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The Leah B. Allen Award in Astronomy, established in 1944 by Martha Stahr Carpenter ’41, is presented to a student whose work in astronomy or mathematics merits special recognition. The award is named in honor of Leah B. Allen, professor of astronomy, who taught at Hood from 1927 to 1955; she died in 1979. Dr. Carpenter credited Professor Allen with being her mentor and encouraging her to pursue a career in this field at a time when few women studied astronomy. John Pigott is this year’s recipient.

John will graduate this spring with a double degree in mathematics and computer science. He is a member of the Honors Program and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society.

The Grace N. Brown Prize in Mathematics, named in honor of the late Grace N. Brown ’25, registrar emerita, is awarded to a student who has consistently shown initiative, insight and achievement in the introductory calculus course. Miss Brown graduated from Hood in 1925, majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics. She served as Hood’s registrar from 1930 to 1967. The prize recipient is Holly Barnett.

Holly is a sophomore majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Her instructors were impressed with the very high quality of her work in all aspects of both calculus I and II here at Hood.

The Julia Holzapfel Carhart Prizes in mathematics were established in 1994 in honor of Julia Holzapfel Carhart ’30, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Prizes are awarded to juniors majoring in or displaying a strong interest in mathematics. The students selected by the mathematics department this year have demonstrated the highest academic distinction and promise, and also serve as role models, encouraging women to major in mathematics. This year, first prize goes to Rachel Keller and second prize goes to Karen Canas.

Rachel is a junior mathematics major with minors in actuarial science and business administration. She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon and is currently the president of Hood’s chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Karen is a junior computer science major with minors in mathematics and web development. She is a member of both the Honors Program and Pi Mu Epsilon.

The C. May Hudson Prize is awarded to a senior mathematics major who has shown outstanding achievement in mathematics. Alyssa Burdette is the winner of this prize.

Alyssa is a senior mathematics major in the secondary education program. She is also a student in the Honors Program and a member of both Pi Mu Epsilon and the Association for Women in Mathematics.

The Pi Mu Epsilon Book Prize is given to a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society. It is funded by a Chapter Grant from national Pi Mu Epsilon. The prize is shared by Jaclyn Bealer, Joseph Fawley and Timothy Taylor.

Jaclyn is a senior double major in mathematics and economics with a concentration in international economics. She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

Joe is a senior mathematics major with minors in actuarial science and management. He is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

Tim is a senior mathematics major with a minor in physics. He is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

The Association for Women in Mathematics Book Prize is given to a member of Hood’s chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics for enthusiastic participation in and outstanding support of AWM. Sarah Hood, Dana Lee Lewis, and Karina Stetsyuk share this prize.

Sarah is a senior mathematics major with a minor in computer science. She is a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Dana is a senior mathematics major in the secondary education program. She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon and the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Karina is a senior mathematics major with minors in computer science and physics. She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon and a past president of Hood’s chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.