Scholarships–Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics (S-COAM)

  • The Scholarships Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics (S-COAM) project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for our unique scholarship program. In addition to providing monetary scholarship support, S-COAM creates a network of students that engage in professional development activities to improve your career prospects and success in STEM fields.

    While increasing numbers of students pursuing mathematics degrees, S-COAM is unique in its goal of establishing a supportive connection of graduate students with undergraduates through scholarship cohort activities.

    Need-based scholarships annually support seven to nine students from the MS in Applied Mathematics and about 40 undergraduates seeking a mathematics major or minor in mathematics with a STEM major. Annually, 10 to 20 new freshmen are recruited with at least 87 distinct students supported over five years. We are seeking high-achieving high school students with financial need from across the region.

    The selection process considers need, diversity, academic performance, activities, and a personal statement.

    We Want You to Apply!

    Apply according to your student group:

    Monthly Meetings for Fall 2019–Spring 2020

    • August 25, 4:15–6:15 p.m. in Stright 226/229
    • September 30, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in HUB Conemaugh Room
    • October 30, 3:30–5:00 p.m. in HUB Conemaugh Room
    • December 5, 3:30–5:00 p.m. in HUB Conemaugh Room 


    3D Printing Basic

    • October 16, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
    • Stright 220

    Abstract: In this workshop a basic introduction to using 3D printers will be undertaken. Demonstrations of both 3D model creation and printing will be shown using standard software tools. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create 3D models that could be printed using standard 3D printers.

    3D Printing from a Mathematical Perspective

    • October 23, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
    • Stright 220

    Abstract: In this workshop a hands on approach to creating models for 3D printing will be undertaken. Participants will use notebooks to create 3D geometries that can be converted to file types that are acceptable for 3D printing. The focus of this workshop will be more on the mathematics needed for 3D printing, rather than the creation of complicated 3D printable models. 

    Major Events

    September 9, SIAM Visiting Lecture: Dr. Stephanie Fitchett

    1. Open Session: 10:00–11:00 a.m.—Stright 205

    2. Lunch with S-COAM scholars: 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

    3. Advanced Talk: 3:30–4:30 p.m.—Stright 226/229

    4. General Talk: 6:30–7:30 p.m.—Humanities and Social Sciences 126


    In addition to financial support, S-COAM scholars will also participate in the Mathematics Enrichment Activities Network.

    Our Students Engage in Many Activities, Including:

    • Peer-led, team-learning sessions for freshmen

    • Research opportunities

    • Local, regional, or national conferences

    • Departmental or college-wide colloquia

    • Workshops in software training, job/internship search, and graduate school preparation

    • Connections with working professionals in science and engineering fields

    • Social gatherings with other S-COAM scholars

    • IUP clubs, including: Math Club, Actuary Club, or Preservice Teachers of Mathematics

    • Presentations by professionals from industry and academia

    Scholarship Renewal Requirements

    • Participate in all required events in the program

    • Submit the FAFSA form, and continue to meet the federal financial aid requirements every semester

    • Continue as a full-time student at IUP making satisfactory progress toward a qualifying sciences and mathematics degree

    • Submit a summary of activities every semester with a short essay on the program and his/her academic progress

    • Complete the program outcomes and assessment survey

    • Undergraduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and graduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

    This web page changes often. Please check back frequently for additional information.

    If you have questions about this program, please contact:

    Project Directors

    Yu-Ju Kuo,
    Rick Adkins,
    210 South Tenth Street
    Mathematics Department
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Phone: 724-357-2608

    This project is funded by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S STEM) program under Award No. DUE 1742304.

    Past S-Coam Scholarship Recipients