Congratulations to Radu Balan and to the UMD Math Modeling teams. The teams participated in the 2022 Interdisciplinary Competition in Modeling (ICM). This year 12100 teams participated in the ICM competition. The results of our two teams are:

  1. Team 2228337 (Sally Zhao, Naveen Raman, Clarissa Xia) has been awarded a Honorable Mention for Problem F. 

This result puts the team in the 3%-30% range, out of 2964 teams worldwide who submitted solutions to problem F.

  1. Team 2228338 (Adam Levav, Abdulrahman Alenazi, Joey Kim) has been awarded Successful Participant designation for problem E. 

This result places the team in the 30%-96% range, out of 8181 international teams who submitted solutions to problem E.



We are pleased to inform you that Joan Jian-Jian Ren was named as a Fellow of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics).

Joan Jian-Jian Ren, Professor, University of Maryland - College Park, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Dr. Ren received the award for innovative and significant contributions to statistical methodology, especially in nonparametric likelihood inference, survival analysis and resampling methods, and for long-lasting and dedicated professional service.

The designation of IMS Fellow has been a significant honor for over 85 years. Each Fellow is assessed by a committee of their peers and has demonstrated distinction in research or leadership that has profoundly influenced the field.

Created in 1935, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics is a member organization that fosters the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability. The IMS has 4,200 active members throughout the world. Approximately 10% of the current IMS membership has earned the status of fellowship.

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Three University of Maryland undergraduates with strong records of published research have been awarded 2022 scholarships by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and research careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Patrick Kim, a junior physics and electrical engineering double-degree student; George Li, a sophomore computer science and mathematics double-degree student; and Kevin Tu, a junior biological sciences and economics double-degree student are among 417 Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,242 nominees nationally. Goldwater Scholars receive one- or two-year scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

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Bianca Viray, a professor at the University of Washington (UMD 2005), has been awarded the AMS Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars for the 2022–2023 academic year. The fellowship gives exceptionally talented women extra research support during their mid-career years. The primary selection criterion is the excellence of the candidate's research.

An arithmetic geometer, Viray researches rational points on varieties, particularly how a variety’s geometric properties influence failures of the local-to-global principle. “My research projects are broadly motivated by wanting to understand arithmetic properties of a variety as we extend the base field, and what the sets of points look like over extensions,” she said.

Recently, Viray has studied degree d points, considering solubility over unions of extensions of bounded or prescribed degree. During her fellowship year, she will take part in a program on Diophantine geometry at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Viray will also host collaborators including Brendan Creutz of the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).

“I am honored to be awarded this prestigious fellowship in recognition of my research and thankful for my many wonderful mentors, collaborators, and colleagues who have supported me through my career,” she said.

Viray earned her PhD in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley. She was at Brown University from 2010 until 2014 as a Tamarkin Assistant Professor and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. She joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2014. In the 2021–2022 academic year, she is a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

An active organizer in the mathematics community, Viray is a co-founder of the paraDIGMS (Diversity in Graduate Mathematical Sciences) initiative and a member of the board of directors of Girls’ Angle. She is also a member at large of the AMS Council and a Fellow of the AMS. Read a Simons Foundation profile of Viray, who was named a 2020 Simons Fellow in Mathematics.

About the Fellowship

The AMS Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars, established in 2017 with a gift from Joan and Joseph Birman, seeks to address the paucity of women at the highest levels of research in mathematics by giving exceptionally talented women extra research support during their mid-career years. The primary selection criterion for the Birman Fellowship is the excellence of the candidate's research. See past recipients and read about their experiences with the fellowship (PDF).

Contact: AMS Communications.


The American Mathematical Society is dedicated to advancing research and connecting the diverse global mathematical community through our publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy, and awareness programs.

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Congratulations to the team under the leadership of Roohollah Ebrahimian. Our Putnam Team was ranked 20th out of 427 institutions this year. This is our fifth year in a row that we rank among top 20 teams in the Putnam competition. Our team members were Steppan Konoplev, Thomas Luo, and Gerrett Peters. Steppan Konoplev and Thomas Luo were recognized as one of top 193 students in the 2021 Putnam competition. You can read more about our activities on the website at

Congratulations to Assistant Professors Lei Chen (math), Alicia Kollár (physics) and Pratyush Tiwary (chemistry and biochemistry/IPST), who received 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 118 of these two-year, $75,000 fellowships were awarded this year to early-career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. 

Since the first Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in 1955, 68 faculty members from UMD have received a Sloan Research Fellowship. A dozen CMNS faculty members have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships since 2015.