Award in mathematics Rose and Irving Saff was founded by Prof. Edward Saff from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA, who is a foreign member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in memory of his parents.

It is awarded each year to a student in mathematics for high achievements and excellence in mathematics.

In a modest ceremony held at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics yesterday, May 31, Prof. Saff personally presented the certificates to the winners of the Rose and Irving Saff Award for the past four years. In the past few years, the Award has been awarded, but the ceremony was not held due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The awardees are:

Maria Pashinska, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Veliko Tarnovo University, winner of the Award for 2019,

Elena Nikolova, Technical University of Sofia, laureate of the Award for 2020,

Plamen Ivanov, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, awarded in 2021 and

Aleksander Prodanov, Faculty of Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, awarded in 2022.

Prof. Edward Saff is in Bulgaria to participate in the Sphere packings, coverings, and spherical codes (SPCSC2023) international workshop that ended yesterday. He is a sincere friend of Bulgaria and Bulgarian mathematicians and is planning his next visit to Sofia during the International Conference Mathematics Days in Sofia, which will be held from July 10 to 14 this year.