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Mathworks News Through the Years

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2007

2006

  • Texas Mathworks student Receives Coco-Cola Foundation Scholarship.
  • Texas Mathworks was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Intel Foundation to support a Leadership Development Program as part of the Texas Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp. The Intel Leadership Development Program formalizes the role of the HSMC counselors and future leaders.

  • The RGK Foundation awarded Texas Mathworks with a $50,000 grant to support a new curriculum development project. This grant supports developing and piloting new mathematics curriculum for middle school mathematics students that extends the Mathworks summer math camp curriculum to a full school-year.

  • The Sid W. Richardson Foundation has awarded Texas Mathworks a grant of $49,700 to support the Texas Mathworks Teaching Collaborative. This grant will help establish Mathworks as a statewide program for our best and brightest high school students, extending the Mathworks summer program to an academic year program that will serve talented high school students locally and statewide.

  • Texas Mathworks received a donation of $60,000 from the Kodosky Foundation to support the Junior Summer Math Camp.

  • A perfect score on the 10th Primary Mathematics World Competition (PMWC) team test by the Texas Mathworks team of Jeffery Chan, Kevin Chen, Millie Shi and Sallyann Zhou resulted in the team winning top honors in the Team Competition. The team also won the Po Leung Kuk Cup as the top non-Asian team for the 4th time!  For more information, please click here.

  • The American Mathematical Society (AMS) awarded Mathworks a grant of $12,500.

  • In a continued effort to help more students experience the beauty and excitement of math, the Mollusca Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Honors Summer Math Camp. This will support a "Mollusca Fellow" to attend the HSMC each summer.

  • The Park City Math Institute (PCMI) has awarded Texas Mathworks a grant of $110,000.

  • The Siemens Foundation donated $15,000 to Texas Mathworks.

  • Mathworks received a Teacher Quality Type B grant of $170,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  • The Meadows Foundation awarded Texas Mathworks a grant of $84,000.

  • Six Honors Math Camp students have been named Presidential Scholars, including Jeff Nanney in 2006. Each state has two students recognized each year. Past HSMC student winners include: Amit Kurlekar (1994), Colette Shen (2000), Samuel Chang (2001), Corinna Zygourakis (2002), and Cynthia Chi (2004).

  • Dr. Max Warshauer, the director of Mathworks, was recognized with the Presidential Teaching Award.

2005

  • To help more students experience the beauty and excitement of math, the Mollusca Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Honors Summer Math Camp. This will support a "Mollusca Fellow" to attend the HSMC each summer.

  • Texas Mathworks provided Professional Development to several school districts during the 2005-2006 academic year. In both San Marcos and McAllen, TX, the primary purpose of the Mathworks collaboration was to be a resource for mathematics content for the teachers and to encourage the formation of a mathematical community of teachers.

  • Mathworks received a gift of $30,000 from the Jeff and Gail Kodosky Foundation.

  • Mathworks received a gift of $12,000 from the Siemens Foundation.

  • Mathworks received a gift of $15,000 from Skillpoint.

  • Mathworks received a Teacher Quality Type B grant of $81,946 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  • The Meadows Foundation awarded Texas Mathworks a grant of $84,000.

  • Mathworks received a grant of $14,000 from the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

  • Mathworks received a grant of $110,000 from the Park City Math Institute (PCMI).

2004

  • Mathworks received two Teacher Quality Type B grants, each for $80,000, from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The grants “Middle School Mathematics: Part 1,” and “Middle School Mathematics: Part 2 ” each supported training for 25-30 teachers.

  • The Richardson Foundation awarded Mathworks $75,000 to support the “Texas Mathworks Discovery Learning Project.” This grant supports Richardson Fellows to work with students in the public schools, after-school math camps, math clubs, and curriculum development.

  • Intel funded the “Intel-Mathworks Middle School Math Initiative,” with a grant of $30,000. This supported teacher training for Austin area teachers, summer math camps for students, and school-year support for Math Inquiry Groups of teachers.

