Troy University Department of Mathematics served as host to three initiatives, Mathfest, Mathematics, the Queen of the Sciences, (MaQS) and Troy University's Wiregrass Math, Science Technology and Leadership Academy supported by grants from state and national organizations and agencies. Two of these projects were held on the Dothan Campus and one on the Troy Campus.
Mathfest, made possible by TROY funding and an NSF grant through the Mathematics Association of America, MAA, was an undergraduate mathematics conference that allowed students from around the region to take part in research presentations and mathematics discussions in all areas of mathematics. It also featured a distinguished lecturer by Dr. Dean Hoffman, professor at Auburn University.
Funded by the MAA and the Tensor Foundation, MaQS Summer Camp for 7th-9th grade girls included activities designed to boost the girls' knowledge and interest in math and science while giving them opportunities to meet with women currently working in the fields of science, technology and math.About 40 teachers from 17 southeast Alabama area schools participated in the Wiregrass Math, Science, Technology and Leadership Academy workshop that featured hands-on learning activities designed to develop critical thinking skills, creativity and leadership. The Leadership Academy was funded by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and focused on improving teacher quality by hosting a variety of science, math and technology themed teacher workshops. Dr. Vijaya Gompa, Troy University Mathematics Professor, served as the director of these projects.