Mathematics graduate taught Algebra II virtually while completing teaching certificate program

Teaching Algebra II virtually to more than 80 high school students in the middle of a pandemic sounded daunting to Lekha Tantry (B.S. ’20, mathematics; M.Ed. ’21) at first, especially because she was simultaneously completing her master’s certification program at the University of Maryland. But because of her experience with Terrapin Teachers, she felt equipped to take on the challenge.Lekha Tantry. Photo courtesy of same.Lekha Tantry. Photo courtesy of same.

Starting her freshman year, Tantry took education courses through Terrapin Teachers, a joint program between UMD’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and College of Education. Terrapin Teachers provides science and math majors with two pathways to teaching certification—completing a double major in a STEM field plus secondary education with certification in four years or completing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and a master’s degree certification program in five years. Under the guidance of highly experienced mentors, students receive early immersive field experiences in local public schools.

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Congratulations to all the faculty who have been promoted this year. We have had 7 people promoted to Senior Lecturer, Associate, and Full Professor. Their years in academic and work experiences bring expertise and relevance to instruction for our department. Please join us in  congratulating these faculty members on their promotion.

Full Professor

  • Karin Melnick

Associate Professor

  • Tamas Darvas
  • Adam Kanigowski
  • Vince Lyzinski

Senior Lecturer

  • Susan Mazzullo
  • Hatice Sahinoglu
  • Terence Long


We are pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) – the MCM/ICM International Competition.

Our university was represented by two teams. Both teams did a great job this year and they were awarded a Meritorious award and a Successful Participant:
The team by Lily Larson, James Shen and Fucheng Li was awarded the Meritorious Award, a great result, competing on Problem B.
The team by Sally Zhao, Clarissa Xia and Naveen Raman was designated a Successful Participant, a good result, competing on Problem A.

This year 10,053 teams participated in the MCM competition (Problems A,B,C): 4487 teams on Problem A, 3105 teams on Problem B, 2461 teams on Problem C.
Out of all these teams only 7% were declared Meritorious winners, in the 4-10% percentile.

Congratulations to both teams!


Congratulations to Tyler Hoffman (Math) and Jesse Mathews (Chemical Engineering & Math) for being selected as Maryland’s “Undergraduate Researchers of the Year” for 2021.

Alumnus Victor De Oliveira (Math Ph.D. 1997) has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their established reputations and outstanding contributions to statistical science. De Oliveira is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Statistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. At Maryland, he was advised by ISR-affiliated Professor Benjamin Kedem (Math).

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Eitan is being recognized for original, broad, and fundamental contributions to applied and computational mathematics, including conservation laws, kinetics, image processing, and social dynamics.

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