The Department of Mathematical Sciences announces the National Science Foundation Award

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. — Faculty from Lincoln University (LU) in collaboration with faculty from the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware State University (DSU), were recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea. Dr. Claude Tameze, professor & chair, Department of Mathematical Science led the LU initiative. This Proposal seeks to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will address fundamental questions at the frontiers of science and engineering.

Joining Dr. Tameze (NSF Co-PI/ LU PI) are Dr. Zachary Carson (NSF Co-I) and Prof. Abel Ayele (NSF Co-I) of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Dejene Dedefa (NSF Co-I) of the Department of Computer Science and Dr. Christine Limb (NSF Co-I) of the Department of Music, Visual & Performing Arts.

 The interdisciplinary team of faculty from the three universities brings domain expertise from a variety of fields with promising data science applications, including materials science, engineering, astronomy, computer modeling, and the business and marketing side of the music industry.

The Lincoln team will work with collaborators from UD and DSU to create the Delaware and Mid-Atlantic Data Science Corps (DaMADScientistCorps), a data science network for training undergraduate students in the Delaware Valley. The awarded grant will allow the DaMADScientistCorps to offer students a wide variety of interlocking learning opportunities including:

Introductory data science courses; domain-targeted advanced courses in data science; a variety of masterclasses in topics such as data ethics, and data visualization; hack-a-thons linked with research opportunities; data science certification programs; mentorship from participating faculty and UD graduate students; and a data science incubator that will help foster collaborations with public and private sector partners.

As part of this project, the Lincoln team will also work with UD faculty experts in data science research and curricula towards developing a new Data Science concentration in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Lincoln for math majors and dual majors. This new concentration, along with the project’s data science certification course, will provide Lincoln students with the skills needed to secure competitive professional employment and advanced study opportunities in the rapidly growing field of data science.


Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.