MAA Tensor SUMMA (Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement) program supports projects designed to encourage the pursuit and enjoyment of mathematics by students who are members of groups historically underrepresented in mathematics. If you're interested in holding a Tensor SUMMA program like these, learn more here.

The Tensor Foundation also supports projects designed to encourage college and university women or high school and middle school girls to study mathematics. Learn more about MAA Tensor Women & Mathematics here.

2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 awardees were given the option to defer their funding until 2021. Those awardees are indicated with a *.

Project Title: Research for Undergraduates on the Mathematics of the Bay Area (RUMBA)

Project Director: Andrea Arauza Rivera

Project Summary: The Cal State East Bay Research for Undergraduates on the Mathematics of the Bay Area (RUMBA) program consists of collaborative research projects which unite the skills of students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and Bay Area groups, so that they may use mathematics to study the cultural, political and social systems in the Bay Area. RUMBA aims to provide culturally relevant research experiences to early career STEM majors so that they may develop a strong identity as scholars and citizens of the world.

Project Title: Círculo de Matemáticas en Español

Project Director: Brandy Wiegers

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Heritage Math Camp and Indigenous Math Circles

Project Director: David Auckly

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Mathematical Modeling at Mercy College, M3C

Project Director: Nagaraj Rao

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: CITYTECH MATH FRIDAY PROGRAMS

Project Director: Nadia Kennedy

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: AIMC Four Corners Summer Math Camp

Project Director: Robert Klein

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Beyond The Curriculum: 8th Grade Mathematics Enrichment Program

Project Director: Salam Turki

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: PREVIEWS TO CALCULUS: CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO SUCCESS IN STEM

Project Director: Elaine Terry

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Mathematical Confluences - A Partnership between Temple University and the Philadelphia High School for Girls

Project Directors: Irina Mitrea, Maria E. Lorenz, Catherine J. Michini

Project Summary: The partnership between Temple University's Department of Mathematics and the Philadelphia High School for Girls is in its third year of MAA SUMMA support. Plans for the 2020-2021 academic year include the Fall Bootcamp, a week of afternoon mathematical activities that serves as a refresher for the students on the material covered in their previous courses, biweekly tutoring during the Fall and Spring semesters, selective student research experiences in the summer for the most motivated participants, and an array of professional development activities aimed at building mentoring bridges between the high school students and the undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics at Temple University.

Project Title: Advanced Mathematics Program

Project Directors: Po-Ning Chen, Daniel Collister, Savanna Gail Gee

Project Summary: The Advanced Mathematics Program is a supportive summer program for students considering to major in mathematics. The program aims to create a learning environment for transitioning math majors, especially those who are female, underrepresented minorities, and from low-income backgrounds to increase diversity in graduate students and the career prospects of our undergraduate students. Participation in the summer program will prepare the students for the core curriculum of the math department. In addition to students from UCR, the summer program will be available to transfer students from the community colleges to the math department to help our incoming transfer students. The summer program, with its emphasis on underrepresented minorities, will undoubtedly contribute to UCR’s mission to diversity.

Project Title: The Young Scholars Research Experiences in Mathematics (YSREM) at University of Guam

Project Director: Hyunju Oh

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Pomona's Rising Youth in Mathematics Empowerment

Project Director: Gail Tang

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Girls Talk Math: Recruiting Underrepresented Minority Mathematicians through a Non-Traditional Math Camp

Project Director: Hans Christianson

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: WVU Emerging Scholars Program Summer Bridge

Project Director: Tim McEldowney

Project Summary: Check back in 2021 for more information about this project!

