Student Awards

Rewarding the best student talent

To help maintain the flow of new students, in numerical fields, who are the potential innovators of tomorrow; NAG is actively extending its range of student awards.

NAG Prize for Outstanding Performance on the Numerical Analysis Undergraduate Study Pathway (June 2021)

This year we were delighted to present awards of certificates and £375 each to two outstanding winners:

Due to the Covid restrictions in place at the time, the awards were presented and acknowledged as part of a webinar.

Jingxuan Gu
“I will study for a Mathematical Sciences MSc in University of Oxford, and my research or career plans will be relevant to Numerical Analysis, like Operations Research, computing analysis or algorithm / solver development. I find the subject interesting since it bridges mathematics and computer sciences, and I'd like to apply what I've learned to solve realistic problems.”

Xinyi He
“I have decided to study for MSc Statistical of LSE to uncover methods to choose the most appropriate statistical model from a variety of prediction models. Upon graduation from LSE’s programme, I would seek to join McKinsey & Company as a data scientist. There,  I would collect data for finding solutions to problems and conducting mathematical modelling to make predictions that would allow me to consult enterprises with their operations and to find innovative solutions to increase effectiveness and efficiency.”

Science and Technology Facilities Council CoSec Impact Award 2021

NAG was delighted to be supporting the initiative for the first time this year by awarding the following winners

1st place Ryan Warr (PhD student, University of Manchester)
2nd place Dr. Antoni Wrobel (Postdoctoral Training Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute, London)
Joint 3rd place Angela Harper (PhD student, University of Cambridge)
Joint 3rd place Dr. Palak Wadhwa (formerly PhD student at the University of Leeds)
June 2021

NAG Annual Prize - Best performance student in the MSc Component of the EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds

Joseph Myers Hill
NAG was delighted to award Joseph for his work in this year’s presentation.
December 2020

NAG Prize for Outstanding Performance On the Numerical Analysis Undergraduate Study Pathway

Kate Ellis and Boyang Han received a certificate and £375 prize. The prize was awarded on 29 April 2020 during our webinar, A Future in Computational Mathematics: NAG and Numerical Analysis.

NAG-Sponsored Annual Prize for best performance student in the MSc Component of the EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics

Thomas Sykes of the University of Leeds received the prize from Professor Peter Jimack, December 2018.

NAG MSc Prize in Applied Mathematics with Numerical Analysis.

Thomas McSweeney of the University of Manchester won the NAG MSc Prize in Applied Mathematics with Numerical Analysis. The Prize was awarded during his talk at Manchester on the 23rd August 2017.

NAG 'direct award' prize presented to Maarten Wyns

Maartyn Wyns, who studies at the University of Antwerp, won a free pass to QuanTech for his work on 'A Finite Volume - Alternating Direction Implicit Approach for the Calibration of Stochastic Local Volatility Models'. View his paper and poster.

NAG MSc Prize in Applied Mathematics with Numerical Analysis

Monisha Natchiar Subbiah Renganathan won the MSc Prize in Applied Mathematics in 2016. Monisha has now successfully completed her PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Manchester.

Manchester SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Conference 2017

NAG was delighted to sponsor prizes for the best student poster and talk at this recent conference.

Best poster: Paul Russell, "Parameter Space Maps and Monte Carlo Methods"

Best Talk, Track 1: Helena Stage, "Anomalous Diffusion of Synaptic Vessels - How A Neutron Fires"
Best Talk, Track 2: Pallav Kant, "Spreading of Single/Multiple Droplets on Patterned Substrates"

Hong Kong University NAG Scholarship Winners

Mr Chi Yiu Chan and Mr. Ka Chun CHAN, both Master of Statistics students, were recognised for receiving the highest scores on their courses (academic year 2015/2016).

NAG Prize Winner Caitlin Chalk Best Performance MSc/PhD Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds

NAG was delighted for Professor Peter Jimack, University of Leeds, and NAG Director, to present our latest NAG Prize to winner Caitlin Chalk recently.

