Female High School Students Encouraged To Study Mathematics By Texas Tech Professors

DATE: April 28, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Mathematicians at Texas Tech University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hope to inspire about 190 local and area high school students for the 4th Annual Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in both the Mathematics and Statistics building and Chemistry building on the Texas Tech Campus.

This annual event is geared to encourage female students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue studies in mathematics and careers in math, engineering and science. Also, the event provides these students an opportunity to experience the university environment and learn what career opportunities exist in math and science.

“The program includes a competition, a career panel with some of our own graduates and six workshops on diverse subjects like mathematical origami, symmetries and using math in searching war zones,” said Mara Neusel, associate professor of mathematics.

In addition, Dr. Betsy Yanik from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., will give a workshop to the 20 teachers in attendance. Last May, Dr. Yanik was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.


CONTACT: Mara Neusel, associate professor of mathematics, (806) 742-2580 ext. 248, or mara.d.neusel@ttu.edu.