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Outreach Projects

Our faculty and students are involved in a wide range of projects engaging the local community and beyond.

Poincaré Institute - Montserrat Teixidor, Boris Hasselblatt, Kim Ruane, Alex Babinski, Sarah Bray, Charlie Cunningham, Andy Eisenberg
Tufts has received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Program (NSF-MSP) to launch an ambitious initiative teaming middle-school teachers from districts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine with Tufts faculty, graduate students, and staff for interactive mathematical coursework. Professor Montserrat Teixidor i Bigas is the principal investigator.
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Noyce/NSF Scholarship Program - Todd Quinto
Tufts professors from the Education and Physics Departments are working along with Mathematics Professor Todd Quinto on the Noyce/NSF Teaching Fellowship Program to attract and train math and science students to teach those subjects in high-needs middle schools and high schools. Noyce Fellows receive a full scholarship to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Tufts and a stipend and special mentoring in the beginning of their teaching careers.
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Somerville Mathematics Fund - Zbigniew Nitecki
The Somerville Mathematics Fund, an affiliate of Dollars for Scholars, was chartered in September 2000 to celebrate and encourage achievement in mathematics in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. The Fund offers scholarships to students who went to high school in Somerville and go on to major in STEM subjects in college, as well as grants of up to $500 for local teachers working on math enrichment projects.

The Fund also sponsors a range of local events, particularly the popular annual ScrapHeap Showdown, loosely modeled on Junkyard Wars: we set a problem, and high school students, in teams of three or so, get about 3 hours to solve it, using a pile of junk we bring in and deposit on the floor. In 2010, the problem was a Rube Goldberg-type machine; another year, it was to build a bridge out of paper and tape (no duct tape---and the winning bridge held 40 pounds!); and another year, it was to build a windmill.
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MA in Teaching - Todd Quinto, Kim Ruane
The Education Department offers a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree for future teachers at the Elementary level and at the Middle/High School level. Faculty from our department, like Professors Quinto and Ruane, have a history of helping out with the mathematics part of the curriculum, such as by observing and advising student teachers.
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Advanced Quantitative Reasoning - Mary Glaser
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) is a newly-designed mathematics intended to follow Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. The course emphasizes statistics and financial applications, and it prepares students to use algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and discrete mathematics to model a range of situations and solve problems. Mary Glaser is involved as a certified teacher trainer for Massachusetts.
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Canada/USA Mathcamp - Moon Duchin
Canada/USA Mathcamp is a 5-week summer program for some of the most talented high school mathematicians in North America --- and, increasingly, from overseas as well. Its location changes yearly, rotating through different college campuses. Students get to see mathematics at a high level and surrounded by a lively, fun, incredibly geeky community. Mathcamp is administered by the Mathematics Foundation of America, for which Assistant Professor Moon Duchin serves on the Board of Directors-- she is also a regular visitor and lecturer at camp.
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