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ABEL SCHOLARSHIP

EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS:  EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

AWARD CRITERIA

Frequency of Award

Annual (contingent upon availability of funds) for 1-3 undergraduate and 1-3 graduate students per year.

Award Amount

$1000 each

Purpose

To support students in the Department of Mathematics who have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or the equivalent in academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Eligibility

Candidates must be mathematics majors with an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher. Undergraduate candidates must have successfully completed at least one mathematics course at 400-level or higher at CSUN. Graduate students must have completed at least 9 units of mathematics courses at 500-level or higher at CSUN.

Application Materials

The applicant must send an email prior to the deadline as follows:

  • Send to: yen.duong@csun.edu
  • Subject should read: Excellence in Science Scholarship - Application
  • The body of the email should contain the following information, in separate lines:
  1. Full name
  2. CSUN student ID number
  3. Current mailing address
  4. Current email address
  5. Current phone number
  6. Name of two mathematics faculty who can provide reference on the applicant's academic achievements

Application Deadline

April 28, 2020

Selection Process

The Award Committee in the Department of Mathematics will request reference letters from faculty on each applicant, review the applications, and select the recipients.

Award Notification

The Department Chair or designee will send an award letter to the recipient and arrange for the certificate to be sent or hand-delivered at the Department’s Awards Ceremony that occurs around the time of spring Commencement.

 

EFREM OSTROW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS:  Efrem Ostrow Memorial Scholarship

AWARD CRITERIA

Frequency of Award

Annual

Award Amount

The award amount is $2,000 in 2020. Amounts will be determined on an annual basis by the Award Committee in the Department of Mathematics.

Purpose

To provide annual scholarships for undergraduates or graduate students who demonstrate the promise of achievement in mathematics.

Award Background

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Efrem Herbert Ostrow, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Chicago (UC) in 1943 at the age of 19.  As World War II was raging at the time, he joined the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico and the National Atomic Research Facility. Dr. Ostrow was part of a team whose discoveries led to major advances in physics, engineering, nuclear energy and medicine. In 1960 he returned to the UC, earning his doctorate in mathematics. Subsequently Dr. Ostrow joined the CSUN faculty where he spent 25 years teaching mathematics to undergraduate and graduate students. Retiring in 1989, Dr. Ostrow and his wife, Christa, moved to Santa Barbara, California. He enjoyed retirement and served as a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Dr. Ostrow died in 2015, two days before his 92nd birthday. In keeping with his devotion to good works and community, he bequeathed a significant gift to the CSUN Foundation, which was used to create a permanent endowment in his memory. The Efrem Ostrow Memorial Scholarship Fund grants scholarships to distinguished scholars who show promise in the field of mathematics.

Eligibility

Candidates should be undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Mathematics. Preference will be given to distinguished students who show promise in the discipline.

1) Undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least Math 320 or 326.

2) Graduate students must have successfully completed Math 450A and 462 (or equivalent at another institution).

3) The applicant must have partnered with a faculty mentor of the applicant’s choosing from the Mathematics Department, who will draw up a research proposal in mathematics for the student to work on under the faculty mentor’s guidance. The proposed project should be accomplished in six weeks of full-time effort during the following summer, or comparable effort in part-time over the following fall or spring term.

Other Criteria

The authorized committee will select the recipients based on the following:

  • satisfaction of all minimum requirements,
  • appropriateness of the proposed research project for the applicant’s mathematical background, and
  • letter of recommendation of the mentor faculty member.

If a recipient of this scholarship is also receiving financial aid (including loans), then the financial aid award may be adjusted. Students may speak to a counselor in the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department during walk-in hours for a detailed overview about their individual situation.

Application Materials

The applicant must send an email prior to the deadline as follows:

  • Send to: yen.duong@csun.edu
  • Subject should read: Efrem Ostrow Memorial Scholarship - Application
  • The body of the email should contain the following information, in separate lines:
  1. Full name
  2. CSUN student ID number
  3. Current mailing address
  4. Current email address
  5. Current phone number
  6. Name of faculty mentor
  • In parallel, the applicant’s faculty mentor must send a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant directly to the Mathematics Department(by email to yen.duong@csun.edu), committing to work with the applicant, providing a description and an approximate timeline for the research project, and giving a brief assessment of the applicant’s ability to work on the project.

Application Deadline

April 28, 2020

Selection Process

The Award Committee in the Department of Mathematics will review the applications and decide on the award recipient.

Award Notification

The Department Chair or designee will send an award letter to each recipient and arrange for the certificate to be sent or hand-delivered at the Graduate Reception that occurs around the time of spring Commencement.

F. LYNWOOD WREN SCHOLARSHIP

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS:   F. Lynwood Wren Scholarship

AWARD CRITERIA

Frequency of Award

Annual

Award Amount

 $500

Purpose

To support a mathematics major with junior or senior standing and with a strong interest in teaching.

Award Background

This award is named in memory of Frank Lynwood Wren, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics.  Born in Tennessee in1894, Dr. Wren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1915 from the University of the South in Tennessee, a Master of Arts in 1925 from Peabody College in Nashville (now known as the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University) and a doctorate in 1930 from the University of Chicago. He started at CSUN (then San Fernando Valley State College) in 1959 after serving as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the George Peabody College. During his tenure at CSUN, which lasted for 17 years until his death in 1976, he was involved in preparing secondary mathematics teachers at the university and international levels.  He was also a founding member of the University Club and President of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Wren was also a highly respected author of academic articles and textbooks.  In 1965, while a Professor of Mathematics at the California State Polytechnic College on the San Luis Obispo campus, he published the textbook Basic Mathematical Concepts, for elementary school teachers. He co-authored a revision of the standard textbook used at the time, The Teaching of Secondary Mathematics-Fourth Edition.  In addition, Dr. Wren served as president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the world's largest mathematics education organization.

