UNT Dallas campus receives $1.1 million grant to help future mathematics teachers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Texas Instruments Foundation has presented the University of North Texas Dallas Campus with a $1.1 million grant to establish the TI Math Scholars program.

The goal of the gift is to launch a new program that will encourage more students to seek bachelor's degrees in mathematics with math teacher certification, particularly women, members of minority groups and other groups that are traditionally underrepresented in mathematics education. Texas Instruments officials say the grant demonstrates the company's commitment to build tomorrow's workforce through higher education,

The program will provide a focused degree plan in mathematics. Along with instruction, students will receive mentoring, internship opportunities and opportunities to attend conferences and seminars

The TI grant will cover full tuition and fees and book allowances of $500 each for all full-time students selected for the program. Participating students must agree to teach in Dallas-area school districts for a minimum of two years upon graduation.

The goal is to launch the program with 30 students during the fall 2007 semester.

Dr. John Price, vice provost of the UNT Dallas Campus, which is located in southern Dallas, said one of the most compelling aspects of the TI Math Scholars program is that it seeks to achieve student participation with a high degree of diversity.

"Educational partnerships such as the one between the UNT Dallas Campus and Texas Instruments will be critical if we are to develop a diverse pool of qualified teachers in math, and also the sciences, technology and engineering. This program will enable students to encourage others to follow their lead by becoming math teachers in Dallas-area classrooms," Price said.

Applicants must meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards to be considered for the TI Math Scholars program. Once they are accepted into the program, they must be enrolled full time as long as they participate.

For the 2007-08 academic year, applicants must be college juniors who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll at the UNT Dallas Campus. They must be pursuing a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with teacher certification.

During the 2009-10 academic year, the program will be open to entering UNT Dallas freshmen who commit to pursuing a mathematics degree and to earning their teaching certificates.

TI Math Scholarships will continue to be awarded to participating students on a semester-by-semester basis and in successive years as long as the recipient continues in good standing in the program.

"We're delighted to be able to give this gift to the UNT Dallas Campus and to be a part of getting young people excited about their college educations," said Rich Templeton, president and CEO of Texas Instruments. "We at TI have a real stake in increasing the interest in, and teaching of, math and science - not only at the university level, but from kindergarten to the 12th grade as well. The TI Math Scholars program at the UNT Dallas Campus will go a long way to stoking that interest and creating the math teachers of tomorrow."

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