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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 Gipe.

Postbaccalaureate 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.

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