  • Mathworks received $41,400 from The Jeff and Gail Kodosky Foundation and CATE (SEC).. This gift supports the Texas State Junior Summer Math Camps as well as the integration of Math Inquiry Groups into our undergraduate teacher training program. Undergraduates taking University Seminar have the opportunity to observe and work with students and teachers in the public schools.

  • The American Math Society Epsilon Fund award Mathworks a grant of $15,000 to support scholarships for the Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp. Donavian Huskey was named as the Roderick P. C. Caldwell Scholarship recipient and Ambreen Rahman was named the Ky and Yu-Fen Fan Scholarship recipient.

  • Four Mathworks students competed as the “San Marcos Mathworks Team” at the 2004 Primary Mathematics World Contest sponsored by the Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong. The team again received the Po Leung Kuk Champion trophy as the top non-Asian team. Jeffrey Chen was on the team for the second time, finished second in the country in the Math Counts competition, and was recognized at the White House.

  • Siemens Foundation awarded Mathworks $15,000 to provide scholarships for the Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp. As part of our program, advanced students worked with faculty mentors on research projects that were submitted to the Siemens-Westinghouse competition. Eleven students were named Siemens semi-finalists, and one group of 3 students was named as regional finalists!

  • Mathworks received a $46,595 grant from Texas State to provide equipment for the Meadows Discovery Learning Lab. Mathworks faculty are working with faculty from Curriculum and Instruction to develop diagnostic tests, modules, and individual learning plans that will ensure that all undergraduates being certified to teach at Texas State have a solid foundation in math and science.

  • Mathworks received a gift of $5,000 from Harry Lucas.

  • Mathworks received a grant of $110,000 from the Meadows Foundation.

  • Mathworks received a grant of $110,000 from the Park City Math Institute (PCMI).

2003

  • Mathworks received $25,000 from The Jeff and Gail Kodosky Foundation. This gift supports the Texas State Junior Summer Math Camp, providing scholarships for students who could not otherwise attend. This helps Mathworks train teachers who then begin new camps using the Mathworks model. Pre-service undergraduates learn about the Mathworks as an integrated part of their teacher education program.

  • Siemens Foundation awarded Mathworks $15,000. This donation provides scholarships for Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp. The “Siemens Fellows” supported experience the joy of mathematical exploration and discovery, while developing research projects for the Siemens-Westinghouse science and technology competition. Last summer, 9 students were named Siemens-Westinghouse semi-finalists!

  • Mathworks received $50,000 from the Intel Foundation to link pre-service education majors at Texas State with in-service teachers, building a continuum of teachers dedicated to exciting inquiry-based instruction. This program is designed to increase the number of teachers certified to teach mathematics. The grant provides scholarships for young students and in service teachers in our Junior Summer Math Camps.

  • The Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) gave Texas Mathworks a grant of $43,364 to develop and implement a unique Discovery Learning Project for young students, 4 of whom will represent Mathworks in the Primary Math World Contest in Hong Kong in December.
    As a part of this program Dr. Sam Young (Auburn University Professor of Mathematics) taught a seminar where students explored problems in geometry using the Moore Method.
    This grant provided scholarships and support for students and developed a pipeline from the Junior Summer Math Camp of younger students to the Honors Summer Math Camp for high school students.

  • The American Math Society Epsilon Fund awarded Texas Mathworks a grant of $9,000, providing scholarships for students to attend the Honors Summer Math Camp. Shamika Walker was named a Ky and Yu-fen Fan Scholar.
    This is critical for the Honors Summer Math Camp, since many students could not attend without support.

  • State Farm Insurance Company’s educational foundation gave Texas Mathworks a grant of $13,250, that enabled Mathworks to work with San Marcos CISD to build a cadre of master teachers. These teachers will lead professional development efforts in mathematics in San Marcos CISD. Support was provided for both pre-service and in-service teacher development. Funds have also been provided for summer math camps and professional development workshops that will feature robotics and mathematics.

  • Weed & Seed supported a new math camp at Heart House in North Austin. This special program excited young students in mathematics who had limited background in doing mathematics, while preparing them for algebra and more advanced math.

