrad

Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Endow. for Actuarial Science
William & Lydia Falk Scholarship



Charles Hultquist

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching


Lubashan Karunarathna Pathirana

Graduate

2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching


Jason Kenny

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund


Matthew Kowalski

Undergrad

James P. Conlon Endowed Mathematics Scholarship


Sanjay Kumar

Graduate

2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching


Sophia Kurcz

Undergrad

Kindle Mathematics Endowed Fund


Riley Lawson

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund


Chloe Lewis

Graduate

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund

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Xilong Liang

Undergrad

Dr. Marshall and Barbara Hestenes Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics


Hongbo (Peter) Lu

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund

During my three years of study in MSU, thankfully, I found my interest in math, especially geometry and topology. I would like to express my gratitude to my professors, thanks for their kindness and luminous teaching, so that could I see a bit of the beauty of mathematics behind its external complexity and enjoy its intrinsic elegancy; and I would like to thank all of my friends, thanks for all of the great times we enjoyed together, and all of the difficulties we overcome together. I really appreciate the advanced math track program, and the hard-working faculties who are supporting it as well. It offered so many chances to the students, including me, and it is such a nice society to be a part of. And these are some of the experience most meaningful to me, thank you for your time reading it.

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Robert Lys

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching

“This past year fully online hasn’t been an easy one, however, I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I had to be able to work as a ULA for the MSU Math Department. Being able to help and engage with students on a personal level was a unique experience, allowing me to share my mathematical knowledge and techniques to help them better understand their material. If not for graduation, I would continue to be a ULA as it’s a great experience.”

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Chamila Malagoda Gamage

Graduate

2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching


Paula Mercurio

Graduate

2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Cecilia Mikat

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund


Quinn Minnich

Graduate

Dr. Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarship


Joseph Noonan

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund

MSU has provided me with an exceptional math experience. The classes have been intellectually stimulating and a welcome challenge, and the instructors have done a wonderful job making sure we have what we need to succeed. The Math Department has also been able to point me towards experiences like the Putnam Exam, which I have now taken twice, helping to ensure that I get everything I can out of my time here at MSU.

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Ryan Onderlinde

Undergrad

Paul Buben Actuary Science Scholarship Fund

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Vasyl Paliy

Undergrad

Dr. Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarship


Michail Paparizos

Graduate

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund
2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching



Trevor Parcella

Undergrad

J. K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Actuarial Science Scholarship

Michigan State's impressive actuarial science faculty combined with the numerous study resources offered to students has given me the tools to be successful.

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Ethan Pritchard

Undergrad

Paul Buben Actuary Science Scholarship Fund

I am very thankful for the relationships and connections that the mathematics and Actuarial Science departments have allowed me to build during my time at MSU. They have helped shape me into a better person and prepared me for the future. From the start, Michigan State provided me with a sense of community and helped create experiences that I'll never forget. I'd also like to thank my professors for their effort in helping me learn. Despite all the difficulties that a virtual classroom presents, they have worked diligently to show that they genuinely care about the success of their students.

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Zhengrong Qian

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund


Joshua Ruiter

Graduate

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund
2021 GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching


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Trenton Sabo

Undergrad

Paul Buben Actuary Science Scholarship Fund

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Thomas Schluckbier

Undergrad

McCartney Endowed Educational Enrichment Fund

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James Schmidt

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund


Alexander Sietsema

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund


Samuel Sottile

Undergrad

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund


Michael St. Jean

Undergrad

Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Endow. for Actuarial Science

I am grateful for the all experiences I’ve gained during my first three years at MSU. I’d like to give a special thanks to Professor Lee, Professor Xie, and Professor Cohen for their exceptional teaching and care for their students. Each one of them has displayed their passion for financial mathematics and statistics and helped bring a zeal for actuarial science out of me. Without them, I certainly would not have been able to secure my summer internship with Willis Towers Watson. I am beyond blessed to have received such a wonderful education both in the classroom and outside through my extracurriculars with PGN, The Honors College Service Club, and Navigators. I look forward to one more final year at Michigan State before moving onto the next stage in my life.

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Zachary Stewart

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund

Majoring in mathematics at Michigan State is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The friends I have made, the instructors and students I have met, and the things I have learned during these years will stick with me for as long as I live.

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Benjamin Tuckey

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund


Danika Van Niel

Graduate

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund


Leah Welch

Undergrad

2021 ULA Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Luke Wiljanen

Undergrad

R.E. Phillips Memorial Scholarship


David Zakerski

Undergrad

William & Lydia Falk Scholarship


Zhan (Jenny) Zhan

Undergrad

L.C. Plant Mathematics Scholarship Award Fund

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Yue Zhang

Undergrad

Dr. Marshall and Barbara Hestenes Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics