Abstract or Additional Information
The National Alliance (www.mathalliance.org) began ten years ago as a partnership between faculty at the three Iowa Regents universities and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Its original goal was to increase the number of African American students who would enter graduate programs in the mathematical sciences and then receive a doctoral degree in one of these fields. The Alliance was successful and has now grown into a national partnership of consisting of 180 math sciences faculty at undergraduate institutions together with graduate faculty at twenty departments of mathematics and statistics. The Alliance presently serves more than 400 students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the math sciences. I will discuss the underlying principles on which the Alliance is founded and will then describe our present structure and activities as well as our plans for the future.