Dr. Wren’s lifelong passion was teaching, which was instilled in him as a college sophomore when he tutored an underclassman. At that point he decided that teaching was “an area in which a great amount of good can be done.”  This Award honors Dr. Wren and his commitment to scholarship and teaching and their relationship to education. 

Eligibility

Candidates should be enrolled junior or senior mathematics majors.

Other Criteria

If the recipient of this scholarship is also receiving financial aid (including loans), then the financial aid award may be adjusted. Students may speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours for a detailed overview about their individual situation.

Application Material

The applicant must send an email prior to the deadline as follows:

  • Send to: yen.duong@csun.edu
  • Subject should read: Lynwood Wren Scholarship - Application
  • The body of the email should contain the following information, in separate lines:
  1. Full name
  2. CSUN student ID number
  3. Current mailing address
  4. Current email address
  5. Current phone number
  6. Names of two faculty who can provide reference about the applicant’s academic performance and commitment to teaching.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

Selection Process

The Award Committee in the Department of Mathematics will request reference letters from faculty on each applicant, review the applications, and select the recipients.

Award Notification

The Department Chair or designee sends a letter to the recipient(s) to announce the scholarship and arranges for the certificate to be sent or handed in person at the Departmental Awards Ceremony, which occurs near spring commencement and at which the recipient shall be announced and honored.

PETER THOMMEN SCHOLARSHIP

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS: Peter Thommen Scholarship in Mathematics

AWARD CRITERIA

Frequency of Award

One-time

Award Amount

$1,000

Purpose

To support an undergraduate student majoring in mathematics with excellent performance and demonstrated financial need.

Award Background

Peter Thommen grew up in Northridge and started attending CSUN in Fall 1972 with a major in mathematics. In his junior year, he participated in the CSU International Program and spent a year at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, for his junior year. He was a tutor in the CSUN Minority Engineering Program as a senior. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in June 1976. Peter has enjoyed a successful career as a software engineer in the defense industry in Southern California for over forty-three years. He would like to help a deserving undergraduate mathematics student with this scholarship.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be undergraduate math majors. They must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate financial need.

Other Criteria

If the recipient of this scholarship is also receiving financial aid (including loans), then the financial aid award may be adjusted. Students may speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours for a detailed overview about their individual situation.

Application Materials

 

The applicant must send an email prior to the deadline as follows:

  • Send to: yen.duong@csun.edu
  • Subject should read: Thommen Scholarship - Application
  • The body of the email should contain the following information, in separate lines:
  1. Full name
  2. CSUN student ID number
  3. Current mailing address
  4. Current email address
  5. Current phone number
  6. Names of two faculty who can provide reference about the applicant’s academic performance in mathematics.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Selection Process

The Chair of the Department of Mathematics will appoint a Scholarship Selection Committee consisting of no less than three (3) faculty members who will review the applications and decide on the award recipient.

Award Notification

The Department Chair sends a letter to the recipient to announce the Scholarship and arranges for the certificate to be sent or handed in person at the Departmental Awards Ceremony, which occurs near spring commencement and at which the recipient shall be announced and honored

Award Disbursement

Recipient will not receive their monetary award until 1) a thank you letter to the donor has been submitted to the College’s Director of Development and 2) they have agreed to meet with the scholarship donor or designee, as possible.

 

RAMANUJAN RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

RAMANUJAN RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP IN MATHEMATICS

Frequency of Award

Annual (two awards)

Award Amount

$2,000 each (pending financial aid eligibility) and a certificate

Purpose

Supports undergraduate mathematics majors or other students taking primarily upper division mathematics courses, who show significant mathematical promise, and who are involved in mathematical research with a faculty mentor from the Department of Mathematics.

Award Background

This scholarship is named after Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant, self-taught mathematician from India, who discovered more than 3000 deep and mysterious theorems that seemed to come from nowhere (he claimed his family Goddess spoke to him in his dreams and revealed mathematics to him). He died at the young age of 32 in 1920. His discoveries covered number theory, complex analysis, and combinatorics, and are still influencing research in these fields.

Eligibility

Successful candidates must be mathematics majors with an overall GPA ≥ 2.5 and have successfully completed (C or better) at least MATH 320 or 326. Candidates must have developed a research proposal with a faculty mentor in the Department of Mathematics. The proposed project should be accomplished either during the summer or fall following the award. 

Other Criteria

Candidates must have a FAFSA on file. 

Application Materials

The applicant must send an email prior to the deadline as follows:

  • Send to: yen.duong@csun.edu
  • Subject should read: Ramanujan Research Scholarship - Application
  • The body of the email should contain the following information, in separate lines:
  1. Full name
  2. CSUN student ID number
  3. Current mailing address
  4. Current email address
  5. Current phone number
  6. Name of a faculty mentor

The faculty mentor must send a letter of recommendation directly to Yen Duong ( ), committing to work with the applicant, providing a description of the project including an approximate timeline, and a brief assessment of the applicant’s ability to complete the project.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by the Award Committee in the Department of Mathematics.

Award Notification

The Department Chair or designee will send award letters to the recipients and will arrange for the certificates either to be mailed to them or handed in person at the Departmental Awards Ceremony, which occurs near spring commencement. The Department of Mathematics will confirm the financial aid eligibility of the awardees and send the monetary award to each recipient. Recipients will not receive the monetary award until a thank-you letter to the donors has been submitted to the College’s Director of Development and the recipient has agreed to meet with the donors or their designee at least once during the period of the scholarship.