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Mathematics expertise allows UNT to successfully compete for $1.5 million NSF grant

UNT is one of only four universities selected from a pool of 34 to launch a National Science Foundation Research Training Group in logic and dynamics. The group, which is being funded with a five-year, $1.5 million NSF grant, is poised to make a significant impact on the training of the U.S. workforce in mathematical sciences in North Texas.

The universities chosen during this NSF funding cycle will seek to advance research about fundamental questions in mathematics and grow the number of people pursuing careers in this field. Other selected universities are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Michigan.

Building upon UNT’s existing strengths in mathematics, the program will work to increase the number of undergraduate and advanced degrees in mathematics, as well as the number of women and minority mathematics students, by providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships, paid research projects, annual conferences, research seminars and teaching workshops, said Su Gao, professor of mathematics, who is coordinating the project.

In addition to Gao, Professor Stephen Jackson, Regents Professor Dan Mauldin, Professor Mariusz Urbanski will work on the Research Training Group.

UNT’s mathematics department offers a unique blend of logic, the study of reasoning, and dynamics, the study of change in complex systems, which Gao said contributed to the university receiving the award. Combining the two areas is considered innovative among mathematicians and has helped UNT make groundbreaking advances in these fields.  

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