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HMC Receives Math for America Program Grant
Harvey Mudd College (HMC) has received a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in support of its participation in Math for America Los Angeles. The grant will fund academic and professional development for Math for America fellows during a two-year period.
Math for America Los Angeles is a collaborative project operated by HMC, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and the University of Southern California (USC). The program recruits, trains and financially supports prospective high school teachers, who are highly qualified in mathematics, as they prepare for careers in teaching.
HMC's Darryl Yong, assistant professor of mathematics, serves as a mentor in the program and coordinates HMC’s involvement.
Through its efforts, Math for America, for which HMC President Maria Klawe serves as a board member, addresses the related problems of inadequate math skills and high attrition among math teachers. Fellows enroll in master’s degree programs at either CGU or USC, and then enter the teaching work force in greater Los Angeles.
By 2011, Math for America will have supported at least 440 teachers. The program offers a stipend to fellows and supplements their salary, ensuring that they earn amounts comparable to other professionals with similar levels of education and training.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, located in Jacksonville, Fla., support higher education, including liberal arts education, secondary education, graduate theological education, health care and public television.