College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

2005 Scholarship & Awards Ceremony

The Mathematics Department at Washington State University celebrated its 2005 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2005 in the Neill Hall Sydney Hacker Lounge.  Faculty, relatives, staff, students and friends joined the annual event to recognize outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students, for outstanding academic achievement and teaching awards. Ten undergraduate students received awards this year. Of those ten, one is majoring in operations research, three are majoring in theoretical math, and six are majoring in math education.

You may view photos of the event by clicking on the small photos below. To learn more about each scholarship, please visit the Department of Mathematcs scholarships website page. 

Alan Genz, Department Chairman Dr. Alan Genz, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, welcomed students, relatives, faculty, staff, and friends to the spring 2005 Scholarship Awards Ceremony, and provided opening remarks.
Konstantin Stakhovich and Judith McDonald Konstantin Stakhovich received the Bell Freshman Mathematics Scholarship presented by Dr. Judith McDonald. Konstantin had a 4.0 grade average in his first semester at WSU and is a WSU Silver Regents Scholar. He was born in the Ukraine, and has lived in the United States for about ten years. He is currently a member of the men's volleyball club.
Michael Harbour and Jave Pascual Michael Harbour received the Knebelman Memorial Scholarship presented by Dr. Jave Pascual. Michael is from Olympia, Washington and graduated top of his high school class. He is the recipient of several college scholarships which include the WSU Achievement Award and the Capital High School Foundation Scholarship. He has been on the President's Honor Roll consistently since coming to WSU. Michael has various interests. He has participated in research sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is an avid golfer, has coached youth basketball teams, and does volunteer work for math teachers' at Pullman's Lincoln Middle School. Michael recently certified as a math major in the actuarial science option.
Jeremy Stalberger and David Watkins Jeremy Stalberger received the J. Russell and Mildred H. Vatnsdal Memorial Scholarship presented by Dr. David Watkins. Jeremy is from Walla Walla, Washington and will graduate with a degree in Actuarial Science. He has been the recipient of many awards, some of which include: Boeing Scholar 2004, National Society of Collegiate Scholars 2003, President's Honor Roll 2002, Washington State Scholar 2002, and Distinguished Regents Scholar 2001. Jeremy is currently pursuing a research project with Dr. V.S. Manoranjan, Associate Dean of the College of Sciences. He is also co-founder of, which specializes in backing up critical business data. This scholarship recognizes Jeremy as the outstanding junior in mathematics.
Jon Lamoureux and Kimberly Vincent Jon Lamoureux received the Knebelman Outstanding Senior Award presented by Dr. Kimberly Vincent. Jon is a WSU Honor's student from Spokane, Washington who is passionate about helping others. He taught Math 103, grades papers, tutors in Neill 120 (often without pay) and has organized study groups for classmates in several classes. He was a peer leader for the Freshman Seminar and Teniwe Project this year. In his senior year he changed his major to theoretical mathematics. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical geometry which will allow him to share his love and enthusiasm of math with future students.
Patrick Valeri received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Endowment Fund Scholarship (a photo of Patrick is unavailable). Patrick, a sophmore from Reardon and Spokane, WA, plans to earn a B.S. in secondary teaching and a master's degree before he begins teaching high school mathematics. Patrick has been on the President's Honor Roll since his acceptance to WSU. He is a Crimson Regents Scholar and has been awarded the following scholarships: Glenn Terrell Presidential Scholarship (twice), Dale Wilson Scholarship, and Rearson FFA Scholarship. He volunteers time in various Christian organizations and holds leadership roles in several groups. Last summer he worked full time at Lake Tahoe for ten weeks and in August worked seventy hours a week on a neighbors farm. He works very hard, in addition to working well with others.
David Koslicki and Bill Webb David Koslicki also received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Endowment Fund Scholarship presented by Dr. William Webb. This is David's first year at WSU. He transferred from Skagit Valley College where he maintained a 4.0 grade average. He is interested in theoretical math and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. He was recently selected to participate in the Mathematics Advanced Study Semester at Penn State University. This program brings together a small number of outstanding mathematics students from all over the country for an intensive semester of mathematics in several areas including interdisciplinary work and research projects.
