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Why Is Mathworks Newsworthy?

Mathworks at Texas State University is a center of excellence and innovation in mathematics - created to develop model programs and self-sustaining learning communities that engage middle and high school students in doing mathematics at a high level.  Our goal is to prepare students, undergraduate pre-service teachers, and in-service teachers from all backgrounds for success in learning, teaching and doing mathematics.

Closing the Gap

Texas Governor Rick Perry is stressing math initiatives in Texas for students and teachers, focusing on grades 5 - 8.  Mathworks has a remarkable track record of success over the past 22 years in working with young students and teachers to develop their mathematical abilities.  In 2001, Mathworks was awarded the Texas Higher Education Star Award for Closing the Gaps by Governor Rick Perry.  

Director Awards and Recognitions

Max Warshauer, Texas State University System Regents' Professor, was honored by President George W. Bush with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring and by the U.S. Department of Education with the Teacher Recognition Award from it's U.S. Scholars Program.  Dr. Warshauer, founder of Mathworks, was awarded the Mini Stevens Piper Foundation, 2010 Piper Professor Award

Award Winning Research

In December 2009, the Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp team of Kevin Chen, Sean Karson and Dan Liu won the prestigious national Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology with their project, "Relating Missing and Decycling Edges in Directed Graphs."  They shared a $100,000 college scholarship. 

Over the past ten years, 103 students involved with research projects and mentors from the Honors Summer Math Camp have been named semifinalists or above in the Siemens Competition, including 48 regional finalists and 11 national finalists. 

Program Awards and Recognition

Mathworks received the Siemens Foundation Founder's Award in 2007 in recognition of efforts to promote math and science research by young students.

Mathworks has been recognized eight times by the American Math Society Epsilon Fund as one of the top six (6) mathematics programs in the nation.  Over the past 20 years, the Epsilon Fund, the National Science Foundation, Siemens Foundation and numerous other benefactors have provided more than $5.4 million in external grants and donations to support Mathworks programs.

Teacher Participation

Over the past decade, more than 650 Texas teachers have participated in summer training with the Mathworks curriculum.

Mathworks' innovative school year Math Explorations curriculum integrates learning from the laboratory of summer math camp with objectives that cover the TEKS through Algebra 1.  For the current school year, the Mathworks curriculum is being used in four different school districts, directly impacting over 1,300 middle school students.

Evaluation of students using the curriculum ranks 36% of 6th graders and 64% of 7th graders scores above the 8th grade norm on Algebra Prognosis tests. 

Student Performance

In 2008, the Mathworks team from the Junior Summer Math Camp tied for the overall top prize in the Primary Math World Contest in Hong Kong, where 44 teams completed.  Three team members also received highest honors with perfect papers.  Since 2002, the Mathworks entry also has been the top non-Asian team almost every year, thereby winning the "Po Leung Kuk Cup" six times.  In 2006, the team had a perfect score, while two student members also received highest honors in the individual competition with perfect papers.

The average SAT math score for Honors Summer Math camp participants is 755 out of a possible 800 - at the level of the best students at the top schools in the nation.

 

Alumni Recognition

Seven Honors Summer Math Camp alumni have been named Presidential Scholars.  Two students from each state in the nation are recognized each year in the national recognition program.

In a recent survey of former Honors Summer Math Camp participants, more than 80 percent indicated they are majoring in math, science or engineering.  Universities with the most Honors Camp alums attending are The University of Texas at Austin, Stanford, MIT, Rice, Harvard, Texas A&M, Yale, Cal-Tech and UC Berkley.