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Mathematics Spring Commencement Ceremony

Updated May 11th, 2020

Spring Commencement has been postponed – Click here for more information.

The Department of Mathematics would like to extend our congratulations on your outstanding academic achievements.

Please take a moment to view this video from our faculty celebrating your accomplishments.

While we hope to be able to celebrate with you in person in the future, we wish you continued success on your coming endeavors.


Award Winners

The Department of Mathematics would like to recognize our 2019-2020 award winners. Please join us in celebrating the recipients of these awards.

Burton Linker Teaching Assistant Award:

Blake Keeler

Presented to graduate teaching assistant who has shown the greatest effectiveness as a teacher of undergraduate mathematics courses

History of prize: Established in honor of UNC-CH Mathematics Professor J. Burton Linker, who was recognized as a top scholar at UNC. His high standards and unique treatment of material made his classes unforgettable for most of his students. Math 141, “Differential Equations,” practically became synonymous with his name. Though he taught the same courses year after year, his students attested to his ability to make the material seem fresh, as though he were working the problems for the first time.

Archibald Henderson Mathematics Medal:

Daniel Pezzi

Presented to undergraduate for excellence in Mathematics: specifically demonstrating a high degree of mathematical ability and the greatest promise of originality in the field.

History of prize: The Major William B. Cain Award was established in 1908, and its name was changed in 1931 to the Archibald Henderson Mathematics Medal, named for the late Archibald Henderson: a mathematician, teacher, literary critic, biographer, and historian. For fifty years Henderson was a member of the Department of Mathematics at Chapel Hill, first as student, then as full professor. He became department head in 1920, and was appointed Kenan Professor in 1925, serving until his retirement in 1948. Under his direction, the mathematics department expanded enormously, increasing its graduate program, adding extensive opportunities in pure mathematics, and acquiring a departmental library that was among the best in the South.


Alfred T. Brauer Prize:

Cooper Faile

Presented to undergraduate for excellence in Mathematics: specifically showing the greatest promise for achievement in the fields of algebra or number theory

History of prize: Named for the late Professor Alfred T. Brauer, a distinguished member of the Mathematics faculty, who established the Mathematics Library, named in his honor, and developed its collection to become one of the best in the South.


Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching:

Mark McCombs

Presented to a full time faculty member for excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduate students, particularly first- and second-year students

History of prize: Created in 1952 with a bequest by Kenneth Spencer Tanner, class of 1911, and his sister, Sara Tanner Crawford (and by them on behalf of their deceased brothers, Simpson Bobo Tanner, Jr. and Jesse Spencer Tanner), establishing an endowment fund in memory of their parents, Lola Spencer and Simpson Bobo Tanner.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!