# Mathematics Departmental Awards

The Harvey Mudd Department of Mathematics offers several fellowships and awards to current students seeking to pursue excellence in their studies, research, Clinic projects or educational outreach.

## The Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Fellowship

The Mathematics Department is aware of the fact that many HMC mathematics majors have the ability to complete high-quality research, either independently or in tandem with a faculty advisor. The Giovanni Borrelli Fellowship was created to confer some degree of distinction upon such qualified students as well as to allow them an opportunity to become more intimately involved with scholastic pursuits. Giovanni Borrelli Fellows are expected to pursue research in the year following the award, in particular over the ensuing summer. They may also be called upon to represent the Mathematics Department at various events, such as entertaining invited speakers or serving as student representatives on search committees.

Academic Year | Wiinners | Honorable Mentions |
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2016–2017 | Bo Zhang | |

2014–2015 | Lucy Lu | |

2013–2014 | Sorathan Chaturapruek | Jeremy Usatine |

2012–2013 | Kevin O’Neill | Olivia Beckwith, Taylor McAdam, Sorathan Chaturapruek |

2011–2012 | Dhruv Ranganathan |

## The Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Prize

The Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Prize is an annual award presented to rising senior mathematics students who have distinguished themselves scholastically and show promise of contributing in an important way to the mathematical sciences. This award is presented in the fall and is accompanied by a cash prize. It is normally not awarded to a winner of the Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Fellowship.

Academic Year | Recipients |
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2017–2018 | Marissa Gee, Cha Suaysom, Cynthia Yan |

2016–2017 | Abram Sanderson, Dina Sinclair |

2015–2016 | Benjamin Lowenstein, Madeleine Weinstein |

2014–2015 | Tongjia Shi |

2013–2014 | Andrew Patrick Turner |

2012–2013 | Kevin O’Neill |

2011–2012 | Jenny Iglesias, Palmer Mebane, Dhruv Ranganathan |

2010–2011 | Elizabeth Reiland, Jacob Scott |

2009–2010 | Vedika Khemani |

2008–2009 | Hendrik Orem, Theodore Spaide |

2007–2008 | Kenji Kozai, Greg Minton, Brian Rice |

2006–2007 | Marie Jameson, Masanori Koyama |

2005–2006 | Julijana Gjorgjieva, Tyler Seacrest |

2004–2005 | Eric Malm |

2003–2004 | Ariel Barton, David Gaebler |

2002–2003 | Christopher Pries |

2001–2002 | Joshua Greene |

2000–2001 | Ian Weiner |

1999–2000 | Elisha Peterson, Yinan Song |

1998–1999 | Neil Burrell |

1997–1998 | Aaron Archer, Brian Johnson |

1996–1997 | Andrew Walters |

1995–1996 | Darryl Yong |

1994–1995 | Alan Harder |

1993–1994 | Mark Huber, Jennifer Switkes |

1992–1993 | Melissa Aczon |

1991–1992 | Guy Moore |

1990–1991 | Cass Sackett |

1989–1990 | Nikolai Weaver |

1988–1989 | John Friese |

1986–1987 | Keith Saints |

1981–1982 | George Bell, Roger Oba |

1980–1981 | Karl Steinhoff |

1979–1980 | David Fisher, Alec Norton |

1976–1977 | Michael Christ |

## The Stavros Busenberg Prize in Applied Mathematics

The Stavros Busenberg Prize in Applied Mathematics is an annual award presented to rising senior students who show particular promise in the study of applied mathematics. This award is presented in the fall and is accompanied by a cash prize. It normally is not awarded to a recipient of the Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Prize or the Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Fellowship.

