Tuncay Aktosun, professor of mathematics, has 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 GAAAN 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. The numbers of women and minority students have also increased four-fold and eight-fold after receiving the GAANN grant support. Some GAANN fellows have already completed their Ph.D.s and some are near the final stages of their dissertations. Dr. Meri Hughes, a former GAANN fellow, now serves as chairperson at the Math Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Many other former GAANN students also have flourished in their professional careers."
Joining Aktosun as principal investigators are Khosrow Behbehani, bioengineering chair and professor; and Gergely Zaruba, associate professor of computer science & engineering.
Philip Cohen, 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.
"The grants also contribute to our efforts to improve doctoral education," Cohen said.
Joining Cohen as co-principal investigators of the grants are Jianzhong Su; David Jorgensen, associate professor of mathematics; and Ruth Gornet, associate professor of mathematics.