Each year, the Department of Mathematics awards a number of scholarships to students with distinguished achievements. The following is a list of the scholarships currently available from the department.
New Freshman Scholarships (NFS)
New Freshman Scholarships are a series of general university and specific college/major scholarships. Students must apply and be admitted to UW-Platteville by Jan. 15 to receive a scholarship letter and instructions on how to apply for NFS. For more information, please refer to the scholarship page on Financial Aid's website.
George Bullis Scholarship
The George Bullis Scholarship Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship awarded to entering freshman majoring in mathematics or pursuing a career requiring a high mathematics aptitude (e.g. physics or engineering). Preference will be given to National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Recipients have the possibility to continue this scholarship for up to four years.
Jennie L. and Orlyn P. Edge Scholarship
The Jennie L. and Orlyn P. Edge Scholarship is awarded to entering freshman majoring in mathematics. Recipients must be enrolled in a mathematics course at or above the level of calculus. Need is not a consideration for this award.
William A. and Jean C. Sanders Scholarship
The William A. and Jean C. Sanders Scholarship is awarded to entering freshman majoring in mathematics. Recipients must be enrolled in a mathematics course at or above the level of calculus. Need is used only as a final, deciding factor.
Fredric W. Tufte Scholarship
The Fredric W. Tufte The Fredric W. Tufte Scholarship is awarded to entering freshman majoring in mathematics. Preference will be given to sons and daughters of Wisconsin school teachers.
Continuing Student Scholarships
There are many scholarships available to students who have declared a major or minor in mathematics and are continuing their studies at UW-Platteville. please refer to the scholarship page on Financial Aid's website.
Richard W. Brodbeck Mathematics Scholarship
The Richard W. Brodbeck Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to students who will be junior or senior mathematics majors in the fall. Recipients must have a part-time job and/or be involved in extra-curricular activities and have a sound character and an outgoing, friendly personality.
Otto Carothers Memorial Scholarship
The Otto Carothers Memorial Scholarship is awarded to mathematics majors or minors with at least sophomore status in the fall. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to nontraditional students taking at least 6 credits.
E.G. Harrell Scholarship
The E.G. Harrell Scholarship is awarded to students who will be junior or senior mathematics majors in secondary education in the fall. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must show evidence of leadership qualities and the potential to be an exceptional teacher.
Kenneth Kundert Memorial Scholarship
The Kenneth Kundert Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who will be junior or senior mathematics majors in the fall. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and must show evidence of high moral character.
The Mitchell-Ohm Scholarship, established by Jerry Ohm and Milton Mitchell, is awarded to students who will be sophomore or junior mathematics majors in the fall. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students from southwest Wisconsin and to students with financial need.
William A. and Jean C. Sanders Scholarship
The William A. and Jean C. Sanders Scholarship is awarded to students who will be junior or senior mathematics majors in the fall. Recipients must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a mathematics GPA of 3.5 or higher. Need is used only as a final, deciding factor.
Dawson and Marie Trine Scholarship
The The Dawson and Marie Trine Scholarship is awarded to students who will be sophomore, junior, or senior mathematics majors in the fall. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher and a mathematics GPA of 3.0 or higher. Financial need may be used as a criterion when selecting a candidate.
Dick married Helen Stoneman on September 6, 1942 and they had 5 children. He was the developer of Dick's Supermarkets in SW Wisconsin and the McGregor Plaza in Platteville. Richard received the 1973 Wisconsin Grocery Manufacturers Man of the Year Award and the 1974 Platteville Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. He served on the local school board between 1954 and 1957 and was a member of many service and fraternal organizations. Richard died August 20, 1983.
Robert and Barry Brodbeck created this scholarship in honor of their father who instilled many formidable principles and deep-seated work ethics in people. Through the years, the Brodbecks have assisted countless students in fulfilling their personal goal of earning a college degree. Literally thousands of students have been employed by the Brodbecks, earning both real-world experience and extra income.