Project Title: Lathisms

Project Directors: Pamela Harris, Vanessa Rivera-Quiones, Alicia Prieto Langarica, Luis Sordo Vieira, Andres R. Vindas Melendez, Rosaura Uscanga

Project Summary: Lathisms (Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences) is an organization that seeks to promote and feature the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians. Our main tool is our website, Lathisms.org. Since 2016, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Lathisms.org has featured one mathematician per day including a short biography of each mathematician and details of their contributions to the mathematical sciences. New in 2018 was the inclusion of podcast interviews and in 2019 we provided access to downloadable posters of each Lathisms Honoree. In 2020, we are working on a new book of Testimonios consisting of personal stories of Latinxs and Hispanics mathematicians.

2019

Project Title: A Multi-Tiered Approach to Mathematics Enrichment

Project Directors: Robin Wilson

Project Summary: This project is implementing a near peer instructional model to bring for the first time a mathematics enrichment component to Pomona Hope, a well-established after school programming site that serves K- 12 students in the Pomona Community. The city of Pomona is still suffering from the effects of widespread poverty that is connected to decades of gang violence, as well as drug abuse, and many young people in the city have very few options after high school. However, the city of Pomona is surrounded by college campuses with Cal Poly Pomona to the west, the University of La Verne to the north, and the Claremont Colleges to the east. Our program brings together two of these Universities' Mathematics Departments that are working together to wrap their arms around the young people in this city and provide them with a positive mathematics experience through peer mentorship. This project is a pilot program for a potentially much larger scale model, where college students and high school students are compensated with scholarships and stipends for doing outreach work around mathematics literacy in the Pomona Community. Currently all of the college students that are volunteering in the 2018-2019 program at Pomona Hope work part-time jobs. While the compensation we are providing for doing this work is not enough to allow students to leave a part time job, with the funding we will be able to alleviate some of the pressure that it takes for these students to do volunteer work.

Project Title: GirlsDoMath Summer Camp

Project Title: Círculo de Matemáticas en Español/ Spanish Language Math Circle

Project Director: Dominic Klyve

Project Summary: In the last year, we have worked to establish the new Spanish-language extension of the Kittitas Valley Math Circle for local middle-school students (Círculo de Matemáticas en Español). The program built on lessons we have learned in establishing the existing elementary Math Circle in our community, as well as the work of other outreach programs across the country. During the Math Circle sessions, participating youth have worked in teams guided by Spanish-speaking CWU undergraduates to solve mathematical puzzles and play mathematical games. Through these activities, the students learned about advanced mathematical topics; enjoyed the companionship of other young students who enjoy math; learned new mathematical vocabulary in Spanish; and grew under the guidance of undergraduate mentors. Fun activities led by Spanish-speaking undergraduate students expanded traditional notions around who can be great at mathematical thinking and problem-solving. In total, the proposed project met all the goals of active mathematical engagement requested in the TENSOR SUMMA RFP, and with your continued support, we believe we will be able to record and disseminate this novel mathematical model to allow for replication.

Project Title: Heritage Math Camp and Indigenous Math Circles

Project Director: David Auckly

Project Summary: This project will bring inspiring mathematical enrichment to Indigenous communities in Washington state. It is modeled on the successful Navajo Nation Math Circles project. It will reach communities in the Seattle area as well as people in the lower Yakima valley. Like the program it is modeled on it has six coordinated components: a mathematical visitor program, a math festival program, and a summer camp for students, teacher workshops, a summer teacher immersion, and teacher mentoring. The emphasis of this proposal is on the summer camp.

Project Title: Lamar University STEM Students of Color Alliance

Project Director: Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin

Project Summary: The Lamar University STEM Students of Color Alliance seeks to increase retention and graduation among students of color in STEM fields by: (1) providing role models who are professionals in STEM careers, and (2) providing community to promote and support these students throughout their time at Lamar. While we have previously focused on providing academic role models, this next year will focus on local mentoring and community development and support.

