Great teaching is a core value for the Mathematics Department and we make it a point to recognize graduate students who demonstrate outstanding teaching skill.
These teaching awards are made possible by a generous donation from Captain L. P. Smith and Barbara Smith, who established a fund in 1981 for this purpose. Captain Smith had been Supervisor of First-year Instruction in the Mathematics Department from 1973 until his retirement in 1982. The Smiths' goal was to reward those graduate students who work hard to become fine teachers.
L.P. Smith Instructional Fellowship
Graduate students with established records of teaching success are invited to propose innovative mathematics courses, at any level. Those selected will design and create the course, and will be funded by the L.P. Smith Fund for a semester to teach the course to Duke students.
Courses are selected for this fellowship based on the value the course will bring to our department offerings, and the strength of the teaching record of the instructor.
Applications are invited by announcement. Materials to be submitted with the application are those required for the Bass Instructional Fellowship (with the exception that we require only one letter of recommendation, not from the DGS).
L.P. Smith Award for Teaching Excellence
Description of the Award
The award is presented annually to one or two (or rarely more) graduate students who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to teaching and whose teaching has reached a consistent level of excellence. This award carries with it both the recognition by the Mathematics Department of the graduate student's fine teaching and also a substantial monetary prize.
Winners of the Award
The following is a complete list of the winners of the award. The recipients are listed by academic year, with the most recent winners listed first.
|2019-2020||Omar Melikechi and Ruby Kim|
|2018-2019||Erika Ordog, Eric Hopper, and Jeff LaComb|
|2017-2018||Michael Bell, Weifan Liu, and Erin Beckman|
|2016-2017||Chester Lian and Michael Bell|
|2015-2016||Ashleigh Thomas and Chester Lian|
|2014-2015||Brian Fitzpatrick and Caitlin Leverson|
|2013-2014||Phillip Andreae and Andrew Goetz|
|2012-2013||Brian Fitzpatrick and Sean Lawley|
|2011-2012||Christopher O'Neill and Esteban Chavez|
|2010-2011||Sarah Schott and Michael Pruitt|
|2009-2010||Alan Parry and Sarah Schott|
|2008-2009||Tiffany Kolba and Jeff Jauregui|
|2005-2006||Michael Nicholas and Joseph Spivey|
|2004-2005||Thomas Laurent, Bill LeFew, Dan Yasaki, and Wenjun Ying|
|2003-2004||Dave Anderson, John Cain, and Tim Lucas|
|2002-2003||Christian Benes, Michael Kozdron, and Chris Hale|
|2000-2001||Christian Benes, Michael Kozdron, and Ted Welsh|
|1995-1996||Anna Georgieva and Chris Odden|
|1994-1995||Beth Brooks and Jim Rolf|
|1993-1994||Keener Hughen and Kevin Knudson|
|1992-1993||Sharad Chaudhary and Rick Clelland|
|1991-1992||Scott Gordon and Emily Puckette|
|1990-1991||Shandelle Henson and Chris Peterson|
|1989-1990||Al Bourgeois and Mickey McDonald|
|1988-1989||Tom Polaski and Tien-Yu Sun|
|1987-1988||Jeanne Nailor and Bill Mueller|
|1985-1986||Donna Gates Sylvester|
|1983-1984||David Hartz and David Massey|
|1982-1983||Bruce Pitman and Les Reid|
|1981-1982||Lewis Blake, Joe Fehribach, and Karen Israel|