I. L. Newman Mathematics Fund

The Irma L. Newman Fund award is a one-time scholarship award for undergraduate students majoring in mathematics and who are participating in a formal for-credit MATH directed study course over the summer term. The award is open to undergraduate math majors who matriculated at UW-Madison as freshmen during (or in the summer immediately prior to) the previous academic year, are in their “second year” of studies, and are of at least sophomore standing. Multiple awards may be granted in any one year, with awards being distributed for the subsequent fall term only after successful completion of the course with a final passing grade. Previous recipients are welcome to re-apply.

The fund was established December 31, 1976 through a bequest of Irma L. Newman. Irma Newman received a BA (1926) in mathematics and MA (1936) in Education and Speech from UW-Madison and had a career teaching high school mathematics. The Fund supports research and programs of the Department of Mathematics.

Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Declared in the math major.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior academic standing.
  • Matriculated at UW-Madison as freshmen during (or in the summer immediately prior to) the previous academic year (Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023) and are now in their second academic year. (The award is not open to transfer students.)
  • Enrolled (or are planning to enroll) in a formal for-credit MATH directed study course (e.g., MATH 298, 698, or 699) for the Summer 2024 term.

Application Materials
Applicants will be expected to submit the following materials for this application:

  • A short overview of the directed study topic and goal of directed study course, confirmation of the course number and credits, and anticipated completion date.
  • Information from directed study instructor (requested via WiSH during the application process) which includes an overview of the course and confirms course number and credits, as well as the expected completion date.

Award Term
Applications are reviewed in the spring term and are awarded for the subsequent fall term. Award funds will be distributed only after a final passing grade for the directed study course has been earned and posted to a student’s academic record.

Questions regarding this application can be referred to the Department of Mathematics Scholarships and Prizes Committee co-chair, Leigh Keller-Chicoine (kellerchicoi@gmail.com)

Department of Mathematics
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide a short overview of your directed study topic, as well as the goal of your directed study.
  2. What is the MATH course number of your directed study?
  3. How many credits will this directed study course be?
  4. When do you plan to complete your directed study course this summer?
  5. Please provide the name and email address of your directed study instructor.

    (Math Awards, Newman)