Project Title: SLIMES: Spotted Lanternfly Investigated through Mathematical and Environmental Sciences

Project Directors: Eugene Fiorini

Project Summary: This program is a ten-day environmental science research project together with an academic-year mentoring component for high school students in collaboration with Lehigh Valley school districts and other social service organizations. The project aims to teach high school students from minority and other underrepresented groups the research and mathematical skills to become the next generation of scientists, employing a multidisciplinary, collaborative application of mathematics to investigate an urgent new environmental problem: the impact of the invasive spotted lanternfly on the Lehigh Valley ecology. This program will encourage cooperative learning and discuss real-life applications with openended questions to actively engage the students. For the first day of the program, students will participate in orientation activities, introducing laboratory and field research techniques. For the remainder of the program, students will use mathematical, statistical, and scientific methods to analyze and model spotted lanternfly behavior. The final day of the program, students will present their results to parents, faculty, and administrators. Throughout the following academic year, students will be mentored in after-school activities and advised on higher education and career opportunities in the mathematical sciences.

Project Title: Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles Summer Camps

Project Directors: Robert Klein

Project Summary: The Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC) brings more than seven years of experience running math circles in indigenous communities. This past year, we successfully held our second residential math circles camp for kids in grades 7-12. We had more than 45 applications for 35 spots and welcomed students from Navajo, Hopi, and Apache tribes. This program operates under the philosophy that you cannot change the way someone thinks about themselves as a doer of mathematics without celebrating the cultural traits that have marked them historically as outsiders to mathematics. If, for instance, you believe that Hopis can't be mathematicians, a math camp doesn't stand much chance of sustainable, meaningful change. By integrating cultural activities, we help students to see themselves as, Hopi mathematicians or similar.

Project Title: Beyond the Curriculum: 8th Grade Mathematics Enrichment Program

Project Directors: Salam Turki

Project Summary: This is a semester-long enrichment program in Mathematics for eight graders that will be held in the fall of 2019. The program will be an after-school program in collaboration with Nathanael Greene Middle School in Providence, RI. This is a school with a student population who is 90% ethnically diverse and 84% of students qualifying for subsidized lunch. The program's curriculum is designed to provide interactive experiences for the students. The activities are designed to require no prior knowledge of mathematics and to give each student similar ease of access to the material. In their 2016 paper `` Raising Interest in STEM Education (RISE)”, the authors argue that the number of underrepresented minorities mismatches the demographics of the U.S. With that in mind, the main objectives of our program are to enhance recruitment, engagement and retention of underrepresented minority students in STEM education and careers by heightening awareness of future career possibilities, strengthening problem solving skills, focusing to refine attitudes towards mathematical literacy and most importantly displaying that mathematics can be fun and challenging without being scary.

Project Title: Previews to Calculus: Crossing the Bridge to Success in Stem

Project Director: Elaine Terry

Project Summary:The CALCULUS: Crossing the Bridge to Success in STEM program is an invitation-only summer bridge program at Saint Joseph's University. As a non-residential program it will provide incoming underrepresented freshmen with the tools and resources that are beneficial for their first year in college, specifically as a student in a STEM major (i.e. natural sciences, mathematics, computer science). Twelve to sixteen students will be given the opportunity to participate in the program. The foundation course of the program will be the mathematics class which will meet every day of the six-week program. The mathematics course will introduce topics from precalculus and an introduction to limits, tangent lines, and areas below graphs that will help students to understand concepts that are necessary for successfully completing a one semester calculus course at the University Additionally, the program will include three workshops that will introduce students to the rigorous course expectations of the Saint Joseph's University STEM curriculum. Two workshops, one that focuses on biology and the other on chemistry, will each be taught by a University professor. A third workshop will be conducted by a University administrator who has extensive experience working with underrepresented student populations during the summer months. She will work with students to expose them to University academic resources STEM students.