2002

  • Intel gave $40,000 to support training programs for students and teachers. This is critical to enabling Mathworks to open new training sites, and to expand existing level 4 and level 5 training programs.

  • Received $25,000 from Jeff and Gail Kodosky for support of Mathworks. This donation provided critical support for the Junior Summer Math Camps and Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest team.

  • Four Mathworks students competed as the “San Marcos Mathworks Team” at the 2002 Primary Mathematics World Contest sponsored by the Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong. The team received the Po Leung Kuk Champion trophy among non-Asian teams, and ranked 7th overall among 40 teams; one student received first honors recognition with a perfect individual test, one student 2nd highest and one student 3rd highest honors recognition.

  • Advanced Micro Devices sponsored math camps and teacher training in Del Valle ISD. AMD also provided a special guest speaker.

  • The City of Austin Health and Human Services sponsored math camps and teacher training at Webb Middle School, Austin ISD, with a grant of $39,900.

  • A TIE grant with the Texas Education Agency (Technology Integration in Education) of $40,080 sponsored 20 students to attend the Texas State Junior Summer Math Camp, 4 students to attend the Texas State Honors Summer Math Camp. Funding also provided training for 6 teachers in the first after school training program delivered via ITV in February. New curriculum integrating technology was developed especially for the program.

  • Texas Instruments provided calculators for the Texas State Junior Summer Math Camps in San Marcos and the Rio Grande Valley. TI national staff also provided special training for Mathworks.

  • Partnerships were formed with McAllen, Brownsville, San Benito, Round Rock, Rio Grande City, Austin, Del Valle, Manor, Mission, Port Lavaca, and San Marcos. Districts provided support for teacher training, transportation, and support for summer math camps.

  • Weed and Seed sponsored junior summer math camps in Austin as part of an ongoing joint project with Mathworks.

  • Partnered with Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Texas at Brownsville to train faculty about how to begin programs using the Texas Mathworks model.

  • Partnered with Region 2 Educational Service Center to provide support for Mathworks programs in Corpus Christi area.

  • RGK Foundation provided $50,000 grant to support Mathworks Operations Coordinator.

  • Siemens provided $12,000 which supported partial scholarships for 11 “Siemens Fellows” and one teacher.

  • American Math Society Epsilon Program grant of $15,000 help support 19 students attending the Honors Summer Math Camp. Araceli Fernandez was named the Ky and Yu-Fen Fan Scholarship recipient.

  • Nine students from the Honors Summer Math Camp were named semi-finalists in the 2002 Siemens-Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.

2001

  • Received $6,000 donation from Harry Lucas and the Educational Advancement Foundation to provide continued support for student scholarships.

  • Director, Dr. Max Warshauer, invited to Stanford University to honor Janet Chen, a former Mathworks Camp participant. Janet was one of the Terman Scholastic Engineering Award winners at Stanford, and she chose Dr. Warshauer to be honored for inspiring her before she attended college. Janet attended math camp for 5 years as a student and counselor. She is a graduate student school in mathematics at Harvard.

  • Formed partnership with Gear-Up and Region One Service Center to sponsor 40 teacher trainees and 800 students to attend program.

  • Partnerships formed with Gear-Up grant from University of Texas Pan America, Gear-Up in Brownsville, and numerous districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley to sponsor teachers and students.

  • Set up five training sites in the Rio Grande Valley at Mercedes, Brownsville, Mission, McAllen, and Laredo. Used Interactive TV to transmit the program to all five sites, coordinated through Region One Educational Service Center.

  • Joyce Fischer joined the faculty to teach in San Marcos JSMC program.

  • Hiroko Warshauer developed special math courses where Texas State students began developing teacher portfolios while participating in JSMC.

  • JSMC Program expanded to over 1400 students statewide. Trained 90 teachers, and 24 returning master teachers at five sites in Rio Grande Valley. Trained 10 new teachers and 13 master teachers in San Marcos.

  • Weed and Seed partnership supported teacher training and summer math camps in coordination with Austin ISD. These pilot programs built the foundation for developing a full-scale implementation in Austin. Pilot program included 7 teachers and 60 students.

