Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student (AMS-MAA-SIAM)

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The Morgan Prize is awarded each year to an undergraduate student (or students for joint work) for outstanding research in mathematics. Any student who was enrolled as an undergraduate in December at a college or university in the United States or its possessions, Canada, or Mexico is eligible for the prize.

The prize recipient's research need not be confined to a single paper; it may be contained in several papers. However, the paper (or papers) to be considered for the prize must be completed while the student is an undergraduate. Publication of research is not required.

About this Prize

The prize was established in 1995. It is entirely endowed by a gift from Mrs. Frank (Brennie) Morgan. It is made jointly by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

The current prize amount is $1,200, awarded annually.

Most Recent Prize: 2021

Ashwin Sah and Mehtaab Sawhney, graduate students in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mathematics, received the 2021 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student, for their work as MIT undergraduates.The award recognizes the duo's innovative results across a broad range of topics in combinatorics, discrete geometry, and probability.

Receiving Honorable Mention for the Morgan Prize is Noah Kravitz.The citation for Kravitz notes that, He has made significant progress on very central and well-studied problems, including the small ball inequality, where he improved upon the current understanding of the problem by leading experts in the field and the lonely runner conjecture, where he discovered an unexpected rigidity in the problem.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.

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Next Prize:  January 2022

Nomination Period:  1 March - 30 June 2021

Nomination Procedure: 

To nominate a student, submit a letter of nomination, a brief description of the work that is the basis of the nomination, and complete bibliographic citations (or copies of unpublished work). All submissions for the prize must include at least one letter of support from a person, usually a faculty member, familiar with the student's research.

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