The following Awards are given to graduate students from the Department of Math.
Skinner Fund for Graduate Students: This was established to assist both undergraduate and graduate students to travel to conferences and workshops related to the student’s interests to advance their knowledge and academic careers.
Mathematics Graduate Student Support Fund: Annual awards made to outstanding graduate students who show promise of mathematical creativity and originality.
John A. Nohel Prize is given to a graduate student that has written an outstanding Ph.D. thesis.
Germond Scholarship is given to assist graduate students in the Department of Math and/or Physics. Each department should award on alternating years.
Excellence in Mathematical Research Award is given to students for significant and substantial contributions to research in mathematics, as part of their thesis work towards a Ph.D.
Henry Schaerf Mathematics Graduate Award is given to a graduate student who has demonstrated promise in their academic work.
Elizabeth Hirschfelder Prize is given to an outstanding female student who has demonstrated promise in their academic work.
Math Department TA Awards are given to students who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom.
Excellence in Research Awards
The Department of Mathematics has an annual competition for awards which recognize excellence in research by a mathematics graduate student. This award given for making significant and substantial contributions to research in pure or applied mathematics, as part of their thesis work towards a PhD. ($500)
The John Nohel Prize in Applied Mathematics recognizes a graduate student who writes an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in applied mathematics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
John Nohel was a professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Wisconsin – Madison from 1961 to 1991. He was professor emeritus until his death in 1999. At Wisconsin, Professor Nohel was Chair of the Department from 1968 to 1970, and Director of the Mathematics Research Center (MRC) from 1979 to 1987. He was the founding director of the new Center for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) from 1987 to 1990. His research interest initially focused on Volterra integro-differential equations. In later years, his interests changed to mathematical problems in viscoelasticity and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics. The John Nohel Prize in Applied Mathematics was established to honor his memory and his good work with young people. ($500)
The Department of Mathematics annually awards the Elizabeth S. Hirschfelder Scholarship of $2,000 to up to three women graduate students who are making excellent progress towards the PhD. Elizabeth S. Hirschfelder was one of the earliest recipients of a PhD in Mathematics granted by the University of Wisconsin. Her PhD class in 1930 consisted of three people and they were the 18th, 19th, and 20th Wisconsin Mathematics PhDs. At the Wisconsin Mathematics PhD Centennial Celebration held in 1997, Dr. Hirschfelder was the earliest Wisconsin Mathematics PhD present; at that time, she held her PhD for 67 years. Dr. Hirschfelder taught mathematics at the University of Wisconsin for almost 20 years and was the co-author of the important textbook “Higher Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists” published in 1934. In 1997 she endowed the Elizabeth S. Hirschfelder Fund for Graduate Women in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics at the UW-Foundation. She died in 2002 at the age of 100.