  • Hosted a press conference at Pecan Springs to demonstrate community support from 5 neighborhood associations, University Hills, Pecan Springs, Coronado Hills, St. Johns, and Windsor Park. Edgar Whitfield, President of Northeast Community Council of Austin, provided strong support. Robert Hendricks, Washington D. C. Executive Office of Weed and Seed also attended.

  • Added fifth level, Problem Solving, to Junior Summer Math Camp, taught by Sam Baethge, head of the Texas American Regions Math League Team. Students were prepared to compete in international math competitions.

  • Four Mathworks students competed as the “San Marcos Mathworks Team” at the Primary Mathematics World Contest sponsored by the Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong. The team won two runner-up trophies, one student received first honors recognition with a perfect individual test, and two students received third honors recognition. The team ranked 13th, from more than 40 teams around the world. This is the first U. S. Team ever to compete in this international competition.

  • Changed name of organization from Math Institute for Talented Youth to Texas Mathworks to reflect the expanded role of this center in making “math work” for all students and teachers.

  • Received $10,000 donation from Siemens to sponsor six Siemens Fellows – five students and one teacher.

  • Participated in special math program for 120 students from the Colonias with Jaime Chahin at Texas State.

  • Received $25,000 from Jeff and Gail Kodosky for support of Mathworks Fellows and scholarships. This donation provided critical support for the Honors Summer Math Camp and outreach programs.

  • Dr. Max Warshauer, Director of Mathworks, testified before the State House and Senate Committees as a math program expert for the Texas State Math Initiative.

  • Began a new teacher-training program at Texas State, where students developed a teaching portfolio that meets State Board for Education Certification standards (SBEC), while participating as counselors in the Texas State Mathworks Junior Summer Math Camps.

  • Received $25,000 FIPSE supplemental grant to work with other universities to train their teachers to use the Texas Mathworks model program. Partner schools include faculty from the University of Texas at Brownsville, Laredo Community, and Austin Community College.

  • Developed links to the Capital Area Training Foundation to coordinate the Texas Mathworks training programs with school districts in central Texas.

  • Honors Math Camp students Charles Hallford, Rebecca Williams, and Cynthia Chi finished fourth nationally in the Siemens-Westinghouse Math, Science, Technology Competition, for their project “The Generalization of the deBruijn Edge Sums”. A second team of math camp students, Alex Wright, Yeeland Chen, and Betty Yang, made semi-finalists. Former math camp student Corina Zygorakas was also a semi-finalist.

  • Texas Mathworks was one of five programs in the state of Texas to receive the first annual Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Star Award, from among 88 nominees.

  • Mathworks Director Max Warshauer received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. This award includes $10,000 which will be used to provide scholarships for the program.

2000

  • Mathworks’ FIPSE grant from the previous year helped support training 40 teachers and 672 students. The program surpassed all expectations and trained 58 new teachers, 22 master teachers and 800 students.

  • Selina Vasquez joined faculty and directed Rio Grande Valley program.

  • San Marcos ISD sponsored 90 student scholarships to attend JSMC and hosted training program at Hernandez Elementary. San Marcos JSMC program expanded to 189 students.

  • Hosted two training sites for JSMC. The Texas State JSMC was held at Hernandez Elementary School in San Marcos from June 5-June 16. This training site had 12 master teachers and 21 teacher trainees.

  • The second training site was held at South Texas Community College (STCC) from June 5-June 16. Teachers attended a JSMC at either the South Texas Teacher Academy in Edinburg or at Salinas Elementary in Mission.

  • The Edinburg Training site included 3 master teachers and 12 teacher trainees — eight from McAllen, two from Edinburg, and two from Mercedes. The Mission Training Site included 6 master teachers and 19 teacher trainees—10 from Mission, two from Rio Grande City, four from LaJoya, two from Hidalgo, and one from Zapata.

