ARLINGTON - Two major issues in higher education today are rising tuition costs and the shortage of students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs. That is why a $483,000 National Science Foundation Grant to the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Arlington is such good news. The grant enables the university to award scholarships of up to $10,000 a year to academically able students with financial need. The grant will continue until 2012.
Department of Mathematics Chair Jianping Zhu said the department will give out about a dozen scholarships each year, maybe as many as 15, since many of the students also will qualify for other scholarships or financial aid. The grant project is called SURGE, Scholarships for Undergraduates to Reach Goals in Education. Zhu, along with mathematics professors Tuncay Aktosun, Ruth Gornet, Hristo V. Kojouharov and Barbara A. Shipman, will provide the SURGE program students with strong mentoring and other support to ensure they complete their degrees in a timely manner and are well-prepared to enter the workforce, where employment opportunities are abundant, or to continue to graduate school.
Zhu encourages students interested in the scholarships to contact the math department at (817) 272-3261 immediately since the scholarship application deadline for fall 2008 is June 30. Late applications will be considered if scholarship funds are still available. More information is available at http://www.uta.edu/math/surge/.
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