The following is some general information about awards and some description
of awards specifically mentioning Mathematics or potentially for Mathematics students. Please note that the amount of the awards vary yearly depending on endowment returns and related issues. The amounts were current for the Fall of 2011. And terms and conditions of awards are sometimes altered; both Moore awards we changed in the fall of 2015.
Of course there are many
University wide programs such as TREK and the Wesbrook/Premier Undergraduate Scholarships, the latter requiring applications. The UBC website may be helpful
We have two entrance awards for excellent Mathematics students. These
are for incoming students (from Secondary School). The Moore award is a
major entrance scholarship and student must apply for major entrance
scholarships. There are additional entrance scholarships (to total $15000)
which will be awarded based on strength in Mathematics such as measured
through significant participation in our UBC Math Circle or through Math Contests. No application is required for these.
In progress scholarships:
There are a number of scholarships the the Math department hands out each
year to students based on criteria stated in the award. The students must
have eligibility (which includes 75% average and no failed courses). In
general, no application is necessary and the department chooses the
winners. In one case, the John Collison award, potentially eligible
students are emailed to see if they have any additional information which
addresses criteria in the award. Another award, a so called `affiliation
award', is available to members of the Knights of Pythias. If the
student is eligible, they should apply. Mathematics and Applied Science
students have preference for this award. There is no distinction between
B.A. and B.Sc. students if we are considering Mathematics students.
These are awards based on financial need. Students must submit an general
application to demonstrate financial need for bursaries. There are formulas
that UBC uses and an attempt is made by UBC to meet bursary needs. There is
one Bursary fund (Sherwood) targeted to Mathematics students and also Land
and Food Systems students.
This special class of scholarships are handed out at Graduation time. No
application needed (or accepted).
There are of course many other awards that may be suitable for Mathematics
students. We list one below of particular interest.
04661 Entrance Scholarship in MATHEMATICS
Through the generosity of a UBC
Mathematics alumnus, scholarships totalling $15,000 are offered to students
with exceptional ability and interest in Mathematics who are entering UBC
Vancouver directly from high school. The awards are made on the
recommendation of the Department of Mathematics. (First Award Available in
the 2012/13 Winter Session.)
04442 James A. MOORE Major Entrance Scholarship
A $10,000 Major Entrance Scholarship is offered annually by The James A. and Donna-Mae Moore Foundation to a student entering the Faculty of Science with the highest academic achievement in Mathematics, having graduated from a High School outside the Lower Mainland and expressed an interest in pursuing a career in teaching. Mr. Moore was an alumnus of UBC, Double Honours Baccalaureate Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry 1932, Master of Arts, 1939. An enthusiastic teacher and pioneer of the BC Community College System, he dedicated his career to helping students realize their academic potential. The successful candidate will be selected by the Major Entrance Scholarship Selection Committee
04613 Lawrence ROBERTS Mathematics Entrance Scholarship
scholarship has been endowed through a bequest by Frances Roberts in honour
of her son Lawrence Roberts. The award is offered to a student entering the
Mathematics program from a B.C. secondary school outside the Lower Mainland
or Greater Victoria. The award is made on the recommendation of the
Department of Mathematics in consultation with the Major Entrance
Scholarship Committee and is non-renewable.
In Progress Scholarships
- 04464 Stanley M GRANT Scholarship in Mathematics
Scholarships totalling $35,000 have been made available through an endowment established by the Estate of Dr. Stanley M Grant for students enrolled in the Department of Mathematics who have completed their first year. Dr. Grant (1924-2015) was a graduate of UBC (BA Arts Ő49). He went on to obtain his MD with a specialty in Pathology at McGill. Dr. Grant was the District Coroner in Nanaimo, BC for a number of years. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics, and in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017 Winter Session)
- 04465 Anona THORNE and Takao Tanabe Undergraduate Scholarship in Mathematics
Scholarships totalling $2,500 are offered annually to outstanding undergraduate students having declared a Major or Honours in Mathematics and entering 3rd or 4th year. Anona Thorne (BA 1991 Math; MSc 1993 Stats) is a double alumna of UBC and went on to an interesting career with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network at Saint PaulŐs Hospital in Vancouver. Takao Tanabe, her husband, is a well-known Canadian painter. This award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics. (First Award Available in the 2016/2017 Winter Session)
04309 Daniel BUCHANAN Scholarship in Mathematics
As a memorial to Daniel
Buchanan, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (1928-1948), and Head of
the Department of Mathematics (1920-1948), and in recognition of his
teaching and research in Mathematics, Alumni and friends (through the UBC
Alumni Fund), together with members of the Department of Mathematics, have
endowed a scholarship of $500. It is offered to the student who gains the
highest standing in the third year of an Honours Course in Mathematics and
proceeds to the final year in that course.
04424 John COLLISON Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics
totalling $3,850 have been endowed in memory of John Collison by the
Madison Group. The awards are offered to students who are either in the
Honours Mathematics Option in any engineering discipline or in the combined
Honours Program in Mathematics and Physics. Preference is given to students
who participate in UBC varsity sports and/or have a serious interest in
aeronautics. Eligible candidates must have completed Mathematics 301
(Applied Analysis) or equivalent. The awards are made on the recommendation
of the Department of Mathematics.
