Dr. David Eaves Graduate Scholarship in Statistics

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and reward an outstanding student in a
    graduate program in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.
  2. One scholarship, valued at a minimum of $1,500, will be offered annually to a graduate
    student who fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
    1. has demonstrated academic achievement at the undergraduate and graduate level; and
    2. is registered full-time in a graduate program in Statistics.
  3. Applications will be made via the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System
    (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/ or a copy of the transcript of the most recent
      degree program completed;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work; and
    3. a current curriculum vitae summarizing projects, publications and research.
  4. In the event the top applicants are of equal academic performance, preference will be given to students who are female and/ or international students.
  5. The completed APPLICATION and all supporting documentation should be submitted to
    the office of the Chair, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science by May 30.
  6. The completed NOMINATION and all supporting documentation must be received by the
    office of the Dean of Graduate Studies by June 30.
  7. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Graduate
    Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Statistics
    and Actuarial Science.

Revised: June 2015/ GESR210

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Dr. David Eaves, 1933–2014
Dr. David Eaves, a charter member of Simon Fraser University, and
longtime member first of the Department of Mathematics and then of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, passed away on August 4,
2014 at 80 years of age.

He is survived by his wife Linda, their
children Elisabeth and Gregory, and by Jennifer and Dave, his children
from his first marriage.

David was born in Queens, New York. He studied biochemistry at MIT, receiving his BSc there before joining the United States Navy. He served in the navy from 1957 to 1960. During that time he learned to speak excellent Russian, already having considerable skill in Latin and Spanish from his high school years.

After the navy David returned to school, completing his MSc and PhD at the University of Washington. His PhD thesis "Prediction theory over discrete Abelian groups" was written under
the supervision of Ramesh Gangolli. He joined SFU for its opening in 1965, finishing his PhD a year later. David was therefore one of the original four members of the Department of
Mathematics: Ronald Harrop (the department head), Edward Shoemaker, Allen Freedman, and
David.

David was a firmly independent thinker, a dedicated follower of financial markets, and a valued
colleague and friend.