Undergraduate Student Awards
The award was established by the Provost. It recognizes a student who will have senior status next year and who represents the best of student scholarship in the department, especially in the areas of intellectual curiosity and creativity.
Kyle has a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and has been recognized as a top student in numerous courses|eight in mathematics and one in organic chemistry. His mathematical curiosity has led him to work with Professor Jie Sun on the Goldbach conjecture, one of the most famous unsolved problems in number theory. He also has internship experience, spending Summer 2016 working the Workers' Compensation IT group at Auto-Owners Insurance.
Kyle's interest in teaching led him to choose the Secondary Education concentration within the Mathematics major. While at Tech, he has taken many opportunities to engage in teaching oriented activities, including tutoring students in the local school and here at Tech.
For more than two years, Kyle has been a consultant in our departmental computer lab, where he now coordinates Calculus I, a course that enrolls several hundred students each semester. He is responsible for improving lab assignments, coordinating the grading of the assignments, and helping students in the lab. He is also the chair of the lab's education committee; in this role, he has worked to create exciting new labs integrating new technologies (such as 3D printing) into the lab curriculum. He recently presented some of his work at the International Conference on Technology in Mathematics in Chicago.
Kyle has worked numerous other jobs: in the dining halls of McNair and DHH, for the City of Escanaba Public Works, and even as a DJ. Indeed, his impressive record of achievement has been compiled while working many hours to finance his education. Because of his academic excellence, incredible work ethic, and many contributions to the university and community, the Department of Mathematical Sciences is proud to recognize Kyle Sutela as its latest Department Scholar.
|2010||John (Jack) Kelly|
Charles Knobloch Award
The scholarship was established in 1986 by Charles Knobloch, a 1980 Michigan Tech graduate with a BS in engineering. This award honors students for outstanding performance in upper level mathematics, especially, but not exclusively in modern algebra and real analysis.
- Andrew Brusso
- Jason Gould
- Rory Straubel
|2016||Ethan Hoffman, Floyd Johnson, Russel Lawson, Jairui Yu|
|2015||Josh Hallfrisch, Chris Wallis|
|2014||Sarah Gilreath, Jane Koivisto, Rob Sullivan|
|2013||Samantha Hoyt, Brent Nicklas, Jared Nakamura|
|2012||Josh Warfield, Amanda Teller, Brian Diehr|
|2010||Ryan Dood, Dustin larson, Jie Zeng|
Joyce M. Burchenal Scholarship
The Scholarship was established in 1980 by Joyce M. DeRosiers Burchenal, a 1950 Michigan Tech Graduate with a BS in General Science, specializing in Mathematics. She continued her education earning a BS in education from the University of Detroit, and a Master’s degree from Michigan in Mathematics.
- Megan Campbell
- Alex Hill
- Kyle Sutela
|2015||Tia Harris, Melanie Helmer, Jaclyn Horsell|
|2013||Jaclyn Horsell, Sarah Hubbell, Marlo Jayne, Michasel Johnson, Lydia Jorgensen|
|2012||Kimberly Dobrez, Nathan Drechsel, Sarah Hubbell, Lydia Jorgensen|
Norman E. Scholz Award
The award was established in 1978 by Eric and Mary Scholz in memory of their son, who received his bachelor’s degree in Math in 1958 from Michigan Tech. This award recognizes a senior who has distinguished himself/herself in mathematics.
Floyd Johnson is finishing his double major in Physics and General Mathematics. He carries a 3.84 cumulative GPA and has been working on research projects in both mathematics and physics. His math research is on the use of Eisenstein integers in a certain cryptosystem.
Floyd presented his results in a talk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings this past January and is currently writing a paper for submission to a journal. He attended the Connecticut Number Theory Summer School in August 2016, and was one of our top scorers last year on the Putnam Exam.
Floyd received the Knobloch Award last year, and was also the Departmental Scholar for Physics last year. He is the head coach in the Physics Learning Center.
The second winner of the Scholz Award is EJ Neubert. EJ is a double major in Chemical Engineering and General Mathematics with a 3.80 cumulative GPA. He did research in combinatorics with Zeying Wang and Stefaan De Winter last summer; their results have already been accepted for publication by the journal Discrete Mathematics.
EJ has participated in the Putnam Competition each year; he was our top scorer in 2014. He has been a grader for Linear Algebra and also for Combinatorics.
|2016||Kyle Stankowski, Hannah Wilder|
|2015||Jani Lane, Kimberly Stanke|
|2012||John (Jack) Kelly|
Woman of Promise
To recognize and encourage women to pursue studies and success in the mathematical sciences. This well rounded student promises great achievement and demonstrates success in leadership, extra curricular activities, and mathematics.
Teyha is completing her second year studying Mathematics, with a concentration in Actuarial Science. She has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is the Vice President of Operations for the Kappa Sigma Iota Accounting Club. She also serves as a grader for several of our junior-level mathematics courses.
Meghan is a major in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science, also with a 4.0 GPA. She is a coach in the Math Learning Center and has also participated in the Putnam Exam.
|2014||Hannah (Wampler) Wilder|
Mathematics Achievement Award
The award recognizes students who demonstrated high levels of achievement and / or creativity in mathematics courses, projects, or activities.
Nick is majoring in Applied and Computational Mathematics and is carrying a 3.75 GPA in his second year. He was nominated by Cecile Piret, who is supervising his research into using the radial basis functions method to solve geometric PDEs. The end goal is to solve two-phase flow problems in general, and in particular, verify experimental observations from colleague in the Mechanical Engineering department on the influence of magnetic pressure on droplets from ferrofluids.
Luke Pelegrin is a second year student studying Mathematics with a concentration in Business Analytics. Luke has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is a coach in the Math Learning Center. He spent last summer working for UW-Green Bay in the GIS lab of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. For Summer 2017, Luke has been accepted to the NSF-funded REU in Data Science at Wooster Polytechnic.
|2016||Matt Collins, Sam Smit, Kyle Sutela|
|2015||Emily Veltman, Jackie Horsell, Tanner Kero|
|2013||Emma Veach, Sean Miller|
|2012||Rachel Amundson, Kaylee Walsh, Robert Spychalski, Brent Halonen, Alexander Tripp|
|2011||Benjamin Fedorka, Jason Hiebel, Evelyn Skoy, Peter Solfest, Teresa Woods|
|2010||Ben Fedorka, Molly Hyrkas, Jennifer Liu|