Academic Year | Recipients |
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2017–2018 | Daniel Johnson |

2016–2017 | Nathaniel Leslie |

2015–2016 | Matt Dannenberg, Alec Dunton |

2014–2015 | Yantao Wu |

2013–2014 | Shreyas Kumar |

2012–2013 | Matthew Hin |

2011–2012 | Louis Ryan |

2010–2011 | Andrea Levy, Jeffrey Wong |

2009–2010 | Bob Chen, Bryce Lampe |

2008–2009 | Nadia Abuelezam, Maria Pavlovskaia |

2007–2008 | Andy Leverentz, George Tucker |

2006–2007 | Victor Camacho, James Moore, Daniel Walton |

2005–2006 | Robin Baur |

2004–2005 | Jeffrey Hellrung |

2003–2004 | Michael Vrable |

2002–2003 | Benjamin Bryant, Dmitriy Kogan |

2001–2002 | Timothy Prescott |

2000–2001 | Marco Latini |

1999–2000 | Belinda Fisher, Joel Miller |

1998–1999 | Matthew Fluet, Itai Seggev |

1997–1998 | Jeffrey Miller |

1996–1997 | Kevin Watkins |

1995–1996 | Abigail Brown, Andrew Ross |

1994–1995 | Jon Sorenson |

1993–1994 | Mark Huber, Jennifer Switkes |

## Henry A. Krieger Prize in Decision Sciences

The Henry A. Krieger Prize in Decision Sciences is an annual award presented to rising senior students who show particular promise in probability, statistics, or operations research This award is presented in the fall and is accompanied by a cash prize. It is normally not awarded to a recipient of the Stavros Busenberg Price, the Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Prize, or the Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Fellowship.

Academic Year | Recipients |
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2017–2018 | Lucius Bynum, Preethi Seshadri |

2016–2017 | Daniel Schmidt |

2015–2016 | Margaux Hujoel |

2014–2015 | Andrew Gibiansky, Crystal Hsu |

2013–2014 | Emily Fischer, Samuel Gutekunst |

2012–2013 | Tracey Luke, Elly Schofield |

## The Courtney S. Coleman Prize (Sophomore Mathematics Award)

The Courtney S. Coleman Prize is given to two rising juniors who excel in mathematics. The award is presented at the HMC convocation in the fall.

Academic Year | Winners |
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2017–2018 | Shyan Akmal, Nina Brown, Conner diPaolo, Maggie Li |

2016–2017 | Christopher Hoyt, Cha Suaysom, Cynthia Yan |

2015–2016 | Anna Ma, Dina Sinclair, Josh Tawabutr |

2014–2015 | Reyna Hulett, Bo Li, Ben Lowenstein |

2013–2014 | Matthew Lam, Kyle Shan |

2012–2013 | Sam Gutenkunst, Sorathan (Tum) Chaturapruek |

2011–2012 | Julius Elinson, Taylor McAdam |

2010–2011 | Lindsay Hall, Palmer Mebane, Jack Newhouse |

2009–2010 | Chandler May, Elizabeth (Lizard) Reiland |

2008–2009 | Bob Chen, Vedika Khemani |

2007–2008 | Maria Pavlovskaia, Theodore Spaide |

2006–2007 | Brian Rice, George Tucker |

2005–2006 | Marie Jameson, Holly Johnsen |

2004–2005 | Robin Baur, Julijana Gjorgjieva, Tyler Seacrest |

2003–2004 | Jeff Hellrung, Eric Malm |

2002–2003 | Robert Gaebler, Andrew Niedermaier |

2001–2002 | Christopher Pries, Micah Smukler |

2000–2001 | Joshua Greene, Timothy Prescott |

1999–2000 | Marco Latini, Michael Rust |

1998–1999 | Elisha Peterson, Yinan Song |

1997–1998 | Neil Burrell, Alan Hatakeyama |

1996–1997 | Aaron Archer, Brian Johnson |

## The Robert James Prize (Freshman Mathematics Award)

The Robert James Prize is given to two rising sophomores who excel in mathematics. The award is presented at the HMC convocation in the fall.

