Abdul Basit (mentored by Shira Zerbib) and Matthew Mastroeni (mentored by Jason McCullough) each received the AMS-Simons Travel Grant (http://www.ams.org/programs/travel-grants/AMS-SimonsTG).
The AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program acknowledges the importance of research interaction and collaboration in mathematics, and aims to facilitate this for recent PhD recipients. These grants will provide support for travel and conferences and for collaborative work.
Each grant will provide an early-career mathematician with $2,500 per year for two years.
The department will receive an amount equal to 20% of each of the travel grant each year ($500). This amount is not university overhead, but rather is to be used by the department to enhance its research environment.