Undergraduate Students 2020-21

Chair’s Prize Award

Diego Galvan

Andrew Haar

Special Awards

Diego Galvan, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Andrew Haar, DAAD Fellowship

Chancellors Scholars (4.0 GPA in all courses)

Fall 2020: Kushagra Kapil

Spring 2021: Will Bruening, Will Brunner, Andrew Haar, Amanda Rowley

Math Majors Graduated with Highest Distinction – Spring 2021

Will Brunner, Allison Cruikshank, Andrew Haar, Jackson Lederer, and Jesse Osborn

Math Majors Graduated with High Distinction – Spring 2021

Jonathan Askey, Will Bruening, Samuel Carrasco, Micah Holmes, Zachary Madsen, Nick Nguyen, Lara Quiring, Ben Rhodes, Lexus Root, Amanda Rowley, Michael Schneider, Treyvor Vice, Zeyu Wang, and Yimeng Zhao

Math Majors Graduated with Distinction – Spring 2021

Diego Galvan, Parker Janicek, Nicholas Lennon, Brennan Rhoadarmer, and Josh Schmidt

Math Majors Graduated with Honors – Spring 2021

Will Brunner, Allison Cruikshank, Diego Galvan, Jackson Lederer, Nicholas Lennon, Nick Nguyen, Jesse Osborn, Lara Quiring, Brennan Rhoadarmer, and Amanda Rowley

Math Majors Graduated in Spring 2021

Azaria Ahl, Izzat Bin Ahmad Adly, Ahmed Al-Khalil Ahmed Al-Mazrouai, Jonathan Askey, Hannah Balandran, Taylor Bartek, Xiaoyu Bi, Brandon Blue, Tara Brockman, Will Bruening, Will Brunner, Kenneth Buffo, Zach Cairney, Samuel Carrasco, Chris Carreras, Shen Chang, Caleb Cox, Allison Cruikshank, Alex Curran, Blake Dvarishkis, Calvin Focht, Diego Galvan, David Garza, Austin Gubbels, Andrew Haar, Christopher Haidvogel, Achintya Handa, Jacob Henderson, Micah Holmes, Parker Janicek, Nicholas Johnson, Scott Jones, Lucas Keester, Jacob Kennedy, Taylor Kissinger, Jackson Lederer, Nicholas Lennon, Siyi Li, Barrett Luci, Zachary Madsen, Sean Miller, Henry Mitchell, Nischal Neupane, Nick Nguyen, Dana Nugent, Jesse Osborn, Jesse Osnes, Cameron Peer, Samuel Pierce, Lara Quiring, Bret Reetz, Ryan Reeves, Quinn Reimer, Brennan Rhoadarmer, Ben Rhodes, Lexus Root, Amanda Rowley, Josh Schmidt, Michael Schneider, Taylor Schrader, John Slaby, Jane Speier, Will Stokebrand, Nate Thach, Grace Tiernon, Shreeya Vaitla, Treyvor Vice, Zeyu Wang, Colten Welch, Sirui Wen, Reagan Wooden, and Yimeng Zhao

Math Majors Graduated with Highest Distinction– Fall 2020

Kushagra Kapil

Math Majors Graduated with High Distinction– Fall 2020

Nicholas Verdoni

Math Majors Graduated with Distinction– Fall 2020

David Maas

Math Majors Graduated in Fall 2020

Matous Adamec, Jean Claude Bamute Kamba, Melissa Bowers, Cheng Cheng, Kushagra Kapil, Jared Ladd, Guanzhong Liang, Huanyu Liu, David Maas, Phillip Nguyen, Zhenchang Qi, Wei Qu, Brennan Roberson, Nicholas Verdoni, Carter Walford, Dillon Walker, Zetian Wang, Heng Xu, Xu Yang, and Liyuan Zhang

Math Majors Graduated in Summer 2020

Emilee Buol, Drew Doyle, Nathan Ghanavati, Jinyu Hu, Yakira McKay, Lucille Melcher, Kyle Pekarek, Huixin Peng, Jonghyun Yoo, Wenjun Yuan, and Geigh Zollicoffer

Senior Honors and Distinction Theses (directed by)

Will Brunner (Timothy Gay, Physics & Herman Batelaan, Physics), Spring 2021

Allison Cruikshank (Huijing Du, Mathematics & Yawen Guan, Statistics), Spring 2021

Diego Galvan (Adam Larios, Mathematics & Petronela Radu, Mathematics), Spring 2021

Andrew Harr (Petronela Radu, Mathematics & Adam Larios, Mathematics), Spring 2021

Kushagra Kapil (Etsuko Moriyama, Biological Sciences & Jitender Deogun, Computer Science), Fall 2020

