UCLA’s Mathematics Department Wins Prestigious Award for Exemplary Achievement


UCLA'smathematics department has received the American Mathematical Society's 2007 Award for an Exemplary Program orAchievement in a Mathematics Department.

UCLA'sdepartment is "an outstanding model of all that a mathematics department can be,"the society declared.

The award, givenannually, recognizes a mathematics department that has distinguished itself byundertaking an innovative or particularly effective program that is of value tothe mathematics community or to society.

"I'm tellingeveryone I meet," said Christoph Thiele, professorand chair of the UCLA mathematics department. "The AMS is the best mathematicalsociety of its kind in the world. We are very honored by this award."

The societypraised UCLA's mathematics department for creating "a comprehensive vision forits undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs that involvesimportant interactions with the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics(IPAM) at UCLA, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Throughthese unusually large training programs, UCLA has become one of the biggestpipelines to mathematical careers in the United States."

IPAM strengthensthe ties between mathematics and the other sciences, helps train a newgeneration of interdisciplinary mathematicians and scientists, brings internationallyrenowned mathematicians and other scientists to UCLA and hosts conferences,seminars and workshops. More than 1,000 scholars a year participate ininterdisciplinary IPAM programs that bring together mathematicians andscientists from the fields of biology, the physical sciences, medicine,engineering and others, as well as from industry and national laboratories.IPAM recently won a five-year renewal grant from the NSF, with a 36 percentfunding increase.

The mathematicalsociety also lauded UCLA's "first-rate faculty of internationally recognizedmathematicians" and noted the "tremendous growth" in the department'sundergraduate program over the past 10 years, as well as the substantial growthin its graduate program since 2000.

The department attractsmany of the best graduate students in California,the United States, Europe,and Asia, Thiele said. It also offersopportunities for undergraduates to participate in research.

In 2000, thedepartment's graduate program was awarded a $5 million Vertical Integration ofResearch and Education (VIGRE) grant by the NSF. The VIGRE program, under thedirection of professor Robert Greene, initiateschanges in the way professional mathematicians are trained, promotinginteraction between mathematics and other fields. The program has expanded from112 students in its first year to a projected 195 for fall 2007. In 2005, theNSF renewed the grant.

The mathematicsdepartment also runs successful K–12 math education programs and has had adecades-long relationship with Californiapublic schools.

This fall, fivenew faculty members will join the department.

"We have hireddistinguished faculty that any mathematics department would be happy to have,"Thiele said. "We are delighted they chose UCLA."

About UCLA

UCLA is California's largestuniversity, with an enrollment of nearly 37,000 undergraduate and graduatestudents. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer more than 300 degreeprograms and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadthand quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuingeducation and athletic programs. Four alumni and five facultyhave been awarded the Nobel Prize.



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