Academic Year | Recipients |
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2017–2018 | Havi Ellers, Radon Ronsborough, Ricky Shapley |

2016–2017 | Adam Busis, Olivia Watkins |

2015–2016 | Daniel Johnson, Cynthia Yan |

2014–2015 | Magda Hlavacek, Abram Sanderson |

2013–2014 | Yaxxi "Lucy" Gao, John Phillpot, Madeleine Weinstein |

2012–2013 | Xiuyuan (Lucy) Lu, Tongjia Shi |

2011–2012 | Tum Chaturapruek, Andrew Turner |

2010–2011 | Connor Ahlbach, Kevin O'Neill |

2009–2010 | Jennifer Iglesias, Palmer Mebane, Dhruv Ranganathan |

2008–2009 | Ryan Muller, Jacob Scott |

2007–2008 | Frederick Johnson, Sara Sheehan |

2006–2007 | Christopher Fox, Benjamin Preskill |

2005–2006 | Greg Minton, Kenji Yoshida |

2004–2005 | Jonathan Azose, Fang-Yuan Chang |

2003–2004 | Robin Baur, Julijana Gjorgjieva |

2002–2003 | Eric Malm, Gwen Spencer |

2001–2002 | Ariel Barton, David Gaebler |

2000–2001 | Adam Bliss, Stephen Haas |

1999–2000 | Joshua Greene, Lara Mercurio |

1998–1999 | Christopher Hanusa, Lih-pang Lu |

1997–1998 | Belinda Fischer, Joel Miller |

1996–1997 | Neil Burrell, Ranjithkumar Rajagopalan |

## The Alvin White Prize

The Alvin White Prize is an annual award presented to an HMC student or students who have contributed greatly to the humanistic side of the Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Community and beyond. The award recognizes contributions to making mathematics more accessible and enjoyable, enriching the mathematical experiences at the College, performing mathematical education outreach, and/or the use of mathematics in the service and betterment of humanity. These values embody the spirit of Alvin White’s vision of a kinder, gentler and more humanistic approach to the practice and teaching of mathematics.

Year | Winner(s) | Citation |
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2017 | Kat Dover and Dina Sinclair | For their contributions to the math department as AE tutors and as leaders of the HMC Women in Math club, the White Prize is given to Kat Dover and Dina Sinclair. |

2016 | Margaux Hujoel and Aleina Wachtel | Margaux and Aleina have contributed to the humanistic side of the math community by making math more accessible and enjoyable for both Mudd students and beyond. Along with performing mathematical education outreach and tutoring, Aleina and Margaux worked with organizations like Uncommon Good and spearheaded a local chapter of SACNAS. |

2014 | Jennifer Rogers | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Jennifer Rogers to recognize her outstanding efforts to make mathematics accessible and enjoyable. We greatly appreciate your work as the president of the Math Club and your unwavering willingness and ability to re-energize the club by organizing events such as Pancakes with the Profs, Dodgeball, Board Games with the Profs, and the Integration Bee. |

2013 | Samuel Gutekunst | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Samuel Gutekunst for his outstanding efforts to make mathematics accessible and enjoyable. Sam is one of our Academic Excellence tutors, he has been a volunteer mathematics tutor for elementary and middle school students, and he continues to tutor high school students in a variety of mathematical subjects. Sam has also worked as a volunteer for the Museum of Mathematics in New York, where he was able to help curate and provide content for a history of mathematics exhibit designed for museum visitors coming from a wide range of mathematical backgrounds. |

2013 | Elly Schofield | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Elly Schofield, who is known well both to the math department and beyond. She has been an active leader within the HMC Math Club, was a math tutor for HMC's Homework Hotline and has played an invaluable role as Math Department liaison to the Writing Center. Passionate about mathematics education, Elly worked with third-graders at Chaparral Elementary School in Claremont preparing and delivering mathematics lessons with Professor Orrison. She was one of 15 students chosen to speak at TEDxClaremont Colleges last fall, where she spoke about challenges in mathematics education. She will remain on campus next year developing a MOOC for teaching computer science to secondary school students, and she plans to continue working in education reform beyond that. She is also a proctor in Linde Dorm, a leader in the improv group Duck! which organized an improv show with Mudd faculty, and is a source of encouragement and support to her fellow students. |