Jackson Lederer (Martin Centurion, Physics & Herman Batelaan, Physics), Spring 2021

Jesse Osborn (Ilya Kravchenko, Physics & Ken Bloom, Physics), Spring 2021

UCARE Awards and Undergraduate Research Participation (directed by)

Allison Cruikshank (Huijing Du); Diego Galvan (Adam Larios); Anjaneshwar Ganesan (Petronela Radu); Andrew Harr (Petronela Radu); Jesse Osnes (Bo Deng); and Ana Podariu (Yu Jin)

2020 Putnam Contest Participants

Anjaneshwar Ganesan, Katie Gerot, Stephanie Marsh, and Caitlin Murphy

Pi Mu Epsilon — Inducted Spring 2021

Charles Bonk, Grace Farson, and Ronit Gandhi

Department Scholarship Awards

54 scholarships were awarded for the 2020-21 academic year.

Irwin Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics

Will Brunner

Joel Stebbins Fund

Cheyenne Warren

Dean H. and Floreen G. Eastman Memorial Scholarships in Mathematics

Samantha Bannister, Alexander Batelaan, Ciara Baumert, Tomohide Bessho, Kasey Brabec, Zach Cairney, Dylan Chapin, Allison Cruikshank, Collin Dougherty, Stanley Drvol, Zoe Engelbert, Grace Farson, Diego Galvan, Anjaneshwar Ganesan, Elizabeth Griggs, Joshua Gromowsky, Andrew Haar, Ryan Lampe, Jackson Lederer, Benjamin Lohrman, Aleah Miller, Nicholas Nguyen, Ray Nierman, Jesse Osborn, Jesse Osnes, Anthony Palmesano, Ana Podariu, Lara Quiring, Ava Rech, Lexus Root, Amanda Rowley, Joshua Schmidt, Spencer Schmidt, Simon Schoenbeck, Jarod Schwinck, Margaret Scott, Nicholas Scott, and Nicholas White

Gallup UNL Math Day Fund

Lixin Cao

Drusilla Winchester Scholarship

Thomas Walton

Renneman/Luebbers Scholarship in Math

Meghan Ryan and Thomas Walton

Ruby Wittemore Fund

Ciara Baumert

Dr. Huben Schneider Scholarship

Luke Van Drie

Sylvia & Hans Jeans Mathematics Scholarship

Alexander Batelaan, Will Brunner, Alexander Fetzner, Michael Schneider, Liam Seper, Luke Van Drie, and Cheyenne Warren

Linda Bors Mathematics Scholarship

Grace Farson


Graduate Students

Link to Ph.D. alumni

December 2020 Ph.D.: 

Matt Reichenbach, "Spectral Properties of a Non-compact Operator in Ecology", Geospatial Research Laboratory (US Army Corps of Engineers)

May 2021 Ph.Ds.: 

Three May graduates will share honor of 100th Ph.D. to a woman in mathematics

Juliana Bukoski, "Free Semigroupoid Algebras from Categories of Paths", Georgetown College

Elizabeth Carlson, "Enhanced Effication of Turbulent Flow Observations: Parameter Recovery, Sensitivity Analysis, Nonlinear Data Assimilation Algorithms, and a Real-World Implementation", University of Victoria

Taran Funk, "Frobenius and Homological Dimensions of Complexes"

Su Ji Hong, "On the realization of real Schur roots as planar curves", Yale University

Robert Huben, "Gauge-Invariant Uniqueness and Reductions of Ordered Groups"

August 2021 Ph.Ds.: 

Eric Hopkins "N-Fold Matrix Factorizations", Asst. Professor, College of the Ozarks

Erica Hopkins, "Complexes over the Exterior Algebra with Small Homology"

Vincent Longo, "Results on Nonorientable Surfaces for Knots and 2-knots"

Adolfo Amadeus Martin, "Curved BGG Correspondence", Preceptor of Mathematics at Harvard University

George Nasr, "A Combinatorial Formula for Kazhdan-Lusztig Polynomials of Sparse Paving Matroids", University of Oregon

Alyssa Whittemore, "Bootstrap Percolation on Random Geometric Graphs"

Master's Degree Recipients

August 2020, MAT: Alyssa Baber, Geoff Carnahan, Keira Johnson, Corey Jones, Jim Lynam, Laura Rademacher, Drew Rische, Hannah Rundle, Kaitlyn Tenski, Alison Timoney, Alison Willis

