The Thomas G. Lathrop Award

The Thomas G. Lathrop Awards for excellence in mathematics and computer science were established jointly by the mathematics and computer science departments at Salem State University in honor of Professor Thomas G. Lathrop of the mathematics department. Professor Lathrop, who died in November 1978, was active in teaching computer courses and in the establishment of the first computer science laboratory at Salem State. The award has been presented annually since 1980 to at least one mathematics major and one computer Science major.

The first Lathrop Award ceremony took place on Monday, May 5, 1980. The award recipients were Den J. Set, a mathematics major and computer science minor, and Philip Callahan, a bachelor of general studies graduate whose course of study combined concentrations in art and computer science.

Previous Award Recipients
The 2008 presentation of the Thomas G. Lathrop Awards was held on Monday, April 28. The computer science recipient was senior Alessandro Agnello, whose award was presented by Professor Ronald Klausewitz. Mathematics recipients were Philip Crotts (award presented by Professor L. Pedro Poitevin) and Loren Miller (award presented by Professor Joseph Fox).

The Thomas G. Lathrop Award presentation for 2007 took place on Monday, April 30. The computer science recipient was senior Anthony M. Scotti, whose award was presented by Professor Miklhail Brikman. Mathematics recipients were Jennifer Olson (award presented by Dr. Chris Boucher) and Kevin Thomas (award presented by Dr. Brian Travers).

At the Thomas G. Lathrop Award presentation on May 1, 2006, awards were presented to computer science major Joseph Nganga (award presented by Professor Joseph Kasprzyk) and to mathematics majors Daniel Kirkorian (presented by Professor Kenny Ching) and Misook Wood (presented by Professor Mary Platt).

The Thomas G. Lathrop Award presentation for 2005 was held on Monday, May 2. The computer science recipient was CSC senior William M. Rieker (award presented by Professor Edward J. Wilkens). The mathematics recipients were Jennifer Maher (award presented by Professor Christopher Boucher) and George Pitman (award presented by Professor Mary Platt).

The 2004 Thomas G. Lathrop Award presentation was held on Monday, April 26. The computer science recipients were CSC majors Christopher J. Newell (award presented by Professor Sheila Shea) and Jason A. Rowe (award presented by the CSC department chair, Professor Edward J. Wilkens). One of the mathematics recipients was S. John Seng, a double major in mathematics and computer science, whose award was presented by Professor Chris Boucher. The other mathematics recipient was Sarah C. Newcomb, whose award was presented by Professor Maura Murray.

The 2003 Thomas G. Lathrop Award presentation was held on April 28. The computer science recipient was CSC major Nicholas Giarratani, whose award was presented by the CSC department chair, Professor Edward J. Wilkens. The mathematics recipients were Jessica Miller (award presented by Professor Maura Murray) and Victoria Richardson (award presented by Professor Mary L. Platt).

The 2002 computer science recipient of the Thomas G. Lathrop Award was computer science major Joshua Dunn. The award was presented by Professor Joseph Kasprzyk of the computer science department. The mathematics recipients for 2002 were Mark Funchion and Don Lac.

At the awards ceremony held on Monday, April 30, 2001, CSC major Benjamin LeBlanc was the year's computer science recipient of the Thomas G. Lathrop Memorial Award.

At the awards ceremony held on Monday, April 10, 2000, CSC major David Pabisz was the year's computer science recipient of the Thomas G. Lathrop Memorial Award. The year's mathematics recipients were Laura Manning and Thierry Romain.

At a ceremony on Monday, April 26, 1999, the Lathrop Award was presented to John Gagnon, a computer and information studies major, and to Christopher Bonner, a mathematics major and computer studies minor.

The 1998 Lathrop Award ceremony was held on Monday, April 27. There were two computer and information studies recipients, Alexei N. Terentiev and Joseph S. Kosofsky. Among other activities and achievements during his undergraduate career, Mr. Kosofsky set up the first version of the computer science department's website. The two mathematics recipients for the year were James B. Sitomer and Michael E. Gilmore.

The 1997 Lathrop Award ceremony was held on Monday, April 14. The computer science recipient was CSC major Laura Kerwin. The mathematics recipient was Maura Fitzgerald.