Text Box: Jack McLaughlin Award in Algebra

Jack McLaughlin spent his entire professional career at the University of Michigan.  He made many contributions in algebra, particularly in the areas of finite group theory, lattice theory, and commutative algebra.  Paul Halmos, a UofM colleague, once remarked that "there are a number of ways to tackle a mathematical problem, but when all else fails, ask McLaughlin."  During his 44 years of teaching at the UofM, he played a very active role in the undergraduate program, and he was considered an excellent and demanding teacher, especially of honors students who sought out his courses to measure their ability.  He died in 2001. The prize is given to an undergraduate student who excels in the study of algebra.