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reunion, and an electronic bulletin board allows alumnae to share triumphs and challenges throughout their graduate school years.

One hundred five outstanding women were accepted into the EDGE Program from 1998 to 2006. As of 2005, data show that EDGE participants are from diverse racial (49 percent underrepresented minorities) and educational (44 percent liberal arts) backgrounds. In the first eight years of EDGE (1998-2005), 90 EDGE students entered graduate programs; approximately 92 percent of these students either are actively pursuing or have earned a graduate degree. By 2006, 28 percent of the total group had earned a master's degree and discontinued their education, most often to accept employment, and 58 percent were continuing in a graduate degree program. To date, six EDGE participants (6.7 percent) and three other EDGE graduate mentors have earned their doctoral degrees in mathematics, and several other participants expect to complete their degree requirements by the end of 2007. Among the six doctoral recipients, three are white and three are African American.

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The AMS commends the program co-directors, Sylvia Bozeman (Spelman College) and Rhonda Hughes (Bryn Mawr College), for their success in improving the diversity of the profession of mathematics in the United States.

Mathematical Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) Arizona State University

Every summer MTBI offers sequential research experiences for undergraduates and graduate students, most of whom come from underrepresented minority groups. The program has run for eleven years in conjunction with Cornell University, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Arizona State University. MTBI focuses on the field of applied mathematics, in particular on applications to the biological and social sciences, and provides research training and mentorship for students. New students take three and a half weeks of intense training in dynamical systems (broadly understood to include stochastic processes) and modeling in the biological and social sciences. At the end of the initial training period, students set their own research agenda each summer by forming research groups of 3-4 participants around a project of their choice. Each group is assigned a faculty advisor and provided with appropriate graduate student support.

MTBI has mentored and supported 285 undergraduate students and 31 graduate students, 14 of whom had participated previously in MTBI as undergraduate students. Over its first ten years of existence, MTBI sent 128 students from underrepresented minority groups to graduate school, and a total of 152 students overall. Furthermore, 53 percent of those were females, including 66 from minority groups. MTBI's efforts have significantly increased the number of U.S. Ph.D.s awarded to members of underrepresented groups. For example, in 2005, Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences were awarded to 10 MTBI alumni, 8 of whom are members of underrepresented minorities. Those 8 Ph.D.s represent about one-quarter of the total number of doctorates awarded that year to members of underrepresented minority groups. In 2005, 6 of the 15 women who have received Ph.D.s in mathematics and are members of underrepresented minorities are MTBI alumnae.

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