There are two (limited) Math Department funds for graduate students traveling to conferences, the Yorke Graduate Student Support Fund and the Levermore Fund. Each fund can be used only once a year. The Yorke Graduate Student Support Fund covers expenses for up to $600 and is available to students giving a talk or presenting a poster, or is available to students who have some additional funding from other sources (advisor, conference organizers, etc.). The Levermore Fund covers smaller amounts. The two funds cannot be combined. For either fund, please limit the amount requested for meals to 25 dollars per day.

The printing of posters can be covered by the department as a separate expense.

In addition, there is the University Goldhaber Fund which provides matching funds for students presenting posters or giving talks.

Students planning to travel to conferences should see the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for preliminary approval, and then fill out a travel form at least two weeks before the departure day, listing the graduate chair as their PI.

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Recent UMD PhD theses can be found here.  You can search for an individual author, or all Math dissertations. You may also be interested in the Math Genealogy Project.

  • Aziz Osborn Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence 2016-2017

Kristin Carfora

Liam Fowl

Nicholas Paskal

Tengfei Su

Adil Virani

Nathan Yu

  • Aziz Osborn Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence 2015-2016

Sean Ballentine

Chae Clark

Stefan Doboszczak

Rebecca Black

Oliver Rourke

Nakhila Mistry

  • Aziz Osborn Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence 2014-2015

Xia Hu

Siming He

Lucia Simonelli

Richard Rast

Ryan Hunter

Patrick Daniels

  • Aziz Osborn Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence 2013-2014

Robert Maschal

Matthew Whiteway

Oliver Lum

Ryan Kirk

Jinhang Xue

Sam Bloom

  • Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence for Graduate Students 2012-2013

Matthew Becker

Colleen Stock

James Murphy

Matt Begue

Jacob Ralston

  • Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence for Graduate Students 2011-2012

Adam Lizzi

Kanna Nakamura

Geoffrey Clapp

Maxx Cho

Jong Jun Lee

  • Gold Medal in Teaching Excellence for Graduate Students 2010-2011

Hana Ueda

Catherine Ochalek

Stephen Balady

Alexander Cloninger

Each year the Mathematics Department hosts a competition for graduate students called Spotlight on Research, with cash prizes. The competition is run and judged by current studnets in the MATH, AMSC, and STAT programs.

Previous winners are at this link: Spotlight on Graduate Research Awards

The requirements below are for students in pure mathematics, not in statistics. For students in Statistics: Qualifying Exams must be passed in Statistics, Probability, and Applied Statistics.

1. Students must pass 2 qualifying exams from the following list:

Algebra (Math 600, 601)
Analysis (Math 630, 660)
Geometry (Math 730, 740; Exam not availble to students entering in 2018 or later)
Probability (Stat 600, 601)
Statistics (Stat 700, 701)

A student in pure mathematics can use at most one of Probability and Statistics to satisfy the exam requirement.

The Geometry exam will be discontinued after January 2020. Until then, it will only be available to students admitted during 2017 or earlier.

2. Students must take four additional semesters of courses from the following list, with a grade point average of 3.3 or better for the four courses used to satisfy this requirement. Courses with grades less than B cannot be included (for example, B− is not allowed).

Math 600, 601 (Algebra)
Math 630, 660 (Analysis)
Math 730, 740 (Geometry)
Stat 600, 601 (Probability)
Stat 700, 701 (Statistics)
Math 634 (Harmonic Analysis)
Math 642 (Dynamical Systems I)
Math 712, Math 713 (Logic)
Math 734 (Algebraic Topology)
AMSC 666, AMSC 667 (Numerical Analysis)
Math 631 (Real Analysis)
Math 670 (ODE)
Math 673, Math 674 (PDE)

The four semesters are not required to be in the same sequence of courses. For example, Math 730, Math 670, AMSC 666, and AMSC 667 would be acceptable. These four semester-long courses must be distinct from the ones supporting the qualifying exams passed in Part 1.

A student may take and pass a third (and possibly, a fourth) qualifying exam in place of taking the actual courses. For example, passing the written exams
in Algebra, Analysis, and Geometry would count as 2 exams plus 2 semesters.

One qualifying exam must be passed by January of the second year, and all requirements must be finished by January of the third year.

Students who have taken courses from the second list elsewhere may petition the graduate chair to have such courses satisfy up to two semesters of the four-semester requirement (although generally students should instead use these courses as preparation for qualifying exams).

Each course on the lists should have serious assessment methods (graded homework, projects, exams, and/or similar). There should be some significant assessment that is guaranteed to be done solely by the student (that is, an exam, not only homework).