Bullis, who earned his B.S. at UW-Eau Claire in mathematics and science in 1941 and his M.A. in mathematics at UW-Madison in 1942, became an instructor of mathematics at Madison in 1942 while doing graduate work. He also did graduate work at the University of Kansas and at the Astronomy Institute. George was drafted in the spring of 1944, but his military career was a very short one. As soon as the Army realized that George had asthma, they knew they couldn't send him to war, so they searched for jobs he could accomplish in the States. George really wanted the garbage detail, because you could be done shortly after noon and you could leave for the day. But that job was taken, so they gave him a job piling shoes by size. George was discharged from the Army in September of 1944.
"Doc" Harrell hired George in 1945. They were the only two professors in the Mathematics Department for eleven years. George and "Doc" were referred to as "the long and short of it" due to "Doc's" small stature and George's height of 6'8". Fellow faculty members remember George ducking at each doorway to enter a room, having a "booming" voice corresponding with his size, and having a passion for playing cards. George organized a group of students to play cards as a means of improving their math skills.
During 1945-1947, George assisted Dr. Glen Gundy in mechanics and chemistry. George said that he never considered himself a mathematician, but rather thought of himself as a math teacher. He was the Dean of Arts and Sciences for eight and a half years from 1968 to 1977, a counselor for Alpha Kai Sigma, a member of American Men of Science, a member of Who's Who in the Midwest, and a chair for the Wisconsin Mathematics Association of America.
Of his greatest accomplishments, George said that the most gratifying was seeing Platteville become a college/university. He taught here for thirty-nine years and worked very hard to improve standards to make UW-Platteville an "acceptable" institution. Because he and "Doc" worked so hard, many students in the early 1950s went to graduate school. "Before that, few even considered attending grad school."
George Bullis helped establish the requirement that elementary teachers take arithmetic courses in order to teach them. George was also helpful in recruitment of students. He organized a group of about 60 representatives from the college that would go out to high schools to prepare students for college life. He was instrumental in creating the Student Athletic Publicity Service (SAPS) to qualify cheerleaders, determine an athlete of the week, and a Pioneer of the week. Furthermore, he helped establish an award to the best freshman math student (giving a book of tables as the prize--back then there weren't calculators, so the book of tables was an excellent reward to a math scholar). Ken Kundert would give an actuarial exam to determine the best freshman math student.
George met his wife Audrey when they were both attending Eau Claire Teachers College, she passed away in 1992. They have four daughters, Virginia, Jill, Jory, and Janet.
Carothers worked in the aerospace industry for several years and taught one year at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA before coming to Platteville. He taught mathematics at UW-Platteville from 1964 to 89, and was chairperson of the mathematics department from 1986 until his death in 1989. He was survived by his wife, Kaye, and two sons, Warren Stuart Carothers and Lance Ryan Carothers.
In addition to his departmental responsibilities, Carothers was involved with the Extended Degree Program, the campus planning commission, and the academic computing committee.
Carothers' friends and academic colleagues remember him as an outstanding individual and teacher. He is remembered as having a zeal for punctuality, rules, form, and symmetry. Colleagues also commented on his great sense of humor--some of his students presented him with a "Calculus Club" (similar to a baseball bat), which he often carried to class. He is also remembered for his caring attitude toward students and his dedication to teaching excellence and rigorous academic standards.
The following is an excerpt from a letter received by Dean Fatzinger from one of Dr. Carothers' students in July, 1989: Teaching math to females during the 50s was not considered a priority. As a result, I have had considerable math anxiety most of my life. Forced to register for Algebra this summer to satisfy my University General Requirements, I entered Dr. Carothers' classroom with a great deal of apprehension.
Dr. Carothers has been able to calm many of my fears however, and teach me that Algebra is not the great mystery that I used to think it was, that it is, in reality, a matter of following the rules. Being an English major, I am used to questioning why, I have learned that in Algebra it is better to accept. Dr. Carothers uses gentle humor and a great deal of encouragement to keep students such as myself from failing. It is clear to me that this professor wants his students to succeed. Dr. Carothers has made Algebra many times more bearable.
