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Release: April 20, 1999
Gelca wins Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in mathematics
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Razvan Gelca, who earned a doctorate
in mathematics in 1997 from the University of Iowa, has been awarded the 1998
D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize for excellence in doctoral research
in mathematics. As the recipient of the UI graduate council's highly coveted
prize, Gelca was presented with $2,500 and a certificate by UI President Mary
Sue Coleman at a reception March 25.
Gelca's dissertation is "Problems in Topology and Operator
Theory." His thesis advisors were Charles Frohman and Raul Curto.
Gelca, an international student from Rumania, received
his undergraduate diploma in mathematics from the University of Timisoara
and his master's degree from the University of Bucharest. He won the Outstanding
Teaching Award at the UI in 1997 and has won numerous awards in mathematics,
including first prize in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Helsinki
in 1985, and First Prize in the Romanian National Mathematical Student Contest
in 1986 and 1987.
Funds for the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize are
provided by the UI Foundation. The prize is awarded annually on a rotating
basis in two of four broad disciplinary areas: humanities and fine arts, mathematical
and physical sciences, social sciences, and biological sciences.
The award is named for D.C. Spriestersbach, UI vice president
emeritus for educational development and research and former dean of the Graduate
College. The competitive award requires "highly original work that is an unusually
significant contribution to the nominee's field."
Winners of the Spriestersbach Prize also become the UI's
nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools Dissertation Prize, a national
award. Three UI doctoral recipients have won that national competition in
recent years, including Susan Behrends Frank, art and art history, who was
last year's Spriestersbach dissertation award winner in the humanities and
fine arts. The UI is the only college or university with three national winners.