May 2021, MAT: Hannah Beck, Nicholas Clayburn, Kelsey Cordero

MS/MA, May 2021: Molly Creagar, Matthew Enlow, Abigail Long, April Loyd, Robert Martin, Meraiah Martinez, Sarthak Neupane, Justin Nguyen, Shah Roshan Zamir, Isabel Safarik, Andrew Soto Levins, Kaitlin Tademy, Kathryn Van Etten, Anh Vo, Daniel Welchons

Awards and Fellowships

2020-2021 Othmer Graduate Fellowship

Tessa Stevens

2020-2021 Chancellors Graduate Fellowship

Audrey Goodnight and Apala Mandal

2020 Walter Mientka Teaching Award

Brittany Johnson

2020 Don Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student

Hayley Olson

2020 Outstanding First Year Student

Meraiah Martinez

2020 Outstanding Qualifying Exam

Gregory Faurot

2020 Bill Leavitt Award

Eric Hopkins

2020 Lloyd Jackson Award

Sara Myers

2020 Emeritus Faculty Fellowships

Dylan McKnight

2020 Grace Chisholm Young and William Henry Young Fellowship

Vincent Longo

Awards and Fellowships (continued)

Amy Bouska GTA Leadership Award

Nicole Buczkowski

Linda Bors Fellowships

Michael DeBellevue

Emily McMillon

Ana Wright

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Collin Victor (2020)

Molly Creagar (2021)

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship

Emily McMillon

2020-2021 Steven Haataja Award for Outstanding Exposition by a Graduate Student

Kathryn Van Etten

2020-2021 Ben Nolting Award

Amadeus Martin and Ana Wright

2020-2021 AMS Officers

Jake Kettinger (President) and Kathryn Van Etten (Secretary/Treasurer)

2020-2021 Internships and Summer Schools

Faurot, Greg -Groundwork for Operator Algebras Lecture Series, Summer 2020

Goodnight, Audrey - Center for Communication Studies (SCAMP), Summer 2021

Kuzmanovski, Nikola - Ocuvera, Winter 2020

Marks, Aurora - Northrup Grumman, Summer 2020

Martinez, Meraiah - Ocuvera, Winter 2020

Moeller, Jesse - NSF MSGI with LANL (Summer 2020); Ocuvera (2021)

Meyer, Nick - Summer School: MSRI Gauge Theory, Summer 2021

Olson, Hayley - NSF MSGI Internship with Sandia National Laboratories (Summers 2020 and 2021)

Reichenbach, Matt - Geospatial Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Summer 2020

Tademy, Kaitlin - EDGE 2021 Summer Session Mentor; 2021 Rising Star Mathematically Gifted and Black

Vander Woude, Jason - Sandia National Laboratories, Summer 2021

Whittemore, Alyssa - Data Science Bootcamp, P14 at Urbana-Champaign, Summer 2020

Publications, Talks and Posters

Buczkowski, Nicole. Talk: Kansas State University Analysis Seminar, "Dependence on data and parameters for solutions of nonlocal systems"

Buczkowski, Nicole. Talk: One Nonlocal World Conference, "Continuous Dependence for Nonlocal Systems"

Buczkowski, Nicole. Talk: Iowa State University Probability, Analysis, and Data Science Seminar, "Stability of solutions with respect to changes in data and parameters of nonlocal models"

Buczkowski, Nicole. Talk: University of Pittsburgh, "Stability of nonlocal systems"

Bukoski, Juliana. Talk: Nebraska-Iowa Functional Analysis Seminar (NIFAS), November 2020

Carlson, Elizabeth. Talk: "AOT data assimilation algorithm: parameter recovery, applications, and a nonlinear algorithm" AMS Fall Western Sectional Meeting

Creager, Molly. Publication: S. Devlin, T. Treloar, M. Creagar, and S. Cassels. (preprint) "An iterative Markov rating method" Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2019-0070

DeClerk, Ash. Talk: "Falsification by fellow traveler property and autostackability" at the Postgraduate Group Theory Conference 2020, hosted by the University of Southampton

Publications, Talks and Posters (continued)

Funk, Rachel. Chapter co-author in "Transformational Change Efforts: Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning)" from the SEMINAL project (in press, 2021).

Geraci, Juliann. Publication: "Graph Universal Cycles of Combinatorial Objects" in Advances in Applied Mathematics

Hong, Su Ji. Publication: "Lattice polytopes from Schur and symmetric Grothendieck polynomials."Fall AMS Central Sectional Meeting

Hong, Su Ji. Talk: "c-vectors ad non-self-crossing curves for acyclic quivers of finite type" in SIGMA (Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications) journal in 2021.

