Smith Launches Junior-Year,
Postbaccalaureate Math Programs
Talented women continue to leave the mathematics pipeline,” says
Ruth Haas, professor of mathematics and statistics and of engineering. “By
shoring up the holes that cause women to drop out and giving women the opportunity
to do advanced math together, we hope women maintain the motivation and determination
needed to reach their goals.”
With that in mind, Smith is using a $1.5
million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Center for Women
in Mathematics, which will run two programs aimed at increasing the number of women
at the top of the field.
Haas, who is one of the program’s chief architects
and the mathematics department chair, says the five-year grant will support a junior-year-at-Smith
program and the nation’s first postbaccalaureate mathematics program to assist
women in attaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in the subject. Smith will
enroll women in each program during the initial 2007-08 academic year.
Ruth Haas, mathematics department chair, hopes two new
Smith programs increase the number of women at the top of the field. Photos by Jim
students will receive full tuition as well as a $12,500 stipend for living expenses.
The Office of Graduate Study will review applications for the postbaccalaureate program.
A student in the junior-year-at-Smith program will pay
the college’s undergraduate
tuition and will be eligible for need-based financial aid. Smith guarantees to meet
her full financial need, as calculated by the college. She should apply to the college’s
Office of Admission.
Visit www.math.smith.edu/center for more information.