Washington, D.C. – The Mathematical Association of America announces funding for 42 colleges and universities to offer a course that challenges students to use math to solve an industrial research problem as part of the MAA Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences (PIC Math) program. The PIC Math program is supported by the National Science Foundation (DMS-1722275) and prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry.
“We are proud to support the preparation of future mathematicians for careers in business, industry, and government through the MAA PIC Math program. This National Science Foundation funding allows the MAA to increase awareness among mathematical sciences faculty and undergraduates about non-academic career options. We know that the colleges and universities awarded will successfully prepare their students to make a positive impact on the world with their mathematical problem-solving skills,” said Michael Pearson, executive director of the Mathematical Association of America.
In addition to a semester-long course that allows students to problem-solve and network with a local industrial partner, MAA also funds training to prepare faculty on each campus to facilitate the course in their community.
The PIC Math program has served 131 campuses and more than 2,000 students since it first began in 2014. As they tackle an industrial partner’s real-world problem, students who participate in the PIC Math program learn problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and independent thinking skills that are valued by employers of STEM professionals.
This program supports underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences, as well as first-generation and low socio-economic status college students. An estimated 534 students will participate in the program at 42 institutions that received funding in 2018.
The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. We accelerate the understanding of our world through mathematics because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives. Learn more at maa.org.