Dr. Carothers' dedication to students and to teaching was memorialized by his wife, Katherine, who in February, 1990 originated a scholarship in his name.
"It is gratifying for me to offer deserving students scholarships annually, one in my name and the other in my mother's name, Jennie Condry Edge. We graduated from the same institution of higher education in Platteville. Mom graduated from the then State Teacher's College at Platteville as an Elementary Education (Primary) major in 1928, and I graduated from the Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology as a Mathematics and Physics major in 1961."
"Mom was one of three sisters who were all bright and talented in math. Mom was allowed to skip two grades at the one-room rural Condry School that was built on land donated by her uncle, David Condry. She went directly to the College in Platteville to do three years of high school at the Laboratory School followed by two years of college in the Primary Education program. Mom graduated with her two-year degree at age 17. After she and Paul Edge were married, they entered a farming business. While farm work took most of mom's time, teaching was not an option anyway because married women were not permitted to teach at that time."
"My father and I graduated from the one-room rural White School that was built on land donated by my grandfather Edge. I finished Platteville High School and then graduated from the Wisconsin State College at Platteville in 1961. A mathematics major required 30 hours of math at that time. In the graduate program at The University of Iowa, I found myself competing with many students who had a stronger math program even though I had taken 38 math hours. However, the high expectations and excellent teaching provided by Professor George Bullis and Dr. E. G. Harrell gave me the foundation needed to earn a Ph.D. at The University of Iowa."
"A major factor in my education success was the encouragement and support provided by my parents. My father was forced to quit high school in the junior year because his father needed him to work on the farm. Dad resented this to some extent and wanted something better for me. My mother's love of school and math was infectious. She and I would work together on the algebra word problems that caused me some trouble. As a result of my parent's nurturing, I eventually came to realize that I wanted to teach college-level mathematics in order to impart my love of mathematics to other students. With the support of my wife and family I was able to obtain the advanced degrees that enabled me to fulfill my dreams."
"Whatever successes I have had in mathematics, I have to attribute to my family, my professors at the College in Platteville, and to competition from excellent students in my college program."
After earning a M.S. and a Ph.D., Orlyn Edge became a professor of mathematics at Illinois State University in Normal for 33 years until his retirement in 1999. In his capacity there, Dr. Edge was Director of Undergraduate Mathematics for 18 years and was the creator and the founder of the Actuarial Program in 1990.
After a year of college at Hanover College in Indiana, Doc took his first teaching job in a rural school near Kent, Indiana. There were 30 students in his class, from grades one through eight, all subjects, all grades. Doc said he got about $800 for the year and was paid $5 a week for room and board. He taught all day, took care of the stove, and did the janitorial work. He also bought a car, a new 1926 Model T, crank start, for $369. When he traded a cow for $60, the price became $309. Doc says that he kept the car for ten years, never had any trouble with it, and put over 50,000 miles on it. But he did add a foot accelerator and a manifold heater so that at least one person could keep warm.
After two years at Kent, Doc went back to Hanover to complete his degree in mathematics and physics. Summers were spent on the road crews, 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, $0.30 an hour. One whole summer was spent on Hanging Rock Hill: "All the work was by hand. One person would turn the drill, and the other two used sledge hammers." But it was better than earlier years when he worked for $1.00 a day hauling stone from a quarry. "The horses," Doc said, "were blind as bats, each weighing over a ton, and you had to keep a tight line."
After graduating from Hanover, at the suggestion of one of his teachers, Doc headed for The University of Iowa, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1935. After Iowa, he spent three years at Ouachita College in Arkansas, and then two years at Valley City State in North Dakota, before arriving in Platteville. In 1939, in Bemidji, Minnesota, Doc married Margaret Louise Keeler, whom he had met years earlier while a student in Iowa. The Harrell's four children are Connie, Janet, Ronald, and Gretchen. All but Connie were born in Platteville, and all but Janet (a graduate of the University of Minnesota) are UW-Platteville graduates. Ronald and Gretchen also received their master’s degrees from UW-Platteville.
