MAA's 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. In 2017, the Tensor Foundation donated $88,000 in support of these projects to 17 institutions across the US.

Citrus College

Undergraduates from Citrus College have developed a mentoring program working with local middle school students to harness an enjoyment of mathematics through building and launching rockets.

Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson, a HBU in Austin, TX, is providing its math majors with a program that supports their professional development before and after graduation.

Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg is giving high school students the chance to participate in a hands-on forensics workshop, learning how math and computer science are essential to crime analysis.

If you’re interested in holding a Tensor-SUMMA program like these, visit here to learn more about applying.

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 and Mathematics here.

2017 Tensor-SUMMA Awards

California State University, Channel Islands

Project Title: Enhancing Diversity: The CSU Channel Islands Mathematics REU

Project Directors: Geoffrey Buhl and Cynthia Wyels

Project Summary: The CI Mathematics REU will increase the participation of underrepresented students in their thriving REU and invite a mathematician from an underrepresented population to serve as a faculty mentor and role model in this program. This new participation will work towards the REU's goal of building a heterogeneous community of faculty mentors and students committed to excellence and diversity in mathematics.

Project Summary: Mathematics Intensive Summer Session is a month-long summer enrichment program for underrepresented female high school students. This program is designed to prepare students in Algebra 2 or Integrated Mathematics 3 to be successful in that course in the following school year. Students will work in teams of four throughout this program and gain confidence and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Cameron University

Project Title: 2017 CU Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy and it's MATHE Enrichment Program

Project Director: Irene Corriette and Sheila Youngblood

Project Summary: Cameron University's It's MATHE Enrichment program is an event for middle school students to be engaged in team driven problem solving games and activities, while the high school and undergraduate staff of CU's Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy act as leaders and mentors in this program. This program will cultivate an environment of importance and personal value as these middle school students interact and are coached by older students.

Citrus College

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 underrepresented 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 this program is to increase middle school students' awareness of applications of math and their interest in math-related careers.

Fisk University

Project Title: Fisk University Math Club

Project Director: Qingxia Li

Project Summary: The Fisk University Math Club is aimed at assisting students in STEM disciples to 1.) apply for math-related internships, REU programs, graduate programs and careers; and 2.) learn the challenging mathematics topics that they have encountered in their advanced math courses or research projects. This club will form a Math Club Learning Community for students to attend seminar-based workshops and work in group sessions to discuss math components in their math courses or projects. The goals of the Math Club are to: 1.) help students pass their required upper level math courses, 2.) provide students with opportunities to learn mathematics components in their research projects through group sessions and faculty lecturers, 3.) assist club members in applying to math related internships and REU programs, 4.) support students in presenting their research at regional and national conferences, 5.) encourage students to participate in the monthly math contest, and 6.) organize seminar-based academic presentations by faculty members and invited professionals and workshops on graduate school application and interview techniques.

Huston-Tillotson University

Project Title: Supporting Math Majors Project

Project Directors: Aimee Tennant and Ahamd Kamalvand

Project Summary: The goal of the Supporting Math Majors Project is to encourage and support math majors at Huston-Tillotson University as they complete their degrees and ind their first career job or graduate school opportunity. This is being done through a student math organization which provides social support for students, the facilitation of attendance at and participation in mathematics conferences, and through writing workshops that will assist students with resumes and applications.

Lawrence Technological University

Project Title: Math Circle at Racquet Up Detroit

Project Directors: Na Yu and Ruth Favro

Project Summary: The mathematics faculty and undergraduate students at LTU have developed after school math circles and partnered with Racquet Up Detroit, a youth development program that provides middle school students opportunities with academic enrichment, mentoring, and social sports. The goal of this program is to offer students who would not get opportunities for math enrichment the chance to discover the joy of problem solving and the beauty of math in an environment where they will be supported by the group, group leaders, parents, and teachers.

Mercy College

Project Title: Access, Collaborating, and Engagement in STEM (ACES)

Project Directors: Nagaraj Rao and Charles Li

Project Summary: Mercy College's project, Access, Collaboration, and Engagement in STEM (ACES), serves undergraduates at the College, particularly minority women, enrolled in four program majors: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Mathematics. ACES will hold a four-week mathematical modeling enrichment program for regional high school minority students that will take place in summer 2017.

Muhlenberg College

Project Title: InForMMS: Invstigating Forensic Mysteries through the Mathematical Sciences

Project Directors: Eugene Fiorini and Gail Marsella

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.

