# Professional Development & Resources

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## Programs & Resources

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What is OPEN Math? The OPEN Math or Online Professional Enhancement and Capacity Building for Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics project is improving math instruction throughout the country by providing high-quality online professional development workshops around themes of active learning tailored to higher education math faculty through a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S....

About the Workshops The PIC Math Workshops on Data Science were aimed at mathematics and statistics faculty members with little or no experience in data science. The workshops were held on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, from May 29-June 2, 2017, and from June 18-22, 2019. The workshops were supported by PIC Math which is...

Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences (PIC Math) PIC Math, a program of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry. The PIC Math program aims to: A strong component of...

“Best Practices” statements written by the MAA’s Committee on Faculty and Departments (CFD) are the successor to the Guidelines for Programs and Departments in Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences report which was last published by the MAA in 2003. Along with updating the content based on new developments in the profession, technological change in the past decade provides us an opportunity to reimagine the format and distribution of the information in the Guidelines.

Guide to Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics Success in mathematics opens opportunities for students. A wealth of research literature exists on how mathematics instructors can facilitate rich, meaningful learning experiences and on what instructors can do to improve teaching and learning at the undergraduate level: Effective teaching and deep learning require student engagement with...

## Funding Opportunities

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The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) champions undergraduate engagement in mathematical sciences through focused and challenging research experiences. These experiences spark interest in advanced degrees and careers in mathematics. The MAA’s National Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) offers grants for mathematical sciences faculty to host summer research programs on their campuses. NREUP aims to...

Funded by the Tensor Foundation, the Tensor Women & Mathematics Grants support projects designed to encourage college and university women and pre-college girls to study and persist in mathematics. Each year, we invite proposals from college/university mathematical sciences, and from secondary mathematics faculty who are partnering with college/university faculty. Interested high school teachers are strongly...

Funded by the Tensor Foundation, the Tensor Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA) Grants support initiatives aimed at fostering a love for mathematics among students from historically underrepresented groups. These groups include Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students. The grants support...

The John and Mary Neff Foundation has provided funding to support projects designed to encourage middle school students to study and persist in their interest in mathematics. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that directly support students from underserved communities, rural communities, and/or indigenous communities. Each year, we invite proposals from higher education institutions,...

Funded by the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation, these grants support projects that promote math enrichment for promising or interested middle and high school students. The initiative aims to deepen students' mathematical engagement and encourage continued study. Each year, we invite proposals from college/university mathematical sciences faculty, often in partnership with middle/high school math teachers,...

## For Faculty

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James Tanton takes viewers through this question from the 2011 MAA AMC 10 B Competition. Appropriate for the 10th grade level, this question covers the topic of the circumference of a circle formula in Geometry. Common Core State Standards (CCSS): A-SSE.2; 7.G.4 Read the Curriculum Burst essay that goes with this question here: Walking the...

## For Higher-Ed Students

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It is fun to be quirky and push ideas to the edge! Taking the parameters of a problem to an extreme can give insight to the workings of the situation described. And such insight can often illuminate a path for success. Read more about this strategy here: Problem-Solving Strategy #10: Go to Extremes Find other...

No one enjoys hard computation or a tedious grind through formulas and equations. Brute-force work should be undertaken only as a last resort! Do what a mathematician does - think very hard first to devise a creative, elegant approach that avoids hard work! Read more about this strategy here: Problem-Solving Strategy Essay #9 Avoid Hard...