Project Title: Mathematical Confluences - a partnership between Temple University and the Philadelphia High School for Girls

Project Director: Irina Mitrea

Project Summary: The project is a continuation of the MAA Tensor-SUMMA sponsored partnership between the Department of Mathematics at Temple University and the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Our efforts are focused on encouraging students of minority backgrounds to continue their study of mathematics, to assist them with the sometimes difficult transition between high school and college mathematics, to assist high school mathematics teachers in providing their students a well-rounded set of professional opportunities centered around mathematics. A short relevant background of the relationship between these institutions is as follows. The Philadelphia High School for Girls has a one hundred sixty-six year history as a public, college preparatory school whose heritage is founded in tradition, for academically talented young women drawn from the diversity of the city of Philadelphia. The High School maintains a rich and rigorous academic program, which includes Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. The Department of Mathematics at Temple University has been involved in joint mathematical outreach activities with the Philadelphia High School for Girls since the Fall of 2017 and the project is focused on continuing to offer a set of coherent and inspiring mathematical outreach activities in collaboration with the high school for the benefit of the students involved.

Project Title: Tennessee State University Early Research Experiences in Mathematics

Project Director: Wanda Payne

Project Summary: Students majoring in mathematics at Tennessee State University must complete a senior project as a part of their graduation requirements. As a result, during the fall semester of their senior year, these students enroll in a senior project course. Often these students have not been introduced to any meaningful mathematics research prior to taking this course. Implementing a grant project in which students get to conduct mathematics research earlier in their college careers has the potential to (i) provide students with early exposure to research practices, (ii) help to prepare students for more competitive undergraduate research experiences, and (iii) help to prepare students for graduate studies and industry careers. One area of mathematics that is used extensively in many research fields is graph theory. Students will be introduced to graph theory and some of its applications in order to conduct their research.

Project Title: Advanced Mathematics Program

Project Director: Po-Ning Chen

Project Summary: The Advanced Mathematics Program is a summer supportive program for students considering to major in mathematics. The program aims to create a learning environment for transitioning math majors especially those who are female, underrepresented minorities, and from low-income backgrounds in order to increase diversity in graduate students and the career prospects of our undergraduate students. Participation in the summer program will prepare the students for the core curriculum of the math department. In addition to students from UCR, the summer program will be available to transfer students from the community colleges to the math department to help our incoming transfer students. The summer program, with its emphasis on underrepresented minorities, will certainly contribute to UCR’s mission to diversity.

Project Title: Bearcat Math Circle Club

Project Directors: Christina Therkelsen

Project Summary: The Bearcat Math Circle is a weekly meeting of math faculty, undergraduate volunteers, and middle school students to work on a fun math problem.

Project Title: Young Scholars Research Experiences in Mathematics (YSREM) at UOG

Project Director: Hyunju Oh

Project Summary: The Young Scholars Research Experiences in Mathematics (YSREM) at University of Guam (UOG) program will recruit six enthusiastic and talented math students from eleventh and twelfth grades to participate in research experiences in mathematical thought and effort during summer 2019. The students will be from the underrepresented minority groups in Guam as described below. The YSREM program will combine National Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) at UOG, awarded by January 26 in 2019, which will run concurrently as a single program. UOG’s six undergraduate research students in NREUP will serve as one-on-one mentors and work as a collaborators in the team research projects under their faculty mentors for seven weeks. YSREM will offer gifted teens in the Guam area: an opportunity to explore mathematics that is not generally taught in schools, role models, intellectual challenge, true peers, and the confidence to dream bigger dreams.

Project Title: Girls Talk Math: Recruiting Underrepresented Minority Mathematicians through a Non-Traditional Math Camp