Here is a link to information about John Collison
John Collison Tribute
04363 Ralph D. JAMES Prize
A prize of $250 has been endowed by friends and colleagues in memory of Professor R. D. James, Head of the Mathematics Department from 1948 to 1973. The award is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Mathematics to the student with the highest mark in Mathematics 121.
04321 W. H. MACINNES Scholarship in Physics and Mathematics
of $3,350, the gift of Mr. W. H. MacInnes of Vancouver, is offered to the
student obtaining highest standing in the second year and proceeding to the
combined honours course in Physics and Mathematics.
04443 James A. MOORE Memorial Scholarship
A $15,000 Scholarship was offered
annually by The James A. and Donna-Mae Moore Foundation to a Canadian student with the highest GPA
entering third year pursuing a Combined Honours Degree in Mathematics and
either Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Currently this award is not being offered. Mr. Moore was an alumnus of UBC,
Double Honours Baccalaureate Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry 1932,
Master of Arts, 1939. An enthusiastic teacher and pioneer of the B.C.
Community College System, he dedicated his career to helping students
realize their academic potential. The award may be renewed for an
additional year or until the first undergraduate degree is obtained,
whichever is the shorter period. The award may then also be renewed for an
additional year if the recipient enrols in the Faculty of Education to
specialize in Mathematics and Science education after receiving a Combined
Honours Degree from the Faculty of Science. The recipient cannot receive
the James A. Moore Memorial Scholarship and the James A. Moore Major
Entrance Scholarship concurrently. The award will be made on the
recommendation of the Faculty of Science.
04438 Reginald PALLISER-WILSON Scholarship
Scholarships totalling $7,000
have been endowed through a bequest by Joy Gertrude Palmer Helders for
students majoring or honouring in Mathematics. The awards are made on the
recommendation of the Department of Mathematics.
Note: It is unclear the origin of the name Reginald PALLISER-WILSON but it
can be noted that an obituary for Joy Gertrude Palmer Helders referred to
her as having submitted a poem to Harpers in 1927 under the pseudonym
- 04394 Ron Riddell and Roy Douglas Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics.
Two scholarships of $350 each have been endowed by friends, family and the Math Club in memory of Ron Riddell and Roy Douglas. One award of $350 is offered to an honours student entering fourth year. The other award of $350 is offered to a majors student entering fourth year. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics.
04415 Larry ROBERTS Science One Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships totalling $735 have been endowed by family and friends in memory of Larry Roberts for outstanding students who have completed the Science One Program. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Science One teaching team in consultation with the Director of the Science One Program. Preference is given to candidates who have achieved high academic standing and who have embraced the philosophy of the Science One Program, where intellectual growth comes through the expression of creativity and an inquisitive mind.
00524 Guenther Felix SANDERS Scholarship (requires Affiliation to Knights
Scholarships totalling $2,200 have been endowed through a
bequest from Guenter Felix Sanders for students at the University of
British Columbia Vancouver and the University of British Columbia Okanagan
who are affiliated with the Knights Pythias in British Columbia and are,
preferably, honouring or majoring in mathematics or applied science. Basis
of selection is academic standing, but financial need may be a factor.
Awards are made on the recommendation of the University in consultation
with the Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias, whose approval is necessary and
who are empowered to determine from time to time the amounts and conditions
of these awards.
07822 Ernest G. SHERWOOD Bursary
Bursaries totalling $7,200 have been
endowed from a gift of Ernest G. Sherwood, of Richmond, B.C. The bursaries
are provided for students who have satisfactory academic standing and are
worthy and deserving of encouragement and support. Preference is given to
students in Agriculture or Mathematics.
The following is not a bursary under UBC auspices but would be of interest to students pursuing education and it does require an application (eligible students are contacted in September with applications due in October)
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Education Award
The Canadian Federation of University Women, West Vancouver through their Gaming Education Fund is pleased to make available an approximately $1000 Education award to a women student in a field that is underrepresented by women. Criteria include financial need, good citizenship and community involvement, and strong academic record.
This following award is often awarded to graduating students.
04327 Dr. R.D. James Medal in Mathematics
This medal recognizes the meritorious
service and distinguished achievements of Dr. R.D. James as Head of the
Department of Mathematics from 1948-1973. It will be awarded annually to
the student in the graduating class whose record and promise in Mathematics
are considered by the Department of Mathematics to be the most outstanding.
04358 G.C. Webber memorial Prize
An annual prize has been established as a
memorial to G. C. Webber, through a generous donation from his wife, Eva
Webber. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Department, to
an outstanding student in Honours Mathematics.
04316 Lorraine Schwartz Prize in Statistics and Probability
In memory of
Lorraine Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1960-65, this prize
has been established by her friends and colleagues. It will be awarded
annually for distinction in the fields of Statistics and Probability to an
undergraduate or graduate on the recommendation of the department.
The following award would be of interest to students pursuing Mathematics
Education (also see the award CFUW under Bursaries). It is expected that the terms of the awards will be amended to
allow a student in the Dual Degree program to be eligible entering the 5th
year of their program
UNIVERSITY Women's Club of Vancouver Scholarship in Mathematics Education
A $900 scholarship has been endowed by the University Women's Club of
Vancouver Trust Fund for Education for a student entering the Faculty of
Education specializing in Mathematics. The award is made on the
recommendation of the Faculty of Education and in the case of graduate
students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.