Kamil Dusznko Award for outstanding achievements in


The winner of the Kamil Duszenko Prize in 2017 is Thomas Koberda from University of Virginia.

Thomas has been recognised for his work on low dimensional topology and dynamics, in particular for paper exploring connections between right angled Artin groups and mapping class groups.

Thomas KoberdaThomas Koberda

He is PhD from Harvard, 2012.
His official advisor was Curt McMullen, unofficial one was Benson Farb.
During 2012-15 he was at Yale, first as an NSF postdoc, than as a Gibbs assistant professor. Since 2015 he works at University of Virginia.

Awards and honours received include:

  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematics Sciences, 2012.
  • Best paper award,  Korean Mathematical Society,  2016, for paper joint with S. Kim "Embedability between right-angled Artin groups"
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, 2017

He speaks (in decreasing competence) English (native), Polish (native), French, Mandarin. 
He plays piano.



The winner of the Kamil Duszenko Award in 2016 is Kate Juschenko from Northwestern University. 

Kate has been distinguished for her work exploring geometric, analytic and probabilistic aspects of group theory, in particular for providing -with N. Monod- the first examples of finitely generated amenable simple groups. 

Kate Juschenko

Kate Juschenko defended her PhD at Texas A&M in 2011; her advisor was Gilles Pisier. In 2014 she was awarded the AMS Centennial Fellowship. 

She has published 18 papers in reputable mathematical journals.



The first winner of the Kamil Duszenko Award is Thomas Church from Stanford University.

Thomas has been awarded for his works concerning low dimensional topology, kohomologies of arithmetic groups but first of all for discovering and deep exploration of the new phenomenon in the theory of group kohomology named representative stability.

Thomas Church

Tom Church launched his doctoral studies at Chicago University at the age of 18. After 5 years he defended his doctoral thesis under Bensona Farb, winning the award for the best PhD work at the University. For the next 4 years he published 17 works in the renowed mathematical journals.

Letter of nomination extract
Tom's work has vision, originality, breadth, technical power and huge theorems proved. He has repeatedly discovered new phenomena, he has built up his own big machinery using ideas from a broad swath of mathematics, and he has applied this machinery to solve concrete problems and reveal new viewpoints on the most concrete mathematical objects. It is also worth mentioning that Church is a multiple award-winning teacher, and he has been extremely generous with his time to help others, from undergraduates to PhD students and postdocs.