Project Director: Hans Christianson

Project Summary: "Girls Talk Math: Recruiting Underrepresented Minority Mathematicians through a Non-Traditional Math Camp" seeks to encourage girls who may not see themselves as good at mathematics to pursue further studies in the field. The proposed project is a free two-week summer day camp for high-school students who identify as female, with an emphasis on recruiting students from underrepresented groups. Camp is free for all attendees, and lunch will be provided for all campers. We plan to host 40 students. Participants will complete math problem sets, research the life of a female mathematician, write and record a podcast about the mathematician, and write a blog post describing the math problems they solve. Each podcast will be produced and recorded during the camp and will be available on iTunes and other free online platforms. The blog posts will be hosted on the camp website. A diverse group of female professionals in the Mathematical Sciences will speak on their experiences and research to connect participants to modern mathematics. By building a community of like-minded individuals, the program will create support for girls from underrepresented groups who are interested in mathematics. The goal of our program is to increase the girls' knowledge and build their confidence by having their voices heard, creating relationships with peers and mentors, and putting the students in contact with resources to help them as they continue exploring potential careers in mathematics.

Project Title: Lathisms

Project Director: Pamela Harris

Project Summary: Lathisms (Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Science) is an organization that seeks to promote and feature different Latinx or Hispanic mathematicians. Our main tool is our website, Lathisms.org. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Lathisms.org featured one mathematician per day including a short biography of each mathematician and details of their contributions to the mathematical sciences. New in 2018 was the inclusion of podcast interviews with some of the Lathisms honorees and this will continue in 2019.

2018

Project Title: Research Experience in Mathematics for Young Scientists

Project Directors: Liljana Babinkostova

Project Summary: The Research Experience in Mathematics for Young Scientists is an 8-week summer program for four talented high school students from the underrepresented or financially disadvantaged minority groups to experience research in mathematics and provide them with a high impact, intellectually and culturally rich vertically integrated experience. The program's overarching goal is to encourage and promote the flow of diverse high school students towards higher education and careers as mathematics researchers and teachers, by identifying, developing and preparing those with exceptional potential, and from underrepresented or financially disadvantaged groups. The students will be engaged in mathematics-based interdisciplinary research and the underlying scientific inspiration of the research is cryptography. The program offers the following rare enrichment features to the high school scholars that are selected for this program: (1) Communication and Vertical integration that brings together research mathematicians, graduate and undergraduate students, and high school students; (2) Partnership with the Idaho Space and Aeronautics Scholars (ISAS), a NASA funded program for high school students of Idaho State Department of Education.

Project Title: Kittitas Valley Spanish Language Math Circle

Project Director: Brandy Wiegers

Project Summary: Our program leadership stands committed to establishing the new Spanish language extension of the Kittitas Valley Math Circle for local middle-school students. This program will build on lessons learned establishing the elementary program in this community as well as the work of other outreach programs across the country. During the Math Circle sessions, participating youth will work in teams guided by Spanish-speaking CWU undergraduates to solve mathematical puzzles and play mathematical games. Through these activities, the students will learn about advanced mathematical topics, enjoy the companionship of other young students who enjoy math, and grow under the guidance of undergraduate mentors. Having fun activities led by Spanish-speaking undergraduate students expands traditional notions around who can be great at mathematical thinking and problem solving. In total the proposed project meets all the goals of active mathematical engagement requested in the TENSOR SUMMA RFP and with your support we believe we will create a new mathematical engagement model that could be replicated.

Project Title: It's Rocket Math!

Project Director: Lucia Riderer

Project Summary: It's Rocket Math! is a structured mentoring program focused on hands-on rocketry-related math activities, designed to increase the number of students, including under-represented students, who have an interest in math and complete the prerequisites for transfer to a four-year university with majors in math-related fields. A secondary goal of the program is to increase middle school students' awareness of applications of math and their interest in math-related careers. The program expands participating college students' peer support system, particularly as related to academic success and career options in math-related disciplines, while giving them the opportunity to be mentors to middle school students. The proposed program is comprised of two parts. The first part is focused on peer mentoring and aims to provide Citrus students with a support network as they make the transition to upper level math-related courses. Students enrolled in lower division math courses are matched with student mentors enrolled in higher level math courses. The mentors and their mentees meet on a regular basis to solve challenging rocket-related math problems. The second component consists of college students developing and conducting outreach workshops for middle school students. The workshops are focused on math applications to rocketry. The project's evaluation measures changes in students' interest in math-related fields, their retention in math-related courses and transfer rates in those areas.

