Project Details


Intellectual merit. This project will develop a prototype for a community college recruitment network for mathematically talented students in Phoenix-area community colleges to help them make a successful transition to baccalaureate programs in the mathematical sciences at Arizona State University (ASU). Two 4-week summer enrichment programs will be offered at Scottsdale Community College that will introduce students to topics in set theory and proofs; mathematical finance and biology; and computer graphics. Students who transfer from this program to ASU, as well as other qualified ASU students, will have an opportunity for more advanced project seminars offered during the academic year, plus an 8-week summer research experience. The seminars and summer programs will address problems related to weather prediction and atmospheric dynamics; image processing and Fourier analysis; network dynamics and graph theory; and mathematical models of cancer (especially brain and prostate cancer). Students will be supervised by experienced faculty who are experts in their fields. The ASU program is designed to provide opportunities to undergraduate mathematics majors to work as part of a team on an interdisciplinary problem; read journal articles to gain some background on a new subject quickly; analyze open-ended problems using computer simulation as a discovery tool; and present a talk or poster on their work at an appropriate workshop or research conference. Broader impact. Arizona State University has one of the largest undergraduate mathematics programs in the U.S. This project will engage approximately 216 mathematically talented students in Maricopa County community colleges and at ASU and will serve as a national model for other partnerships between community colleges and 4-year institutions to increase the number of graduates with advanced training in mathematics and computation. Special efforts will be made to recruit students who are first-generation college students as well as students who are female and/or members of underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 1
Effective start/end date7/15/126/30/18


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $1,099,808.00


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