Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- April 11, 2001

Cal State Fullerton Math Scholar Wins NSF Graduate Fellowship

Suzanne Sindi, a senior mathematics major and President's Scholar, has won a 2001 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an award that carries a stipend of $18,000 a year for three years.

In addition, NSF provides the recipient's graduate school with $10,500 per year to cover tuition and other educational expenses.

Sindi, 21, the only Cal State Fullerton student so honored, is among just three Orange County students to receive this fellowship. A total of 121 NSF fellowships were awarded to California students, with eight going to CSU scholars.

Sindi, who has been accepted to several graduate schools, including Caltech, will attend the University of Maryland, where she has been invited by internationally renowned mathematician Dr. James Yorke to join his group of researchers.

The fellowship is the latest honor for the talented math major from Placentia. She scored an honorable mention in USA TODAY's All-USA College Academic Team and is the only CSU scholar on the entire list.

She has received many awards for her mathematical research and was named runner-up in a national competition for the prestigious Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. The team of Sindi and math major Tai Vo will be among 12 students representing the Fullerton campus at the annual CSU research competition in San Jose April 27-28.

"Suzanne Sindi is truly amazing and a wonderful young woman," said Dr. James O. Friel, chair and professor of mathematics. "She is a once-in-a-lifetime student for many of us, and we are all delighted that she has received this fellowship. It will enable her to attend graduate school without having to worry about finances."

"I was very honored to receive the fellowship," Sindi said. "Looking at the names of the other mathematics students on the list, I can see that I am in the company of some amazing students. I know several of them, and I look forward to being in that group."

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