Congratulations to Vadim Kaloshin for receiving an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced grant. The title of his project is “Spectral Rigidity and Integrability for Billiards and Geodesic Flows”.

The ERC Advanced grants are among the most prestigious grants awarded by the European union. These grants are highly competitive with a success rate of under 10%.  The number of grants awarded in Mathematics this year was 9.

Over the last decade, UMD’s nominations yielded 33 scholarships—the most in the nation

By: Abby Robinson


For the third year in a row, the University of Maryland’s four undergraduate nominees have been awarded 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. 

UMD’s 2020 Goldwater Scholars are:

Three faculty members in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) received 2020 Simons Foundation Fellowships. The prestigious fellowships provide support for faculty scientists to extend a one-term, university-sponsored sabbatical into a full year, allowing them to focus solely on advancing fundamental research in mathematics or theoretical physics. UMD researchers received 2 of the 40 fellowships awarded for mathematics and 1 of the eight fellows for theoretical physics.

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In 2019 a total of 4,299 students from 488 institutions from all over the US and Canada participated in the 80th Putnam competition. The University of Maryland Putnam team was ranked 14th out of 488 participating schools. The team consisted of Erik Metz, Steppan Konoplev and Pratik Rathore. Every year in the past four years, the University of Maryland Putnam team has ranked in the top 15.

Erik Metz, who ranked 51st, received an Honorable Mention award. Steppan Konoplev ranked in the top 200; Pratik Rathore and Justin Hontz ranked in the top 250.

Congratulations to our team and the participants.

Complete results can be found here.

The Peter Lax Award was instituted in honor of Lax’s seminal contributions, which laid the foundations of modern theory and computation in the area of hyperbolic conservation laws.
This distinction is awarded to a young researcher (10 years within the PhD) in the international conference on hyperbolic problems. The HYP 2020 conference will be held this June in Spain,, where Jacob Bedrossian will be delivering a distinguished plenary lecture.

The 2020 Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory will be awarded to Huanchen Bao and Weiqiang Wang for their fundamental contributions to the theory of quantum symmetric pairs.

This award is based on two publications: the paper "Canonical bases arising from quantum symmetric pairs," published in Inventiones Mathematicae, and the monograph "A new approach to Kazhdan-Lusztig theory of type B via quantum symmetric pairs," published in Astérisque. In these works, Huanchen Bao and Weiqiang Wang completely extended the known theory of canonical bases from the case of quantized enveloping algebras to the case of quantum symmetric pairs. The entire article can be read here.