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Jan. 9, 2009
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KU mathematics department awards $3,600 in scholarships for spring semester

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Mathematics has recognized the outstanding math performances of 18 undergraduate students with academic scholarships for the spring semester.

The total value of the scholarships is $3,600. Recipients are selected by the department, and funds for the awards are administered through KU Endowment.

Seven students received $200 Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarships. Established in 1990, the scholarships for students majoring in math or math-related fields honor two former math faculty members, Florence Black and Wealthy Babcock. Both earned doctorates in mathematics from KU in 1926. Black began teaching at KU in 1918 and retired as a professor of mathematics in 1960. Babcock became an associate professor of math and KU’s math librarian. She retired in 1966.

Nine first-year students received $200 Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarships that are renewable and designated for Kansas residents or graduates of Kansas high schools. KU alumni Marion and Louise Polson Wade established the Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship in 1964 in memory of their son, who died while a KU student. Marion Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1944. Louise Polson Wade graduated from KU in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.

Two students received $200 Albert F. Zernickow-Barbara Kile Scholarships for deserving undergraduate or graduate students of academic merit. The scholarship was established in 1985 by KU alumni Albert F. and Barbara Kile Zernickow. Albert Zernickow earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at KU in 1949. Barbara Kile Zernickow earned a master’s degree in education in 1949.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Scholarship winners are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parent names, high school or previous school attended and scholarship.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa 66215
Megan Godsey, freshman in chemical engineering, daughter of Bruce and Janice Godsey; Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

From Overland Park 66209
Anthony Livengood, freshman in petroleum engineering, son of Mark and Yoriko Livengood; Blue Valley North High School; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

From Overland Park 66210
Emily Dellwig, sophomore in electrical engineering, daughter of Robert Dellwig and Susanne Dellwig; Blue Valley North High School; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

From Overland Park 66223
Jeremy Ims, sophomore in astronomy and theatre and film, son of John Ims and Teresa Hopper; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From Onaga 66521
Joel Schmelzle, sophomore in electrical engineering, son of Greg and Debbie Schmelzle; Onaga High School; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan 66502
Jacob Herman, freshman in physics, son of Michael Herman and Linda Kroeger; Manhattan High School; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

From Manhattan 66503
Isaac Fees, sophomore in biochemistry, chemical engineering and mathematics, son of Gary and Bronwyn Fees; Manhattan High School; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina 67401
Scott Mitchell, sophomore in chemical engineering, son of Mark and Kathi Mitchell; Salina High School South; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67209
Aaron Matthew Andra, junior in mathematics, son of Michael and Tina Andra; Derby High School; Rollin S. Wade Memorial Scholarship.

ILLINOIS
From Peoria 61614
Michael Shook, freshman in atmospheric science, son of Stephen and Tina Shook; Peoria Notre Dame High School; Albert F. Zernickow-Barbara Kile Scholarship.

CHINA
From Beijing
Shixiang Xia, freshman in mathematics, son of Xiang Xia; Nanjing Normal University, Jiangsu; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

Liu Yang, freshman in mathematics, daughter of Xin Rong Du; Zhengzhou No. 1 High School, Zhengzhou; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

From Jinan, Shandong
Siwei Guo, freshman in chemistry; Shandong Normal University, Jinan; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

From Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province
Yue Chu, freshman in mathematics; Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

From Wuhan, Hubei Province
Chongxi Wang, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Yucheng Wang; Wuhan No. 12 High School; Albert F. Zernickow-Barbara Kile Scholarship.

INDIA
From Jamshedpur
Subhankar Halder, freshman in biology, mathematics and physics, son of Tusar Kanti Halder; Loyola High School, Jamshedpur; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

From Nagpur
Aditya Ghate, freshman in aerospace engineering, son of Suresh Ghati; Centre Point School, Nagpur; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

MONGOLIA
From Ulaanbaatar
Bat-Ulzii Luvsansharav, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, daughter of Batgombo Luvsansharav; Mongolian Turkish High School, Ulaanbaatar; Black-Babcock Mathematics Scholarship.

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