Operation of the CCMS (Cont.)

Six US math institutes/centers have been established over the last 25 years. Apart from the American Institute of Mathematics, which has approximately 50% of its funding from businessmen John Fry and Steve Sorenson, NSF supplies most of the financial support for the operations of the six US institutes.  In these institutes a small permanent staff oversees a diverse set of workshops on specialized math research topics: visitor participation varies from days to a semester. In contradistinction, the Claremont Center is designed to involve many  Claremont faculty and students for longer periods of time. The Center will have broader themes such as teaching practice and open-ended projects of interest to industry and to other users of mathematics in science and business, areas in which Claremont enjoys world-wide recognition. So the CCMS will promote teaching and the practical uses of mathematics by utilizing in a combined way the strong Claremont faculty and student base.

The Center will pursue initiatives that enhance collaborative research on campus—including faculty, and undergraduate and graduate student components. CCMS will provide a focal point for such activity.  Also envisaged are research interactions with neighboring universities. The aim will be to foster collaborative research and organize seminars and workshops. Specific attention will be given to target support for post-doctoral positions. Overhead from grants and contracts to CCMS  will be returned to each participating college according to their involvement, after paying operating costs.

In the first few years, the Center will operate during the academic year largely with volunteer faculty drawn from college departments, but more direct participation will occur over the summer.  CGU math has offered office space for the formative period of CCMS’s operation. After adequate funding is secured, a half-time Director, a full-time administrative assistant, and a part-time computer administrator will be hired.  CCMS will provide a summer home for Claremont faculty supported via grants to engage in collaborative research and/or activity. Mathematically-inclined faculty outside mathematics departments may join collaborative teams from time-to-time. The Director will aid faculty  in writing proposals for collaborative research or outreach projects.  In addition to a Director, the Center eventually expects to have six faculty in the summer (including post-docs and visitors) participating in collaborative research and/or in one or more of the Center’s outreach programs.

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