Department looks to reshape math instruction with $530k grant

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received funding from the United States Department of Education under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). The funding, totaling $530K over a three-year period will be leveraged to reshape mathematics instruction using novel mathematic training approaches around both informal and formal settings for all students at UAPB.

Named the Mathematics STEM Undergraduate Apprentice Program (MSTEM-UAP), the program will be a true departure from traditional mathematics instruction for UAPB. The project team will leverage cultural and mathematical frameworks for students, such as communal learning using experiential mathematic analysis, communal learning via social media tools such as micro-blogging (i.e. Twitter), and problem modeling using discipline specific simulations.

“Mathematics is a critical literacy need for the Arkansas Delta,” Dr. Jessie Walker, chairperson of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science said. “This funding will aid the MCS department in its role of helping eager young individuals achieve their goals and aiding them in aspiring to greatness via mathematics and computer science.”

MSTEM-UAP will be operated within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science where all faculty/staff at will help in the project’s implementation.  Dr. Jessie Walker will serve as project director, with Mr. Robin Ghosh, as project coordinator. The project start date is October 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact Mr. Robin Ghosh at (870) 575-8764 or ghoshr@uapb.edu.

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