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Nine Students to Receive Scholarships
Through Math and Computer Science Program


 MAILED:  July 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - Nine students entering the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this coming fall will receive Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarships for the 2004-05 academic year.

The new EMACS scholars are Russell Campbell, Loyal, a graduate of Loyal Senior High School and the son of Tom and Cindy Campbell; Katrina Geske, Eau Claire, a graduate of North High School and the daughter of Regina Szczerbicki and the late Richard Geske; Corey Hilber, Marshfield, a graduate of Marshfield High School and the son of Donna Hilber and the late Richard Hilber; Travis Krause, Edgar, a graduate of Edgar High School and the son of Dale and Lori Krause; David Murphy, Camp Douglas, a graduate of Tomah High School and the son of Larry and Betty Murphy; Kyla Perlongo, Bruce, a graduate of Bruce High School and the daughter of Steve and Cheryl Perlongo; Mary Peterson, Barneveld, a graduate of Barneveld High School and the daughter of Rollie and Ginny Peterson; Gregory Smith, Brookfield, a graduate of Brookfield East High School and the son of Laurel Smith; and Ryan Steinbach, Platteville, a graduate of Platteville High School and the son of Daniel and Rita Steinbach.

UW-Eau Claire first awarded EMACS scholarships during the 2003-04 academic year after its mathematics and computer science departments received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the EMACS Scholarship Program. Dr. Michael Howe, associate professor of mathematics, Dr. Andrew Phillips, professor of computer science, and Dr. Alex Smith, associate professor of mathematics, developed the EMACS Scholars program, which provides 30 students - new freshmen or currently enrolled students who demonstrate financial need and academic potential - with scholarships and support in the form of faculty and peer mentoring, student/faculty research projects, capstone and independent study opportunities, career counseling that includes preparation for graduate school, and service-learning and internship opportunities.

When awarding the grant, the NSF reviewers noted UW-Eau Claire's outstanding faculty and academic programs, the quality of its mathematics and computer science programs, and the overall excellence of the university, said Howe, noting that they also cited the importance the university places on student-faculty research.

UW-Eau Claire is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report and other national publications as one of the nation's best educational values and among the top public regional universities in the Midwest. For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site.

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Updated: July 22, 2004