Baylor Mathematics, Physics Major Chosen for 2019 Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Award
by Cerenity Austin, student newswriter, Baylor University Media and Public Relations
WACO, Texas (Nov. 7, 2019) — Baylor University senior Stephen Blake Allan, mathematics and physics major from Indianapolis, Indiana, has been named a recipient of the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) 2019 Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Award.
The AMS selected eight geographically distributed schools to receive one-time awards of $3,000 each through the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund. The mathematics departments at those schools then chose a student to receive the funds to assist them in their pursuit of careers in mathematics.
“Recognition from such a distinguished mathematical organization is a tremendous endorsement for my aspirations to be a mathematician,” Allan said.
The fund is made possible by the will of Barbara G. Trjitzinsky in honor of her husband, Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky. Born in Russia in 1901, Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky was a professor, member of the AMS and author of multiple mathematic papers. In memoriam of Trjitzinsky’s concern for mathematic students, the fund aims to provide financial assistance to outstanding students.
Throughout his time at Baylor, Allan has distinguished himself as an avid learner while staying involved in the campus community. He is a member of Baylor’s Honors Residential College and tutoring programs around campus.
In May, Allan was invited to speak on mathematical physics at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus at the Crossings Conference alongside one of his Baylor faculty mentors, Fritz Gesztesy, Ph.D., Ralph and Jean Storm Professor of Mathematics.
Allan said speaking at the conference was an excellent opportunity to connect with prominent researchers in the mathematics field.
“I would never have had such tremendous opportunities if not for the support of so many excellent faculty and mentors here at Baylor,” Allan said.
Allan attributes his success to the mentorship of Gesztesy and Lance Littlejohn, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, and Andrei Martínez-Finkelshtein, Ph.D., professor of mathematics; Scott Wilde, Ph.D., lecturer of mathematics; Constanze Liaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and Will Brian.
“As an undergraduate he perfectly held his own during the short talk he gave at the international conference last May,” Gesztesy said. “Blake is clearly an outstanding student and I feel fortunate to be able to work with him.”
After studying at Baylor, Allan plans to attend graduate school and become a professor in mathematics.
“It’s an honor to be nominated for such an award,” Allan said. “I couldn’t help but praise the Lord and thank the people who helped make it possible.”
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