Project Title: PRIME: Pursuing Research in Mathematical Endeavors

Project Director: Roberto Soto

Project Summary: Our project, PRIME (Pursuing Research in Mathematical Endeavors), aims to promote research among all undergraduates, especially those from underrepresented groups in mathematics, by providing early research experiences and a sense of community for the members of the PRIME Club. In particular, the PRIME Club envisions itself as providing a support network for underrepresented students doing research in the mathematical sciences. It will do so by inviting speakers from underrepresented groups to discuss their research and journey in becoming a professional mathematician. PRIME will also be a venue for members of the club to share their own research endeavors and will organize workshops that will provide information regarding other research opportunities, GRE preparation, graduate school, internships, and funding opportunities. Finally, the PRIME Club is eager to share what they have learned with the next generation of STEM majors by becoming involved in outreach efforts at local K-12 schools that serve underrepresented populations. In essence, PRIME hopes to open doors for underrepresented students that are searching for knowledge in how they can best employ their mathematical skills in our society.

Project Title: LU STEM Students of Color Alliance

Project Director: Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin

Project Summary: This project is the development and establishment of the Lamar University STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Students of Color Alliance. Lamar University has approximately 1900 students majoring in engineering fields, plus majors in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and other related fields. Campus-wide approximately 41% of LU students are from underrepresented groups (African-American, Hispanic, or multiracial). Research has shown that these students are especially in need of community support and mentors from similar racial and ethnic groups.

Project Title: Mathematical Modeling at Mercy College (M3C)

Project Directors:

Project Summary: Our project, Access, Collaboration, and Engagement in STEM (ACES), is a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) under the Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) and developed by a faculty project team led by Dr. Nagaraj Rao. The grant is currently in its fourth and final year through an approved no-cost extension for completion of grant activities. Project goals include increasing the number of minority undergraduates who enroll in STEM degree programs and who persist to graduation and providing community outreach to promote STEM education and career opportunities. The project also provides outreach to high school students through a mathematical modeling summer program (ACES-M3C), which enables talented high school students to take part in projects that go beyond their high school curriculum by using mathematical modeling applications to solve real-world problems and is designed to motivate minority students, particularly minority women, to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Project Title: InForMMS+18: Investigating Forensics Mysteries through the Mathematical Sciences-Plus

Project Directors: Eugene Fiorini

Project Summary: This program is a five-day forensics analysis workshop for high school students in collaboration with the Allentown School District and Allen Police Department. The project aims to prepare high school students from underrepresented groups to become the next generation of mathematical scientists efficient in forensic analysis. This program will encourage cooperative learning and discuss real-life applications with open-ended questions to actively engage the students. The first four days of the workshop, students will participate in a series of activities introducing forensic techniques and analysis of evidence using mathematical, statistical, and scientific methods. Students will learn various forensic tasks designed to foster communication and teamwork. The final day of the workshop will be a staged crime scene set up by the workshop coordinators and the students will analyze collected evidence and present their results to parents, faculty, and officers.

Project Title: Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles Summer Camps

Project Directors: Robert Klein

Project Summary: The Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC) grows out of the Navajo Nation Math Circles project and brings more than six years of experience with that project to a new effort to apply the NNMC model to expand the reach of math circles beyond the NNMC boundaries. This past year, we inaugurated a residential math circles camp for kids in grades 7-12. We had more than 40 applications for 33 spots and welcomed students from Navajo, Hopi, and Apache tribes.

Project Title: Math Games in a Youth Sports League Setting to Enhance Mathematical Learning in Minority Students

Project Directors: Greg Budzban

Project Summary: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville proposes to transform STEM learning in the neighboring Alton school district by implementing a set of mathematical games originally developed by the Young People's Project (YPP) targeting upper elementary/middle school concepts from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). YPP has used mathematical games in informal settings and documented how they motivate low-performing students to participate and want to learn difficult mathematics concepts. The previous year’s grant has initiated the program successfully, and the renewal of this funding would allow us to continue and grow the program.

