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MAA Awards $178k to Engage 800 Students In Innovative Mathematics Programs Supporting Women and Students of Color

Math faculty’s resilience during the pandemic creates opportunities for over 800 students at 32 institutions around the nation. This was made possible by the generous support from Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation and Tensor Foundation.

WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2021) — Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) outreach initiatives embody MAA’s core values: community, inclusivity, communication, and teaching & learning. In April 2021 the MAA awarded a total of $178,000 to fund faculty-led projects at 32 institutions across three programs: Tensor Women and Mathematics, Tensor SUMMA (Strengthening Underrepresented Minorities in Mathematics Achievement), Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants.

The Tensor Foundation has funded the Tensor Women and Mathematics program since 1995. Beginning in 2005, the Foundation has also funded the Tensor SUMMA program.

The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation has been a long-time partner with the MAA. Beginning in 2010, the Foundation has generously provided funding for the Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants.

Tensor Women and Mathematics

The Tensor Women and Mathematics program awarded grants to 8 institutions for projects designed to encourage women and girls to study and persist in mathematics. Funded projects include summer math camps, math symposiums, and math clubs.

This year's recipients are poised to continue in the footsteps of 25 years of successful program coordinators who have made deep and lasting impacts on the math community through their encouragement of girls and women in mathematics.”

Rachelle DeCoste, program director for the Tensor Women and Mathematics program

Tensor Women and Mathematics 2021 Grant Recipients

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Humber College
  • Mercy College
  • Pomona College
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of South Alabama
  • Rice University

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Tensor SUMMA

The Tensor SUMMA program awarded grants to 15 institutions to support projects designed to encourage the pursuit and enjoyment of mathematics by students who are members of groups historically underrepresented in mathematics. These include students who are African-American, Native American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander. Funded projects that will aid in our efforts include math circles, community-building efforts, and virtual resources.

As the new director of the program, I am excited to work with all of this year’s recipients! We have some exciting programs that will have an extraordinary impact by supporting minoritized groups in the mathematics community.”

Candice Price, program director for the Tensor SUMMA program

Tensor SUMMA 2021 Grant Recipients

  • American Institute of Mathematics
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University Dominguez Hills Foundation
  • California State University Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Clayton State University
  • James Madison University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Sacramento State Sponsored Research
  • San Francisco State University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of San Diego
  • Youngstown State University

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Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants

The Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants program awarded funds to 9 institutions to develop and offer programs designed to encourage middle and high school students' further study in mathematics through engagement with mathematics not ordinarily in the standard curriculum. The funded projects give students opportunities to creatively problem-solve through participating in summer camps, attending STEM events, and going on field trips. 

Every year it is exciting to see the innovative ways in which universities build relationships with local schools, and also involve undergraduate and graduate students and teachers in these projects in meaningful ways.”

Nancy Ann Neudauer, program director for the Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants program.

Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants 2021 Recipients

  • Cornell University
  • Dixie State University
  • Friends University
  • Kent State University at Stark
  • Montana State University Billings
  • Rockhurst University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Iowa
  • West Virginia University

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“The MAA is grateful for the support of the Tensor and Dolciani Halloran Foundations,” said Michael Pearson, executive director of the Mathematical Association of America. “Through our partnerships, we are able to engage the next generation of STEM leaders through innovative programs developed and led by members of the MAA community.”