# Department Awards

## department of mathematics

### The Sally Award

The *Paul J. Sally, Jr. Distinguished Alumnus prize* is awarded annually to a graduating senior (or seniors) who has shown true, academic distinction in a demanding program in Mathematics.

The award is endowed by Professor Sally himself, who graduated from Boston College in 1954, and received his Masters' degree from Boston College in 1956. After a short teaching career in area high schools and at Boston College, Professor Sally completed his Ph.D. at Brandeis in 1965 and joined the faculty in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Chicago and continued there until his death in 2013.

Professor Sally's research was in the areas of harmonic analysis and representation theory, which concern the understanding of complicated mathematical problems whose behaviors exhibit natural symmetries. They are central areas of modern mathematics.

Professor Sally served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and participated in the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study. He served on and/or chaired a number of committees for the National Science Foundation and the American Mathematical Society.

An article on Dr. Sally appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of *Boston College Magazine*

The 2013 award was won by two exemplary Math students: Amy Nesky and Lisa Piccirillo. Amy Nesky wrote a senior thesis under Prof. Rennie Mirollo's supervision, proving a beautiful new result in applied dynamics which gives necessary and sufficient conditions for a certain stability condition. Amy is planning to attend graduate school (likely in applied math) in the Fall of 2014. Lisa Piccirillo has participated in several summer research programs in math, and has written an outstanding senior thesis in knot theory under the supervision of Prof. Josh Greene. She recently won an NSF Graduate Fellowship and is attending the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the University of Texas.

#### Previous winners of the Paul J. Sally, Jr. Award

**2000**

Anya Kuznetsova

Peter Rankel

**2001**

Allison Morabito

**2002**

Jacek Nowacki

**2003**

Tak-Lun "Koopa" Koo

**2004**

Melissa Maisch

Matthew Sequin

Paul Wenger

**2005**

David Goett

Stephanie Maniscalco

**2006**

Scott L. Gentile II

**2007**

Alex C. Landraitis

**2008**

Brendan Keenan

**2009**

Thomas R. Runyon

**2010**

Conor P. Schlick

**2011**

Edward (Michael) Belfanti

**2012**

Alex Walker

### The Bennett Award

The Department annually presents the Albert A. Bennett award to a graduating mathematics major who has demonstrated a high level of achievement in mathematics and who aspires to teach mathematics.

This award was initiated by former Department Chair, Father Stanley J. Bezuszka, S.J. in honor of his colleague and mentor, Albert A. Bennett, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brown University and a Ph.D in Mathematics at Princeton University. He enjoyed a lengthy distinguished career teaching mathematics at Brown University. After his retirement from Brown he taught at several institutions including Boston College, where for nine years he was engaged in teaching in a masters in mathematics program for secondary teachers.

Dr. Bennett published many texts and articles in algebra and logic, his fields of specialization. He also had a keen interest in applied mathematics and, during World Wars I and II, he served in the Army as a ballistics expert. It was his dedication to helping teachers deepen their mathematics content knowledge at Boston College that inspired the award that bears his name.

Eric Gordon was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Albert A. Bennett award. He was presented with the award at the Department Ceremony on Thursday, May 3. A second, formal presentation was made by Professor William Keane at the LSOE Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 19. Eric double majored in Secondary Education and Mathematics, and has remained at Boston College to complete a Master's degree in Education.

#### Previous winners of the Bennett Award

**1980**

Margaret Mary Napolitano

**1981**

Stephanie Kay

Kevin Andrew O'Laughlin

**1982**

Diane Duffy

Jennifer Sulla

**1983**

Robert Clancey Powers

**1984**

Antone R. Costa Jr.

**1985**

Barbara Marie Helmes

**1986**

Mary Frances Mangraviti

**1987**

Aimee Ann Walker

**1988**

Jennifer Marie Fish

**1989**

Susan Elizabeth Lerro

**1990**

Thomas Kelleher

**1991**

S. John DiBartolo

**1992**

Christopher Ryan Hawkins

**1993**

Stephanie Ruggiano

**1994**

Theresa M. Tucci

**1995**

Sarah E. Quebec

**1996**

Joseph A. Donahue

**1997**

Emily F. Gallagher

**1998**

Alyson B. Foley**
**Jennifer L. Roche

**1999**

Thomas J. Doherty

**2000**

Ana B. Monteiro

**2001**

Theresa A. Cojohn

**2002**

Emily K. Harvey

**2003**

Thomas M. Smith

**2004**

Rebecca E. Stern

**2005**

Mark Russo

**2006**

James K. LaJoie

**2007**

Elizabeth Rini

**2008**

Colleen A. Sampson

**2009**

Rebecca F. Wentzel

**2010**

Vittoria M. Macadino

**2011**

Jennifer E. Meunier & Allison M. Rosshirt

**2012**

Kimberly Ralph

**2013**

Eric Gordon

### Pi Mu Epsilon

The Department annually inducts undergraduate majors and a handful of graduate students into Pi Mu Epsilon, an honorary national mathematics society.

Pi Mu Epsilon was founded on May 25, 1914 at Syracuse University. It is a non-secret organization and is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. Pi Mu Epsilon also sponsors a journal devoted to topics in mathematics accessible to undergraduate students.

Our Chapter is named Massachusetts Zeta, since we are the sixth Chapter instituted in Massachusetts. Other Chapters have been inaugurated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Bridgewater State College, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Boston University.

We've put together a list of all students inducted into our local Chapter, including students inducted in May, 2010.