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Montana Tech Awarded Grant for Summer Math Institute


Montana Tech mathematical sciences faculty members, Hilary Risser and Laurie Battle, have been awarded a Mathematical Association of America (MAA) tensor grant in the amount of $6,000 to run a math institute called Create Math for high school girls at Montana Tech this summer. Create Math encourages young women to pursue studies in mathematics by demonstrating the usefulness and creativity in mathematics. The program will serve approximately 20 young women from Southwest Montana. After the summer program, the participants will conduct independent research and have an opportunity to present the results of this research at the Montana Academy of Sciences Meeting in April of 2014. The young women will receive mentoring from women faculty from the mathematics department as well as women faculty from other disciplines and undergraduate women pursuing a major or minor in mathematics. 


 “Although it is a comparatively small grant, with Hilary and Laurie involved it has huge potential to get high school girls engaged in and excited about using math—their ticket to a bright future—while simultaneously tapping into their native creativity,” explained Bev Hartline, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. “We are thrilled to be hosting Create Math at Montana Tech this summer and to be welcoming the participants to campus.”


The goal of the project is to provide the young women participating in the program with experiences that help them to connect success in mathematics with success in other fields and experiences that help them to see mathematics as a creative subject. The mathematics department has nine full-time faculty members including five that are female.  All of the faculty have a long history of supervising student research projects and working with outreach efforts providing mathematics enrichment for K-12 students.


Create Math is looking for students . The workshop will run from June 17th to June 21st with follow up meetings in early January and in April.  If you or a high school student you know have taken Algebra I and are interested in applying to attend the workshop, please contact Dr. Risser or Dr. Battle (hsrisser@mtech.edu or lbattle@mtech.edu) for an application.  


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