News From the Institute of Technology
Center for Educational Programs (ITCEP)
This year, the University
of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) has an enrollment
of 507 students from grades 6-12 (Twin Cities, 398; Outreach, 109), 197
of which are calculus students. In the Twin Cities thirty students are
in Calculus III and several others are studying advanced math or doing
IT honors coursework. As always, the level of cooperation between ITCEP
and the School of Mathematics continues to be high - we note that UMTYMP,
the ITCEPÕs flagship program, was started by ITCEP's Director, Professor
Harvey Keynes, as a program within the School of Mathematics, twenty one
years ago. As usual, some of the School of Mathematics faculty teach the
more advanced UMTYMP courses. We note especially Professor Markus Keel,
who joined the School this September and who himself graduated from the
UMTYMP program in its early years. Professor Robert Hesse, a School of
Mathematics Ph.D. graduate, is teaching UMTYMP calculus at St. John's
University, St. Cloud.
Professor Keynes continues to be the advisor for the four-year-old Master's
Degree Program in Mathematics, with emphasis in Mathematics Education.
While the majority of the program's ten graduates have found rewarding
positions as high school teachers, one of them, John Hall, decided to
continue on in the Ph.D. program, specializing in combinatorics. This
semester, he is a TA for Calculus for Biology majors and a workshop leader
for UMTYMP Calculus III. Two current students in the program, Melissa
Everson and Justin Jacobs, will graduate in 2002. They are TAs for the
School's single-variable calculus courses, and for UTMYMP Calculus I and
II, respectively. ITCEP, together with the new Mathematics Education faculty,
Professor Jeremy Kahn, continues working with pre-service and in-service
teacher training in mathematics. Carraig Hegi, another Master's program
graduate, gave a presentation to in-service teachers on "Issues involved
with teaching mathematics concepts to diverse groups of students"
as part of his professional development work with ITCEP this summer.
Note: The Newsletter editors are grateful to Alexandra Janosek, ITCEP
Communication and Public Relations Coordinator, for providing the information
on which this note is based.
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