The Ivo & Renata Babuška Scholarship was inaugurated in 2022. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate senior working on research with Oden Institute faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.
To be eligible for the 2024-2025 award, the student must:
— Application deadline: February 29, 2024 —
Submit the following documents via the secure Oden Institute Uploader by February 29, 2024. Note: Please put "Babuška Scholarship" as the file description for each document uploaded.
Oden Institute Faculty are invited to submit letters of recommendation via the secure Oden Institute Uploader by February 29, 2024. Your letter should detail how the student has demonstrated an interest in Computational Science & Engineering (e.g. coursework, research, internships, and/or class projects.) Please put "Babuška Scholarship" as the file description for each document uploaded.
Dr. Babuška was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1926, and earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Technical University of Prague and his D.Sc. in mathematics from the Czechoslovakia Academy of Sciences. He met his wife, Renata, at Charles University in 1953, where she earned a degree in mathematical statistics. They married in 1957 and immigrated with their two children to College Park, Maryland in 1968. Dr. Babuška was hired as a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the mathematics department, and Renata worked as a data and computing management consultant for several government agencies in Washington, D.C. In 1994, the couple moved to Austin, Texas, where Dr. Babuška began his tenure at the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, which is now the Oden Institute.
Dr. Babuška made pioneering contributions in the fields of mathematics, applied mathematics, numerical methods, finite element methods, and computational mechanics. He is noted for his studies of the finite element method (FEM) and the Babuška-Lax-Milgram theorem in partial differential equations. One celebrated result of FEM is the Babuška-Brezzi condition, which provides sufficient conditions for a stable mixed formulation for solutions related to various physical and engineering problems. He published more than 350 papers, numerous books, and has over 65,000 citations.
Renata Babuška passed away in 2020 and Dr. Babuška passed away in 2023.