The DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS Robert Long Scholarship Committee
announces the 2021 Annual Robert Long Essay Competition.
- Purpose: To encourage students to investigate the sources,
motivations and the development of mathematical ideas.
- The Competition: A 10-20 page paper on the history and/or philosophy of mathematics. The
topics of this expository paper may be chosen from any time period from
ancient to modern. The subject of the paper may be pure, applied or
both. The essay may also center on the discussion of mathematical ideas
evolving from (or contributing to) important advances in engineering,
statistics, logic and foundations, or the physical and biological
sciences.While the focus of the paper should be on mathematical ideas,
it may also include a collateral presentation of individuals who made
major contributions. Careful attention must be paid to the formal quality
of the prose and organization of the narrative, and the identification of
- Eligibility: Any undergraduate or graduate student
at the University of Florida.
- The Prize: One or two scholarships may be awarded.
The total amount available for these awards is typically $500.
- Manuscript Due Date:
Manuscripts in PDF form should be submitted via email
to: Prof. Jonathan King, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Due date to be determined; it will be in April 2021.
- Please name the PDF file with “RLPrize2020” followed by your
name. E.g, if your name is Rachel Stein, then use
to name the file that you email to Prof. King. In your
email message, please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate
- The winning essays will be deposited in the Mathematics
Little Hall Library (and possibly inserted in Mathematics Department web
pages). The winners will be notified by late April, 2021.
- Contact for further information Prof. Jonathan King, 402 Little Hall
(office is in North-East corner); tel. 352-294-2314; eddress email@example.com
- A 2014 winning essay by Chase Saucier.