History and Goals
The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) was established in 1987 in order to provide a bridge between the Rice University mathematics research community and Houston-area mathematics teachers. RUSMP has received generous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Department of Education Eisenhower and Teacher Quality Programs, and from corporations, foundations, and collaborating schools and districts. RUSMP is in the Rice University Wiess School of Natural Sciences.
The RUSMP Staff consists of experienced educators recognized for their achievements in education, knowledgeable evaluators and researchers, and dedicated program support staff. They plan, administer, and facilitate all RUSMP activities. The RUSMP team works collaboratively with school and district educators, Rice University faculty and staff, and community partners to create programs and courses that meet the needs of mathematics and computer science teachers, teacher leaders, and students.
Leading educators with successful experience in teaching children and adults, the members of the RUSMP Instructional Team work alongside RUSMP Directors to design and facilitate a wide variety of instructional programs for teachers, teacher leaders, and students. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds, they are recognized for their ability to make mathematics and computer science meaningful for students and to share their knowledge with fellow educators.
Student Interns/Research Assistants
Rice University undergraduate and graduate students are an integral part of the RUSMP team. They assist with RUSMP educational research, office management, and other duties to help RUSMP run more effectively.
The Advisory Board consists of researchers, scientists, and educators who are all acknowledged experts in their fields and who have demonstrated serious commitments to and interests in promoting excellence in mathematics and computer science education. The Advisory Board provides guidance and support to RUSMP Directors in the development of new programs and collaborations and in the improvement of existing activities.