Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS) has two main themes: Research and Outreach. Research activities of the Center will pursue initiatives that enhance collaborative research on campus—including faculty,undergraduate and graduate students. Outreach activities include teaching, services and diversity. Teaching in Claremont has a high reputation and the Center will provide programs that emphasize superior teaching practices, especially in reaching out to the wider mathematical community, which is international in scope. The Center sponsors and organizes common services such as the weekly math colloquium and a variety of weekly research seminars. CCMS supports and is a focus for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer programs. As a contribution toward diversity, the Center actively recruits and involves minority math students and faculty in all the Center activities and provides the support for our tiered mentoring programs.
Because CCMS is independently funded, we are in no position to undertake projects on our own. Therefore by design, CCMS promotes collaborative research and teaching activities throughout and among the Claremont Colleges. Collaborative projects involve CCMS if the connection will strengthen a proposal (for example, many NSF programs require a graduate or “integrated” component). In addition, the number of faculty associated with CCMS counters the perception that the smaller undergraduate colleges,by themselves, are not strong enough (in size) to conduct research. Collaborative projects that go out on a proposal from CCMS would receive housing for activities if desired, the support of the Director and Coordinator to manage the details of the grant, national publicity, archival support, support from a computer consultant, and the hosting of conferences (among other things). Another service of the CCMS is that the Director would constantly be on the lookout for funding opportunities that would support collaborative research and teaching activities in mathematics.
The Center is governed by an Executive Committee (click here) formed with representatives from each of the six math departments in Claremont. A Board of Advisors (click here) drawn from the larger community will periodically be invited to advise the Center. The Executive Committee will oversee the Center’s operations, budget, etc. and select a Center Director to serve for a term to be decided. The Director will work closely with the six departments in planning Center activities, and (with the Executive Committee) decide on over-all strategy and budget. The Director will make periodic reports to the Academic Deans’ Committee of the Claremont Colleges. CCMS expects to continue its close ties to the Institute of Pure and Applied mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA since Allon Percus, formerly an Associate Director of IPAM, joined the CGU mathematics faculty in the Spring 2009. [read more >>]