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Lamar honors Kumer Das as University Scholar


Lamar University honored Kumer Das with the University Scholar Award April 8 in an award ceremony at the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.  The University Scholar Award is the most prestigious research honor bestowed upon a faculty member. The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to scholarship, research, grant writing and/or creative activity.  The University Scholar Award is a career/lifetime achievement, recognizing the recipient’s body of work.

Das is associate professor mathematics and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. He is in his tenth year of service to Lamar and has earned the reputation as one of Lamar’s leading researchers.  He has published 17 peer refereed articles, a book chapter, and nine proceedings papers in the past five years.  Das has secured approximately $2.5M in research and other forms of external support, received several prestigious professional awards and has guided dozens of students to successful starts as researchers and scholars.

Past recipients of the University Scholar Award include Jean Andrews (1998), John Carroll (1999), Stuart Wright (2000), Richard Harrell (2001), Xing Fang (2002), Jim Westgate (2003), R.S. “Sam” Gwynn (2004), T.C. Ho (2005), Jim Sanderson (2006), Pamela Saur (2007), Jerry Lin (2008), Helen Lou (2009), Daniel Chen (2010), Rafael Tadmor (2011) and Qiang Xu (2012), John Guo (2013) and Brian Craig (2014).