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King University’s Tensor Grant for Women & Mathematics Renewed

BRISTOL, Tenn., June 22, 2017 – The Tensor Grant for Women and Mathematics by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Tensor Foundation presented to King University in Aug. 2015, has been renewed for a third year for the maximum amount allowable. The grant funds, which total $6,000, are utilized to encourage women’s participation in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) fields. The grant is available for a total of three years.

King’s project leaders, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Wendy Traynor, Assistant Professor of Biology Laura Kelly Vaughan, and Instructor of Mathematics Martha Liendo, used the grant funds to create an on-campus Women in STEM Club (WISC) and professional speaker series titled “STEMulating Conversations.”

“The membership in WISC has continued to grow,” said Traynor. “Each month we host three events involving scholarship, social, and service. We bring in speakers to discuss current STEM topics with the students. We also have social events each month and spend time giving back to the community through service work at the YWCA with their TechGYRLS program. We also involve the community in WISC through our annual Pi Day Fun Run. It is a 3.14 mile run on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.”

Another way in which the Tensor Grant has benefitted King students is by funding students to travel to and present at STEM-related conferences. “WISC students have attended the National Joint Mathematics Meeting, the Southeast Regional Mathematics Association of America Conference as well as the NIMBioS Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics. We hope to add other regional conferences the students may attend in the upcoming year.”

Other plans for the Women in Stem Club include engaging in another weekend programming retreat, hosting a STEMgineering Camp for Middle School girls in the summer of 2018, and continuing of the “STEMulating Conversations” speaker series.

Contact Wendy Traynor for additional information about the King University Women in Stem Club at 423.652.4309 or


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