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Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

There are a number of scholarships, awards and prizes on offer at the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.  Make sure you check them out!

There are also a number of flagship scholarships offered by the University of Waikato.

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact the Scholarships Office.


Undergraduate:

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Closing Date: 23 September 2016
Level: Entrance, School Leaver
Value: Up to $5,000

The exam is usually in October. The purpose of the University of Waikato Computer Science Scholarship Examination is to determine whether new students have sufficient proficiency in the subject to merit placement in the more senior papers. In addition, students demonstrating a particular aptitude for the subject will be offered full-fees scholarships on the basis of the exam results. On the basis of examination results, up to ten fees scholarships will be offered. These scholarships will cover tuition fees payable for the first year of study towards a BCMS, BSc or BE degree (in one of the computing streams) at Waikato University. They shall not be tenable for any other degree or at any other university. The University of Waikato Computer Science Scholarship Examination is made up of two parts: a two-hour written examination and a six-hour practical examination. Both parts are usually on 2 days in October of each year.

The scholarship examination is open to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, or international students, presently enrolled in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand High School.


Regulations:
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Mathematics Fees Scholarship

Closing Date: The competitive examination was held on 24 August 2016.
Level: Entrance, School Leaver
Value: $5,000

The Mathematics Fees Scholarship is open to applicants who are enrolling in the first year of study towards an undergraduate degree with a major in Mathematics at the University of Waikato. Successful applicants will usually be intending to enrol in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, although in exceptional circumstances the Selection Panel may consider applicants who are enrolling in a Mathematics major through another School or Faculty. The Scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Waikato.  The decision will be based on the results of a competitive examination held in August. Results will be circulated to participants by the end of September.  Those interested in participating should consult the Department of Mathematics for more information.

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Computer Graphic Design Fees Scholarship

Closing Date: 28 October 2016
Level: Entrance, School Leaver
Value: $5,000

The Computer Graphic Design Fees Scholarship is open to applicants who are enrolling in the first year of study towards an undergraduate degree with a major in Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato. All students wishing to be considered for the Computer Graphic Design Fees Scholarships must apply on the official Scholarship application form and submit this with their portfolio.

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Smartrak Software Development Scholarship

Closing Date: Closed
Level: Undergraduate
Value: $5,000

Smartrak Limited is offering a scholarship to support a student, achieving at a high academic level, who is majoring in software development. The student must be in their penultimate year (second-to-last year of their degree), studying full-time towards a BE(Hons) in Software Engineering, BCMS in Software Development, or a BSc(Tech) majoring in computer science, with an emphasis on software development at the University of Waikato.

Regulations and Application Form: Download


Statistics Fees Scholarship

Closing Date: Closed
Level:
Undergraduate
Value:
$2,500

The Statistics Fees Scholarship is open to applicants who are enrolling in the second or third year of study towards an undergraduate degree with a major in Statistics at the University of Waikato. Successful applicants will usually be enrolled in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, although in exceptional circumstances the selection panel may consider applicants who are enrolled in a Statistics major through another Faculty or School. Up to two Scholarships may be awarded each year.

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2degrees ICT Scholarship

Closing Date: Closed
Level: Undergraduate
Value: $5,000

The University of Waikato and 2degrees have developed a partnership to mutually support and advance our services for staff and students. 2degrees is offering scholarships as part of their commitment to grow and support the next generation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts.

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CMS International Exchange Scholarship

Closing Date: 31 March (B Semester exchanges) or 31 July (A Semester exchanges)
Level: Undergraduate
Value: Variable

The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences established the CMS International Exchange Scholarships to encourage Computing and Mathematical Sciences students to participate in exchange programmes offered by the University of Waikato. The scholarships are offered to provide financial support to students for approved exchange programmes.

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Hilbert Prize in Mathematics

The Hilbert Prize in Mathematics is awarded to the best student who has completed at least 60 points at 300 level or higher in Mathematics in the year of the award.


Dean's Award for Excellence

The awards will be presented to the best 10 students, in each level, enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, as recommended by the Faculty Board of Examiners.


