Miller teaches Chancellor’s Science Scholars

Graduate student Shannon Jones helps one of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars

With the arrival of the second session of summer school here at Carolina, we are particularly proud to participate in the new Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program. Modeled after the nationally-recognized Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC, the new Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program aims to provide a critical pathway to promote the success of exceptional students who aspire to become leading research scientists, with a commitment to increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in the sciences. The Program opens with an accelerated six-week summer residential program including, among other activities, a special Mathematics course designed by our own Professor Laura Miller, who was selected for this important course because of her excellent reputation both as an instructor and as an interdisciplinary scientist.

Miller’s goals for this course, taught as a special section of MATH 295, include identifying and filling possible background deficits from pre-Calculus, and learning (or for some students, reviewing) material from first-semester Calculus, while exploring a variety of applications of Calculus to the natural sciences. Along the way, she also aims for her students to become proficient in the use of MATLAB for mathematical modeling. To accomplish this broad array of outcomes, Miller draws from her previous positive experiences with First Year Seminars as well as her background as a mathematical biologist. In this effort, Miller is assisted by graduate student Shannon Jones. In addition to regular in-class activities, Miller and Jones have some exciting evening educational activities lined up to complement the lectures, including experiments with the Joint Fluids Lab wave tank and wind tunnel.

Congratulations to all of the students selected in the first cohort of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program, and to Miller and Jones for their selection for this important educational task.

Prof. Laura Miller in her course for Chancellor’s Science Scholars