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DU Program Expanding to Encourage Even More Budding Mathematicians

With interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects growing nationwide and regionally, Duquesne University’s School of Education is expanding a program that encourages local elementary, middle school and high school students to accept the challenges that math offers.

To contribute to a strong pool of potential scientists, engineers and mathematicians, Duquesne is growing the Calcu-Solve program it has provided for years and will be hosting a regional playoff competition for the first time in late May, said Dr. Bob Furman, executive faculty in the School of Education’s Department of Foundations and Leadership, who developed the problem-solving event.

The II-VI Foundation has backed the competition since 2008-2009. With increasing foundation support, Duquesne is working to expand the competition across Pennsylvania, Furman said.

The Calcu-Solve program started with grades 5 and 6 in the Upper St. Clair School District in 1998-1999. Partnering with the II-VI Foundation, Duquesne has expanded the venture to include grades 5-12 by working with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Grove City College and Intermediate Unit No. 1 in Fayette, Green and Washington counties.

On Nov. 17, approximately 500 middle school students focused on math problem-solving and competed on campus for trophies and honors in the fall Calcu-Solve event.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.