In addition to his position at UW-Platteville, Doc was very active in the community. He served for 20 years on the State Teachers Retirement Board, 15 years on the Platteville School Board, and 6 years on the Southwest Technical Vocational Board and the CESA 3 Board of Directors. Doc retired in 1972 and spent his remaining years on his hobby farm east of Platteville on Mitchell Hollow Rd. He died in 2006 at his home two weeks after turning 100.
Ken first arrived on the Platteville campus as a student in 1957 and recalled the experience with nostalgia and humor: "I remember that there were about 13 options. It was all really related to education. You were really preparing to teach. You could major in all the traditional disciplines to prepare you to teach. I saw the city and the college go from not really much of anything to the position that it's now in. When I came here for a campus visit, Dr. Longhorn, the registrar, took me on a campus tour. He showed me Old Main, Ullrich, Doudna and the industrial arts building-which is now the fine arts building-and the tour was over. I remember saying to my mother, 'Boy, there really isn't much here.' By the time I was a junior here there were three members in the Mathematics Department. There were about 500 students here when Longhorn gave me the tour. It was pretty small."
Dr. Kundert taught a variety of statistics courses and often taught the first semester of calculus. He particularly enjoyed teaching elementary statistics "because most of the students come into that course with minimal background and considerable anxiety, and many of them wind up saying this isn't really as bad as I thought it was going to be. They often progress to the point where you really feel that you've accomplished something." Kundert served on numerous committees at the department, college, and university levels in addition to participating in several system-wide task forces. He received the College of Arts and Sciences "Teaching Excellence Award" in 1989. He was professionally affiliated with the Mathematics Association of America and the Wisconsin Mathematics Council.
Dr. Kundert was well respected by students, staff, colleagues and administrators. His wife, Judy, endowed this scholarship in his memory on January 20, 1990.
Jerry Ohm was a mathematics professor at UW-Platteville from 1966 until June, 1984 when he resigned to follow his second vocation, farming. Jerry attended the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) where he majored in Mathematics and minored in German. After receiving his B.A. at UNI he went on to earn an M.A. in Mathematics at Boston College. He did graduate work in mathematics at the University of Missouri. He taught four years of junior high and high school in Iowa, two years at Rio Grande College in Ohio, and eighteen years at UW-Platteville.
During his years of teaching at UW-Platteville, Jerry was active with Faculty Senate, Public Relations, the Foundation Board, Freshman Advising and Orientation, Campus Ministry, and was a Wrestling Coach. He supervised the exchange program with Westfield State College, which enabled students to experience the academic and social atmosphere of another college. Mr. Ohm belonged to the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, SWEA, TAUWF, and the National Orientation Directors Association. In addition to mathematics and farming, he was involved in building construction, land development, and vocal music.
Jerry and his wife, Janet, had three sons, Lon, Joel, and Chad, and three daughters, Melanie, Heidi, and Sarah.
Milton Mitchell graduated from Miami Central High School in Troy, Ohio in 1955 and enrolled at Purdue University that fall. Milton attended Purdue for three years, and married Patricia Kaser in 1958. Milton transferred to Indiana Central College where he graduated in the spring of 1960 with a major in mathematics and an Indiana teaching certificate. After four years of teaching at Hancock Central High School in Greenfield, Indiana, Milton and his family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he received his Master's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee in 1965. They returned to Greenfield where Milton taught for one more year before joining the faculty at UW-Platteville in 1966.