William and Sylvie Bolstad Bayesian Statistics Prize

The William and Sylvie Bolsatd Bayesian Statistics Prize is awarded annually to the top undergraduate student who has undertaken a Bayesian Statistics paper at the University of Waikato in the year of award. This Prize was established in 2014 by William M Bolstad and his wife Sylvie H Bolstad.


Alan Turing Prize

The Alan Turing Prize is awarded annually to the student who has performed best in a third-year programme of studies which includes at least two 300 level papers in Computer Science and at least two 300 level papers in Mathematics.

Alan Turing (1912-1954) was an English Mathematician who made fundamental contributions to mathematics and computer science. He developed the notion of a theoretical structure, now called a Turing Machine, which could model any computable process and which had been the basis of modern sequential computers. During World War II he contributed significantly to the work of the allies in breaking German codes.


Waikato Branch NZFGW Emmy Noether Prize in Mathematics

The Waikato Branch NZFGW Emmy Noether Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to the most outstanding woman student in her first year of Mathematics.

The Prize was made possible by the gift of a sum of money for capital investment from the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women.


Margaret Jeffries Prize in Computer Science

The Margaret Jeffries Prize in Computer Science is awarded annually to the top female student taking second-year Computer Science papers at the University of Waikato in the year of award. Students will be considered for the award on the basis of their grades in their best three Computer Science papers in the year of the award.

This Prize was established in 2006 by the Department of Computer Science in memory of Dr Margaret Jefferies, Senior Lecturer in the Department from 2001-2006. This Prize is intended to encourage top female students to pursue studies in this field.


Millennium Prize in Mathematics

The Millennium Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to the most outstanding student who has completed two full-time years of study at the University of Waikato, and who is majoring in Mathematics or enrolling in a specified programme sponsored by the Department of Mathematics.


Ramanujan Centenary Prize

The Ramanujan Centenary Prize is awarded annually to the student who has completed the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with the best overall performance.

The Prize was established in 1987 by Professor E.V. Krishnamurthy in the centenary year of the greatest Indian mathematician – Ramanujan. Ramanujan (1887-1920) was a great Indian mathematical genius gifted with amazing computing powers and intuition. In spite of his utter poverty and lack of formal university education, his single-minded devotion to mathematics raised him to the status of a great 20th century mathematician and the most romantic figure in the recent history of mathematics. Ramanujan is a source of inspiration to young students in mathematics and computing.


Von Neumann Prize in Mathematics

The Von Neumann Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to a student in their fi rst year of study at the University of Waikato, who is enrolled in at least one paper offered by the Department of Mathematics and who is, in the opinion of the Chairperson of the Department, the most outstanding first-year student and worthy of the award.


Postgraduate:

Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship

Closing Date: 3 June 2016
Level:
Graduate
Value:
Up to $25,000 or $20,000

The Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship was established in 2015 to support academically talented students studying towards a Master of Cyber Security qualification at the University of Waikato.  The value of the Scholarship will be NZ$25,000 for students undertaking a 180 point MCS and NZ$20,000 for a 120 point MCS.

Regulations: Download


The A Zulauf Trust Scholarship

Closing Date: 5pm on 31 August
Level:
Graduate
Value:
Up to $5,000

This Scholarship was established in 2011 to promote the study of Mathematics at the University of Waikato. Candidates will, in the year of application, be enrolled or enrolling full-time to undertake the research portion of their masters degree. It is expected that the bulk of that research will take place in the year of application. All applicants, domestic or international, must meet the University's enrolment criteria for masters level study.

The payment of this $5,000 Scholarship will be overseen by the Public Trust.

Regulations: Download


John Turner Prize

The John Turner Prize is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark for the 520 research project and report for the BCMS Honours paper Report of an Investigation.

The Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences established the Prize in 1994, in recognition of Associate Professor Turner's contribution to the Faculty, and with the aim of encouraging excellence in the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (BCMS) Honours paper Report of an Investigation.