Northeastern University

Project Title: Coding skills can build a bridge to Calculus

Project Director: Donald King

Project Summary: The Bridge to Calculus program at Northeastern will support a summer program for high school students to take an elective course in coding with MATLAB and continue working with it through fall 2017. Since the beginning of this program in summer 2015, results have shown that it has generated additional students' mathematical interest and had a positive impact on student achievement in pre-calculus and calculus courses.

Pacific Lutheran University

Project Title: Mathlete Coaching Project

Project Director: Ksenija Simic-Muller

Project Summary: The Mathlete Coaching Project (MCP) aims to enhance the mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills of public school students while improving their attitude toward mathematics. The project brings together university faculty members and students, and middle school educators, students, and their families to form a community around mathematics. The MCP is working toward achieving equity in mathematics education by providing a challenging mathematical curriculum to students in high-need schools. The MCP trains university students to serve as coaches, mentors, and role models to middle school students as they help them develop mathematical problem solving skills and provide information on college education. Coaches engage students in mathematical games, hands-on activities, problem solving, and projects. The program will include a community celebration on campus with student project presentations and a poster session which invites the students' families to have a positive impact on their mathematical identities.

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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

Project Director: Greg Budzban

Project Summary: This program is attempting to transform STEM learning by implementing a set of mathematical games in informal settings to motivate low-performing upper elementary and middle school students to participant and want to learn difficult mathematical concepts. These games are being implemented as near-peer mentoring/coaching and will work to connect the classroom peer culture with the outside classroom parent and community members through student demonstrations and family events.

Texas State University

Project Title: Yes, we can do math!

Project Director: Daniela Ferrero

Project Summary: This program aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented minorities that pursue research careers in mathematics by fostering minority participation in research and by disseminating their results to a vast audience. To raise the institutional impact of this project, the participating students will give an oral presentation at the undergraduate research seminar held by the department and will present at the Texas State Undergraduate Research Conference. They will also present at a regional and national conference, CombinaTexas and MathFest, respectively. This program will encourage students to participate in other research programs, guide them in their applications, and inspire them to pursue graduate studies.

Project Title: An Undergraduate Research Experience with Emphasis on Topics covered in the GRE Math Test: A Bridge Program for Students from Hispanic Serving Institutions

Project Directors: Alicia Machuca and Junalyn Navarra-Madsen

Project Summary: The summer bridge program at TWU has the goal of preparing students for graduate school in two ways: the first is an undergraduate research project that will expose students to the experience of being actively involved in current research in mathematics, and the second is to provide a GRE subject test preparation course. This preparation is important to the long-term success of the student and will serve as a stable foundation that can be built upon during their graduate studies.

University of California, Irvine

Project Title: Motivating Latino students to embrace mathematics through and beyond grade school: The UC Irvine Math CEO Program

Project Directors: Alessandra Pantano and Li-Sheng Tseng

Project Summary: UCI's Community Educational Outreach program, Math CEO, was designed by the mathematics department faculty to serve local middle school students from under-served communities. Faculty and undergraduate students from the Math CEO program deliver an innovative math curriculum that strengthens the middle schools students' mathematical abilities, while encouraging them to apply for college and consider a STEM profession.

University of Houston

Project Title: Cougars and Houston Area Math Program

Project Director: Mark Tomforde

Project Summary: CHAMP is a mathematics outreach program for high school and middle school students from communities in Houston, TX. The program will bring high school students to the University of Houston for two days per week to provide math lessons and tutoring and send tutors to the local middle schools. CHAMP provides volunteers for a summer algebra camp for middle school students and organizes a Math Day for them at the University campus.

Project Title: Minorities in Mathematics Speaker Series

Project Director: Pamela Harris

Project Summary: To improve the quality and diversity of the education of the Williams College undergraduates, this program has organized a multi-institutional speaker series featuring mathematicians from underrepresented groups, called MIMSS. MIMSS will bring mathematicians from diverse backgrounds to give research talks and thereby promote the dissemination of their research and further support the advancement of their careers. The selected speakers will be dedicated to mentoring underrepresented students in mathematics, therefore providing students with the opportunity to form mentoring relationships with the speakers outside of their institution.

For any further information on these programs, please contact MAA Tensor-SUMMA Program Director, Rosalie Dance or MAA Grants Manager, Mikayla Sweet.

For consultation on your ideas and the scope for projects, proposers are encourage to contact the MAA Tensor Program Outreach Director, Florence Fasanelli by email at ffasanelli@verizon.net.