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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate mathematics majors may be able to apply for a scholarship from the Department of Mathematics. The amount varies from year to year and depends on academic performance, financial need, and availability of funds. Past awards have ranged from $100 to $2000. When scholarships are available, information about how and when to apply will be posted here.

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    • Academic Excellence Award

      Eligibility: Graduating Mathematics Majors

      In the process of selecting the Outstanding Senior, the Undergraduate Committee may choose to recognize one or more additional students for academic excellence

    • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research
      Frequency: Annual

      During the spring semester, the Undergraduate Committee (UGC) selects a mathematics major (who will be graduating during that academic year) for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. The department's selection for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

    • Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has maintained a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better, is involved in research/internship, and is also recognized as a leader within the campus or the larger community
      Frequency: Twice a year

      Two awards are made each year, one for December commencement (for students who graduated over the summer or in the fall semester) and the other for May commencement (for students graduating in the spring semester). Each semester, the department's selection for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

    • The Emeritus Faculty Award for Academic Excellence

      Amount: $1,000

      In Fall 2013, the Department of Mathematics received an anonymous donation to help fund scholarships in mathematics.  This scholarship was instituted in Fall 2013 to make an award to a second outstanding candidate for the Toubassi prize.  The recipient is an outstanding graduating senior majoring in mathematics, and planning to attend graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

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    • College of Science Excellence in Research Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research
      Frequency: Annual

      In recognition of the fact that different disciplines have different academic and research cultures, departments are free to define their own criteria for selecting their nominees.  In general, the student’s work should be a significant contribution and show originality, creativity, and a level of independence appropriate to the discipline.

    • College of Science Outstanding Senior Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has maintained a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better, is involved in research/internship, and is also recognized as a leader within the campus or the larger community
      Frequency: Twice a year

      Two awards are made each year, one for December commencement (for students who graduated over the summer or in the fall semester) and the other for May commencement (for students graduating in the spring semester). Each semester, the department's selection for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

    • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award - other

      Many of our mathematics majors have an additional major in another subject.  When we learn that one of our majors has been selected as the Excellence in Research Award recipient by another major department, they are recognized here.

    • Outstanding Graduating Senior Award - other

      Frequency: Twice a year

      Many of our mathematics majors have an additional major in another subject.  When we learn that one of our majors has been selected as Outstanding Senior by another major department, they are recognized here.

    • Richard A. Harvill Graduate Fellowship

      Eligibility: A current UA undergraduate, domestic or international, who will complete his or her UA bachelor's degree in May 2017, Who will be admitted to a UA doctoral program for Fall 2017, and Has a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $12,000 plus base tuition (2 awards given annually)
      Application Period: Spring

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    • Goldwater Scholarship

      Eligibility: UA Selects several nominees
      Frequency: Annual

      Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.

      Students who are nominated who do not receive a scholarship but who show particular promise will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Students who receive an Honorable Mention do not receive financial support.

      To be eligible for nomination for a Goldwater Scholarship, a student must:

      1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year,

      2. Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering,*

      3. Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

      4. Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated from Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident. A permanent resident nominated for the scholarship must include a letter stating his/her intent to become a U.S. citizen. A photocopy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Alien Registration Card or Green Card, must also be submitted.

      * The natural sciences, engineering and mathematics fields and sub-fields used by the Goldwater Foundation to determine eligibility are those used by the National Science Foundation for its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These include: Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology. To view a field’s sub-fields, click on the field in the table below.

      While research in medicine is not supported by the National Science Foundation, students interested in pursuing careers in medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship IF MEDICAL RESEARCH IS A CENTRAL PART OF THE STUDENT’S CAREER GOALS.

      The U of A Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) selects our university's nominees for the scholarship each year.  To apply, contact ONCS (see the Application link below for more information).

    • SMART Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Application Period: Due around December 1

      The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. 

      Participants In The SMART Scholarship For Service Program Receive;

      • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
      • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
      • Summer research internships
      • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
      • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
      • Mentoring
      • Employment placement after graduation

      Eligibility Requirements

      All Awardees Must Be:

      • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
      • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2017
      • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
      • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
      • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award and,
      • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

      In Addition, undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

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    • McLean Mathematics Education Scholarship

      Eligibility: Mathematics majors in the mathematics education emphasis who are full-time sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors, with a genuine commitment to teaching at the secondary level upon degree completion. Completion of: MATH 122A/B and MATH 205 The McLean Mathematics Education Scholars will be chosen with attention to an overall GPA, mathematical and teaching aptitude, and emerging leadership within the mathematics education community.
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $1,000 minimum
      Application Period: Spring

      Eligibility

      Mathematics majors in the mathematics education emphasis who are full-time sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors, with a genuine commitment to teaching at the secondary level upon degree completion.

      Completion of: MATH 122A/B and MATH 205  

       

      The McLean Mathematics Education Scholars will be chosen with attention to an overall GPA, mathematical and teaching aptitude, and emerging leadership within the mathematics education community.

      Mathematics Education Fellows receiving the award prior to their senior year, will remain fellows through their senior year, for a maximum period of three consecutive academic years, upon satisfactory progress in the mathematics major, mathematics education emphasis.  The award values are as follows:

      Sophomore year:  $1,000; Junior year: $2,000; Senior year: $3,000.

    • Noyce Scholarship

      Eligibility: Undergraduate Mathematics Majors in the Secondary Mathematics Education Program in the junior and senior years. The Noyce Scholars must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-needs school district for each year of scholarship support.
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $10,000
      Application Period: Spring

      Noyce Scholarships for $10,000 are provided for undergraduate Mathematics Majors in the Secondary Mathematics Education Program in the junior and senior years.  The AZ Noyce MaTh program focuses on the recruitment, development and support of mathematics majors in order to address the critical need for highly effective teachers in high-needs schools.  The Noyce Scholars must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-needs school district for each year of scholarship support. This application requires a personal statement and two letters of recommendation.  Send application to TeachMath@math.arizona.edu.