In addition to teaching at UW-Platteville, Milton pursued graduate work at the University of Illinois and received a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from UW-Madison in 1983. While at UW-Platteville, he taught all of the undergraduate mathematics courses through the calculus sequence. The fourteen years prior to his retirement were spent on the mathematics component of the elementary education program. He taught courses in mathematics content and methods that are required of all Elementary Education majors as well as the mathematics courses for those students who specialize in mathematics at the elementary/middle school level. Milton was the director of eight Dwight D. Eisenhower Higher Education Grant programs for middle school mathematics teachers. He served on numerous department, college, and university committees. Milton was a long-time member of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council and served on the executive board of the WMC (1989-92). In May 1997, Milton received the Distinguished Mathematics Educator award from the WMC. In addition, Milton served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting System MATHLINE program for elementary/middle school teachers (1994-98). He also served as a reviewer for the School Evaluation Consortium of the Wisconsin North Central Association.
After 32 years of teaching at UW-Platteville, Milton retired from the Mathematics Department in May 1998. Milton and Pat are the parents of three children, all of whom are graduates of UW-Platteville, Mike (1982 graduate in Industrial Technology and Computer Science), Robin (1985 graduate in Computer Science), and Tammy (1991 graduate in Computer Science).
After two years, Bill was experiencing academic burnout and he applied for several positions. One evening he received a phone call from Bjarne Ullsvik asking if Bill would accept a position in the Mathematics Department at Platteville. Bill accepted the position and they packed all of their belongings in a 1964 Ford and a small U-Haul and headed for the Promised Land. It was in Platteville where many of their dreams for a better tomorrow came true. Both Bill and Jean thought it was neat that they could get paid for doing the very thing they loved to do. Bill would be teaching mathematics at the University and Jean would be teaching mathematics in the middle school.
Jean started her connection with the university as a faculty wife. At the time they arrived in Platteville, there was an active faculty wives organization as well as a group called Newcomers for those in their first or second year. Jean played an active role as President of Faculty Wives and served on the scholarship committee for several years. Then, in January 1966 when their first child was 2 months old, Jean began her graduate studies and weaved her class schedule around Bill's teaching schedule by taking night and summer courses. Jean received her Master's degree from UW-Platteville in Mathematics Education just two weeks after their third child was born.
Jean's teaching career at the University started in January 1969 when she taught 5 mathematics classes of 40 students each while Bill finished his doctoral program at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Jean's continuous employment started in 1978 with numerous part-time appointments. Bill and Jean's children are Michael, Karla, Gayle, and Gary, and each of them attended UW-Platteville.
In addition to being active in their church, Bill and Jean have contributed substantially to the Platteville community. Few have done more than Jean and Bill to make their community a better place to live and to work. Jean, for example, was a driving force behind the establishment of the Platteville Thrift Shop and a charter member of its board. During their first years in Platteville, Bill saw an alarming need for improved housing for many of Platteville's elderly citizens, and with dogged determination, forged a coalition of interested citizens that eventually saw the establishment of Jenor Towers, a housing project for the elderly. Bill gave up countless evenings and weekends with his family during the years it took to see this project come to fruition. During these years, Bill and Jean were also very active in the Jaycees and Jaycette organizations.
At an event marking their retirement, Bill commented, "As we bring to a close our service to this University as mathematics teachers, we began to explore other ways of service and wondered if there was some way we could continue to serve our students and University even though we would be retiring. We thought about that first mathematics award we received at Rockford College and all the help and encouragement we've received from others over the years. As a way of sharing our love for mathematics and teaching, we decided to establish two endowment scholarships in our names. In the fall of 1998 we established one that is designed to give recognition and encouragement to two students majoring in mathematics. These scholarship awards shall be used toward tuition during the recipients' junior or senior year. This past fall, we set up another endowment scholarship that can be used as a recruiting device to attract two beginning freshmen that are majoring in mathematics to come to UW-Platteville. It is our hope to be able to attract some of the outstanding participants in the UW-Platteville Mathematics Contest to come to this university. It is nice to know, even though Jean and I will be retiring, that from this point on, we will be helping four students pursue a possible career in mathematics."
