Postdoctoral Positions at the Alliance Institutions
Mentoring and Support
Alliance NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes
This webpage gives a short description of each of the mathematics departments at the alliance universities (listed alphabetically). For more information about a specific department you can visit the homepage of that department (linked) or contact the Alliance Representative of that university.
Arizona State University (ASU) was established in 1958 through a vote of the people of Arizona. It consists of about 67,000 students on four campuses in the Phoenix area. Most of the work for this proposal will be performed on the Tempe campus, which is the home of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SoMSS) and the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (MCMSC), the two main sponsors of this proposal for ASU. Calling itself “A New American University,” ASU under President Michael Crow has sought to break the mold of the traditional research university by providing access and impact on the community as well as excellence in research.
ASU is a magnet for minority students and faculty because of the demographics of the state of Arizona and long standing programs to attract and retain students in the sciences. In 1985, Joaquin Bustoz started Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Sciences (SUMS) and 2010 will be its 25th anniversary. After his death, ASU recruited Carlos Castillo-Chavez from Cornell University to run the program. SUMS, together with the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI), run very successful summer programs in which the postdocs in this proposal will play an important role. The interdisciplinary nature of SoMSS and MCMSC will give postdocs many opportunities to collaborate with other scholars at ASU to widen their horizons and procure funding for their work.
Alliance Representative: Abdul-Aziz Yakubu
Howard University annually makes a disproportionately large contribution to African American graduate enrollment among research universities, particularly in the STEM ﬁelds. Because Howard plays such a key role in enrolling and graduating minority Ph.D.s, it is crucial that the STEM programs at Howard be nationally competitive in their doctoral research capacity. Howard is the nation’s leading on-campus producer of African-American Ph.D.s, and it recognizes a responsibility to increase its doctoral research capacity in order to further contribute to improving national production of minority doctorates. A part of this responsibility involves continually seeking to provide innovative means for students from underrepresented groups to study in areas at the leading edge of research.
Alliance Representative: Leslie Hogben
Iowa State University is a public land-grant university with almost 28,000 students located in Ames, Iowa. As of Fall 2010, the Mathematics Department will have 38 tenure/track faculty members, 5 of whom are women. There will be 4 postdoctoral associates, about 70 doctoral and 10 masters students. About 10% of the postdocs and graduate students are under-represented minorities, 30% are women, and 60% are US citizens. Graduate students and postdocs are mentored in both research and teaching, and are successful in finding employment in academia, government, or industry after completing their work at ISU. The doctoral programs in mathematics and applied mathematics have been strengthened and enlarged over the last 10 years. About 70% of students who enroll for a PhD earn one within six years. The department continues to work toward the success of all students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty, and actively recruits women and under-represented minorities. Prof. Paul Sacks (email@example.com) is the Director of Graduate Education and Prof. Leslie Hogben (LHogben@iastate.edu) is Director of Diversity.
Research strengths of the department include applied mathematics and mathematical modeling, control theory, dynamical systems, functional analysis, graph theory, linear algebra, mathematical biology, number theory and cryptography, numerical analysis and scientific computation, partial differential equations, probability and stochastic processes, representation theory.
Alliance Representative: Loek Helminck
The mathematics department at North Carolina State University has active research groups in a broad range of areas from pure, to applied, to interdisciplinary mathematics including programs in Bio-Mathematics, Financial Mathematics and Operations Research. The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics is characterized by its record of interdisciplinary research and has numerous industrial and laboratory connections. The department has two centers: The Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) and the Center for Quantitative Sciences in Bio-Medicine (CQSB). Our Ph.D. students are primarily US citizens (more than 90%) and many come from smaller universities and colleges including many HBCU’s. Since 1999 NCSU has graduated 17% of all US African American (AA) Ph.D.s in Group I and II universities combined, including 33% of all AA women in these groups. (Data: AMS annual surveys). Additionally, we graduated several Hispanic and American Indian students. The Mathematics department is in the College of Physical and Mathematical sciences, which year after year awards more baccalaureate degrees in the mathematical and physical sciences to African American students than any other predominantly white institution in the country. The department’s educational efforts have been recognized by several infrastructure grants, including MCTP, RTG, S-STEM, several REU grants, GAANN, etc. These offer a rich vertically integrated educational environment. The department together with the two centers CRSC and CQSB have on average 8 - 10 postdocs each year. The mathematical sciences at NC State University has ranked consistently in the top six nationally for federal funding since 1998 (NSF data). North Carolina State University is located in the research triangle and is one of the partners in the national NSF Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). Alliance Fellows will be in a rich scientiﬁc and educational environment with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and to develop their skills as teachers and researchers in an energetic and diverse community.
The Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University won the American Mathematical Society’s award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department in 2010 in recognition of its particular combination of a strong commitment to outreach, well thought-out programs for students, and a long-standing dedication to diversity in the mathematics work force.
Research strengths of the department include (listed alphabetically): Algebra and Combinatorics; Analysis, Geometry, and Topology; Industrial Mathematics; Mathematical Biology; Mathematical Physics; Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing; Optimization and Control; Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems; Partial Differential Equations; Probability, Stochastic Processes, and Financial Mathematics; Symbolic Computation.
Alliance Representative: Juan Restrepo
The University of Arizona offers the beneﬁts of a Mathematics Department and an independent Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematics whose combined efforts in research and education have been recognized by the rare award of two successive VIGRE grants. Together they offer a rich and inclusive environment in the mathematical sciences characterized by the vertical integration of research and education in mathematics, and the horizontal integration of mathematics with other disciplines in the physical, engineering, and life sciences. The Mathematics Department has strong research groups in many areas including number theory, applied mathematics, and mathematics education, to name but a few; and many programs, centers, and institutes devoted to teacher preparation, outreach, curriculum development, and support for under-represented minorities. The Department has devoted considerable efforts to expanding the number of mathematics majors from diverse backgrounds: there are currently over 560 majors (an almost 50% increase over the past 5 years) of whom 14% are minority students, and over the past 2 years 20 -30% of the majors have gone on to post-graduate education. The graduate programs in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics typically average a combined total of approximately 100 full-time students from diverse backgrounds: approximately 33% are female and 11% are under-represented minorities (a number that includes 3 American Indians). These diverse undergraduate and graduate communities will provide Alliance Fellows with many opportunities to develop their skills as instructors and mentors. The Program in Applied Mathematics is characterized by its record of interdisciplinary research and education with involvement of faculty from 20 different departments in many colleges across the University that will provide Alliance fellows with the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations and to develop their communication skills across disciplinary boundaries. The scientiﬁc environment is further enriched by the Program’s two experimental laboratories and, more recently, by the establishment of a new Graduate interdisciplinary Program in Statistics. The University of Arizona’s location in the Southwestern United States makes it, along with Arizona State University, a natural home for Hispanic and Native American students and provides a rich multi-cultural environment for Alliance Fellows.
Alliance Representative: Phil Kutzko
UI Math prides itself on recruiting and retaining students from groups which have been traditionally underrepresented in math sciences doctoral programs. It is one of the largest producers of minority Ph.D.s in mathematics in the US, having awarded doctoral degrees to fourteen minority students since 1997. This record has earned the Department national recognition including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2005), the AMS Programs that Make a Difference Award (2006) and the AMS Exemplary Program Award (2008).
Alliance Representative: John Meakin
The Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln won the American Mathematical Society’s award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department in 2009 in recognition of its integrated approach to its research, teaching, and educational outreach missions.
For the past 15 years the UNL math department has been at the forefront of national efforts to increase the representation of women in the profession. In 1998, the department was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, in recognition of its success in mentoring women in the graduate program. The annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) has become a national showcase for research by undergraduate women in mathematics, attracting well over 200 undergraduate women each year. All Girls/All Math (AGAM) is another nationally recognized math outreach program for high school girls.
UNL has achieved national recognition for its broad commitment to mentoring students and early career faculty. In addition to NCUWM and AGAM, the department organizes Nebraska IMMERSE, which is a summer bridge program for students who have graduated from a non-Ph.D. granting college and have been accepted to a graduate program in math. This program brings early career faculty from small colleges each year to work with UNL faculty and is funded by an MCTP grant from NSF. The department is also engaged in mentoring undergraduate research projects, with several REU site grants and a UBM grant.
Consistent with its goal of an integrated approach to its research and educational missions, and its efforts to extend its work beyond campus, the UNL math department has also achieved a national leadership position in the education of teachers, with two recent major MSP grants from NSF aimed at enhancing the mathematics education of in-service teachers, and the creation of an innovative mathematics curriculum for futute teachers. The department is also home to the MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions.
Simultaneously with its work in building an extensive educational outreach program, the department has seen signiﬁcant growth in the size and national proﬁle of its graduate program and its research and postdoctoral program in the past 15 years. The department contributed signiﬁcantly to the national dialogue on graduate education in mathematics through its participation in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate and has graduated around 100 Ph.D.s during this period.