Distinction in Research and Creative Works in CAAM
The Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics will recognize graduating seniors for outstanding creative contributions with the award of Distinction in Research and Creative Works in CAAM. Application procedures and standards for this Distinction can be found here
The annual CAAM-Chevron Prize for Computational and Applied Mathematics Majors and Minors is awarded for particularly outstanding performances in a class, notable contributions in undergraduate research, or excellence in outreach activity. This prize was established in 2009. Recipients are nominated.
2016: Isabelle Ainsley Cochran, Nathan Leo Bucki, Margaret Njeri Gacheru and Shan Zhong
2015: James J. Allred, Emily A. Meigs and Christopher R. Harshaw (not pictured: James Lee)
2014: Xuaner Zhang and Thomas Weidman (not pictured: Fortino Garcia and Katherine Van Leeuwen)
2013: Michael Ross Franco, Justin Scott Dong, Timothy Young-Hwan Moon and Sara Elizabeth Schwettmann
2012: Scott Nauert, Andrew Tilley, Guang Yang and Katherine McConachie
2011: Sailesh Prabhu, Elizabeth Van Italie, Hao Li and Joey Huchette (not pictured: Lathan Henderson)
2010: Michael Eastwood, Arjune Bose, Amber Kunkel and Zachary Rubenstein
2009: Jeff Bridge, Cynthia Sung, Jordon Cavazos, Yue Hu, Yuekai Sun and Ryan George
Michael Ross Franco Award
The Michael Ross Franco Award is given to Rice undergraduates who are exemplary computational and applied math students. This award was created by Michael Francoâ€™s family in honor of Michael and to celebrate students who share Michaelâ€™s passion for CAAM.
Michael Ross Franco graduated from McMurtry College at Rice University in 2014 with a double major in computational applied math and math. At the start of his senior year, Michael was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which necessitated intense chemotherapy for 8 months. However, despite this treatment, Michaelâ€™s passion for his CAAM work drove him to complete his course work and graduate on-time alongside his classmates. Michael's senior design project, under Rice Professor Tim Warburton and UT MD Anderson Assistant Professor Dr. David Fuentes, assisted in the development of a prototype therapy-modeling tool for MRI-guided laser ablations to treat brain tumors.
After graduation and during the remainder of his cancer treatment, Michael worked at BPâ€™s Center for High-Performance Computing, where he helped improve BP's parallel methods for acoustic wave propagation. In Fall 2016, Michael joined the Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program in the UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics. At Berkeley, he is focusing on developing high-order methods for the numerical solutions of PDEs. Michael is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Michael and his family hope that this award inspires its recipients to tenaciously pursue their passions and continue to excel in their CAAM studies.