  • Recognition Luncheon for sponsors held in McAllen. Recognition for major sponsors including Southwestern Bell Foundation, FIPSE, Coca-Cola, Rockwell, RGK and Rio Grande Valley partners, as well as acknowledged support from State Senator Ken Armbrister.

  • Annual presentation at the Rio Grande Valley Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference (see Vita)

  • Partnership sponsored through Austin ISD allowed 30 students from Austin to attend JSMC in San Marcos.

  • Weed and Seed worked in partnership with Texas Mathworks to train teachers and offer JSMC in Austin at 3 schools.

  • Honors Summer Math Camp included 52 students, 15 counselors, and six teachers.

  • Joined the Siemens Outreach Alliance as one of the founding members. The goal is to provide guidance, counseling, and direction to the Siemens Foundation in support of developing young students in math and science.

  • Attended Siemens Competition in Washington, DC. One former HSMC student, Samuel Chang, was among the six finalists; two HSMC students were recognized as Advanced Placement winners, Jenny Chen and Corina Zygorakas, and one former HSMC student, Sharmaine Jennings, was honored as an outstanding teacher.

  • Received $10,000 from the American Math Society Epsilon program to support student scholarships to HSMC.

  • Awarded $25,000 from Coca-Cola for Mathworks student and teacher scholarships.

  • Colette Shen, former HSMC student, was honored as a Presidential Scholar from Texas, and will be attending Harvard University in 2001.

  • SBC Foundation continuing support provided scholarships for students and teachers in HSMC and JSMC.

  • Hiroko Warshauer became Executive Editor of Math Explorer magazine, stressing interdisciplinary connections of math with other areas.

1999

  • Received $478,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), one of only 26 funded nationally out of 488 applicants. This grant enabled Mathworks to open a training site in the Rio Grande Valley.

  • Developed partnership with South Texas Community College to help coordinate the Rio Grande Valley program.

  • Received second $25,000 gift from the Rockwell Fund, Inc. to provide on-going scholarship support which was critical for the Honors Summer Math Camp.

  • Received $3,000 donation from Harry Lucas and Educational Advancement Foundation to continue their support of discovery learning for all young students.

  • Received second $75,000 grant from the Eisenhower program to train master teachers as part of Mathworks’ nationally recognized student-teacher training program.

  • Hosted Spring Conference at Texas State where students made presentations on their school-year research projects.

  • Received a $200,000 grant from SBC Foundation (with Koke-Garcia) to sponsor scholarships and teachers attending Mathworks’ summer math camps. This provided important matching support for the NSF grant.

  • Added a fourth level to the Junior Summer Math Camp, Combinatorics to extend curriculum to include advanced problem-solving and counting problems.

  • Southeast Austin Community Youth Development Project sponsored 30 students to attend the Texas State JSMC, sending bus from Austin each day.

  • Dr. Warshauer received the Mathematical Association of America Texas Section Award for Distinguished University or College Teaching.

1998

  • Received fourth NSF grant, as co-principal investigator with Joe Koke and Dana Garcia. This broadened the research component of the summer program, with a 5-year grant for $728,952 from NSF, with $286,912 going to the Math Camp.

  • Texas State agreed to institutionalize the Honors Math Camp permanently, with a goal of raising a $5 million endowment.

  • Honors Summer Math Camp continued with 48 students, 8 teachers and 15 counselors.

  • Junior Summer Math Camp in San Marcos expanded to 86 students, and new camps using the Texas Mathworks model were started at other locations described below.

  • Added a third level to the Junior Summer Math Camp curriculum, Math Explorations, that relates algebra to geometry.

  • Received Eisenhower grant for $74,470, which enabled Mathworks to train 10 teachers from Port Lavaca, McAllen, Progreso, Donna, and Rio Grande City. After training, these teachers then began summer programs in their districts using the Texas State model.

  • Began Math Reader and Math Explorer magazines for young students (grades 3-8). These magazines were designed to encourage students to have fun exploring new problems and discovering how to do mathematics for themselves. Magazines stress cross-disciplinary connections.

  • Hosted Spring Conference at Texas State where students made presentations on their school-year research projects.

  • Served as a reviewer for NSF for other program proposals.