After Dawson’s sophomore year, the family moved to Platteville. They lived in a trailer in Davison Park, where married students could rent for $27.00 a month, sharing a common building for laundry and bathrooms. Davison Park was located in the area of Royce and McGregor Halls. After a day of classes, Dawson worked the evening shift of 4:00-12:00 midnight at the Burgess Battery Plant, then located on the corner of Third and Mineral Streets.
Dawson graduated from UW-Platteville in 1953, and the family moved to McHenry, IL, where Dawson began his teaching career in McHenry High School with a salary of $3300 – a good salary at the time. He later taught at the high school in Arlington Heights, IL. During these years, Dawson commuted to UW-Madison taking courses to obtain his Master of Science Degree. In 1958, the Trine family returned to Platteville where Dawson began teaching Mathematics at UW-Platteville. He continued his graduate work and received his Ph. D. in Mathematics Education from UW-Madison in 1965. Dawson taught Mathematics at UW-Platteville thirty-seven years and was chairman of the Department of Mathematics for thirteen of those years.
In 1958, Marie enrolled at UW-Platteville, and their sons attended the UW-Platteville Laboratory School. Marie continued taking classes part-time while balancing the responsibilities of being a mother of four sons. She completed her Elementary Education degree in eight years. Marie graduated from UW-Platteville in 1966, and within a few months the Platteville superintendent of schools called to inquire if Marie would teach third grade at Westview Elementary School. Marie accepted the offer and taught there for 23 years.
Dawson, Marie and three of their sons, Rick, Larry, and David, graduated from UW-Platteville. Their fourth son Bob took four classes at UW-Platteville during his senior year at Platteville High School. He enrolled at UW-Platteville for one year before transferring to Stanford University on a scholarship, where he completed his degree. Bob also participated in two drama performances at UW-Platteville.
Dawson and Marie believe UW-Platteville has had a positive effect on their family, and they have continued to enjoy the activities offered by the University. In appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by the university, they established the Dawson and Marie Trine Family Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics.
After graduating from the University of North Dakota, he wanted to experience a little of the U.S.A. beyond the upper Midwest, so he attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and obtained his Master of Arts in Mathematics there. He was invited to interview at UW-Platteville by the Mathematics Department Chair, Dr. E. G. Harrell. Rick has commented that Doc invited him home for dinner after the interview, and that the homegrown foods prepared for the meal reminded him of his native North Dakota. Rick says that the hospitality of the Harrell family was a contributing factor in his decision to accept the offer of employment from UW-Platteville in 1966.
Shortly after Rick began working at UW-Platteville, Dr. Marilyn Zanardi started to work here as a biology professor. Rick and Marilyn came to know each other through mutual work on several committees, and one of their first dates was attending Platteville's Dairy Day Parade. Rick took a sabbatical from 1970 to 72 to work on his Ph.D. at Iowa State University and at The University of Iowa, and he and Marilyn were married in 1972. Rick finished his dissertation and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from UW-Madison in 1988.
During Rick's career, he served the UW-Platteville Mathematics Department and the University and the mathematics community in many ways. He was the department chair for six years, served on the MAA Board of Governors, and was a member of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He received a certificate of meritorious service by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Rick also enjoyed serving as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service and as a reader for the Advanced Placement Test in Mathematics in Colorado. At UW-Platteville, a few of his notable accomplishments were starting the annual high school Mathematics Contest, the annual "Pioneer" newsletter (which is sent to Wisconsin high schools), and the UW-Platteville Mathematics Department alumni newsletter, "Group Reflections."
Rick's determination to succeed was very much in evidence as he dealt with brain surgery and diligently worked through the recovery process. He was an inspiration to everyone who watched him continually make great progress to reach his goals. In fact, one of Rick's students commented that it was an honor to have had him as a professor, and we all concur. It has been an honor to work with and learn from Dr. Fredric Tufte.