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Carl and Agnes Santoni Graduate Scholarship in Mathematics

September 10, 2010

Mohammad Hassanzadeh believes graduate studies is the centre of allimportant research and receiving support will help students change our world.

The recent Western graduate says the Carl and Agnes Santoni GraduateScholarship in Mathematics helped him financially and academically in hispursuits at Western. The Scholarship is awarded to a full-time graduate studentwho is in the Masters or Doctoral Graduate Program in Mathematics based onacademic achievement and research merit. The Santoni’s established this scholarship to support a student specializing in Mathematics who was holdingan Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. This allows for theSantoni’s donation of $5,000 to be matched 2 to 1 by the Provincial Governmentfor a total scholarship of $15,000.

“Being able to use this scholarship allowed me to cut my Tutorial Assistantduties in half,” notes Mohammad. “This allowed me to focus and make greatprogress in my research and other academic affairs.”

Carl and Agnes are both Faculty of Science graduates, so they say donating to Science was a natural choice for them.“

Math is the common link between the sciences and we got the sense that theDepartment of Mathematics is often overlooked in gift giving,” says Carl “We have a great deal of admiration for post graduate students studying math andwish to acknowledge their dedication and hard work with an OGS scholarship.Our hope is for the recipients to be successful in their studies and to pass theirknowledge and enthusiasm for math along to others.”

Agnes adds, “We don’t think our modest philanthropy will in itself have anymeasurable impact, however, if everyone does a little, the impact will bethere over the years. It’s all about having some faith that your positive effortswill be compounded.”

Mohammad says the scholarship was very important to him and he felthonoured to meet his donors and thank them personally.

“Carl and Agnes Santoni are great people and I will never forget them.Canada should be proud of these beautiful people and how they arehelping graduate studies and research in one of the most classical fields: mathematics. The only thing that I can do to reward their kindness is tostudy hard with the ultimate goal to make great achievements for oursociety and country.”

Mohammad graduated with his PhD in August and is excited to havestarted postdoctoral research in September.

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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