Donald R. Davis Scholarship Endowment for Undergraduate Excellence

Donald R. Davis Scholarship Endowment for Undergraduate Excellence

Source:  This endowed scholarship fund was established by the estate of Donald Ross Davis to reflect Don's nearly 40 years of service to the students in the Hydrology and Water Resources Department at the University of Arizona.  Don obtained his PhD in Systems Engineering in 1969.  He was hired as an assistant professor in Hydrology one year later. Don's research career focused on the use of Bayesian techniques to best reflect our state of knowledge about hydrological processes in surface and subsurface hydrology.  In his teaching generations of graduate and undergraduate alumni of the department have Don to thank for a deep sense of the meaning of a "random variable" and how that influences the questions we can answer in hydrologic science and application.  Don's research career in his later years mostly focused on helping graduate students with the use of statistical methods in their research.  This bequest of Don's was made possible by Don's scrupulous frugality -- for example, he lived in the same studio apartment for 40 years raising his own rent payments whenever he received a raise from the University.  Don never owned a house as doing so would be too risky since a house only exists in one place and instead he invested his surplus income in a diversified range of stocks and bond through an investment club he participated in.  Beyond hydrology, Don loved trains, playing bridge, sailing and doting on his nieces and nephews.

Eligibility:  Eligible students for this scholarship include undergraduates who:

    • Are majoring in Hydrology and Water Resources
    • Are in good academic standing
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Can demonstrate financial need (as demonstrated by filing a financial aid form)

Selection Process:   Each applicant must submit a written essay of approximately 1000 words describing his or her background and career aspirations, transcripts for all university and colleges attended, and a resume.  The department head will appoint a committee consisting of three HWR faculty members tasked with reviewing all applications and selecting a recipient.  The selection committee shall use the following weighted criteria in the selection process: Financial Need 70%, Academic Performance 30%

The award shall be given to at least one individual per year but may be awarded to more than one individual based on the availability of funds and at the discretion of the selection committee.

Additionally and dependent upon availability of funds, one award may be made at the annual student research symposium, El Día del Agua, to the undergraduate student who makes the best research presentation (oral or poster).

Value:  The scholarship will be awarded annually commencing in the 2011-2012 academic year and consist of the net proceeds from the endowment.