2012 | Palmer Mebane | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Palmer Mebane for his numerous efforts to make mathematics enjoyable for so many people. He has shown great dedication to organizing the Caltech-Harvey Mudd Math Competition, mobilizing HMC students to write problems and volunteer for the event, which impacts many students across the Southern California region. In addition, in Palmer's impressive puzzle blog he demonstrates a great commitment to creating interesting mental challenges that many people worldwide can enjoy. |

2011 | Ryan Muller | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Ryan Muller to recognize his creation of the CalTech/Harvey Mudd Math Competition and the Learnstream system for creating annotated online mathematics courses. The CalTech/Harvey Mudd Math Competition is an annual one-day mathematics competition aimed at high school students. The first competition happened at CalTech in 2010. In 2011 the competition was hosted at Harvey Mudd College. There were over thirty teams and over a hundred students in attendance. Ryan and his friends wrote all the problems, lined up corporate sponsorship (including Mathematica and MathWorks) and brought the competition off without a hitch. Ryan is also deeply interested in the process of learning and how media and technology can be used to enhance learning. From this curiosity was born Learnstream. Ryan has developed software that allows one to link documents and YouTube videos. He videotaped a semester of Analysis I taught by Prof. Francis Su and put it on the web in digestible chunks. He has done an enormous service for his fellow students by creating a review mechanism and resource for these lectures. |

2011 | Nate Pinsky | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Nate Pinsky to recognize his enthusiasm for Mathematics and Mathematics Education outreach. Nate has by a mainstay of multiple HMC outreach programs; he has been a tutor for high school students as part of HMC's Homework Hotline and taught mathematics to third graders at Chaparral High School. Nate has also been an enthusiastic member of the Math Club, an Academic Excellence tutor and is always willing to pitch in and help with departmental events. |

2010 | Alyssa Dray | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Alyssa Dray to recognize her passion and enthusiasm for mathematics education and in particular her efforts in the creation of the new Math 9 course this year. We feel the course benefited immensely from Alyssa's careful planning and innovations, such as providing individual whiteboards for facilitating group work. We also appreciate Alyssa's commitment to the Academic Excellence program, where she is known for helping students with patience and diligence. |

2010 | Dmitri Skjorshammer | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Dmitri Skjorshammer in recognition of his leadership as SIAM Chapter and Math Club President, and in particular his efforts in advertising summer research and tutoring opportunities on the web. We also appreciate his efforts in support of the Science Bus program, as a grader his all around positive spirit in support of Mathematics. |

2009 | Natlie Durgin | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Natalie Durgin to recognize her infectious enthusiasm for all things mathematical. Natalie reminded many of us about the joys of math on an almost daily basis. As president of the Math Club she organized many events, including a celebration of Pi Day and the first Harvey Mudd Integration Bee. Natalie is presently a mathematics graduate student at Rice University. |

2009 | Sarah Fletcher | The Alvin White Prize is awarded to Sarah Fletcher for her leadership both as a head grader and through countless unofficial hours of tutoring in the dormitories. She is a passionate supporter of the Budapest Semester in Mathematics and Mathcamp. Sarah could also be counted on to raise one’s spirits through her willingness to help everyone with their mathematical studies and her amazing baked goods, which always put a smile on the faces of the people around her. Sarah is presently a Mathematics graduate student at Georgia Tech studying Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization. |

## The Chavin Prize

The Chavin Prize is an annual award to HMC students who author papers in the area of the mathematical sciences. This award is presented at the HMC senior awards ceremony in the spring, and is accompanied by a cash prize.

