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Grants to USA and Canada IHE Faculty to Engage Minority Students in Math Education

Tensor-SUMMA Grants: Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement


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Funding Source
Tensor Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $6,000 to USA and Canada IHE faculty members for activities that foster increased minority student engagement in mathematics. Funding is intended to focus on expanding the interest of middle school, high school, and post-secondary students from underrepresented communities. These include students who are Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Hispanic or Latino; or, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

Projects should provide enrichment activities which lead to heightened interest in mathematics and deeper appreciation of it. They should encourage students to continue studies of mathematics in high school and college and should better prepare them for those studies. Undergraduate and graduate students may serve as role models and work directly with students under the tutelage of faculty from both the college or university and middle or high school.

Active engagement in doing mathematics is an essential feature. Participants should be made aware of career opportunities in mathematics and mathematically intensive disciplines. Implementation of a mentoring component is encouraged and desirable. Please assure that any mentoring component for youth that is included is consistent with local laws and regulations for implementation of such projects. 

Proposed projects may replicate existing successful projects, adapt components of such projects, or create new, innovative projects. Project design should reflect strategies that have been shown to be effective in increasing underrepresented minority achievement.

Projects may adapt components of existing successful projects or be innovative. Possible projects, all of which have a strong mathematical component, are to:

  • Student group and individual research experiences
  • Math Circles
  • Summer mathematics camp
  • Math clubs
  • Preparation for competitions such as the Putnam Competition for college students, MAA American Mathematics Competitions for middle and high school students, and other regional and national competitions.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematical sciences faculty. Mathematical sciences faculty should be integrally involved in the proposed project. They must be working with high school or middle school mathematics faculty if the project targets those students.

Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematical sciences faculty at accredited U.S. (including U.S. Territory) or Canadian institutions.

These projects are not intended for remedial help for students who need assistance in order to succeed in their coursework in mathematics.

These grants will not support any institutional indirect costs or provide fringe benefits.

Pre-Application Information
Submit your application by February 12, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their proposal by the end of March.

An institution is expected to supply matching funds or in-kind support as an indication of its commitment to the project.


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will be awarded up to $6000

Term of Contract
- Grants will be made for one-year projects.
- Projects may be conducted during summer or during the school year, on weekends or after school.
- Grant may be awarded for a maximum of three years, but grant recipients must reapply each year, should they wish to continue their projects.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For further information regarding proposed projects, please contact the MAA Tensor SUMMA Program Director Candice Price by email

Mathematical Association of America
P: (800) 331-1622
F: (240) 396-5647

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