State and Local Recognition
Below is a non-inclusive sample of the recognition our department has won over the past few years. We begin by noting in 1995 that the Mathematics Department was named an Exemplary Department in the College of Arts & Sciences, and then the following year we were named an Exemplary Department for our University. The award was given for excellence in developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to introductory courses. In 1999 the department was awarded the University's Excaliber Award for the use of the Math Emporium in transforming academic programs. Last year, the Mathematical Association of America named Prof. Ezra (Bud) Brown as the Outstanding Mathematics Teacher in the MD, VA, DC region, and nominated him for the national MAA Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Prof. Brown is one of our leaders in establishing our own particular Emerging Scholars Program, and has also been named the G. Burke Johnson University Professor of the Year. Our department has five members of the University's elite Academy for Teaching Excellence (ATE). Another professor was awarded the Arts & Sciences Diversity Award, honoring his work as advisor for minority Mathematics students, and for establishing our Minority Mathematics Club. Furthermore, the Tech Math Department has three recent winners of the University's prestigious Wine Award for Distinguished Teaching. We also have three faculty who have been chosen as Diggs Teaching Scholars, and eight other faculty who received University Certificates of Teaching Excellence. Two faculty members have won the Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, while another won the Alumni Excellence in Advising Award. One of our senior Graduate Teaching Assistants won the University Outstanding GTA award, while our secretary for undergraduates, Sandy Blevins, won the President's Award for Excellence for her work with undergraduate students. In all the years Sandy has worked with student records, not one student has failed to graduate because of an unknown, unfulfilled requirement. It is no wonder that Sandy gets the loudest applause from students at the yearly graduation ceremonies. Three of our faculty have won the University Award for Excellence in Research, and three faculty members have been Young Presidential Investigators. Several other faculty are on editorial boards of scholarly journals, receivers of research grants, and are prominent in their areas of research. In fact the cumulative amount of grants awarded our faculty is nearly seven million dollars. We cannot provide details here, but we invite you to visit homepages of our faculty, and to examine their personal professional achievements.
Among the accomplishments of our Mathematics students the past six years, we have had a Rhodes Scholar, a Math Olympiad semi-finalist, five national Goldwater Scholars, an honorable-mention USA Today Academic All-American, two selected for the NSA Director's Summer Program, 13 accepted for NSF Undergraduate Research Programs, and six articles by students have been published in professional research journals.