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Three Dartmouth graduate programs awarded U.S. Department of Education grants

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 08/26/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Funding will support graduate training fellowships

Three Dartmouth graduate programs have won nearly $2 million in U.S. Department of Education awards to support graduate student training in Biology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. The awards were made under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program, which provides stipends and programmatic funding for doctoral training programs. Graduate students apply for GAANN support through recipient institutions, and Dartmouth’s GAANN award will support 12 fellowships in Biology and Mathematics, and 18 fellowships in Physics and Astronomy.

“The GAANN fellowship program allows us to admit more graduate students in mathematics,” said Professor of Mathematics Marcia Groszek, who coordinates graduate studies in her department. “GAANN fellows enrich Dartmouth’s mathematics program through their talent and their many scholarly and teaching activities.”

Dean of Graduate Studies Brian Pogue worked with faculty members across the Dartmouth campus and administrators from several departments to create customized GAANN programs specific to each department. In addition to representatives from the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, the Graduate Studies Office, and the Outreach Office, Pogue worked with Associate Professor of Biology Thomas Jack, Professor of Mathematics Marcia Groszek, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Mary Hudson on this year’s successful proposals.

“Training grants provide a critical part of our on campus mix of opportunities for graduate students,” said Pogue, who is also a professor of engineering. “They provide increased stipend levels for students, add to diversity of the student body, and provide the campus with better funding for resources for professional skills development. GAANN grants from the US Department of Education are also very competitive, and funding in these three areas demonstrates the high quality of the programs here at Dartmouth.”

Past Dartmouth GAANN Fellow Enrique Trevino says the fellowship contributed greatly to his professional development. “It allowed me to travel to several conferences and mathematical events,” he said. “I went to Texas to give lectures, gave lessons to high school teachers, and prepared students for the Math Olympiad. One reason I am able to volunteer and to do research without needing an extra job is the GAANN fellowship.” Trevino is expected to receive a PhD in mathematics in 2010.

Prospective graduate students can apply for the GAANN fellowship here.

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