The University of Kentucky is getting more than $500,000 to help more students get graduate degrees in math.
The National Science Foundation has given UK's math department a $559,626 grant to create and fund the new Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program.
The program, which will launch in 2015, will have a special emphasis on helping first-generation college students and students from Appalachia.
"Research and graduate education are fundamental parts of the University of Kentucky's mission, and support from the National Science Foundation will help UK's Department of Mathematics build critical capacity in its graduate program," said President Eli Capilouto.
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Each fellow will receive:
■ A $5,000 scholarship and reduced teaching responsibilities in the spring term of the first year of residency.
■ Extra training on research tools, grant writing, communicating mathematics, and career options in the mathematical sciences.
■ An intensive learning seminar to prepare for preliminary examinations in June of the first year.
■ A $5,000 summer fellowship and Research Experiences for Graduate summer program after successful completion of the first year.
■ A $5,000 scholarship in the spring term of the second year of residency.
■ A $5,000 summer research fellowship and supervised research with a faculty member after successful completion of the second year of residence.
"All of the funds in this grant will go directly to help students — to support them through scholarships, travel funds, and mentoring activities," said Peter Perry, principal investigator for the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics grant and director of graduate studies in the Department of Mathematics. "This kind of support is particularly important for first-generation college students and students of underrepresented groups."
Students from Appalachian counties in Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are strongly encouraged to apply.