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Graduate Student Awards

Past Award Recipients

The scholarship process for all students and all scholarships and awards begins with UWM’s Scholarship Portal. You will need to create a general profile and upload a copy of your most recent transcript. If you previously created a general profile and uploaded a transcript, you should update your profile with any new information and upload a newer version of your transcript that has your most recent grades on it.

Many scholarships require no additional application beyond this general scholarship application and uploaded transcript; students are automatically reviewed for these types of scholarships.

You may also see scholarships on your Scholarship Portal dashboard that you can “Apply To.” These are scholarships which do require additional information beyond the general application and uploaded transcript.

Descriptions for each scholarship can be found below.

Morris and Miriam Marden Award in Mathematics

Morris Marden became a Mathematics Professor at one of UWM’s predecessor institutions in 1930. He was instrumental in starting the graduate program at UWM in the 1950’s. Upon his retirement, he donated funds to establish student awards and a visiting lecture program.

The Morris Marden Graduate Award will be given for a mathematical paper of high quality with respect to both exposition and mathematical content. The paper need not be written specifically for the Marden Award; papers originally written for coursework, independent study, professional reports, dissertation, or other reasons are acceptable. The length of the paper is expected to be between 10 and 25 pages, but these limits are not strict.

Applicants must be UWM graduate students and should submit:

  1. a PDF file of the paper and
  2. the names of two math professors or instructors who would provide supportive information about your academic performance if contacted

Applications for the 2020-21 school year will open in Spring 2021 and are due by April 25, 2021. Apply for the scholarship through Academic Works.


Ernst Schwandt Memorial Scholarship and Teaching Assistant Award

The Department of Mathematical Sciences annually recognizes demonstrated outstanding teaching performance by Mathematical Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Assistants through the Ernst Schwandt Award.

Applicants for the 2020-21 school year will open in Spring 2021 and are due by April 15, 2021. Apply for the scholarship through Academic Works. (This award is for the Fall 2021 semester; students graduating in May or August 2021 are not eligible.)  Upload a statement of self-nomination that details how you have demonstrated excellence as a teaching assistant. Also provide the names of two math professors or instructors who would provide supportive information about your instructional performance if contacted.

A student may win the award at most once in any three year period.


Dhirendra Sikdar Scholarship in Atmospheric Science

The Dhirendra Sikdar Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to support graduate students in the atmospheric sciences masters or doctoral programs. The scholarship was established to honor a former UWM faculty member with a keen interest in meteorology. A committee of faculty members within the discipline will select students for this scholarship based on the quality of their overall academic record, including grade point average, research and other accomplishments, and the recommendation of faculty members.

Applications for the 2020-21 school year will open in Fall 2020.


Mark Lawrence Teply Award

Full-time graduate students in the UWM Department of Mathematical Sciences who have reached dissertator status, but have not yet defended their theses are eligible to submit a one page description of up to three books in their field which they would most like to add to their own reference libraries. Applicants are expected to be in good academic standing, and have a well defined research focus.

This merit based award is highly competitive. Winners must demonstrate outstanding potential as researchers in the mathematical sciences. Some specific criteria considered include the following.

  1. Written statement of application
  2. Reference from a graduate faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
  3. Graduate GPA
  4. Scholarly progress
Application Procedure

Applicants for the 2020-21 school year will open in Spring 2021 and are due by April 15, 2021. Apply for the scholarship through Academic Works. (This award is for the Fall 2021 semester; students graduating in May or August 2021 are not eligible.)  Applicants will need to submit a statement outlining the (up to three) books they wish to add to their collection and how those reference materials will add value to their scholarly work. Students will also submit the names of two math professors or instructors who would be able to provide supportive information about your academic performance if asked.