The Department Chair, Dr. Weihong Guo, the faculty, and the staff would like to congratulate the MAMS 22-23 Academic Year High Honor recipients. The student award winners all demonstrated service, leadership, and scholarship.
Mercy Amankwah wins The 2023 SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition.
Mercy was instrumental in establishing a SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Student Chapter. Before the pandemic began, our department was starting the process. While it was put on hold during the time that we were not on campus in person, Mercy immediately picked up the effort when we were permitted to be back. The SIAM Student Chapter has approved thanks to her efforts, and Mercy was the first to serve as the President of the Chapter. Starting this academic year, the chapter has been active, having regular meetings for students, including some that have been developed jointly with the student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Math Club.
SIAM acknowledged it by saying, “The 2023 SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition acknowledges Mercy Amankwah for exceptional service to the Case Western Reserve University Student Chapter during the 2022-2023 academic year. SIAM and the student chapter community are aware and appreciative of this student’s special contributions to the program.
Stephanie Egler wins The 2023 Graduate Student Appreciation Award.
Stephanie truly devotes herself to serving our department. She spends countless hours organizing social and professional development events as the Mathematics Graduate Student Association (MGSA) Chair. Some examples include attending a Guardians baseball game, visiting museums, and organizing an international pot-luck dinner. She was also the driving force behind creating a local chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). Stephanie has been instrumental in recruiting graduate students to our department. Overall, she has created a warm and welcoming atmosphere in our department for graduate students.
Clayton Coonrod wins The 2023 Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award.
Clayton has taught three courses as the instructor of record since he arrived in Fall 2020, including one virtual course. He quickly learned how to use technology and course management tools effectively. His students commented that Clayton goes out of his way to help and support the students in any way he can and responds to emails within minutes. In evaluations, students wrote that Clayton was accommodating, approachable, and cared deeply for his students. Clayton has also been a great colleague to the other graduate students who are new instructors by sharing his knowledge and instructional resources.
Congratulations to Mercy, Stephanie, and Clayton!