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Haynes Scholars

Haynes Scholars is a residential learning community for incoming first-year STEM majors at JMU who identify as Black, Indigeous American, Latinx/Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or part of other underrepresented groups in STEM fields. All students are welcome to apply to be Haynes Scholars if they feel that they can contribue to and benefit from the goals of the program. Haynes students will live together in or near Hoffman Hall while taking Calculus classes in cohorts, learning skills for success in college STEM courses, and making student and faculty connections that help them become leaders in their departments. The 2021-2021 program will have openings for 16 Haynes scholars.

Students in the Haynes program will also participate in early, exploratory undergraduate research projects, and have opportunities to connect with STEM faculty and campus facilities early on. For example, students will have the opportunity to use 3D printing and other digital fabrication technologies to design and create mathematical objects in our JMU Math MakerLab and JMU Library Makerspaces, and will be able to tour labs and facilities in other STEM departments to get acquainted with opportunities for research and scholarship in their own departments.

The Haynes Learning Community is named after Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, who in 1943 became the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. Dr. Haynes later chaired the Washington, D.C. Board of Education and helped end the tracking system that discriminated against poor and minority students in DC.

The Haynes Seminar

The Haynes Seminar is a new series of public STEM lectures that will feature invited speakers from the scientific research community that bring a more diverse representation of scholars to the university. The semiar series is open to all JMU students and faculty, as well as the local community, and will be held in Paul Jennings Hall


How to Apply

Students of all mathematical levels are encouraged to apply! Most Haynes Scholars will take either MATH 231-232 or MATH 235-236 in their first year, according to their JMU placement scores. 

All prospective STEM students are encouraged to apply to join the Haynes community for the 2021-22 academic year, including majors from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or other STEM-related disciplines.

For more information about Residential Learning Communities in general, see the JMU Residence Life website.

Applications for the Haynes Scholars Learning Community will be available from April 1 to May 14, 2021. 

Haynes Steering Committee

Primary contacts
Elizabeth Arnold, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Laura Taalman, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Steering committee
Tripp Purks, JMU Office of Residence Life
Celes Woodruff, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Beth Cochran, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Ben Ward, Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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