Alan Finnie and Duane DeTemple Alan Finnie received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Endowment Fund Scholarship presented by Dr. Duane DeTemple. After graduating as valedictorian from Mililani High School on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, Alan came to WSU in the fall of 2002 with a scholarhship from the U.S. Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC). Alan is certified in the Department of Mathematics where he is following the theoretical option. Alan is active in ROTC and intends to make a career in the U.S. Army.
Julie Solbrack received a Marianne Hawley Fessler Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship (a photo of Julie is unavailable). Julie is one of our outstanding sophomore students, maintaining a 3.93 GPA. She is also a Distinguished Regents Scholar and President's scholar. In addition, she is active in the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and performs with the University Singers choir.
Daniel Forsman and Alex Khapalov Daniel Forsman received a Marianne Hawley Fessler Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship presented by Dr. Alex Khapalov. Daniel is from Montesano, Washington. He has a 3.88 grade point average and has been on the President's Honor Roll since the fall of 2003. Daniel received the WSU Distinguished Regents Scholar Award and the WSU Honors College Award. He is also a WSU Mortar Board Outstanding Freshman Scholar.
Katherine Swanson received a Marianne Hawley Fessler Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship (a photo of Katherine is unavailable). Katherine is from Spokane, Washington and is pursuing a double major in Mathematics (Operations Research option) and Spanish. She was valedictorian of her high school class, is a Regents Scholar, and is receiving a Marianne Hawley Fessler Memorial Scholarship. Katherine plans to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees before teaching high school in an inner city where she will be working with an at-risk population. Her desire is "to see minority students realize their potential and go on to study in a further education environment." She is currently taking the department's transition course to higher mathematics and will start upper-division courses next fall.
Ryan Reisert and Matt Hudelson Ryan Reisert received a Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Endowment Fund Scholarship presented by Dr. Matt Hudelson. Ryan is completing his first year at WSU and intends on majoring in mathematics under the secondary education option. During his first semester at WSU, he earned a perfect 4.0 GPA, continuing a record of excellence from Rogers High School in Spokane, where he graduated with a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Also at Rogers, he participated in numerous activities, including student government, orchestra, and clearly one of his passions, sports. Ryan's athletic achievements included four years on the varsity wrestling and soccer teams, ending up as captain of both teams and culminating in being honored twice for All-State wrestling academics. His future goals include a master's degree, and returning to Rogers High School to teach calculus and coach wrestling.
Elaina Smith and Sandy Cooper Elaina Smith received a Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Endowment Fund Scholarship presented by Dr. Sandy Cooper. Elaina is from Olympia, Washington and plans to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees before embarking on a career as a high school math teacher. She came to WSU as a Crimson Regents Scholar, was valedictorian of her high school class, and received the AAUW Award of Achievement in Mathematics. She has a very strong background in mathematics and, as a first-year student, is taking the department's transition course to higher mathematics. As a sophomre, she will be ready to take upper division mathematics courses.
Emilee Herrean and Eric Remaley Emilee Herrean received a Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Endowment Fund Scholarship presented by Dr. Eric Remaley. Emilee is a WSU freshman who was previously an honors student at Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. She is an accomplished gymnast who in her senior year of high school, was the second-team all-GSL (Greater Spokane League) in two different gymnastics events. She continues to be involved with gymnastics at WSU. As a freshman, she has received five different academic scholarships and three grants. Last fall she made the President's Honor Roll. Emilee plans to teach high school math, while continuing her own education toward a master's or doctoral degree.
