Colorado Math Professor Tries to Solve Minority Ph.D. Equation
A University of Colorado math professor has been honored for working to increase diversity among Colorado’s doctoral recipients in five years. Dr. James Curry, professor of applied mathematics, was selected to receive the 2000 Boulder County Community Action Program multicultural award in the category of science.
Last year, Curry led a nine-month effort to write a $2.5 million federal grant to triple the number of minority Ph.D. recipients in science, math and engineering at the university and at Colorado State University.
Every summer, Curry mentors students in the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training program, a 10-week research internship for undergraduate minorities, and he serves as the program’s faculty adviser.
“CU-Boulder is the 15th largest producer of minority Ph.D.s in the world,” Curry says. “When you begin to think about that number, it makes you think with just a bit more money, we could do much more.”
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