This award was established in 1981 by a grant from Dr. Robert Kalin of Florida State University, a former president of Mu Alpha Theta. Dr. Kalin was a nationally recognized mathematics educator and was one of Mu Alpha Theta’s strongest supporters. The Mu Alpha Theta Educational Foundation continues to support the Kalin Award.
To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be representative of all student members who excel in mathematics and provide notable service to Mu Alpha Theta. The nominee must be graduating from high school and planning to begin college studies in the year the award is given. Each chapter is allowed to nominate one Mu Alpha Theta member for the award. The sponsor of the chapter will determine how the chapter's nominee is selected, unless the sponsor is related to a possible nominee.
The winner will receive $4,000 and a distinguished plaque. The winner may take the award as a cash prize or have it sent to his/her prospective college as a scholarship. The winner’s school will also receive a $1,000 Chapter Grant to support its activities.
Top candidates for the award must attend the National Convention in July with their chapter and will be interviewed in person by the Governing Council. Interviewed finalists who do not win the award will each receive a $500 prize.
Click here to download the application form.
All materials should be submitted and mailed with a postmark date of March 1st to:
c/o University of Oklahoma
3200 Marshall Ave, Suite 190
Norman, OK 73019
- Application form: Personal information provided by the nominee, including high school achievements and service to Mu Alpha Theta. Do not send more information than is requested.
- Official high school transcript and standardized test scores such as SAT and/or ACT, or others.
- Contest results with sponsor signature, if any.
- Two recommendation letters: one from the nominee's Mu Alpha Theta chapter sponsor and the other by a Mu Alpha Theta member. Do not send more than two recommendation letters.
***Sponsors*** Please mark the box at the bottom of the Sponsor Letter of Recommendation form if the nominee is also applying for a Mu Alpha Theta scholarship. Include additional paragraphs as to why you feel the applicant deserves this award. If the nominee has been selected to apply only for the Kalin Award, please mark the box at the top of the application form which reads "Applying for Kalin Award Only".