John Ying Wah Gibson Prize Fund

The Department remembers John Ying Wah Gibson, a BSc Mathematics and Economics graduate from the class of 2009 who passed away whilst running the Singapore Marathon in December 2016. 


The Estate of John Gibson has established the John Ying Wah Gibson Prize Fund which awards prizes annually to students on any programme run by the Department of Mathematics. John is remembered as a dedicated student who made excellent contributions to his cohort, in particular in offering support to his fellow students.


The John Ying Wah Gibson Citizenship Prize

Awarded by the Department of Mathematics to a student of good academic achievement who demonstrates strong service to society and the LSE community. One prize of £500 will be awarded annually. The application form is available on the Departmental Moodle sites for each programme.

List of prizewinners

Year Name ProgrammeVoluntary Work


Julia-Huiyu Huang

BSc Mathematics and Economics

LSE Welcoming Week Help Point Assistant, LSE One-Off Volunteering, LSE LIFE Student Academic Mentors, Off Campus Support Student Mentor, Undergraduate Open Days Volunteer, St John’s Hospice Volunteer, The Passage (Helping Homelessness Organisation), The Orchard Project (Environmental Urban Developments), Volunteering with local council.


Cunhao Liu & Tanvi Aggarwal

BSc Mathematics and Economics, and BSc Mathematics with Economics

Off Campus Support Student Mentor and Vice President of Applicable Mathematics Society.

SSLC Representative, Treasurer for LSESU Women Leaders of Tomorrow and for LSESU Behavioural Society. Promoted gender equality in STEM careers/events and created resources to increase accessibility of financial news and information to a range of young student audiences.


Diego Skromne-Carrasco

BSc Mathematics and Economics

LSESU Raising and Giving committee member, and avid charity fund raiser during his studies

The John Ying Wah Gibson Voluntary Work Award

This Award is made to recognise or support Mathematics student(s) pursuing voluntary work aimed at making the world a better place. Student applications to the Voluntary Work Award can be made at any time by completing the form on programmes’ Moodle sites. The value and timing of all awards made are made at the discretion of the Head of Department.

List of Prizewinners

YearNameProgrammeVoluntary Work


Jessica Thakkar

BSc Mathematics and Economics

Volunteering Ambassador for LSE, tutor at Action Tutoring, member of the AISEC Team, member of External Relations Team for Women Leaders of Tomorrow, and an active volunteer in India.


Lennart Niermann

BSc Mathematics and Economics

Vice Preseident of LSE's branch of AIESEC, which promotes volunteering and internships abroad. Voluntary teacher in Nepal teaching English & Mathematics for four years.


Zhihong Zhang

BSc Mathematics and Economics

Volunteering in Egypt over the summer, with a focus on eradicating gender inequality

Want to nominate yourself or a fellow student? Access your shared Moodle area (Undergraduate or Postgraduate) and submit the form.