The NAG Prize was awarded to the student who achieved the best performance on the MSc within the integrated MSc/PhD Fluid Dynamics programme in cohort one. Out of 12 students in cohort one, 10 achieved distinctions, with Caitlin achieving the highest overall mark. Caitlin is now undertaking a PhD project on Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Debris Flow Runout, she has a background in Mathematics and studied her undergraduate at Leeds.

Congratulations and well done Caitlin, from all at NAG!

Manchester SIAM Student Chapter Conference 2016

NAG were, once again, delighted to sponsor this event. We awarded NAG sponsored best talk prize to:

Georgia Lynott - "Elastic Wave Scattering in a Lattice Material and the Efficient Evaluation of the Periodic Green's Function".

And NAG sponsored best poster to:
Pranjal - "An Optimal Solver for Linear Systems Arising from Stochastic FEM Approximation of Diffusion Equations with Random Coefficients".

NAG ‘direct award’ prize for best financial math project using NAG

If you're a student (BSc, MSc, PhD etc) studying mathematical finance or similar you can enter the NAG 'direct award' prize by sending through a summary of your research. Your work should include code that uses NAG software. Submit your work or contact us for more information by email.

Whilst we are not prescriptive of the exact format of the submission the entrant should bear in mind that their article should be suitable for publication on the NAG website and in NAGnews. Students may submit supporting material like their PhD or MSc thesis or published paper to help the competition judges. We recommend any submission includes the following:

  • A statement of the problem with some background putting it into context
  • Description of the computational aspects
  • How NAG software helped with these computational aspects
  • Results of the work
  • Possible further work
  • Copies of code
  • References

2016 NAG Student Prize Winners Announced

Craig Lucas of NAG awarded the Prize for MSc in Applied Mathematics with Numerical Analysis to Adam Crowder

The award was presented at the Applied Maths Industry Day that took place on the 3rd February. Adam is now doing a PhD at Manchester with Catherine Powell in "adaptive algorithms for the stochastic Galerkin finite element method"

Zhanbin Du, now based in China, was the winner of the MSc in Mathematical Finance, 2016

Previous Winners of the NAG ‘direct award’

The 2015 NAG Student Prize 'Direct Award' was won by Stef Maree, MSc Student at Delft University of Technology for his work on 'Stochastic Grid Bundling Method for Bermudan Swaptions'.

The NAG Student Prize ‘Direct Award’ winner of 2014 was Christoph Auth of Warwick Business School, for his paper "Continuous Wavelet Transform and Wavelet Coherence – Implementation and Application to the Diversification Analysis of Hedge Fund Returns".

Our 2013 winner was Isabel Ehrlich for her thesis "Pricing Basket Options with Smile".

Stan Stilger, Manchester Business School, was awarded the prize for his paper 'The Use of Importance Sampling to Speed Up Stochastic Volatility Simulations'.

Eduard Dubin, Scientific Assistant at Goethe University, Frankfurt was awarded his prize for his paper ‘Habit formation heterogeneity: Implications for aggregate asset pricing’.

Niloofar Safiran of RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Please see her winning paper "Toward Adjoint Based Optimization in Computational Finance" here.

Nicoletta Gabrielli, University of Rome, Masters Student. To learn more about Nicoletta's work click here.

NAG Awards in collaboration with academic institutions

The NAG Prize at the University of Manchester is awarded annually to recognize the achievements of students on mathematical and computing related MSc courses.

The Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

In honour of the outstanding contributions of James Hardy Wilkinson to the field of numerical software, Argonne National Laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, and the Numerical Algorithms Group award a numerical software prize every 4 years.

More awards…

As part of our 40th anniversary NAG extended the awards that it funds to more institutions across the globe. If your department or institution would like to benefit from a NAG award please contact us and we can provide you with the latest details.