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March 24th, 2010
Mathworks mentors and others honored

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Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President of Siemans Foundation.

STAFF REPORT

Sixteen academicians in various fields of study were honored Tuesday at Texas State for their work mentoring high school students’ research projects at summer math camps conducted by the university’s innovative Mathworks program.

The keynote speaker for the event, Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, is the newly named president of the Siemens Foundation.  She also participated in December ceremonies honoring a three-member student group from Mathworks, mentored by Texas State Professor of Mathematics Jian Shen. The team won a $100,000 scholarship prize in the Seimens Math Science and Technology Competition.

“It’s gratifying to have Ms. Harper-Taylor come to Texas to acknowledge the efforts of the mentors who give so generously of their time each year to help our students achieve excellence in math research projects during the Honors Summer Math Camp,” said Mathworks Director Max Warshauer, a Regents Professor at Texas State.

Among the honorees at the event were two professors and a graduate student of mathematics at University of Texas, a St. Edward’s University professor, an engineering professor and a chemistry professor from Texas State, and ten members of the Mathematics Department at Texas State.

For 20 years, Mathworks at Texas State has reached students through annual summer math camps and programs designed to engage students in mathematics at higher levels. The programs deal with students from fourth grade through high school. The Honors Summer Math Camp is recognized as one of the top six programs in the nation.

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