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Dr. Susan Gay receives the Math & Science Center Leadership Award

Susan Gay, associate professor in the departments of curriculum and teaching and in mathematics, recently received the Math & Science Center Leadership Award for her decade of service to the Math & Science Center and Upward Bound Programs. Susan has served as the Faculty Math Coordinator for both programs for ten years (1995-2005). The award was presented at the annual Math & Science Center Awards Banquet on Friday, July 14th at the Holidome in Lawrence, Kansas.

The award honors individuals who have demonstrated measurable support for educational opportunity for all students. Ngondi Kamatuka, director of the Educational Opportunity Programs at KU, said, “Professor Gay is a true believer in the principles of equal access.”

In 2003, the US department of Education announced that the program would receive more than $2.5 million in renewed funds over the next 5 years, part of a $4.5 million grant received by TRIO programs housed in the School of Education.

The Upward Bound and Math and Science Center Programs work with high school students in Topeka, Lawrence, Eudora and Kansas City, Kansas, who are either from low-income families or are potential first-generation college students to help them prepare for college. Over 100 participants are reached by the program every year.

Participants of the Upward Bound program attend Saturday academic enrichment sessions held periodically during the school year on the KU campus. Workshops, educational field trips, and guest speakers are included. Participants also attend a 6-week Summer Institute at the University of Kansas. The Summer Institute consists of basic skills and enrichment classes in such areas as science, mathematics, reading, foreign language, writing, field trips, recreational and sports activities.

The Math and Science Center serves high school students with an interest in math or the sciences. The program provides academic and career advising, tutoring, workshops on financial aid and taking college entrance exams, assistance with the college admissions application process, and visits to local area colleges throughout the year. Participants also attend cultural and social events and presentations by college faculty. A six-week Summer Institute provides recipients with the opportunity to take academic classes including laboratory science, math, foreign language, and research writing. A bridge program, which allows the students to begin working for college credit, is also offered in the summer.