The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science 2012-13  

Team secures $1.4 million for doctoral students in STEM fields

Tuncay Aktosun, professor of mathematics, helped UT Arlington secure nearly $1.47 million in federal grants to help qualified graduate students earn their doctoral degrees in areas of national need.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, or GAANN, grants of $533,064 to the UT Arlington College of Science's Department of Mathematics and the College of Engineering's Computer Science & Engineering Department. The College of Engineering's Bioengineering Department also received a $399,798 GAANN grant.
Each grant can potentially benefit 20 students during the next three years. It is the third consecutive GAANN grant for the Department of Mathematics.
"We are excited that the Math Department has received our third consecutive GAANN fellowship award from the Department of Education," said Jianzhong Su, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. "It speaks volumes of the Math Ph.D. program's quality and our success in the mentoring of U.S. Ph.D. students, particularly students from underrepresented minority groups.
"The past two GAANN grants in math have been supporting over 25 Ph.D. students since 2006, and have allowed us to double our number of Ph.D. students."
Joining Aktosun as principal investigators are Khosrow Behbehani, bioengineering chair and professor; and Gergely Zaruba, associate professor of computer science & engineering.
Philip Cohen, former graduate school dean and co-principal investigator on the grants, said the program will allow UT Arlington to recruit more doctoral students in these areas of high national demand.
Joining Cohen as co-principal investigators are Jianzhong Su; David Jorgensen, associate professor of mathematics; and Ruth Gornet, associate professor of mathematics.
College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma said the grants are important because mathematics is an integral link to so many other studies.
"Assuring more doctoral students in math contributes to success in many other disciplines, as well as the overall University," Jansma said.
All the departments are working in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies to develop common recruiting and retention activities for the GAANN fellows that are designed to address the unique needs of underrepresented and first-generation college students.