Congratulations to the Graduate Mathematics + Statistics Degree/Certificate Recipients and Award Winners for 2021!

Graduate Awards

Eugene Enneking Fellowship

The Eugene Enneking Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students seeking a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences at Portland State University. The fellowship is part of a gift from alumnus and entrepreneur Fariborz Maseeh to develop an outstanding computational mathematics and statistics program at Portland State University and to promote partnerships for research and innovation.

This year’s two Enneking Fellowship recipients are:
Ashlynn Crisp
Taiyo Terada

F.S. Cater Prize

The F.S. Cater Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded annually for outstanding academic achievements to students majoring in Mathematical Sciences. One such prize goes to an MA/MS in Mathematics student and one is awarded to an MS in Statistics student. To be considered for the prize, students must be nominated by at least two faculty members.  The F.S. Cater Prize was established in 2004 by the generous gift from Dr. F.S. Cater, PSU Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Cater joined the department in 1965 and retired as full professor in 1992.

This year, two prizes of $3,000 each are being awarded to:
Vicky Haney (Mathematics)
Daniel Eynis (Statistics)

Maghsoodlou Award

The Maghsoodlou Award was established by a generous gift from Dr. Naghmeh Daneshi.  The award will support graduate students in the MS in Statistics with expenses other than tuition.  To be considered for the prize, students must be nominated by at least two faculty members

This year, one prize of $ 2,000 is awarded to:
Kyle Oddson

Marjorie Enneking Math Education Endowed Scholarship

The Marjorie Enneking Math Education Endowed Scholarship is a scholarship established in memory of Professor Emeritus of mathematics Marjorie Enneking.  The award is given to a graduate student in the field of Mathematics Education. Preference is given to a student who has worked as a teacher and is returning to school and/or has demonstrated excellence in student teaching. 

This year, one scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to:
Katie Bianco

GTA Outstanding Teaching Award

To recognize the extraordinary efforts of our graduate teaching assistants, the department is pleased to offer the GTA Outstanding Teaching Award.  The recipients of this award, listed below, have demonstrated excellence in the classroom by utilizing and refining innovative strategies to create a student-centered environment that supports student inquiry and recognizes diversity.  Recipients have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and to continually honing their craft as well as the interpersonal attributes to support and inspire students.  Their tremendous contributions are appreciated by both students and faculty alike. 

This year we are honoring the following Enter two GTAs with awards of $400. each:
Kit Clement
Jeff Grabhorn

Graduating Students
Degrees & Certificate received between Summer 2020 and Spring 2021

Ph.D. Mathematical Sciences 

Ahmed El Sakori
Tathagata Goswami

Ph.D. Mathematics Education

Kristen Vroom    

M.S. Statistics

Peter Boss
Margaret Buffum
Courtney Crisp
Lifeng Deng
Jessica Engstrom
Mitchell Fennimore
Helen Huston
Ross McDonald
Allyson Meyers
Michael Mitchell
Patricia Orr
Yi Wang
Ryan Whetstine
Linchuan Zhang

Graduate Certificate for Applied Statistics

Sage Fuentes

M.A./M.S. Mathematics 

Edward Crouser
Craig Daniels
Dow Drake
Michelle Dunaway
Cameron Fish
Vicky Haney
Edward James
Aaron Maroni
Rogerio Mendes
Miranda Ramsey
Laura Sanborn
Marika Sarkinen
Joseph Steinberg
Tessa Whalen-Wagner
Urmas Yanis


M.S.Mathematics for Teachers

Kristin Buys
Evonne Cranford
Abdulaziz Hamdah
Brandon Morehouse