A new $623,608 National Science
Foundation S-STEM grant to the UT Arlington Mathematics Department will help
undergraduates with up to $10,000 in stipends, tuition and fees as they pursue their
future in teaching, research or other math-based professions.
Members of the SURGE team and students (from top left, clockwise): Professor Hristo Kojouharov, Associate Professor Ruth Gornet, Associate
Professor Barbara Shipman, Professor Jianzhong Su, student Elizabeth Martinez, Professor Tuncay Aktosun and student Omomayowa Olawoyin.
stands for Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The recommended funding - which will be spread over four years - is the
second S–STEM grant the math department has received. The first, which came in
2008, helped 46 students toward their degrees. A majority of those had come to
UT Arlington from community colleges, and some graduates have continued to
pursue advanced degrees in STEM areas.
“Mathematics is a key to
real-life problems everywhere, from science and engineering to business, sports
or music. By supporting students’ interest in a math major we are training
graduates ready to lead tomorrow’s technological advances,” said Jianzhong Su,
professor and chairman of the UT Arlington mathematics department.
UT Arlington’s S-STEM program is
called SURGE or Scholarships for Undergraduates to Reach Goals in Education. To
be considered for the SURGE scholarship, students must have demonstrated
academic excellence and financial need and be pursuing a math degree in the UT Arlington
College of Science. In addition to the funding, scholarship recipients also get
access to a network of support in the form of peer mentoring, tutoring, faculty
mentoring and industry mentoring with graduates of the department who work
throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.
Members of the SURGE team and
co-investigators on the new grant funding are Professor Tuncay Aktosun,
Associate Professor Ruth Gornet, Professor Hristo Kojouharov, Associate
Professor Barbara Shipman and Su.
“The S-STEM program
is just one way that UT Arlington is putting a priority on encouraging
undergraduates to pursue science and technology careers,” said Pamela Jansma,
dean of the College of Science. “Experience shows that support outside the
classroom and involvement in challenging activities such as research keeps
students moving toward their goals. The math department already is an example
of excellence in those areas of engagement.”
Last year, the mathematics
department was named the 2013 winner of the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. That
department was chosen for the recognition from 570 member AMS institutions. The
Society noted that the department had doubled the size of its doctoral program
over five years and bolstered those ranks with historically underrepresented
The department continues its
tradition of excellence this fall. Recently, in addition to the recent S-STEM
- Professor Ren-Cang Li received a National
Science Foundation grant of $214,458 to study “the linear response eigenvalue
problem” – which can be used in computing energy excitation states of electrons
and molecules for computational quantum chemistry and physics.
- Professor Michaela Vancliff received a National
Science Foundation grant for $132,495 for her work in the field of non-commutative
algebra. Vancliff will be developing geometric techniques
that help solve non-commutative polynomial-style equations. Such equations are
vital to a wide variety of scientific fields such as robotics and
The work of the College of Science Department of Mathematics
is one example of excellence at UT Arlington, a
comprehensive institution of more than 33,300 students and more than 2,200
faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.