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EMACS Scholarships Announced
For Returning UW-Eau Claire Students

 MAILED:  Sept. 10, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Ten returning University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students were recently awarded Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarships as part of a program that began with the 2003-04 academic year. EMACS scholarships awarded to nine incoming freshman were announced in July.

The returning EMACS scholars are Brandon Barrette, a sophomore mathematics major from Green Bay; Ronald Bertrand, a junior mathematics major from Sun Prairie; Sawyer Butterfield, a sophomore computer science major from Ladysmith; Justin Grassel, a junior mathematics major from Milladore; Heather Peterson, a junior mathematics major from Rice Lake; Katie Steffes, a junior mathematics major from St. Joseph, Minn.; Mark De Neve, a sophomore computer science major from Altoona; Nicole Roper, a senior computer science major from Lake Mills; Corey Schuster, a senior mathematics and chemistry major from Elcho; and Laura Tamm, a senior mathematics and biology major from Brillion.

In September 2002 it was announced that the mathematics and computer science departments at the UW-Eau Claire had 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, professor of mathematics, developed the EMACS Scholars program for students who demonstrate financial need and academic potential. The program provides 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, Howe said. The reviewers also cited the importance the university places on student-faculty research, he said.

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. Visit UW-Eau Claire's Web site for more information on scholarship opportunities.



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Updated: September 10, 2004