The Tensor Foundation has provided funding for the MAA to award grants for projects designed to encourage the pursuit and enjoyment of mathematics by students who are members of groups historically underrepresented in the field of mathematics. Projects may be designed for middle school students, high school students, or college/university students.
College/university mathematics or science faculty may submit proposals. Mathematical sciences faculty should be integrally involved in the proposed project. If the project includes high school or middle school participants, then collaboration with high school or middle school mathematics faculty, as appropriate, should be included.
Proposed projects may replicate existing successful projects, adapt components of such projects, or create new, innovative projects. Project design should reflect strategies that have been shown to be effective in increasing underrepresented minority achievement.
Projects should provide enrichment activities which lead to heightened interest in mathematics and deeper appreciation of it. These projects are not intended for remedial help for students who need assistance in order to succeed in their coursework in mathematics. They should encourage students to continue studies of mathematics in high school and college and should better prepare them for those studies. Undergraduate and graduate students may serve as role models and work directly with students under the tutelage of faculty from both the college or university and middle or high school.
Active engagement in doing mathematics is an essential feature. Participants should be made aware of career opportunities in mathematics and mathematically intensive disciplines. Implementation of a mentoring component is encouraged and desirable. Please assure that any mentoring component for youth that is included is consistent with local laws and regulations for implementation of such projects.
Projects should be conducted over a sufficient period of time to engage student participants in learning and applying new and interesting mathematics that they would not encounter in their classes. Projects may be conducted during summer or during the school year, on weekends or after school.
Funds may be used to supplement existing projects in order to increase the number of minority students participating in those projects or may be used to initiate new projects. Participation may not be barred to members of any group, but it must be clear that the project will seek to recruit and serve participants from historically underrepresented groups.
Grants will be awarded up to $6000 and will be made to the institution of the project director for a one-year project. An institution is expected to supply matching funds or in-kind support as an indication of commitment to the project. These grants will not support any institutional indirect costs or provide fringe benefits. To provide maximum flexibility, unexpended funds may be carried forward. Grant may be awarded for a maximum of three years, but grant recipients must reapply each year, should they wish to continue their projects.
Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematical sciences faculty. They must be working with high school or middle school mathematics faculty if the projects targets those students.
While projects will have a high degree of variability, there are effective projects targeting underrepresented minorities wich share some characteristics:
Please submit all proposal materials online by February 12 of the year for which you would like the grant. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. You will receive notification of the outcome of your proposal by the end of March.
Make sure you have the following documents ready as separate PDF files as you will be asked to upload them in appropriate sections of your application:
Project Description should not exceed 5 pages. Please use nothing smaller than 12 point font. Address the following guidelines in the order listed:
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel which will include members of the MAA Committee on Minority Participationin Mathematics, other MAA members, and a trustee of the Tensor Foundation acting as an advisor.
For further information regarding proposed projects, please contact the MAA Tensor-SUMMA Program Director Rosalie Dance by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For consultation on your ideas and the scope for projects, proposers are encouraged to contact the MAA Tensor Program Outreach Director Florence Fasanelli by email email@example.com or phone 202-966-5591.