Some history of the program and its accomplishments.

FIU has particularly motivated students in Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Every year, a strong group of students prepare for the annual W. L. Putnam Math Competition with remarkable, for the universities in the region, results on that competition: team's best rankings 89th (2004), 96th (2007), 114th (2008). The students actively participate and learn modern math at the Math Club, and at the Students Seminar on Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of FIU. A number of senior undergraduates in Mathematics have been successful in doing research as McNair post-baccalaureate (summer) program fellows at FIU (more than 13 in the recent years). Many of the McNair fellows get accepted and actually do their research in various prestigious universities (such as MIT, Princeton, Notre Dame, and Ohio State University).

Two of our undergraduates were accepted (partially on a grant from NSF) in the Math in Moscow program for fall’09 and spring’10. We are happy to see former participants in the Math Club and Student Seminar doing research in Analysis, Number Theory, Algebraic Geometry, and Symplectic Geometry in the graduate schools of such universities as the Rutgers University, University of Maryland, UCSD, FSU, Purdue University, and Stanford University. Our work with math major students and the success they have had attracted many physics majors to our activities. Many change their majors to math. This motivates us to discuss with a variety of geometric, topological, and categorical theories going far beyond the scope of what we have to teach the students in our standard math classes.

Florida International University (FIU) is the only public research university in Miami-Dade County. It is a Hispanic serving institution of higher education which attracts the best of the high school students in the region, many of whom –descendants from South America and the Caribbean region.