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CHANGING THE FACE OF STEM Morehouse initiatives and activities that are ensuring minority scholars are prepared for the innovation economy Morehouse Is First HBCU to Host Program that Exposes Middle School Students to STEM Opportunities

Jim and Marilyn Simons

Jim and Marilyn Simons Pledge $2.5 Million for STEM Education at the College MOREHOUSE HAS RECEIVED a $2.5-million pledge from mathematician and hedge fund manager Jim Simons and his wife, Marilyn, to be used for STEM education. “Marilyn and I deeply appreciate the unique role that Morehouse plays in our country,” said Jim Simons. “We are fortunate to be able to support Morehouse in its efforts to provide top-quality math and science education to a cohort of future leaders in the STEM fields. It is our hope that Morehouse graduates will serve as role models and help attract new and diverse talent to the STEM professions.” The Simons are long-time, staunch supporters of education. She is co-chair of the Stony Brook University Women’s Leadership Council. He has a distinguished career in academia, government and finance. Together, the couple heads the Simons Foundation, whose mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. President John Silvanus Wilson ’79 said the Simons’ gift helps the College continue to produce leaders—particularly those from underrepresented groups—in the STEM disciplines. “We take seriously our role in the effort to not only make sure that we provide a top-quality STEM education, but also to make sure the STEM fields reflect the diversity of this great nation,” he said. “I thank Marilyn and James Simons for seeing Morehouse’s role and for being a vital part in this important work.”n MOREHOUSE MAGAZINE

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MOREHOUSE IS THE FIRST HBCU and only school outside of California to become part of the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Pathways Program. The San Francisco-based Level Playing Field Institute’s (LPFI) program is designed to expose underrepresented middle school students to opportunities in STEM careers. Students participate in hands-on activities and field trips, and are exposed to mentors and role models who teach them about STEM career opportunities. “We cannot expect children from underrepresented communities to flourish in the tech space if they are not provided the same resources and opportunities to participate as their more privileged counterparts,” said John Silvanus Wilson ’79. “At Morehouse, we are proudly taking the necessary steps to ensure we change the status quo in tech by partnering with LPFI and offering this opportunity on our campus for youth in the greater Atlanta community.” n

Math Department Honored for Devotion in Encouraging, Mentoring Math Students THE DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS has been named a 2016 Mathematics Program that Makes a Difference Award winner by the American Mathematical Society. The award recognizes outstanding programs that address the issue of underrepresented groups in mathematics. According to David Savitt, chair of the Society’s award selection committee, the Morehouse math department “goes the extra mile to encourage and challenge its students.” “The faculty members show great care and devotion in their teaching and mentoring, and they also open students’ horizons by, for example, offering research opportunities and getting students to participate in conferences,” he said. n

Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017  

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