CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Mathematical Society (AMS) awarded $3,000 to University of Northern Iowa mathematics major Emily Wardenburg through the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund. The AMS randomly selected UNI and six other universities to receive one-time awards of $3,000 each. Each university's mathematical department chose one student to receive the funds to help them pursue a career in mathematics.
Wardenburg is a single mother from Williamsburg pursuing a secondary mathematics teaching degree. She began her college education at Kirkwood Community College and is now a junior at UNI. She currently teaches classes at her church, mentors a middle school student and works part-time.
The Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Waldemar J., Barbara G. and Juliette Trjitzinsky. Waldemar taught at several institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he remained for the rest of his professional career. He showed concern for mathematical students and made personal efforts to ensure that the lack of adequate financial resources would not hinder their studies. Trjitzinsky was the author of 60 mathematical papers and a member of AMS for 46 years. He died in 1971 at the age of 72.