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Trjitzinsky Scholarships Awarded to Two WPI Mathematics Majors

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- WPI seniors Yakov Kronrod of Worcester, Mass., and Megan Lally of Acushnet, Mass., were recently chosen to receive Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund Awards from the American Mathematical Society. Trjitzinsky was a distinguished mathematics scholar and teacher. Administered by the AMS, the need-based scholarships are awarded each year to mathematical sciences majors from two schools in each of the four geographical regions of the United States. WPI's Mathematical Sciences Department elected to split the $4,000 scholarship between Kronrod and Lally this year. "Megan and Yakov are both outstanding students who are highly deserving of this award," says Homer F. Walker, head of the Mathematical Sciences Department.

Kronrod, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Kronrod of Malvern, Pa. Is majoring in mathematics and in computer science at WPI, where he is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, and inductor for Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, which he previously served as scholarship chairman, alumni relations chairman and treasurer. Born in Russia, he moved to the United States in 1989 and attended Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga., where his family formerly resided.

Last April, Kronrod was named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2001-02 academic year. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding sophomores or juniors who demonstrate a high potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or academic research. In 2000 he received the Richard V. Olson Award, given by WPI to a sophomore for outstanding performance in basic mathematics courses. Kronrod intends to pursue a master's degree in computer science and a doctorate in mathematics in preparation for a career in research and teaching.

Lally is the daughter of Pauline Lally of Acushnet, Mass., and James Lally of New Bedford, Mass. A graduate of Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, Mass., she is carrying a double major in mathematics and computer science at WPI. A member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Lally has a special interest in cryptography, especially cryptographic algorithms derived from classical mathematics, and intends to pursue a master's degree in computer science.

Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970, that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, the university is also the leader in globalizing technological education.