New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences has received a $708,468 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create a Center for Mathematical Talent that will discover and support high-school and middle-school students with exceptional potential in the New York City area.
“There are so many gifted, talented, and promising kids in New York City, but too few have access to programs that can help them realize all they can achieve in science and mathematics,” said Daniel L. Goroff, program director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “This new center will reach out broadly to students who may otherwise be too underserved, underwhelmed, or under-confident to develop their full potential.”
The Center for Mathematical Talent (CMT), which will launch in September 2010, seeks to devise, strengthen, or expand institutions and practices that can identify and nurture mathematical talent, starting in New York City.
For example, CMT will work closely both with the existing New York Mathematical Circle (NYMC), which offers after-school activities for mathematically gifted students and seminars for teachers of mathematics, as well as with the New York City Interscholastic Mathematics League (NYCIML), which organizes mathematics competitions for area schools.
The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU has active relationships with many local schools and, for example, currently houses several “Math Circles” where students gather each week to explore advanced or deep topics with the help of an experienced instructor. In addition, its annual “Courant Splash”—a day-long festival of classes in the mathematical and computer sciences—attracts high-school students from across New York City who want to challenge themselves and gain exposure to new ideas. CMT will serve as an umbrella for these activities and for collaborations with the Department of Teaching and Learning in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
The establishment of this new Center was in part inspired by an international conference last winter that explored examples from around the world of what works in this field. Statistical studies presented there showed that New York City could be doing much more compared with other major urban areas. Starting here, CMT will aim to develop templates for signature programs that mathematicians and institutions across the country can adapt to nurture mathematical talent in their schools and communities, too.
About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:
Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports original research and broad-based education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. For more information, click here.
About NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences:
New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is a leading center for research and education. Established under the leadership of Richard Courant in 1935, the Courant Institute has contributed to U.S. and international science and engineering by promoting an integrated view of mathematics and computer science. The Institute is engaged in broad research activities, applying these disciplines to problems in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, and atmosphere-ocean science. The Courant Institute has played a central role in the development of applied mathematics, analysis, and computer science, and is comprised of a faculty which has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of their extraordinary research accomplishments. For more information, click here.