Project Title: Mathematical Confluences - a partnership between Temple University and the Philadelphia High School for Girls

Project Director: Irina Mitrea

Project Summary: This project focuses on establishing a replicable model of partnership between a Department of Mathematics at a higher education institution (Temple University) and a regional highs school (Philadelphia High School for Girls) focused on encouraging students of minority backgrounds to continue their study of mathematics, to assist them with the sometimes difficult transition between high school and college mathematics, to assist high school mathematics teachers in providing their students a well-rounded set of professional opportunities centered around mathematics.

Project Title: Advanced Mathematics Program

Project Director: Po-Ning Chen

Project Summary: The Advanced Mathematics Program is a summer supportive program for students considering to major in mathematics. The program aim at creating a learning environment for transitioning math majors especially those who are female, underrepresented minorities, and from low-income backgrounds in order to increase diversity in graduate students and the career prospects of our undergraduate students. Participation in the summer program will prepare the students for the core curriculum at the math department. In addition to students from UCR, the summer program will be available to transfer students from the community colleges to the math department to help our incoming transfer students. The summer program, with its emphasis on underrepresented minorities, will certainly contribute to UCR’s mission to diversity.

Project Title: Broadening participation to college and STEM careers through an inclusive middle school math circle program

Project Director: Alessandra Pantano

Project Summary: The UC Irvine Math CEO program is a novel informal learning environment to foster mathematical dispositions in Latino youth. Very few STEM afterschool programs targeting URM students focus on math enrichment; most programs are either concerned with science - rather than math specifically, or they are remedial in nature, because they focus on tutoring or ameliorating math deficits. Such programs may address specific math skill deficits, but they lack the ability to inspire youth to get excited about math and see its relevance to STEM careers. In contrast, UCI Math CEO strives to promote positive attitude towards STEM by engaging students in genuine mathematical experiences which promote skills building and higher level thinking, and by surrounding the students with positive STEM role models.

Project Title: Bearcat Math Circle Club

Project Directors: Christina Therkelsen

Project Summary: Bearcat Math Circle Club will consist of weekly meetings at a Cincinnati Public School. Two faculty members from the University of Cincinnati Department of Mathematical Sciences will lead these meetings for 7th and 8th grade students with undergraduate students joining the meetings as mentors. Our culminating meeting of the fall and spring semesters will be a day for the middle school students to explore the university campus and work together with UC faculty and students on a fun math circle activity over lunch. Bearcat Math Circle Club will work closely with a 7/8th grade math teacher at Western Hills to prepare activities that will be relevant and engage students who typically do not have access to extracurricular experiences with math. We will spend time offering help with homework or classwork and then lead activities that build on the content covered in class in a fun, open-ended way.

Project Title: Lathisms: Latin@s and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences

Project Director: Alexander Diaz-Lopez

Project Summary: Every year, between September 15 and October 15, the United States of America celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). During this period of time, we celebrate the Hispanic culture and the great contributions of American residents of Hispanic descent. Lathisms, Latinos/as and Hispanics in the Mathematical Science, is an organization that seeks to promote and feature Latino/a and/or Hispanic mathematicians. Our main tool is our website, Lathisms.org. In 2016 and 2017, during HHM, we featured one mathematician per day. A short biography of each mathematician was presented as well as a write up of their contributions to the mathematical sciences. With the help of this grant, we can guarantee the existence of the Lathisms website for five years, showcase more Latino/a and/or Hispanic mathematicians in 2018, revamp and improve the site, add short podcasts with discussions about some of the featured mathematicians, and create a listserv to inform the community of opportunities relevant to Hispanic and/or Latino/a mathematicians.