The University of Arizona

Scholarships and Awards

Below is a list of all of the awards and scholarships awarded through the Department of Mathematics.

  • 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

  • Churchill Scholarship

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: covers full tuition and feed at Cambridge, plus travel & living allowances
    Application Period: Fall

    Eligibility:  

    • Major:  none specified
    • Class Standing:  Senior or recent graduate from a participating institution
    • Citizenship/Residency:  U.S. citizen

     

    The Churchill Scholarship is for one year of study at the University of Cambridge for one of two Master’s degrees: the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or MASt (Master of Advanced Study).  See the scholarship website for a list of eligible programs.

  • College of Science Excellence in Research Award

    Eligibility: A graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research
    Frequency: Annual
    Application Deadline: January 18, 2019

    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.

    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 Galileo Circle Scholars - Undergraduate

    Frequency: Annual

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  each department in the College of Science may nominate from among their majors
    • Enrollment:  full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • GPA:  3.2 minimum
    • Only one Galileo Circle Scholarship can be awarded per student per year
    • Each department may specify additional criteria

    Students selected by their department will be directed to submit an application in Scholarship Universe

     

  • 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.

  • David Lovelock Award for Innovation in Education

    Eligibility: Mathematics faculty and staff
    Frequency: Biannually

    Award eligibility is open to all faculty and staff in the Mathematics family, including tenured, non-tenured and adjunct faculty members. In some cases, the award can be shared between mathematicians and colleagues from other disciplines whose participation in the activity was considered critical to its success.

    The selection panel will consist of three elected regular faculty members. In the first year, they will be elected for one ,two and three years in order to ensure turnover. Each year thereafter, one person will be elected to serve three years. The Department Chair will appoint the panel chair.

    The panel will be proactive in soliciting nominations, which can be made at any time. They will be considered every December and, on the average, an award will be made every two years.                     

    Nominations should include a description of no more than five pages describing the idea and activity and providing evidence of its successful implementation. They should include CV's and other documentation deemed relevant to the case.

    The award will be presented at the Spring Commencement College of Science Convocation.

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

    Amount: $4000

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  any undergraduate major within the Department of Mathematics
    • Enrollment:  full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • Need:  recipients will be selected primarily based on financial need.  Applicants who have not filed a FAFSA will need to explain their need in the application.
    • Renewal:  may be renewed, provided satisfactory academic progress toward degree is made.  Students must apply for renewal.

     

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

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

    Eligibility: A graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research
    Frequency: Annual
    Application Deadline: January 18, 2019

    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.

  • 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.

  • Fulbright Fellowship

    Frequency: Annual
    Application Period: Fall

    Eligibility:  

    • Class Standing:   must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant
    • Citizenship/Residency:  citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application.  Permanent residents are not eligible. 
    • Applicants must be in good health
    • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research

    Benefits:

    • round-trip transportation to the host country
    • funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
    • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
    • additional benefits may apply, depending on host country

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs, completed in a foreign country.  

    During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

    https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

  • Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.
    Application Period: Fall

    Eligibility:

    • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
    • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
      • PhD (three year research-only degree)
      • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
      • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

    Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

    https://www.gatescambridge.org/

     

  • Goldwater Scholarship

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: up to $7,500 per year
    Application Period: Fall

    Eligibility:

    • Note: the U of A selects several nominees.
    • Major:  see website for list of specific fields of study; applicants must intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering
    • Class Standing:  Sophomore or Junior
    • Enrollment:  full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  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
    • GPA:  3.00 minimum
    • Renewal:  Sophomores who apply to receive the scholarship in their Junior year may be eligible to renew for Senior year.  

     

    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:  https://www.honors.arizona.edu/office-nationally-competitive-scholarships

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

    Frequency: Varies
    Amount: Varies
    Application Period: Ongoing

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematical Sciences
    • Citizenship/Residency:  U.S. citizen or permanent resident

    Beginning in 2016, the award funds are to be used to help fund travel to conferences for undergraduates with majors in the Department of Mathematics.

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

  • James Kautz Memorial Endowment

    The Fund is intended to provide support for outreach activities coordinated by the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR).

    The James Kautz Memorial Endowment will support outreach activities that are:

    1. Serving the Tucson K-12 school community and

    2. Facilitated, organized, or sponsored by the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers.

  • James R. Bunch Scholarship Endowment

    Frequency: Varies
    Amount: Varies
    Application Period: Varies

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics
    • Class Standing:  Junior or Senior
    • Enrollment:  Full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  must be eligible to apply for financial aid via FAFSA
    • Need:  must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
    • Renewal:  may be renewed once, provided recipient maintains eligibility.  Students must apply for renewal.

     

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

  • Math Major 4.0 GPA Award

    Eligibility: Graduating Math Majors who have maintained a 4.0 major GPA up to their final term

    Students are recognized with a certificate and sash suitable for wearing with cap and gown at graduation.  

  • McLean First-Generation College Fellows

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: $2000 minimum
    Application Period: Spring

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics
    • Enrollment:  full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • Courses Complete:  
    • Completion of at least one course from:  MATH 223, 313, 254/355; this course must be completed 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.
    • 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.) 

    As much as possible, all McLean fellows will be chosen with attention to their overall GPA, their mathematical aptitude, and emerging leadership within the community.  

    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 Mathematics Education Scholarship

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: $1,000 minimum
    Application Period: Spring

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics, Secondary Education emphasis only
    • Class Standing:  sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior
    • Enrollment:  full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • Courses Complete:  MATH 122A/B (or equivalent) and MATH 205
    • Other:  Genuine commitment to teaching at the secondary level upon degree completion.

