Benjamin Quanah Parker wins AISES Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship

Benjamin Quanah ParkerThe $10,000 scholarship is part of a partnership between Intel and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to increase the number and success of Native American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.  The Program includes financial support, mentorship, paid internship opportunities, and, upon successful graduation, employment opportunities with Intel.

Benjamin is enrolled in the Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences program as a Eugene Enneking Fellow, a coveted award granted to up to five outstanding doctoral students per year. He is Treasurer of the Student Chapter for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) at PSU as well as Co-President of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at PSU.   He recently completed an internship at Intel where he worked on mixed precision arithmetic with applications to numerical linear algebra. His job involved making a new code library for matrix multiplication.

Benjamin found out about the AISES Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship through a mutual friend and indigenous STEM mentor, Cory Cornelius. Dr. Cornelius works as a research scientist for Intel. After learning about this opportunity, Benjamin sent in an application through the Indigenous Education, Inc. website.

Benjamin’s advice for mathematics and statistics graduate students is to “not leave any stone unturned. The best course of action is to send out as many applications as you can, even if the scholarships are geared toward STEM majors that are tangentially related to your own major. If you can get your foot in the door, apply immediately. In addition, attend as many conferences as you can, as there are quite a few people who go to conferences such as the SIAM Annual Meeting, AMS Annual Meeting, and the AISES National Conference. Some of these conferences have career fairs and representatives from national labs, and those people are great resources to learn about internship and scholarship opportunities. Take the time to talk to faculty and other graduate students in the department as well. Your department faculty and fellow graduate students might have some insight or know of industry professionals who can tell you the types of problems you can work on, and how to apply.”

Congratulations Benjamin!