Jong Sam Jeon and Judith McDonald Jong Sam Jeon received a Sidney G. and Evelyn Hacker Scholarship for Graduates presented by Dr. Judith McDonald. Jong Sam Jeon finished a master's degree in Korea before coming to WSU. His master's thesis on ray patterns of matrices has just been accepted for publication in, "Linear Algebra and Its Applications." In his first semester here, Jong Sam received straight A's in his course work and proved a couple of new theorems. He went on to pass the doctoral qualifying exams this January and is an excellent Ph.D candidate.
Kent Griffin and Michael Tsatsomeros Kent Griffin received a Sidney G. and Evelyn Hacker Scholarship for Graduates presented by Dr. Michael Tsatsomeros. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. He has extensive experience as a software engineer and developer with Microsoft, among other companies. He holds six U.S. patents in graphics rendering systems. He is pursuing a Ph.D in Mathematics with a specialization in Numerical Linear Algebra.
Alvarado Francisco and David Wollkind Francisco Alvarado received a Sidney G. and Evelyn Hacker Scholarship for Graduates. Francisco is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and is working on a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Francisco has proven to be an exemplary student, teaching assistant, and research collaborator since his arrival in Pullman. This summer he will defend his Ph.D. dissertation entitled, "A Nonlinear Stability Analysis of Rhombic Optical Pattern Formation in an Atomic Sodium Vapor Ring Cavity." The scholarship was presented to him by his thesis advisor, Professor David J. Wollkind.
DeAnne Lamkin and Sandy Cooper DeAnne Lamkin received a Sidney G. and Evelyn Hacker Scholarship for Graduates presented by Dr. Sandy Cooper. DeAnne is from Woodland, Washington and is working on her Ph.D. in secondary mathematics education. She has just completed her doctoral qualifying exams. She is currently instructing Math 107 and will be teaching Math 201 this summer. DeAnne has outstanding analytical skills and has been an outstanding teaching assistant and grader. As an undergraduate student, DeAnne was awarded a Sidney G. Hacker Undergraduate Scholarship and the Knebelman Outstanding Senior Award.
David Wollkind and Robert Mifflin Professor David Wollkind received an Outstanding Research Award for Faculty presented by Dr. Robert Mifflin. Professor Wollkind received hs Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1968 and after a postdoctoral position came to WSU. He has written many high quality publications on mathematical models for phenomena in natural and engineering sciences. A recurring theme in his work is the appearance of patterns. His recent work is on patterns occurring in nature from chemical reaction-diffusion systems, on structural phase separation instabilities in thin liquid films and on nanoscale ion beam etching on solid surfaces. Dr. Wollkind's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and by the Office of Naval Research. His recent Ph.D. graduates' include Dean Edmeade and Adoon Pansuwan. He is currently advising Francisco Alvarado, who received a Sidney G. and Evelyn Hacker Scholarship for Graduate Students this year. Dr. Wollkind is beginning new research on fungal fermutation processes and on pattern formation of vegetation in arid environments.
Hong-Ming Yin and Robert Mifflin Associate Professor Hong-Ming Yin received an Outstanding Research Award for Faculty presented by Dr. Robert Mifflin. Dr. Yin is a Ph.D. graduate of WSU who received this Ph.D. under the supervision of John Cannon in 1988. His research is on global solvability of Maxwell's equations in electromagnetic fields. He has numerous publications in international journals on this subject and serves as an Associate Editor for two such journals. Dr. Yin has recently been supported by a National Science Foundation grant for the Investigation of Nonlinear Problems in Electromagnetic Fields and by a U.S. Army Research Center grant for Advanced Microwave Sterilization Technology. Dr. Yin advised Takashi Sasaki who graduated with a Ph.D. from the department last year. Dr. Yin's future work includes writing a book entitled, "Maxwell's Equations in Electromagnetic Fields," and he will soon begin new research on the Mathematics of Finance.

Random photo shots from the ceremony are listed below. To view a larger print of the photo, please double click on it and wait for it to download.


Elaina Smith arrives.

Sandy Cooper, Jeremy Stalberger, Daniel Forsman.

Kent Griffin and his wife.

Konstantin Stakhovich.

Alan Finnie, Jon Lamoureux and Kim Vincent.

Emilee Herrean and Ryan Reisert.

David Koslicki.

Michael Harbour with Aunt Sally and Grandma.

Amy Ring and T.J. Lackner.

David Wollkind.

Pam Guptill and Alan Genz.

DeAnne Lamkin, Olga Slyusareva and Alvarado Francisco.

Aunt Sally with Michael Harbour at the table.

David Koslicki, Eric Remaley and David Wollkind.

Pam Guptill and David Watkins.

Daniel Forsman, DeAnne Lamkin, Ari Ariyawansa, Hong-Ming Yin and Francisco Alvarado.

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