Grant for student support awarded to Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences will receive a federal grant totaling about $400,000 to provide fellowships for students in the department's doctoral program. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education under its Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. It will support four fellowships a year for three years. In conjunction with the grant, the mathematics department designed a recruitment and retention plan to enroll and retain more women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the graduate program. Prof Tobin Driscoll is the principal investigator; he will spearhead our recruiting and mentoring efforts. The key personnel from Mathematical Sciences includes Profs Driscoll, Pelesko, Braun, Cakoni, Li and Schleiniger. The oversight committee consists of the key personnel as well as Prof Doug Doren, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Prof Michael Vaughn, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering; Dr Gabriele Bauer, Center of Teaching and Learning; and Dr Joan Buttram, Director of the Delaware Education Research and Development Center. The grant is expected to have a lasting impact on our graduate program. A UDaily article on the subject has some additional information on the grant, and was a source for this news item.