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The scholarship will support his graduate studies in artificial intelligence at the University of Cambridge.

University of Maryland senior mathematics and computer science double-degree student Tanay Wakhare has been awarded a 2020 Winston Churchill Scholarship, which offers him full funding to pursue a one-year master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Nationally, 15 students in the sciences, engineering or mathematics receive Churchill Scholarships annually. The scholarship—valued at around $60,000—covers all educational fees and provides living and travel allowances.

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Hauptman shared the 1985 Nobel Prize in chemistry for creating a method to determine the 3D structure of molecules.

The University of Maryland’s Department of Mathematics received a $6.5 million estate gift from Carol Fullerton that honors the memory of her late father, Herbert A. Hauptman (Ph.D. ’55, mathematics). The gift will establish the Herbert A. Hauptman Endowed Graduate Fellowship Program in the department.

 “The gift is a transformative moment in the history of our department,” said Doron Levy, interim chair of the Department of Mathematics. “It will provide us with the resources needed to elevate the experience of our Ph.D. students. We are so proud to be Herbert Hauptman’s alma mater, and we believe that the gift will allow us to carry on his legacy for many years to come.”


The award for young mathematicians recognized work by De Simoi (Ph.D. ’09, mathematics) in dynamical systems.

Jacopo De Simoi (Ph.D. ’09, mathematics) was awarded the 2020 Coxeter-James Prize by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) for his work in dynamical systems. The prize, which was first awarded in 1978, recognizes young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The University of Toronto assistant professor of mathematics will receive his award and present a prize lecture during the CMS Winter Meeting in Montreal in December 2020.