# And the winners are...

Some exceptional students were recognized at the Symposium on Mathematics and Computation on Thursday, August 6th.

The 2014 Undergraduate Research Prize, awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in undergraduate research, was presented to Joshua Horacsek. He worked on a project to build a mathematical framework to evaluate different models of gene evolution. Associate Professor Marni Mishna, who nominated him for the prize, said “Joshua demonstrated sophisticated coding skills, and a capacity to understand and exploit the underlying mathematics in an applied problem.”

A Certificate of Recognition for placing in the top 500 of the 2014 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition was presented to Adrianco Arce and Koen van Greevenbroek. The annual competition, established in 1938 to foster a friendly rivalry between academic institutions, requires competitors to successfully answer 12 complex mathematical problems. Last year, over 4300 undergraduate students from more than 575 institutions from across Canada and the United States entered.

Finally, congratulations to the following winners and runner ups in the Symposium on Mathematics and Computation poster competition:

**Undergraduate competition:**

Winner: Sasha Zotine

Poster title: Projective Toric Varieties of Integer Lattice Polytopes

Supervisor: Nathan Ilten

Runner up: Matthew King-Roskamp

Poster title: Approximating Higher Dimensional Functions With Compressed Sensing

Supervisor: Ben Adcock

**Graduate competition:**

Winner: Jeremy Chiu

Poster title: Thermoregulation of a Honeybee Swarm

Supervisor: JF Williams

Runner up: Kevin Halasz

Poster title: A Combinatorial Problem on Symmetric Groups

Supervisor: Jonathan Jedwab