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Carolyn Monell was among the students who received the CSEM National Science Foundation Scholarship in the West Dining Room on Monday. The CSEM scholarship program is geared toward students majoring in mathematics, science, engineering and computer science. George Smith, math faculty for the University of La Verne was one of Monell’s professors. Monell said he inspired her to major in math. This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded. / photo by Reina Santa Cruz

Carolyn Monell was among the students who received the CSEM National Science Foundation Scholarship in the West Dining Room on Monday. The CSEM scholarship program is geared toward students majoring in mathematics, science, engineering and computer science. George Smith, math faculty for the University of La Verne was one of Monell’s professors. Monell said he inspired her to major in math. This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded. / photo by Reina Santa Cruz

Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

An open house reception was held to honor Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Mathematics National Science Foundation Scholarship award recipients in the West Dining Room on Monday. This is the first year the scholarship is being awarded.

The reception was small with friends, family and faculty present in the dining room with refreshments available. There was short 10-minute Power Point presentation, which displayed the recipient’s picture and a quote that reflected their personality. In all, 25 students received awards.

Jamie Oberbeck, junior math major, heard about the scholarship through his counselor and is happy to have received about $3,000.

“Every little bit helps,” he said.

After the presentation, President Stephen Morgan congratulated the students and faculty on making this scholarship possible.

“This is the time to take pride in our program and achievement of our students and faculty together,” Morgan said. “It really helped us to bring something new to the University of La Verne.”

Other faculty members, including Dean of Arts and Sciences Fred Yaffe, congratulated the students and faculty in their respective accomplishments.

“You are the highest quality students we have,” Michael Frantz, professor of mathematics, said. “We are very happy that we have a way of honoring you.”

Morgan then called out the names of the recipients and presented each with a certificate.

“I got to buy a new computer because I really needed it since I’m a computer science major,” freshman Nery Magana said.

After many attempts to receive the grant from the CSEM National Science Foundation, the foundation approved ULV’s proposal. The proposal was written as a collaboration between Frantz, professor of biology and biochemistry Jay Jones, associate professor of computer science Seta Whitby and professor of mathematics Xiaoyan Liu. The grant is expected to last about four years before it can be renewed.

“Hopefully we can have this in the future,” Liu said. “It encourages more excellence.”

In order to receive a CSEM National Science Foundation Scholarship, a student must be majoring in either mathematics or computer science and engineering.

The student then completes an application and turns the form in with a letter of recommendation. The student’s grade point average is taken into account as well as the need for financial assistance.

The application is sent before the committee which is made up of Liu, Whitby and Frantz. Liu is the principle investigator and Whitby and Frantz are the co-PIs. The applicant can receive up to $3,125 a year.

“One of the qualities that I think is important is persistence,” Morgan said. “I would like to thank the faculty for being our persistent in this grant application process.”

Andres Rivera can be reached at arivera3@ulv.edu.

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