Undergraduate Student Opportunities

The Department of Mathematics offers a variety of opportunities and resources including prizesstudent groupscareer services, university funding and aid, external mathematics opportunities for students and more. 

For information about course descriptions, declaring a mathematics major, tutoring, transfer credit, honors, advising and more, visit the Undergraduate Academic Resources page.


Student Prizes

The Ruggles Undergraduate Mathematics Prize 
Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate mathematics student each year. The fund for the prize was established on August 10, 1859, by William Ruggles, who taught mathematics and philosophy at the Columbian College for 55 years.

The Marvin Green Prize 
Awarded to an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student who has made significant use of computing in his or her work. 

Past Winners

Ruggles Undergraduate Mathematics Prize

2023: Tim Neumann

2022: Brandon Koprowski and Nikhil Yagnik

2021: Mehr Rai and Wenxiao Miao

2020: Sophia Graziani, Dounia Lazreq

2019: Cooper Atkins and Dylan Clark-Boucher

2018: Marie-Louise Decamps

2017: Thinh Dang and Shigeng Sun

2016: Kevin Long

2015: Mariel Supina

2014: Leah Marshall

2013: Caprice Stanley, Milica Taskovic

2012: Gao Meng, Mutian Yang

2011: Daniel Rappoport

2010: Caroline Smith

2009: Elizabeth Drellich

2008: Merilys Huhn

2007: Diane Holcomb, Katherine Walsh

2006: Sarah Baker

2005: David Penneys

2004: Joshua A. Giaccotto

2003: David Penneys

2002: Neil Gauthier

2001: Stan Mintchev

2000: Chris Shaw

1999: Nirit Sandman

1998: Navim Vember

1997: Edi Grgeta

1996: ---

1995: Navim Vember

1994: Nathan Earles

1993: Michael Veve

1992: Mathew Colgan

1991: Janice Murgio

1990: Tim McNichol

1989: ---

1988: David Hooker

1987: Jawad Al-khal

1986: Anton Bergman

1985: --

1984: Betsy Anne Haddad

1983: Susan Orlov

1982: Amy Lundberg

1981: Barbara Ann Fleming

1980: --

1979: Joann J. Ordille

1978: __

1977: Douglas Stucki

1976: Hristo Toprakcioglu

1975: Christopher J. Lewis

1974: John D. Morgan III

1973: --

1972: Robert Lee

1971: Adam Chu

1970: Adam Alois Litkowski

1969: Richard Gary Epstein

1968: Arthur Hatfield Gardner

1967: Randy Richard Ross

1966: Paul Chester Kainen

1965: Susan Irene Bonn

1964: Dorothy Kaufman Aein

1963: John Kent Minichiello

1962: Arnost Heidrich

1961: Richard Kelly Oliver

1960: Ross Edgar Tomlinson

1959: William Bernard Gordon

1958: Ernst Schwandt

1957: ---

1956: Edward Monasterski

1955: John George Fletcher

1954: ---

1953: Leon Joseph Schkolnick

1952: Charles A. Bass

1951: George William Shelly

1950: Christopher Fitzsimon Eve

1949: Russel Martin Brown

1948: Michael Salvatore Montalbano

1946-47: ---

1945: Alfred D. Sollins

1944: ---

1943: Hillel Spitz

1942: Hyman Benjamin Kaitz

1941: ---

1940: Robert Maughan Snow

1939: Gilbert Angew Hunt, Jr.

