Graduate Scholars in Mathematics (GSM)

Congratulations to our first GSM fellows, now entering their third year of 
graduate study! Left to right: Darleen Perez-Lavin, Julianne Vega, Kalila Sawyer,
Deborah Wilkerson

Building an Inclusive Mathematical Community

Thanks to a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics is pleased to offer its Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program for qualified students that contribute to the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the University of Kentucky's student body. Our interest in diversity includes, but is not limited to, race or ethnic origin, gender, religion, gender identity, and disability. It also includes first-generation students, students from low-income families, students from rural Appalachian communities, and other students with a history of overcoming adversity. These scholarships will be available beginning with the entering doctoral class of Fall 2015. Students from Appalachian counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are strongly encouraged to apply to the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics Program. Please see for a complete list of the Appalachian counties.

Graduate Scholars in Mathematics receive extra support during the critical first two years of graduate study in order to master graduate-level mathematics and move quickly into doctoral research. Scholars receive fellowship support for the spring term in each of the first two years, allowing them to concentrate more fully on study and research. Scholars also receive a summer research fellowships in each of the first two years to master the craft of mathematics research under the supervision of a faculty member. Scholars travel with full funding to professional meetings of the AMS, MAA, and SIAM, and network with alumni mentors in academe, business and government.

Benefits of the program include:

  • A $5,000 scholarship and reduced teaching responsibilities in the spring term of the first year of residency
  • Professional development modules on research tools, grant writing, communicating mathematics, and career options in the mathematical sciences
  • An intensive learning seminar to prepare for preliminary examinations in June of the first year
  • A $5,000 summer fellowship and REG (Research Experiences for Graduates) summer program after successful completion of the first year
  • A $5,000 scholarship in the spring term of the second year of residency
  • A $5,000 summer research fellowship and supervised research with a faculty member after successful completion of the second year of residence
  • Close interaction with successful alumni in academe, industry, and government through teleconferencing and social media

Please see the page Who Is Eligible? for further eligibility information.

Alumni Mentors will include:


For further information about the Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program, please contact:

Professor Peter Perry
Department of Mathematics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027
Phone: (859) 257-6791
Cell phone: (859) 361-7725

For further information about graduate study in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky, please see:

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the  National Science Foundation (DUE-1356253) 

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