Bioscience

Grant gives UA $3.5 million for math educators

October 24, 2006

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Associated Press] — The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Arizona a five-year, $3.5 million grant to improve the skills of would-be mathematics educators. It is UA’s second grant for the Vertical Integration of Research and Education program, one that will benefit students from high school classrooms to postdoctoral programs.

The first five-year NSF grant was $2.5 million in 1999. “The first helped create some programs and the second grant will make sure those changes are permanent and propagated throughout the region,” said Douglas Ulmer, who heads the math graduate program at UA. The funding means new fellowships for students, undergraduate research opportunities, collaborations, and interdisciplinary work with the hope of driving more students into the field.