Kettinger, Jake, Zimmitti, Frank, and Harbourne, Brian. Talk: Various versions of the resurgence and how they are related", AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting

Longo, Vincent. Talk: "An infinite family of counterexamples to Batson's conjecture", AMS Fall Western Sectional and AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting

McMillon, Emily, Beemer, Allison, and Kelley, Christine. Publication: “Extremal Absorbing Sets In Low-Density Parity-Check Codes.” Accepted to appear in Advances in Mathematics of Communications

McMillon, Emily. Talk: Analysis of Absorbing Sets Using Cosets and Syndromes, (20 min.), June 2020, International Symposium on Information Theory, Virtual

McMillon, Emily. Poster: SC-LDPC Codes with Good Window Distance Properties, (Invited; 20 min.), Apr. 2021, AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting, Virtual, Special Session on Graph Theory and Applications

McMillon, Emily, and Nasr, George. Poster: Mastery Grading for Future K-6 Teachers, June 2020, Mastery Grading Conference, Virtual

Moeller, Jesse. Publication: "Diagrams of *-Trisections" co-authored with Rom\a'n Aranda from University of Iowa, accepted by Math Research Letters

Olson, Hayley. Poster: One Nonlocal World Conference, "Convergence of Nonlinear Nonlocal Operators"

Olson, Hayley. Talk: Kansas State University Analysis Seminar, "Convergence of Nonlinear Nonlocal Operators to their Classical Counterparts"

Olson, Hayley. Talk: SIAM CSE21, "A Unified Theory of Fractional and Nonlocal Vector Calculus: Main Results and Implications"

Olson, Hayley. Talk: Iowa State University Probability, Analysis, and Data Science Seminar, "Tempered and Truncated Fractional Operators - Exploring Reduction of Computational Cost"

Olson, Hayley. Publication: H. Olson, M. Gulian, and M. D'Elia, "The Tempered Fractional Laplacian as a Special Case of the Nonlocal Laplace Operator." Computer Science Research Institute Summer Proceedings 2020. Technical Report SAND2020-12580R, p. 111-126

Olson, Hayley. Publication: S. Beres, V. Coufal, K. Kearney, R. Lattanzi, and H. Olson, "Linking Numbers of Klein Links," The College Mathematics Journal. Vol. 52 Issue 2, p. 106-114.

Triplitt, Carlie. Publication: "Vertex-Minimal Planar Graphs with a Prescribed Automorphism Group" in Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, 53(2), 355-367 (Printed in March 2021 Issue)

Volk, Adam. Talk: Adam Volk, "Generalized saturation problems for cliques and stars", AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting


Faculty and Staff

Promotion to Full Professor

Christine Kelley (Announced Spring 2021)

Promotion to Research Professor

Wendy Smith (Fall 2020)

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Adam Larios (Fall 2020)

Alexandra Seceleanu (Announced Spring 2021)

Alexander Zupan (Announced Spring 2021)

Promotion to Associate Professors of Practice

Michelle Homp (Fall 2020)

Nathan Wakefield (Fall 2020)

UNL Awards

Nathan Wakefield (Spring 2021), Distinguished Teaching Award

Alexandra Seceleanu (Spring 2020), Distinguished Teaching Award

Alex Zupan (Spring 2020), Distinguished Teaching Award

Named Professorships

George Avalos, Milton Mohr Professorship (Fall 2020)

Yvonne Lai, Milton Mohr Professorship (Fall 2020)

Richard Rebarber, Milton Mohr Professorship (Fall 2020)

New Faculty

Jack Jeffries (Fall 2020)

Eloísa Grifo (Fall 2021)

New Postdocs — Fall 2020

Amy Bennett

Animesh Biswas

2021 Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Judy Walker

2021 NSF CAREER Award

Jack Jeffries, "CAREER: Differential Operators and p-Derivations in Commutative Algebra"

Family & Friends Recognition Awards (formerly known as the Parents' Recognition Award)

Kelli Roeber-Schoening (1), Mark Walker (4), Kevin Gonzales (5)

Roger Wiegand Award

Christine Kelley

Alexandra Seceleanu (Honorable Mention)

Retirements

Bill Rogge

Bob Ruyle

Faculty and Staff Members Serving for 0 (mod 5) Years, Awarded Fall 2020

Mohammad Rammaha (35 years)

Brian Harbourne (35 years)

Cheryl Kane (30 years)

Andy Frederick (CSMCE) (25 years)

George Avalos (20 years)

Michelle Homp (15 years)

Alex Zupan (5 years)

In Memoriam

Benjamin Nolting, August 2020

David Skoug, March 2021

Melvin Thornton, May 2020



Thank you to Marilyn Johnson and Ana Wright for organizing the department’s 22nd annual recognition event, noting accomplishments from June 2020 to May 2021.

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