2017 Conference



The Gulf States Math Alliance (GSMath) is a regional alliance in the mathematical sciences covering the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Such a regional alliance concept has been built upon the successful National Math Alliance (National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences). Our alliance started through the collaboration of a small number of faculty members in the three states in key sub-regions. These people help to establish connections with faculty who will be working with the GSMath closely toward the goals of the National Math Alliance:

Prof. Tuncay Aktosun , University of Texas at Arlington
Prof. Gerard Buskes, University of Mississippi
Prof. Donald Cole, University of Mississippi
Prof. Christina Eubanks-Turner, Loyola Marymount University
Prof. Peter Frempong-Mireku, Dillard University
Prof. Roderick Holmes, Texas Southern University
Prof. Meri Hughes, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Prof. Bill Jones, Xavier University of Louisiana
Prof. Philip Kutzko (Advisor to the GSMath), University of Iowa
Prof. Tor Kwembe, Jackson State University
Prof. Michelle Lacey, Tulane University
Dr. Alberta Lawson, Southern University and A&M College
Prof. Michael Lecocke, St. Mary's University
Prof. Alicia Machuca, Texas Woman's University
Prof. Theresa Martines, University of the Incarnate Word
Prof. Oswaldo Mendez, University of Texas at El Paso
Prof. Joe Omojola, Southern University at New Orleans
Prof. Jianzhong Su, University of Texas at Arlington
Prof. Robert Vallin, Lamar University
Prof. Cristina Villalobos, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Paulette Willis, Reasoning Mind
Prof. Carmen Wright, Jackson State University

Goals of the GSMath:

1) Work closely with the National Math Alliance with the ultimate goal of substantially increasing annual PhD production in the mathematical sciences for URM (under-represented minorities) within the next five years.

2) To build a regional community that will help students make the critical transition from high school to college (or from high school to community college or from community college to a four-year college) in the mathematical sciences. This will be done by establishing a strong network of faculty in key institutions and gradually spreading the network to more institutions. These faculty members will work together to recruit new students each year from each regional high school or regional community college, and such efforts, although individually modest, will have a snowball effect. In fact, the National Math Alliance already has a strong network of undergraduate mentors from the key institutions in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Through the GSMath, the efforts will be coordinated, and the GSMath will also work closely with the National Math Alliance to help later to transition those recruited students who are interested in graduate studies to graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.

3) To facilitate the efforts so that the students at regional institutions can be involved in undergraduate research experiences. The GSMath will help to provide infrastructure and ideas and to bring the working parties together.

4) To build a community in the Gulf States region. The targeted student population will be students who have little contact with institutions offering graduate studies in the mathematical sciences. We expect that about 80% of such students will be URMs. We will include all the mathematical sciences and also include math education students except those whose stated goal is to teach at the secondary level.

5) To provide support and resources for alliance members. For example, to recruit new mentors and strengthen current mentors, to strengthen collaboration among alliance members, and to expand opportunities for alliance faculty and students.

For inquiries or further information about the GSMath you may contact Dr. Tuncay Aktosun (e-mail: or any of the key faculty involved.

Tuncay Aktosun
Last modified: April 2, 2017