       

      Persons writing the letters of recommendation must send the letters directly to TeachMath@math.arizona.edu.

    • The Elias Toubassi Scholarship Endowment in Undergraduate Mathematics - Education

      Eligibility: Rising Senior Mathematics Education Majors; minimum math GPA: 3.0.
      Frequency: Once a year, in Spring
      Amount: $1,200 (as of 2016-17)
      Application Period: No application required

      Selected by the Undergraduate Committee (UGC).  Recipients are excellent rising Seniors in the Mathematics Education emphasis planning to complete student teaching the following year.

      As of 2018, funding for this award is no longer available.

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    • Dr. Thomas M. Grogan and Candace C. Grogan Endowment Scholarship

      Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled full-time, and must demonstrate financial need.
      Amount: $4000

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • Harry W. and Janet Sine Lusk Awards Endowment in the Mathematical Sciences - Travel Scholarship

      Eligibility: Non-graduating Mathematics Majors
      Frequency: Varies
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Ongoing

      Awarded to US citizens or Permanent Residents majoring in Mathematical Sciences.  Beginning in 2016, the award funds are to be used to help fund travel to conferences for undergraduate math majors.

      Application: http://goo.gl/forms/JdmKtGg6i4Nl97q93

    • James R. Bunch Scholarship Endowment

      Eligibility: Full-time Junior and Senior Mathematics Majors
      Frequency: Varies
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Varies

      The endowment will provide scholarships to junior and/or senior undergraduate students enrolled full-time at the University of Arizona and majoring in Mathematics.

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • McLean First-Generation College Fellows

      Eligibility: *First-generation college student (A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a bachelor's degree; OR A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a bachelor's degree; OR An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.) *Full-time math major at UA *Completion of at least one course from: MATH 223, 313, 254/355 at the University of Arizona (transfer credit does not apply) *If applicant has completed only one course from among 223, 313, 254/355, then at least one more must be in progress and expected to be completed by the end of the current spring semester.
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $2000 minimum
      Application Period: Typically due in spring

      To apply for consideration, students need to submit the following documentation:

      1.  Completed application form (link available only during application period)

      2.  A current resume (honors & awards, research, teaching, and/or work experiences, service, publications, memberships, and extra-curricular activities), submitted via email to the Math Center:  mcenter@math.arizona.edu.  

    • McLean Transfer Scholarship

      Eligibility: *STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics, AND *Successfully completed at least 3 units of mathematics coursework beyond pre-calculus at the University of Arizona prior to the award semester, AND *Transferred to the University of Arizona from a 2-year community college in the state of Arizona.
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $2,000
      Application Period: Fall

      Students apply through Scholarship Universe.  Log in and update your profile to be matched to the scholarship.

    • The David Lomen Excellence in Mathematics Award Endowment

      Eligibility: Full-time Sophomore and Junior Mathematics Majors
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $1,500 (minimum)
      Application Period: Spring

      Students interested in applying for the Lomen Award must be full-time sophomore or junior mathematics majors, and must have successfully completed vector calculus (Math 223) and differential equations (Math 355 or Math 254 - may be in-progress at time of application) at the University of Arizona. Candidates should have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Award recipients will be chosen based on their overall GPA, mathematical aptitude, character, and emerging leadership within the UA campus or larger community.

      Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by faculty, and must submit an application package including:

      1. A letter of nomination, addressing the candidate's mathematical aptitude, character, and emerging leadership within the UA campus or larger community. Emerging leadership may be addressed by describing a candidate's involvement in research, outreach, teaching, or internships in their field of study, for example.
      2. A current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      3. A completed application form (a green Apply button will appear to the right when available)

      For questions on applying for the Lomen Award, candidates may contact the Math Center:  mcenter@math.arizona.edu.

       

    • The Elias Toubassi Scholarship Endowment in Undergraduate Mathematics

      Eligibility: Graduating Mathematics Majors continuing on to a graduate Program in the Mathematical Sciences. Minimum math GPA: 3.0.
      Frequency: Once a year, in Fall
      Amount: $1,200 (as of 2016-17)
      Application Period: Fall

      Selected by the Undergraduate Committee (UGC).  Recipients are excellent graduating students applying to graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.  The recipients' graduate programs are listed.

    • The Marianne Cooke Johnsen Endowment in Mathematics

      Eligibility: Rising Junior Mathematics Majors who are Women
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $500 (minimum)
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      Students interested in applying for this scholarship must be entering their Junior year (submission of application should occur at the conclusion of the Sophomore year), a declared Mathematics or Mathematics Education Major, female, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition, applicants are asked to submit an essay along with their application. The essay, of 500 words or less, should address:

      1. Why I chose to be a Mathematics or Mathematics Education Major
      2. How I will use my degree upon graduation from the University of Arizona

      The essay, which should focus on how the applicant wants to positively impact society, will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Committee or by a Scholarship Committee designated by the Department Head. They will also be included in the annual Johnsen Family newsletter and will be distributed to donors and friends of the Marianne Cooke Johnsen Endowment in Mathematics.

    • The Richard Pierce Memorial Scholarship Endowment

      Eligibility: Outstanding non-graduating Mathematics Majors
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • The Rick Peet Memorial Scholarship Endowment

      Eligibility: Outstanding non-graduating Mathematics Majors
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • The Robert Gordon Scholarship Endowment in Mathematics

      Eligibility: Outstanding non-graduating Mathematics Majors
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • The Roy Graesser Foundation Scholarship Endowment

      Eligibility: Outstanding non-graduating Mathematics Majors who are Arizona Residents
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

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