Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TTU Receives Federal Money To Study Math

Tennessee Tech University has received a $957,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to boost student achievement in math. The grant funds a project to boost the early success of students taking math classes that feed them into science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines — also known as STEM courses. The school was one of 20 universities awarded grants under the NSF's Science Talent Expansion Program's Division of Undergraduate Education. Some 199 universities overall applied for grants of the type TTU received. Currently, TTU graduates an average of 350 to 400 students with math, science or engineering majors. The university hopes the new grant could boost the total to 550 or more within the next five years. The funds will be used to redesign introductory math courses and increase the amount of support students are given at the entry level