Graduate Research Awards

Every year the Department of Mathematics celebrates excellence by presenting Graduate Research Awards to deserving Doctoral students for research done whilst at UBC. If suitable nominees exist, a minimum of three awards are given, with at least one female winner, one winner in Applied Mathematics, and one winner in Pure Mathematics.


The award consists of an invitation to speak in the Department Colloquium, Applied Mathematics Colloquium, or equivalent venue; a certificate to be presented at the Department graduation reception; and a cheque.


All Ph.D. students in Mathematics who have passed the candidacy exam, and have not already won the award.


A nomination is made by a research supervisor of the eligible student. A nomination will consist of a

  1. Description of Research Contribution (maximum 2 pages) written by the nominee;
  2. a resume or CV;
  3. an unofficial UBC transcript of grades;
  4. two letters of reference including one from a research supervisor.

Deadline for nominations: October 15th

Announcement of award: November 1st

Past winners:

2023: Fanze Kong, Chi Hoi Yip
2022: Nathan Lawrence, Sophie MacDonald, Emmanuel Michta, Ethan White
2021: Toni Annala, Xiaowei Li
2020: Frederic Paquin-Lefebvre, Thomas Rud, Tongou Yang
2019: Rebeca Cardim Falcao, Daniel Gomez, Thomas Hughes, Chen Wang, Yifu Zhou
2018: Laurent Charette, Federico Scavia
2017: Oliver Leigh, Josh Scurll, Cole Zmurchok
2016: Alejandra Herrera, Robert Fraser, John Ma
2015: Stilianos Louca, Tom Hutchcroft
2014: Michael Lindstrom, Vasu Tewari