*Written by Miki and the prize recipients.*

The Math graduation party was on Monday, May 20, in the KT 8th floor lounge. It was wonderful to have so many of you there :)

To all of our graduating seniors: We are very proud of you, and cannot wait to see what you will do next. Please do let us know!

This year’s mathematics prizes were announced at the party by Professor Igor Frenkel, together with Erica Weiler ‘24 and Jack Miller ‘24 (last year’s recipients of the Stanley and Beckwith prizes).

Each prize recipient shared an anecdote from their time at Yale at the party. For this article, they also wrote about their plans, and shared advice for new math majors.

The **DeForest prizes** for proficiency in pure and applied mathematics were awarded to **Olivia Fugikawa ‘24 **and **Chris Yao ‘24**.

#### Advice to new math majors

Sometimes it will take more than one try to solve a problem — sometimes it will take more than 10! But trust the process and have fun with it. Also, build connections in the math major, whether through classes, office hours, or extracurricular activities like YUMS events. I found a great community in the major, both students and professors, that not only helped me learn the material but supported me through all four years of study. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your peers and professors, and to be the kind of person that builds this community for everyone.

#### Advice to new math majors

The **George Beckwith prize** for proficiency in astronomy or mathematics is awarded to **Jorge Blanco Herrera**** ’24**.

#### Advice to new math majors

The **Anthony D. Stanley** **memorial prize**, given out to a junior for excellence in pure and applied mathematics, is awarded to **River Newman ‘25**.

#### Advice to new math majors

The **John Alan Lewis Summer Research Fellowship** is awarded to a winning proposal by an undergraduate student majoring in mathematics who wishes to pursue their studies over the summer. This year’s fellowship is awarded to **Josh Zeitlin ‘25**.

Josh is a junior math major enthusiastic about almost every aspect of mathematics. During the summer Josh plans to work on a geometry project with Professor Neitzke while also doing history research in the Stanford archives during his free time. Josh eventually hopes to go to graduate school and pursue a PhD in mathematics.

#### Research proposal summary

#### Advice to new math majors

My number one piece of advice is to not rush. This advice may sound trite and is certainly hard to do given the social pressure at a school like Yale to be successful. However, in order to get the most out of your mathematical education you have to spend a lot of time with your coursework. Specifically, problem sets are the most important aspect of this. Make sure to not just go through the motions but to really spend a lot of time on problem sets as this is the best way to learn and enhance your understanding of the material..

As an additional note, **Andrew Milas ‘24 was awarded the Russell Henry Chittenden Prize**, a university-wide award for “the senior majoring in the natural sciences or in mathematics who ranks highest in scholarship” (quoted from the linked Yale news article).