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Release: Jan. 17, 2003

UI math department, Iowa AGEP host third annual King Celebration Jan. 24

The University of Iowa Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) departments in cooperation with the UI mathematics department will host the third annual Martin Luther King Jr./Iowa AGEP Celebration from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The event, free and open to the public, is a celebration of the Iowa AGEP departments’ efforts in achieving a diverse and inclusive graduate student community.

Isiah Warner, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, Boyd Professor and Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, will be the featured speaker. Warner, a distinguished African American chemist, will discuss "Mentoring: A Useful Tool for Knocking Down Brick Walls."

The present diversity of the Iowa AGEP departments has been achieved by a variety of means, including support by the U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. Over the past decade, the UI has won seven GAANN grants to assist in training minority doctoral candidates in chemistry, geoscience, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. In addition to GAANN support, the department of mathematics has also attracted support from the Sloan Foundation for dissertation-year studies for its minority students. The department also has partnerships with the mathematics departments of several Historically Black undergraduate institutions, among them Alabama A & M University, Benedict College, Florida A&M University, and Jackson State University, as well as with several universities in Puerto Rico.

Iowa AGEP -- The National Science Foundation (NSF) Iowa Regents Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate -- is a program funded jointly by the NSF and the three Iowa Regents universities whose goal is to significantly increase the number of doctorates awarded to underrepresented U.S. minority students in engineering and the mathematical, physical and life sciences. Iowa AGEP provides opportunities for graduate study at the three Regents universities as well as the chance to participate in summer programs at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the department of mathematics at 319-335-0714.