Harvard’s Amol Aggarwal Receives 2016 Morgan Prize

Amol Aggarwal (Photo: Steve Schneider/JMM)
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CAMBRIDGE, MA–Amol Aggarwal, a mathematics PhD student at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2016 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student.

Amol Aggarwal (Photo: Steve Schneider/JMM)
Amol Aggarwal (Photo: Steve Schneider/JMM)

Aggarwal is honored for his outstanding research in combinatorics. Although he finished his undergraduate studies at MIT last year, Aggarwal has already published four research papers, which have appeared in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, the European Journal of Combinatorics, Discrete Mathematics, and the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.

His numerous letters of support for the Morgan Prize describe these papers as being of postdoctoral caliber.

Aggarwal participated in the 2014 University of Minnesota-Duluth Research Experience for Undergraduates, in the 2013 MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and in the 2012 MIT Summer Program for Undergraduate Research.

Aggarwal even did original mathematics research as a high school student, and that research has recently been published. Aggarwal has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

He was also named a finalist for the Hertz Foundation Fellowship. As a high school student, he was a finalist in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search and a 2010 Siemens Research Competition semifinalist.

Presented annually, the Morgan Prize recognizes an undergraduate student who has done outstanding research in mathematics; the student must be in a college or university in Canada, Mexico, or the United States or its possessions.

The prize was presented on January 7, 2016, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle.


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