  • Received continuing $5,000 donation from Harry Lucas, and Educational Advancement Foundation to provide scholarships and promote discovery learning for young students.

1997

  • Founded Math Institute for Talented Youth to coordinate different outreach programs, including the JSMC, HSMC, and teacher training programs.

  • Expanded Junior Summer Math Camp to include 2 levels with 60 students. Moved program from the Willae Mae Mitchell Activity Center to Texas State University. The second level, MathQuest, extended the program to cover fractions and functions. Both levels included math and drama activities, and hands-on applications.

  • Received $25,000 gift from Rockwell Fund, Inc. to support summer programs.

  • Received $5,000 donation from Harry Lucas, and Educational Advancement Foundation to provide scholarships and support discovery learning for young students.

  • Hosted Spring Conference at Texas State where students made presentations on their school-year research projects.

1996

  • Received third two-year grant from the NSF Young Scholars program for $377,514.

  • San Marcos Daily Record, "Math Camp is one challenging way for some high schoolers to spend vacation".

  • Added a teacher component and expanded Honors Math Camp to 15 counselors.

  • Founded Texas State Junior Summer Math Camp as a 2-week commuter program for students in grades 3-5. Goal was to prepare students for higher-level math. First program held at the Willae Mae Mitchell Activity Center in San Marcos, and included 39 students. The first level, Mathematical Mystery Tour, introduced young students to the number line, variables, and foundations of algebra. Rachelle Meyer, Hernandez Elementary, joins program.

  • Received a $10,000 grant from the Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative to host a Convocation at Texas State for beginning summer math programs. Program included 75 participants from throughout Texas and from all parts of the country.

  • Received a $5,000 gift from Shield-Ayres Foundation in San Antonio to sponsor scholarships to the Honors Summer Math Camp.

  • Hosted Spring Conference at Texas State where students made presentations on their school-year research projects.

1995

  • Honors Summer Math Camp had 53 participants and 14 counselors.

  • Received continued funding from the NSF Young Scholars program.

  • Formed Advisory Board for Math Institute for Talented Youth. Board included State Senator Ken Armbrister, nationally acclaimed columnist Heloise, David Bamberger, Darrell Piersol, State Representative Sherri Greenberg, Gerald Hill, Greg Kozmetsky, Elizabeth Nash, and State Representative Alec Rhodes.

1994

  • Received a second two-year grant from the NSF Young Scholars program for $287,930. Honors Summer Math Camp expanded to a 6-week long program with 51 participants.

  • Math Camp Endowment receives $40,000 from RGK Foundation to support student scholarships.

  • Presented two talks at the Rio Grande Valley Conference of Teachers of Mathematics, Introduction to Combinatorics and Group Learning, and Problem Solving with Mathematica, with Don Hazlewood.

1993

  • Honors Summer Math Camp included 40 students and 12 counselors.

  • Founding member of Strengthening Undergraduate Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA), under the auspices of the Mathematical Association of America.

1992

  • A two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Scholars program for $180,970 enabled the program to expand to 39 students and 10 counselors. Eugene Curtin joined faculty.

  • San Marcos Daily Record, "National grant ensures growth for popular summer math program for high school students".

  • Continued to develop Math Camp Endowment. Received gifts from Dr. Darrell Piersol, and matching gift from IBM. Other donors included Lions Club, Dairy Queen, and Furr’s Cafeteria.

  • Dr. Darrell T. Piersol, Professor Emeritus of Business at Texas State, and founder of the Governor’s Executive

  • Development Program joined the program to give annual talks to the participants about Planning for the Future.

  • Initiated annual trips with HSMC to the Bamberger Ranch to learn about conservation of all types, including natural and heritage. Participants worked on a project where they learned to give back to society.

1991

  • Texas State Honors Summer Math Camp increased in size to 18 students. Terry McCabe and Carol Hazlewood joined faculty.

  • Began Math Camp Endowment. Received first major gift of $10,000 from RGK Foundation. Donors include Wal-Mart, HEB, and Lions Club.

1990