The Mathematics Department announced the 2022 Outstanding Senior Awards with the return of the annual in-person ceremony on May 5th.

The Overall Outstanding Mathematics Senior Award went to Isabel Byrne. Isabel was also the Departmental Nominee for both the Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Science and Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Research Award

Overall Outstanding Senior Isabel Byrne

Isabel will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics. Viewed as a leader by the students she worked with in an REU last summer, Isabel has submitted one paper for publication and is in the process of writing three other papers based on research done at the REU and at Virginia Tech.

As an officer in Virginia Tech's student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Isabel played crucial roles in the activities for which the chapter received the 2021 Student Chapter Award for Scientific Excellence. Next year Isabel will be a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Delaware.

In addition, each option for the Mathematics Bachelor of Science degree choose the outstanding senior in their program. You can read about each recipient below: 

Emma Swainston, Outstanding Senior in Mathematics Education.

Picture of Emma Swainston

Emma will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics. She is from Mechanicsville, VA. Her current career goal is to become a high school mathematics teacher, and she will begin graduate school this summer in the Virginia Tech School of Education to work towards a secondary mathematics teaching licensure and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction.

Outstanding Senior Traditional Option Guanying Liang

Guanying came to Virginia Tech from China. He will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Statistics, and a minor in Japanese. Guanying has also been selected as the Outstanding Student in Japanese for the Class of 2022.

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Mu Sigma Rho national statistics honor society. He has worked as a data science intern for a transportation company and an undergraduate research assistant for the Virginia Tech Statistics Department. Guanying will be a full-time graduate student beginning next fall in Applied Statistics at the University of Michigan. Guanying wanted to express his gratitude to the department below.

It is my great honor to receive this award from our Math Department. I want to thank all people for helping me through college, including my family, friends, and instructors. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Rossi, Dr. Arnold, and Dr. Myungsuk Chung for answering my tons of questions during office hours, giving me valuable advice, and encouraging me to challenge myself in Real Analysis, Advanced Calculus, and Modern Algebra courses. I have built a solid background in mathematics by finishing the math program at Virginia Tech, which provided me with sufficient preparations to study in graduate school. Thanks again, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Nicolas is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics. He is a remarkable student who has completed his degree requirements in just two years.

He has worked devotedly on undergraduate research this academic year and has shown persistence and creativity in posing new questions, making conjectures and proving results. He has a paper under consideration at a peer-reviewed journal.

He is also generous and supportive of his fellow students. Nic plans to stay at Virginia Tech for graduate studies in mathematics. 

Graduation photo of Nicholas Yarnal

Nicholas hails from Burke, Virginia. He is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. double major in Electrical Engineering and Applied Computational Mathematics.

He participated in a Raytheon Fellow Internship Program for 2 years while at Virginia Tech. 

Nicholas will work for Raytheon and intends to continue in a graduate program. 

Congratulations to each of the awardees! 

Information about graduation ceremonies can be found on the Virginia Tech Commencement site.

The Mathematics Department will hold a Graduation Reception for all of this year's graduates and their families on Friday May 13th in Hancock Hall Room 100 from 2 - 4 pm.

Anderson Greta Helen Cum
Andrews Ethan Harris  
Baessler Florian Andreas  
Bampton Nicholas James Magna
Bang Sungwoo  
Beck Megan Marie Summa
Binder Luke Andrew  
Bloy Dorian Cum
Buchsbaum Mia Anastasia  
Byrne Isabel Tildy Summa
Carbillon Ma.Therese Palenzuela  
Childers Leah Marie Summa
Clyborne Brandon Michael  
Didenkov Alexey Summa
Dritschel Adam Robert  
Ernst Wyatt Adam  
Feng Yu  
Frankenberg Nicholas Charles Summa
Gager Zachary David Summa
Gehl Benjamin Kevin  
Godfrey Calvin Louis Summa
Gordon Spencer Novak  
Greco Andrew Carter Summa
Gu Wenxuan  
Hart Rachelle Teruko  
Hill Aria Marie  
Hosmer Taylor Harelson  
Johnston Cooper Riley Summa
Juarez Lopez Jenny Roselia  
Liang Guanying Summa
Liu Jianing Cum
Liu Shicheng Magna
Magoffin Mckenna Rose Summa, Hnlaur
Mannarelli Victoria M. Summa
Phares Bryce Robert  
Qian Yue Cum
Shevalier Alexander Louis  
Song Yixuan Coop
Spears Paul Kiah Summa
Swanson Nicolas J Brennan Summa
Tang Rui  
Taylor Aiden Lowndes  
Uhl Kristen Elisabeth  
Vincelette Sara Kathryn Cum
Waldschmidt Constantin Tran  
Wang Chenming Magna
Wang Xinbo  
Wang Yongjia  
Wang Yuyao Cum
Wissler Andrew Dominick Cum
Wright Nathaniel Wilson Summa
Xiao Yilin Cum
Yang Tun-Yuan  
Yarnall Nicholas Yagi Summa