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Broadening the Participation of Underrepresented Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Tuncay Aktosun University of Texas at Arlington Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Aktosun is a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research area is applied mathematics and differential equations with research interests in scattering and spectral theory, inverse problems, wave propagation, and integrable evolution equations. He is involved in various mentoring and scholarship programs benefiting students. He has been the GAANN Fellowship Director in his department since 2006, the NSF S-STEM Scholarship Director in his department since 2008, and he also acts as the Project Director for the NSF Bridge Program in his department. In the past he served as the Graduate Director and as the Undergraduate Director in his department, and he directed the NSF-LSAMP program on his campus during 2009-2014 and also directed the NSF-LSAMP Bridge-to-Doctorate program on his campus during 2010-2013.

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Yolanda Parker Tarrant County College

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Dr. Yolanda Parker’s education includes earning a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in Applied Mathematical Sciences, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Illinois State University. She has held a university faculty appointment at Texas A&M University-Commerce and University of Texas at Arlington, where she taught undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level courses in Education and Mathematics Education. She is currently a Professor in the Mathematics Department full-time at Tarrant County College-South Campus. Her current research interests include algebra teacher efficacy, manipulatives with adult learners, and culturally relevant pedagogy in mathematics.

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Jianzhong Su University of Texas at Arlington Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jianzhong Su is professor and chair of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from University of Minnesota under Professor Hans Weinberger and he has been in higher education for over 30 years. He is an applied mathematician with research areas in partial differential equations and dynamical systems, with a particular interest in problems from computational neuroscience. He is an experienced researcher, educator, and administrator. He has served as PI/co-PI on over $10 million federal research, education and training funding from National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Education, US Department of Agriculture and other agencies, published over 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and been invited to over 70 seminars and conferences, and advised over 10 math students who attained their Ph.D. degree. He is very involved student mentoring of undergraduate students and high school students. He has been leading the development of the UTA learning communities and tutoring program for undergraduate and graduate students and has provided space and travel funds to enhance the UTA model. He is an active member of Gulf States Math Alliance and serves on its board of directors and co-organized the annual Gulf States Math Alliance conference in 2017-2021. Currently he is the PI on an NSF Math bridge to doctorate program at UTA. He also serves as a UTA site-PI on a large USDA-HSI collaboration project on smart agriculture data and mentoring students to research in data science and to pursue agricultural related career.

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We indicate the systematic changes made since 2005 to broaden the participation of underrepresented minority students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Mathematics Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. We describe how three federally funded mentoring and scholarship programs have helped to achieve these changes, by mentioning the efforts made, challenges encountered, lessons learned, and strategies developed. Prior to 2005, the numbers and percentages of underrepresented minority students in the mathematics programs at the University of Texas at Arlington were insignificant. The current numbers and percentages are drastically different. Various tables and plots are presented to describe the percentages in the student enrollment for women and underrepresented minorities, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and both in the Mathematics Department and in the entire university.

Aktosun, T., & Parker, Y., & Su, J. (2021, July), Broadening the Participation of Underrepresented Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36758

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