Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2005
Victoria Baramidze, a doctoral candidate in mathematics, studies and develops applied mathematical methods that have applications for earth and atmospheric sciences. She specializes in the use of spherical splines, which are mathematical tools that represent functions over spherical objects like the Earth. Ms. Baramidze and her UGA mentor, Professor of Mathematics Ming-Jun Lai, use these splines to describe gravitational fields and densities based on satellite data to advance geodetic and atmospheric science research. Ms. Baramidze received the William Armour Wills Memorial Scholarship in 2002 and the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004 from the UGA Mathematics Department. She also received the best student paper award at the 2000 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Southeast Atlantic Section Meeting.