C&O grad Jeremy Chizewer wins Governor General’s Gold Medal

Monday, May 13, 2024
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Congratulations to Jeremy Chizewer, this year’s master’s student recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal.  The Governor General’s Gold Medal is one of the highest student honours awarded by the University of Waterloo. It is given to one master’s graduate and one PhD graduate every spring in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

Chizewer graduates this June with a MMath in Combinatorics and Optimization. His thesis is titled “Analytic Methods and Combinatorial Plants.” Chizewer’s research combines methods from several areas of mathematics, and concerns succinct data structures, hat guessing numbers, and the sunflower problem.

“It is a huge honour to be chosen for this award from such a talented group of peers,” Chizewer says. “I am grateful to all the people who mentored me along the way.”

Before coming to Waterloo for his master’s degree, Chizewer earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in the United States. This fall, he will return to the states to begin a PhD in math and computer science at the University of Chicago.

“It was my pleasure to work with Jeremy during his master’s,” says Dr. Stephen Melczer, assistant professor of Combinatorics and Optimization and Chizewer’s thesis advisor. “Jeremy’s work takes tools from classical areas of mathematics and applies them to study combinatorial structures that model a huge variety of applications.”

“I would like to thank my research mentors and collaborators, especially Dr. Melczer, for helping me hone my research skills,” Chizewer says. “I would also like to thank my family and friends who have supported me through my academic career so far, and who I know will support me as I pursue my PhD and beyond.”

You can learn more about the award, and see a list of past and present winners, on the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website.