    As much as possible, all McLean fellows will be chosen with attention to their overall GPA, their mathematical aptitude, and emerging leadership within the 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.

  • McLean Transfer Scholarship

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: $2,000
    Application Period: Fall

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • Courses Complete:  must have completed at least 3 units of mathematics coursework beyond pre-calculus at the University of Arizona (transfer work does not apply) prior to the award semester 
    • Transferred to the University of Arizona from a 2-year community college in the state of Arizona

    As much as possible, all McLean fellows will be chosen with attention to their overall GPA, their mathematical aptitude, and emerging leadership within the community.  

     

  • Noyce Scholarship

    Frequency: Semi Annual
    Amount: $10,000/year
    Application Period: Fall and Spring

    Eligibility:  

    • Major:  Mathematics, Secondary Education emphasis only
    • Class Standing:  Junior or Senior (students may apply at the end of the Sophomore year for support in the Junior year)
    • Renewal:  Students supported in their Junior year who continue to meet eligibility criteria may request renewal for their Senior year.
    • Other:  The Noyce Scholars must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-needs school district for each year of scholarship support.

     

    Noyce Scholarships for $10,000 are provided for undergraduates 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. 

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

    More information is available on the SMEP website:  https://smep.math.arizona.edu/content/az-noyce-math-program

  • NSF Graduate Fellowship

    Eligibility: You can apply both before you begin your graduate studies and as an early graduate student.
    Frequency: Annual
    Application Period: Fall

    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

    https://www.nsfgrfp.org/

  • 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.

  • 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, Who will be admitted to a UA doctoral program for the following Fall, 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
  • SMART Scholarship

    Frequency: Annual
    Application Period: Due around December 1

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the scholarship website
    • Age:  18 years of age or older as of August 1
    • Citizenship/Residency:  a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
    • GPA:  3.0 minimum
    • have a high school diploma/GED
    • able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility
    • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD

     Benefits:

    • 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 at a DoD facility after graduation

     

  • The Daniel Bartlett Memorial Lecture & Scholarship Endowment Fund

    The Daniel Bartlett Fellowship is in honor of Daniel Bartlett who was a graduate student in the Mathematics PhD program when he passed away in 2006. It is awarded to the Mathematics graduate student who best embodies the spirit, drive, and work ethic of Daniel Bartlett. This fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Daniel's parents.
  • The David Lomen Excellence in Mathematics Award Endowment

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: $1,500 (minimum)
    Application Period: Spring

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics
    • Class Standing:  Sophomore or Junior
    • Enrollment:  Full-time
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • GPA:  competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.5 GPA
    • Courses complete:  must have successfully completed vector calculus (Math 223) and differential equations (Math 355 or Math 254 - may be in-progress at time of application).  Both courses must be taken at the University of Arizona to qualify.
    • Renewal:  non-renewable; each student may receive the Lomen award only once.

     

    Award recipients will be chosen based on their overall GPA, mathematical aptitude, character, and emerging leadership within the UA campus or larger community.  For example, a recipient may be involved in research, outreach, teaching, or may have participated in internships in their field of study.

    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)

     

    Recipients' names are added to a plaque in the lobby of the Mathematics Building.

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

     

  • The Duncan Buell Everything is Mathematics Public Lecture Series Endowment

  • The Elias Toubassi Scholarship Endowment in Undergraduate Mathematics

    Frequency: Once a year, in Fall
    Amount: $1,200 (as of 2016-17)
    Application Period: Fall

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics or Mathematics Education and continuing on to a graduate program in the Mathematical Sciences
    • Class Standing:  Seniors, typically graduating the following Spring (non-renewable)
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • GPA:  minimum 3.0 in major

     

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • The James R. Clay Graduate Travel Fund

    The Clay Travel Fund provides support for Mathematics graduate students to attend and present papers at mathematical conferences and meetings. It was established in 1996 in memory of Professor James R. Clay.
  • The Marianne Cooke Johnsen Endowment in Mathematics

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: $500 (minimum)
    Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

    Eligibility:  

    • Major:  Mathematics or Mathematics Education
    • Class Standing:  entering Junior year (submission of application should occur in Spring of the Sophomore year) - non-renewable
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • Gender:  Female
    • GPA:  minimum 3.0 required.

     

    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.

    For Spring 2019, the award amount has increased to $600.

  • The Richard Pierce Memorial Scholarship Endowment

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: Varies
    Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics
    • Class Standing:  must not graduate before fall semester (fall enrollment required)
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified

     

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

  • The Rick Peet Memorial Scholarship Endowment

    Eligibility: Outstanding students majoring in Mathematics
    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

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: Varies
    Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

    Eligibility:  

    • Major:  Mathematics
    • Class Standing:  must not graduate before fall semester (fall enrollment required)
    • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
    • Renewal:  satisfactory academic progress must be demonstrated for continued support.  Students must apply for renewal.

     

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

  • The Roy Graesser Foundation Scholarship Endowment

    Frequency: Annual
    Amount: Varies
    Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

    Eligibility:

    • Major:  Mathematics
    • Citizenship/Residency:  AZ Resident

     

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

  • The W.Y. Velez Emerging Mathematicians Legacy Endowment Fund

    This future award will honor the legacy of Bill Velez to the UA Math Major.  We are currently in a special campaign to reach a minimum of 25K in gifts to create this new endowment.  At the wish of Bill Velez, the endowment will aim to benefit majors in a variety of ways:  through scholarships, conference travel money, and achievement awards. 

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