TURLOCK, Calif., April 12 (AScribe Newswire) -- Dr. Viji Sundar
, a California State University
, Stanislaus mathematics professor who determinedly pioneered innovative programs to help students and teachers improve their math skills, has been named a recipient of the California State University Wang Family Excellence Award in the category of Natural Sciences, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and Engineering.
...Sundar is the first faculty member from CSU Stanislaus to be honored with the Wang award.She
will be presented with it at the May 10 CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach.
A member of the CSU Stanislaus faculty for 27 years and twice honored with Outstanding Professor awards, Sundar
is being recognized for her
dedication to teaching, research, service, and her
efforts in improving mathematics instruction in California while encouraging students to excel with numbers.
"Students, many of whom have been failed by the educational system, find a sense of belonging in our programs," Sundar
has been remarkably successful at attaining grant support for her
programs.With dogged perseverance, she
has brought in more than $3.8 million to CSU Stanislaus
over the past 20 years to provide professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers and help middle and high school students improve their math and science skills.
has devoted personal time and efforts to identify empowering strategies for those she
calls the 'math anxious' to gain confidence and counteract negative messages about learning and mastering math.
"Involving students in the programs and activities that excite them is the key to their becoming critical thinkers and responsible citizens," Sundar
said. A native of India who came to the United States as a graduate student and earned her Master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Sundar is recognized statewide and nationally as an outstanding and innovative mathematics professor.She
recalls being stirred to action when it became apparent to her
that many college students' dismal understanding of mathematics was caused by a school system that allowed them to graduate without those skills.Sundar's students and teachers became research subjects as she
sought support for programs that focused on helping them overcome negative math experiences in their past.
has developed through grants and donors to empower students and teachers to overcome math anxiety have included:
also has generated mentoring opportunities for new and probationary faculty members at CSU Stanislaus
.She is an active researcher whose publications evoke a passion for the subjects of equity issues and effective mathematics education.Sundar has been an active member of the Mathematics Teacher Preparation and Assessment Advisory Panel of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
"Just to know that some of my efforts have helped students succeed in their mathematics and science studies while making the subjects more palatable has been the biggest reward for all," Sundar
said."This honor is recognition of those who have dedicated themselves to the mission and goals of the program," she
said."I have been very fortunate in being able to assemble a stellar crew of students, staff, administrators, and faculty to share in my dream."
---- CONTACT: Dr. Viji Sundar, 209-667-3595