Every year, usually in the Spring semester, the Mathematics and Statistics Department awards three senior prizes. The prize winners get a certificate and a pile of mathematics books (carefully chosen to match that person’s interests). Each book is adorned with a special bookplate indicating that it was awarded as part of a senior prize. The list of winners of the senior prizes is recorded on a special plaque posted in the department. Go take a look!
The three prizes are:
- The Marston Morse Prize in Mathematics
- The Thomas R. Berger Prize in the Mathematical Sciences
- The H.T. Hayslett Prize in Statistics
The senior prize in Mathematics is named for Marston Morse, a Waterville native and Colby graduate from the class of 1914 who went on to get a PhD at Harvard and became one of the leading lights in American mathematics. He taught at Harvard, Cornell, and Brown before becoming (in 1935) a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he studied mathematics until his death in 1977 at age 85. There is a whole subarea of mathematics (Morse Theory) named after him. For more information about Morse, check out his biography in the St. Andrews history of math web site.