Andy Liu from University of Alberta Awarded 2010 PIMS Education Prize

  • Date: 03/26/2010

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2010 PIMS Education Prize is Prof. Andy Liu from the University of Alberta. This prize is intended to recognize individuals from the PIMS universities, or other educational institutions in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan who have played a major role in encouraging activities which have enhanced public awareness and appreciation of mathematics, as well as fostering communication among various groups and organizations concerned with mathematical training at all levels.

Prof. Liu is an outstanding mathematical educator who has been internationally recognized for his tireless work in education and outreach over a period of many years. He is a winner of the Deborah and Franklin Teppo-Haimo Award from the Mathematical Association of America (2004), the Adrien Pouliot Award from the Canadian Mathematical Society (2003), the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA (2002), the Delta Chi Teaching Excellence Award (2000), the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (1999), and was Canadian University Professor of the Year (1998). He was also the leader of the Canadian team to the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2000 and 2003.


Prof. Liu is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Alberta and has been highly influential through his popular courses for future elementary school teachers. He also serves as Director of "Saturday Mathematical Activities, Recreations and Tutorials" (SMART), an enrichment program for students in Edmonton which has captured the imagination of several generations of junior high school students. He has helped organize and promote the highly successful SNAP (Student-oriented, Non-competitive, All-inclusive, Problem-based) Math Fairs. He is Chair of the Alberta High School Mathematics Competition Board, and serves as Vice-President of the International Mathematics Tournament of Towns. He has also been the organizer for the CMS Regional Mathematics Summer Camps held in Edmonton in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

The 2010 PIMS Education Prize will be awarded at a special event during the annual Changing the Culture conference at Simon Fraser University on May 21, 2010. PIMS is grateful to CGG Veritas & Hampson-Russell for sponsoring this award.

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