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Scholarships–Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics (S-COAM)


The Scholarships-Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics (S-COAM) project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), while increasing the overall number of students pursuing degrees in mathematics, is unique in its goal of establishing a supportive connection of master’s students with undergraduates through scholarship cohort activities. Each year, need-based scholarship funds support five or six new graduate students from the M.S. in Applied Mathematics program and seven to ten new sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate students seeking a major or minor in a mathematical area.

Deadline for Spring 2015: November 28, 2014

If you received an award for the Fall 2014 semester, you must submit the mid-year progress report by December 5, 2014.

Application Form for Undergraduate Students

Application Form for Graduate Students

Form for Recommendation Letter

Click to see  Fall 2010 Scholarship Recipients

Click to see  Spring 2011 Scholarship Recipients

Click to see Fall 2011 Scholarship Recipients

Click to see  Spring 2012 Scholarship Recipients

Click to see Fall 2012 Scholarship Recipients   

Click to see  Spring 2013 Scholarship Recipients 

Click to see Fall 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Click to see Spring 2014 Scholarship Recipients

Click to see Fall 2014 Scholarship Recipients


In addition to financial support, S-COAM scholars will also participate in the Mathematics Enrichment Activities Network.

Activities Include

  • Departmental or college-wide colloquia
  • IUP Math Club, Actuary Club, or Preservice Teachers of Mathematics
  • Local, regional, or national conferences
  • Connections with working professionals in science and engineering fields
  • Workshops in software training, job/internship search, and graduate school preparation
  • Presentations by professionals from industry and academia
  • Social gathering with other S-COAM scholars

2014–2015 Monthly Meetings

  1. August Meeting: 4:00–6:00 p.m. on August 24 (Stright 226/229)
  2. September Meeting: 3:30–5:00 p.m. on September 24
  3. October Meeting: 3:00–5:00 p.m. on October 30
  4. December Meeting: 3:30–5:00 p.m. on December 5

Workshops: (Open to Public)

  1. 3D Printer 
    1:30–3:00 p.m. on September 12, in Stright 220
    Presenter: Dr. Brian Sharp and Dr. Ed Donley

    Digital Fabrication and 3-D printing offer many possibilities to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics by bridging the gap between the abstract and the concrete (or plastic as it may be). For example, calculus students often grapple with problems in which they have to find the surface area and volume of an object formed by rotating a curve
    around an axis. In the past, these types of problems usually remained abstract to students because the technology to create actual physical models was not available or convenient to use.  With a digital fabrication facility, students can construct mathematical representations of the objects, send the representations to the 3D printer, and fabricate plastic models to investigate. Participants in this workshop will learn how to create models using Mathematica and a 3-D printer.
  2. Python I:
    3:30–5:00 p.m. on October 9, in Stright 220
    Presenter: Dr. John Chrispell
  3. Python II:
    3:30-5:00pm on October 16, in Stright 220
    Presenter: Dr. Ed Donley

Invited Speakers: (Open to Public)

September 30, 2014

Brian Johnson , ACAS, MAAA, Senior Vice President, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation

Affiliated Events:

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

  • Participate in all required events in the program
  • Submit the FAFSA form, and continue to meet the federal financial aid requirements every semester
  • Continue as a full-time student at IUP making satisfactory progress toward a qualifying sciences and mathematics degree
  • Submit a summary of activities every semester with a short essay on the program and his/her academic progress
  • Complete the program outcomes and assessment survey
  • Undergraduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and graduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

This webpage changes often. Please check back frequently for additional information.

If you have questions about this program, please contact:

Project Directors:

Dr. Yu-Ju Kuo,
Dr. Rick Adkins,
210 South Tenth Street
Mathematics Department
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Phone: 724-357-2608

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S STEM) program under Award No. DUE 0966206 & DUE 1259860.

  • Mathematics Department
  • Stright Hall, Room 233
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2608
  • Fax: 724-357-7908
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.