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Department Scholarships

Recipients of these awards and prizes are selected on a competitive basis by a committee of Mathematics Department faculty members who meet during Spring Semester each year. The application process will open February 1 and will close on March 12 for scholarships for the following academic year.

To apply for a scholarship, use the online form here.

For faculty: To nominate a student for the John H. Barrett Prize use the online form here.

Winners are announced in April at the annual Department Honors Reception.

(1-4 awards per year) Nomination process will open on February 1.

This prize, established in 1970 by friends and colleagues of John H. Barrett, recognizes outstanding senior mathematics students.

John H. Barrett, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1951, was Head of the Mathematics Department at UTK from 1964 until his untimely death in 1969. A well-known, respected researcher in Ordinary Differential Equations, he produced 3 Ph.D. students here at UTK. The best known of these is Allan Peterson, who himself has had 14 Ph.D. students at the University of Nebraska.

(1 award per year) Application process will open on February 1.

This award was established to help qualified and deserving mathematics students secure a college education, honoring junior and senior mathematics students who have an interest in teaching.

James A. Cooley, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1935, was Head of the Mathematics Department at UTK from 1942 to 1961. A respected mathematics educator, he obtained one of the first NSF Summer Institute grants in the late 1950s which were funded to strengthen the skills and knowledge base of practicing teachers. His "Summer Schools of the South" were well thought of and ran for many years during the 1950s and 1960s.

(1-3 awards per year) Application process will open on February 1.

This scholarship helps support a future mathematics teacher who plans to intern the following academic year.

Polly Anna Harris, a former UTK math major, taught at Bearden High School for many years before she retired. She was a recipient of the UT Alumna and Presidential Award for outstanding teaching. This scholarship is sponsored by her family, son, David Harris, MD, who is also a former UTK math major, and his wife Patricia, son, Frank Harris and wife Abby Avery, daughter, Paula Morrison, also a former UTK math major, and her husband G. Granger Morrison.

(3-5 awards per year) Application process will open on February 1.

These awards, established in 1986 by a generous endowment from the Lee estate, honors sophomore and junior mathematics majors with outstanding records of academic achievement.

Herbert E. Lee, who received his Ph.D. from Duke University, taught mathematics at UTK for three decades until his retirement in 1969. He, and his wife Lucille, were cheerful, friendly, outgoing people who always kept students' welfare in mind.

(1-4 awards per year) Application process will open on February 1.

J.P. and Gladys Maples set up their scholarship endowment fund to encourage scholastic excellence in junior or senior students displaying financial need.

(3-5 awards per year) Application process will open on February 1.

These scholarships, established in 1987 by the Schmitt family, provide funds to outstanding undergraduates in the Mathematics Department at UTK.

Cooper D. Schmitt, who received his MA from the University of Virginia in 1884, was Head of the Mathematics Department at UTK from 1889 to 1907, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (formerly Liberal Arts) from 1907 until his untimely death in 1910. His son, Bernadotte E. Schmitt, was a Rhodes Scholar and Pulitzer Prize winning historian who was head of the History Department at UTK until 1969.

The Simms Foundation Scholarships were created by a generous gift from Carol Sue Simms in 2014. The Simms Foundation Scholarship is a 4-year merit scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman with an excellent high school record who will major in math and has an interest in teaching.

Students interested in applying should contact Dr. Remus Nicoara (nicoara@math.utk.edu).

(1 award per year) Application process will open on February 1.

The Dr. Glenn R. and Elise I. Young Scholarship was established in 2010. Its purpose is to support Mathematics or Physics majors who demonstrate successful academic performance. Preference is given to juniors. One award is given in the Mathematics Department and one in the Physics Department.

last updated: March 2017

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