Shyam Chadha Memorial Mathematics Scholarship

Departments: Mathematics Categories: Mathematics
Amount One award of $1,000.
Availability Available beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.
Eligibility Criteria In order to be eligible, a student must:
  • Be a declared Mathematics major.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits
  • Have earned a minimum of 15 semester credits of mathematics in Math 114, 215, 216 and courses numbered 305 or higher
  • Have a cumulative and mathematics GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Be either a junior or senior mathematics major with multi-disciplinary interests.
  • A resume and two letters of recommendation are required for consideration.
Application Procedure Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the Mathematics Scholarship Application.
Selection Procedure The UW-Eau Claire math department scholarship committee will select the recipient based on the criteria above.
Selection Deadline First week in March.
Notification The recipient of this scholarship will receive a notification letter and will be honored at the Department of Mathematics Graduation and Awards Celebration.
Special Notes Donor Background:
Professor Shyam Chadha was a professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire from 1984 until he retired in 2014. Dr. Chadha died in October 2016 at the age of 72.  Dr. Chadha grew up in India and earned his PhD from University of Delhi. His areas of scholarship were in linear programming and in operations research, which are disciplines that began in World War II. Operations research  uses statistical analysis and mathematical modeling to arrive at optimal solutions to complex problems in management and industry. Dr. Chadha published over 30 papers in top academic journals and had an international reputation for his scholarship. Professor Chadha directed several student/faculty collaboration research projects at UWEC.  He was the recipient of the UWEC Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2008.
Dr. Chadha was also an accomplished teacher. He is remembered for making his students feel relaxed and comfortable with mathematical challenges and expertly employed the “muddiest point” approach in his teaching, where students are encouraged to reflect on what point in a lecture or lesson seems the most confusing. His patient and peaceful personality made him an exceptional teacher who made a great impact on the lives of his students. The scholarship was established by his wife Dr. Veena Chadha, who was also  professor of mathematics at UWEC from 1984 until she retired in 2014.
Thank You Scholarship recipients are expected to write thank you letters addressed to the Chadha Family and sent in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.