The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $49,652 grant to Saint Lawrence University enabling Michael Schuckers, associate professor of statistics and director of the Martha E. '62 and Gregg E. Peterson Quantitative Resource Center at St. Lawrence University, and Grace Coulombe, director of the Mathematics and Statistics Workshop at Bates College, and Mary B. O’Neill, director of the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) Center at Hamilton, to create and develop, with collaborators, a workshop and handbook for mathematics and science academic support professionals at colleges and universities.
The grant will bring together directors of quantitative and mathematics support centers at a variety of higher education institutions to present their contributions, and to incorporate responses and assessments in order to develop a resource of best practices and procedures for the centers.
The workshop will take place in July of 2013, before the Mathematical Association of America's MathFest in Hartford, Conn.
Hamilton College has had a Quantitative Support Center since the early 90's, which was established to help students with quantitative courses in math, science, and the social sciences. Mary O’Neill has been the director since 1994. A new Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Center opened this fall in C. A. Johnson, offering drop-in peer tutoring in biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, philosophy (symbolic logic), physics and departments' statistics courses. The QSR Center also supports the newly established QSR Requirement.