1933: Richmond Tucker Zoch

1932: Edwin Locke Bartleson

1931: Albert Wertheimer

1925: Harold Alden Wheeler, Pasquale Joseph Federico

1919: Frank Langellotti

1917: Elizabeth Webb Wilson

1916: Margaret M. Browne

1915: Joanna Elizabeth Best

1913: Louis Archer Maxson, Erwin Harsch

1910: Hilda Beale

1909: Rena Preston Davis

1908: Bertha Birtwell

1906: Katherine Harrington

1905: Edwin Vivian Dunston

1902: Herbert Louis Solyum

1900: Alvis Lemuel Rhoton

1899: Elsie Madeleine McKelden

1898: Christopher George Storm

1897: Clara Mary Upton

1895: George Roscoe Davis

1893: Joseph Herbert Ford

1892: Nina D. Bradley

1891: Cora E. Dill

1888: G.L. Wilkinson

1885: E. Eveleth Winslow

1884: Lewes D. Wilson

1883: Howard L. Hodgkins

1882: Edson A. Lowe

1880: Thomas Murray

1878: Randolph Clark Hyatt

1877: Theodore W. Noyes, John W. Chappell

1876: William B. Frisby

1875: Moung Edwin

1874: Theo I. King

1873: Charles H. Thompson, William Johnson

1871: C.L. Johnson

1870: C.H. Cragin, Jr.

1869: Fabian Franklin, Z.T. Sowers

1866: John Kurtz, H.A. Duncanson

Marvin Green Prize

2023: Conglong Xu

2022: John Bennett

2021: Hyunjung Choi and Jingjing Xu

2020: Jiayan Wang and Elias Alstead

2019: Samsara Counts and Sujoy Mukherjee

2018: Pavel Avdeyev and Chong Wang

2017: Kai Yang

2016: Yeyao Hu and Jason Suagee

2015: Sergey Aganezov

2014: Thomas Savitsky

2013: Lu Xie

2012: Yosef Berman

2011: John Laputz

2010: Jacob Alperin-Sherif

2009: Jieun Lee

2008: Mike Coleman

2007: Samuel Mendelson

2006: Radmila Sazdanovic

2005: Maciej Niebrzydowski

2004: Eric Steadman

2003: Mietek Dabkowski

2002: Stan Mintchev

2001: Amy Nagahashi, Mietek Dabkowski

2000: Nirit Sandman

1999: Rachelle Ankney

1998: Ilan Waldman

1997: Jules Koutchou, Thomas Fitzkee

1996: Jun Zhang

1995: Tami Williams

1994: Michael Veve

1993: Amir Pirnazar

1992: ---

1991: Tim McNichol

1990: Janice Murgio

1989: Asad Moini

1988: Gary Schwartz

1987: David Hooker

1986: Tim McNichol


Student Groups


GW Math & Stat Association co-presidents at the student org fair






Association for Women in Mathematics

The GW chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) provides support and networking opportunities to mathematics students and faculty. The association aims to encourage women and girls to pursue careers in the field, but opportunities are open to all, regardless of gender. Email [email protected] with questions.


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    Three students working on math problems at a desk while an instructor assists




    GW Math Problems Group

    Led by a Mathematics Department faculty member, the GW group meets regularly to prepare solutions for publication. Journals that have published the work’s group include Mathematics Magazine and The College Mathematics Journal.


    Career Services

    Are you considering an industry or government job that uses mathematics? Would you benefit from connecting with someone who knows how math is used outside academia and knows firsthand what math-related jobs are like? Maybe you want someone in the field to look over your résumé to see if it gives the right impression. The GW Mathematics Department and GW Center for Career Services have mentoring programs and resources for you. 

    To get started, please send your name and a description of your background and professional interests to Michael Moses in the Mathematics Department or Sonya Merrill in Career Services, and they will work to connect you with an appropriate mentor.


    Mathematics Opportunities Outside GW


    GW Funding and Aid Resources

    Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
    Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards. 

    Center for Career Services
    Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)

    Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship
    Apply for a fellowship to support a research project carried out over several weeks or across multiple semesters.

    Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
    Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.

    Student Accounts Office
    View current tuition and aid information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores. 

    Student Financial Assistance
    Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.

    Student Research Commons
    Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.

    Undergraduate Research Award
    Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.


    Dan Ullman

    "When math students learn something, they become a new person. They can do something with their mind that they could not do beforehand. I see a sophomore who is struggling with a course or idea, and then two years later masters it easily as a senior. Just two years later, these students are different people."

    Daniel Ullman
    Professor of Mathematics