Academic Year | Recipients |
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2016–2017 | Daniel Schmidt, Bo Zhang |

2015–2016 | Casey Chu, Amzi Jeffs, Joana Perdomo |

2013–2014 | Jaron Patrick Kent-Dobias |

2012–2013 | Taylor McAdam, Elizabeth Sarapata |

2011–2012 | Dhruv Ranganathan |

2010–2011 | Ann Johnston, Max Kutler |

2009–2010 | Alyssa Dray, Hannah Savage |

2008–2009 | Nadia Abuelezam |

2007–2008 | David Morrison, Doug Rizzolo |

2006–2007 | Jon Azose, Victor Camacho |

2005–2006 | Alex Eustis, Julijana Gjorgieva |

2004–2005 | Eric Malm, Jason Murcko |

2003–2004 | Ariel Barton, William Chang |

2002–2003 | Matthew Macauley, Christopher Pries |

2001–2002 | Joshua Greene, Michael Gratton |

2000–2001 | Ian Weiner, Anand Patil |

1999–2000 | Elisha Peterson, Yinan Song |

1998–1999 | Matthew Fluet, Marie Snipes |

1997–1998 | Dylan Helliwell |

1996–1997 | Jeffrey Beck, Kan Yasuda |

1995–1996 | Abigail Brown, Andrew Ross |

1994–1995 | Mirela Trifa |

1993–1994 | Mark Huber, Jennifer Switkes |

1992–1993 | Patrick Jones |

1991–1992 | Jeff Vogel |

1990–1991 | Charles Sackett |

1984–1990 | Nikolai Weaver |

1982–1984 | Gregory Slaughter |

1981–1982 | George Bell |

1980–1981 | Paul Kraght |

1979–1980 | David Fisher, John Velking |

1978–1979 (First Year) | Michael Prendergast |

## The Greever Clinic Award

The Greever Award is awarded annually to students (individually or as a team) who make an outstanding contribution as part of the HMC Mathematics Clinic program. The award is named in honor of Prof. John Greever who played a leading role in the founding of the Mathematics Clinic program in 1973.

Academic Year | Team Members | Sponsor |
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2013–2014 | Yongquian Li, Amanda Llewellyn, Patrick Thomas Meehan | PARC |

2012–2013 | Elly Schofield, Stephanie Porter, Eric Autry and Cori McElwain | E. & J. Gallo |

2011–2012 | Kevin Black, Keiko Hiranaka, Leon Liu, Maksym Taran | E. & J. Gallo |

2009–2010 | Christopher Fathauer, Ben Goldenberg, Samuel Just, Daniel Patterson | CareFusion |

2008–2009 | Edwin Lei, Rishad Manekia, Kevin Oelze, Jane Pan | Chicago Trading Company |

2007–2008 | Logan Gordon, Martin Hunt, Maria Pavlovskaia, Trang Pham, Will Tipton | Laserfiche |

2006–2007 | No team award was given. | |

2005–2006 | Reid Howard, Sarah Mann, Susanna Ricco, Hope Runyeon | Cardinal Health |

2004–2005 | Brianne Boatman, Durban Frazer, Jeff Hellrung, Katie Lewis | Hewlett Packard Labs |

2004–2005 | Jeff Brenion, Kevin Krogh, Theresa Poindexter, Ryan Riegel | Applied Biosystems |

2003–2004 | Todd Cadwallader-Olsker (CGU), Luke Finlay (fall), Elizabeth Millan, Andrew Niedermaier, Josh Padgett | Sandia National Laboratories |

2002–2003 | No team award was given. | |

2001–2002 | Colin Little, Cameron McLeman, Braden Pellett, Simon Tse | ViaSat, Inc. |

2000–2001 | Natan Bershtel, John C. Chou, Lih-pang Lu: | Fair, Isaac and Co. |

## The Greever Research Prize

The Greever Mathematical Research Prize is awarded to a Harvey Mudd student majoring in mathematics who has made an original contribution to the theory of mathematics as evidenced by publication in a periodical, book, senior paper, or the like, or in abstract form when the originality of the contribution is attested by the students faculty research supervisor.

An application of known mathematics to a problem in a field of science, technology or engineering would not meet the criteria for this prize.

The prize will be monetary in nature and accompanied with an award certificate. This prize will be awarded to at most one individual student each year, and need not be awarded every year. The selection of the prize recipient shall be made by the tenured faculty of the Department of Mathematics.

In event two or more original contributions are considered for this prize, and are judged to be of equal merit, preference shall be given to a contribution in the general area of topology and geometry.

