College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Graduate Awards
Student Awards are given each spring before the end of the semester. A photo gallery of the Awards Celebration is here. Please congratulate these students when you meet them around MacLean Hall and around the campus.
Graduate Research Excellence Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research
2021 Awardee 

CLAS Dissertation Writing Fellow
2021 Awardee  
BorLuh Lin Thesis Award
The annual Dr. BorLuh Lin Award, created in 2012, is given for the outstanding thesis in Mathematics. The award is presented in an annual ceremony held in the H. J. Muhly Lounge in MacLean Hall.
The awardees:
Year  Name(s) 

2023  Nitesh Mathur 
2022  Biao Ma & Amrei Oswald 
2021  Shrey Sanadhya 
2020  Adam Wood 
2019  Alexander Sistko 
2018  Thomas Kindred 
2017  Daniel Rodman & Richard Ligo 
2016  Kyle Czarnecki 
2015  David Meyer 
2014  Ekaterina Nathanson 
2013  David Gaebler 
2012  Mijai Lai 
D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize
The D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize was established to recognize excellence in doctoral research. Each year the winner of the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize has been the University of Iowa's nominee in the national competition for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award. Prizes are awarded annually in two of four broad disciplinary areas: Humanities and the Fine Arts, Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences. The Graduate College, in turn, holds two D.C. Spriestersbach Prize competitions in the areas specified by the Council of Graduate Schools, with the winners being our nominees in the national competition.
Year  Recipient(s) 

2021 Awardee 
Samuel Brensinger, AMCS Vincent Rodgers, Dissertation Advisor 
2018 Awardee 
Greg Ongie, AMCS Mathews Jacob, Dissertation Advisor 
2014 Awardee 
David Gaebler, Mathematics Paul Muhly, Dissertation Supervisor 
2006 Awardee 
Marius V. Ionescu, Mathematics Paul Muhly, Dissertation Supervisor 
2000 Awardee 
Marius Stefan, Mathematics Florin Radulescu, Dissertation Supervisor 
1998 Awardee  Razvan Gelca, Mathematics 
1983 Awardee  Hector Salas, Mathematics 
The University of Iowa Council on Teaching  Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
This universitywide honor is awarded to teaching assistants who have shown outstanding ability in their role as teachers at the University of Iowa. Awardees from the Department of Mathematics are as follows:
Year  Recipients  Year  Recipients  Year  Recipients 

2023 
Jessa Rhea 
2014  Christina Caples Jessica Williams 
2006  Ben Galluzzo Kim Huerter Leonida Ljumanovic Giovanna Llosent Abukuse Mbirika Oscar Vega 
2022  Samantha Warren  2013  Erin Griesenauer Annette Honken Rachael Norton Julia Walk 
2005  Stephanie Adkinson Malik Bataineh Esteban Diaz Heather Russell 
2021 
Anna Leinheiser 
2012  Brian Borchers Nathan Druivenga Sadia Embree 
2004  Xiaojie Hou Katie Reif 
2020 
Nicholas Connolly Jared Grove Mitchell Riley 
2011  Nathan Ellingwood Ross Kilgore Ekaterina (Usova) Nathanson Roseanne Wolf Kamuela Yong 
2003  Allison Brcka Cynthia Farthing 
2019 
Curtis Balz 
2010  Danilo Diedrichs David J. Gaebler Mark A. Krines 
2002 
Jenelle McAtee 
2017 
Ana Berrizbeitia 
2009  Amanda Hager John Rost Shannon Talbott 
2001  Greta Lechelt Abagail Roscum Ryan Stuffelbeam 
2016  Jeffrey Landgren Rebeccah MacKinnon Daniel Rodman Josiah Smalley Ze Zhao 
2008  Ian Besse Susan Brooks Jonas Meyer Heather Molle Jitka Stehnova Jon Van Laarhoven 
2000  Mirela Iancu Paul Johnson John Robeson 
2015 
Gordon Aiello 
2007  Luke Bennett Will Hager Colin Mckinney Ted Wendt 


Catharine Wegner Outstanding Mathematics Teaching Assistant Award:
Year  Recipients  Year  Recipients 

2018 
Kevin Bombardier 
2015  Morgan Fonley Thomas Kindred Josiah Smalley 
2017 
Catalina Betancourt 
2014  Benjamin Dill Kevin Gerstle Catherine Patterson 
2016  Kenneth Czuprynski Huan Qin 
Sandy Barken Mentoring Award
This award, named for former Associate Dean of the Graduate College Sandra H. Barkan, recognizes graduate students who show exceptional mentorship of undergraduates and junior graduate students in their assistantships. The Sandra H. Barkan Graduate Student Mentor Award is awarded in conjunction with the Graduate Student Recognition Week and The James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference in spring of each year. For more information, visit http://gss.grad.uiowa.edu/jakobsenconference/sandrabarkanmentoraward.
Year  Recipient 

2007  Colin McKinney 