Bateman Prize in Number Theory

The Bateman Prize is awarded to a graduate student in recognition of outstanding research in number theory. The prize was initiated in 1999 by the department Number Theory Group, chaired by Professor Bruce Berndt. Most of the funds were donated by Professors Bateman and John Selfridge, a former member of the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics and founder of the Number Theory Foundation, with additional support from former students and current faculty members.

The prize is named for Professor Paul T. Bateman whose research interests are in analytic number theory, with a particular career-long interest in sums of squares, the topic of his doctoral dissertation. Professor Bateman received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. He joined the University of Illinois mathematics faculty in 1950, served as head of the department from 1965-1980, and became an emeritus professor in 1989. He died in 2012. Twenty students received their Ph.D. under his direction.


  • 2022   Yuji Yang
  • 2020   Alexander Dunn
  • 2019   George Shakan
  • 2018   Kyle Pratt
  • 2017   Amita Malik and Xianchang Meng
  • 2016   Nickolas Andersen
  • 2015   Arindam Roy
  • 2014   Daniel Schultz
  • 2013   Joseph Vandehey
  • 2012   Kit Ho Mak
  • 2011   Atul Dixit
  • 2010   Michael Dewar and Dimitrios Koukoulopoulos
  • 2009   Byungchan Kim
  • 2008   Sun Kim
  • 2007   Samuel M. Kadziela and Maosheng Xiong
  • 2006   O-Yeat Chan
  • 2004   Hamza Yesilyurt
  • 2003   Song Heng Chan
  • 2002   James McLaughlin and Kevin O'Bryant
  • 2001   Mark Bauer
  • 2000   Yifan Yang
  • 1999   Youn-Seo Choi