Academic Year | Receipients |
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2016–2017 | Magda Hlavacek |

2015–2016 | Madeleine Weinstein |

## The RIF Scholarship

For a description of the RIF scholarship, see the RIF Scholarship page.

Year | Recipients |
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2013 | Amy Brown, Magda Hlavacek |

2012 | John Phillpot, Patrick Tierney |

2009 | Kevin O’Neill |

2008 | Palmer Mebane, Jennifer Iglesias, Leif Gaebler |

2007 | Daniel Moore |

2006 | Frederick Johnson |

2005 | Carl Gaebler |

2004 | Greg Minton, Brian Rice |

2003 | Daniel Walton |

2002 | Deborah Berg, Chris Erickson |

2001 | Eric Malm |

2000 | Andrew Niedermaier |

1999 | Adam Bliss |

1998 | Joshua Greene |

## The RIF Hutchings Prize for Outstanding Performance in the Putnam Competition

The RIF Prizes are cash prizes awarded to the top three HMC students on the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

Academic Year | Recipients | Notes |
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2016–2017 | Adam Busis, Natchanon Suaysom, Shyan Akmal, Ziyang (Young) Zhang | |

2015–2016 | Adam Busis, Jordan Haack, Benjamin Lowenstein, Abram Sanderson, Natchanon Suaysom | |

2014–2015 | Abram Sanderson, Tongjia Shi,Natchanon Suaysom | |

2013–2014 | Sorathan (Tum) Chaturapruek, Spencer Harris, Reyna Hulett, Josh Petrack, Tongjia Shi | |

2012–2013 | Sorathan (Tum) Chaturapruek, Peter Fedak, Tongjia Shi | Sorathan (Tum) Chaturapruek placed fourteenth nationally. |

2011–2012 | Craig Burkhart, Peter Fedak, Peter Fedak, Jenny Iglesias, Palmer Mebane, Kevin O’Neill, Aaron Pribadi | Palmer Mebane placed thirteenth nationally. |

2010–2011 | Craig Burkhardt, Palmer Mebane, Jackson Newhouse | |

2009–2010 | Palmer Mebane, Jackson Newhouse, Theodore Spaide | |

2008–2009 | Palmer Mebane, Peter Fedak, Jenny Iglesias | Palmer Mebane placed twelfth nationally and received a check from the Putnam Foundation. |

2007–2008 | Greg Minton, Theodore Spaide, Brian Rice | |

2006–2007 | Brian Rice, Theodore Spaide, Jonathan Azose | |

2005–2006 | Tyler Seacrest, Brian Rice | |

2004–2005 | Eric Malm, Jason Murcko, Brian Rice | |

2003–2004 | David Gaebler, Andrew Niedermaier, Jason Murcko, Jeff Hellrung | Gaelber, Niedermaier, and Murcko also received checks from the Putnam Foundation for their nationwide fifth place team finish! |

2002–2003 | Jeremy Rouse, Micah Smukler, Andrew Niedermaier, Stephen Haas, Andrew Iannaccone | |

2001–2002 | Stephen Haas, Micah Smukler, Joshua Greene | |

2000–2001 | Stephen Haas, Karl Mahlburg, David Gaebler, Ari Nieh, Joshua Greene, Micah Smukler, Mark Dean | |

1999–2000 | Adam Bliss, Stephen Haas, Yinan Song | |

1998–1999 | Ranjithkumar Rajagopalan, David Rudel, Yinan Song |

## The Jayaweera Prize

The Jayaweera Prize is awarded for outstanding performance in the annual Interdisciplinary Competition in Modeling.

Year | Recipients |
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2007 | Richard Bowen, Kevin Oelze, Hendrik Orem |

2006 | Cris Cecka, Mike Martin, Tristan Sharp |

2004 | Warren Katzenstein, Tara Martin, Michael Vrable, Eli Bogart, Cal Pierog, Lori Thomas |

As of 2015, the Jayaweera Prize is no longer active.