Hendrix Student Receives Math Award

CONWAY, Ark. (November 6, 2012) - Matthew Phillip Larson '14, a math and philosophy double major, is one of seven students nationwide to receive a $3,000 Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Larson's favorite math class so far has been differential equations. Although he hasn't yet chosen a specific field of study within mathematics, his goal is to continue studying the subject at the graduate level.

The AMS made $21,000 in awards to seven students, nationwide, through the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund. Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky was born in Russia in 1901 and received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1926. He taught at a number of institutions before taking a position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he remained for the rest of his professional life. He showed particular concern for students of mathematics and in some cases made personal efforts to ensure that financial considerations would not hinder their studies. Trjitzinsky was the author of about 60 mathematics papers, primarily on quasi-analytic functions and partial differential equations. A member of the AMS for 46 years, he died in 1973.

"We are very happy for Matthew, a bright, deserving member of the department, and we appreciate the generosity of the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund and of the Americal Mathematical Association," said Dr. Duff Campbell, associate professor of mathematics at Hendrix. "The worldwide mathematical community is small but close knit, and this award showcases the generosity of that community."

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Feel about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.