Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Project at PCMI

PCMI is a program of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Project is an induction program for recent doctoral graduates in mathematics education. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a 12-month experience that networks early career mathematics educators (in the first or second year of their first academic appointment). The Program focuses on three themes:
as well as leadership development. The project is designed to mirror the MAA Project NExT experience that has been well established for early career mathematicians.

The initial STaR experience includes a 5-day summer institute in conjunction with the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) in Park City, Utah. STaR Fellows communicate throughout the academic year and regroup in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

2012 STaR Fellows and Staff [click on image to view larger version]

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The Program was designed, in part, to respond to the shortage of people with doctorates in mathematics education. Once a person completes their degree and secures a position in higher education, it is important to them, their institution and the field that they succeed. New faculty members face many challenges as they set about establishing a career path that will lead to promotion and tenure. The STaR Program is designed to help early career mathematics educators address some of these challenges.

Participation in the STaR Program is competitive and selection for each new cohort is based on a set of application materials submitted by the applicant.

The third cohort of STaR Fellows (meeting at PCMI in July 2012) includes 34 faculty from 32 different U.S. academic institutions (about half with appointments in departments of mathematics and the other half with appointments in departments of education). For a list of all STaR Fellows (2010, 2011 and 2012 cohorts), see: For more information, contact the Project Director, Barbara Reys (

The STaR Project is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0922410.

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