Robert ross mclaughlin scholarship in mathematics

Robert Ross (Bob) McLaughlin (1923-2009) was born in Winnipeg’s North End in 1923. His parents imbued in him a sense of social justice, which he passed on to his children. His deep love and understanding of mathematics shaped and directed his life. Following his graduation from the University of Manitoba with a degree in mathematics and physics (Class of 1947) he applied his analytical mind to the science of smelting and refining. Ten years later he moved into the credit union movement. Investments were part of his responsibilities until his retirement in 1983. Bob lived his love of mathematics in his daily life with family and friends, teaching them bridge, and sharing his fascination with mathematical puzzles. Numbers can be mystical. Bob revered prime numbers, studied the lives of mathematicians and valued the profound connections between numbers and people. He had a sense of balance, perfection and the infinite, fortified by his rich life in the world of mathematics. In memory of Robert Ross McLaughlin [B.Sc. (Hons.)/47], friends, family, and the Department of Mathematics have established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba. The available annual interest from the fund will be used to offer one scholarship (minimum value of $1,500) to an undergraduate student who:

  1. has achieved the highest standing in the third year of any Mathematics Honours program, with a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5; and
  2. in the next ensuing academic session, is enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in the fourth year of study, in the Faculty of Science, in any Mathematics Honours program.

Past winners:

  • 2022: Aaron Shalev
  • 2021: William Kellough
  • 2020: Jared Gobin
  • 2019: Brock Klippenstein
  • 2018: Robert Harris
  • 2017: Mary Elaine Herrera
  • 2016: Ryan Sherbo
  • 2015: Shaun McDonald
  • 2014: Gidon Bookatz
  • 2013: Sakib Rahman
  • 2012: Jason Lippuner
  • 2011: Iian Smythe