This year the AMS recognizes the Department of Mathematics at Morehouse College for its significant efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue in the study of mathematics and statistics.
Morehouse College is a private, all-male, historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, with enrollment of approximately 2200 students. In recent years its Department of Mathematics has graduated an average of fourteen mathematics majors per year. This places Morehouse as the nation’s top producer of black male mathematics degree recipients (and one of the top producers of all black mathematics graduates). Roughly half of recent mathematics majors have gone on to graduate programs in STEM disciplines, a majority of those in the mathematical sciences. Notably, three alumni earned mathematics PhDs in 2015 (and a total of six in the past seven years); for comparison, a total of fifteen black male U.S. citizens earned a PhD in mathematics nationwide in 2013-14.
According to one of the letters in support of its nomination, “The Morehouse program emphasizes a culture of mentoring and strong personal interactions between faculty and students…. When I talk to Morehouse students, the common theme is not what led to their success but who did so.” Alumni of the program laud the Morehouse faculty for fostering a welcoming and caring environment while at the same time establishing and maintaining high expectations for the majors.
The AMS commends the faculty and staff members of the Department of Mathematics at Morehouse College for their high level of commitment and their successful efforts to improve diversity in the profession of mathematics in the United States.
For more information about the nomination process, please contact the Associate Executive Director Meetings & Professional Services, via Associate Executive Director or by telephone at 800-321-4267, ext. 4130.