NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University announces that Dr. Brittney L. Falahola, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation.

The grant supported the development of educational workshops at the eighth annual Gulf States Math Alliance Conference. Faculty workshops focused on the advancement of educational and professional development in mathematical sciences.

Falahola expressed gratitude for the NSF's support, emphasizing its impact on the conference's success.

"The NSF grant plays a critical role in enabling broad participation from faculty and students across the region, which is key to the conference's objectives of educational enhancement and professional development," she said. “This grant set the stage for SFA to be a great host for this conference.”

The conference serves as a pivotal event for strengthening networks among mentors and mentees from diverse institutions across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. It aims to enhance the academic potential of students, provide insight into career pathways in mathematics, and facilitate transitions across educational levels. Additionally, the event includes faculty workshops aimed at promoting collaboration and the exchange of knowledge in mentoring underrepresented populations in math.

For more information about SFA's involvement in mathematical sciences, visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.

Stephen F. Austin State University, the newest member of The University of Texas System, began a century ago as a teachers’ college in Texas’ oldest town, Nacogdoches. Today, it has grown into a regional institution comprising six colleges — business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, liberal and applied arts, and sciences and mathematics. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA enrolls approximately 11,000 students while providing the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. The main campus encompasses 421 acres that include 37 academic facilities, nine residence halls, and 68 acres of recreational trails that wind through its six gardens. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees covering more than 120 areas of study. Learn more at the SFA website