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Scholarships, grants, and awards - Mu Alpha Theta donated 100,000 to its educational foundation in support of 4 5,000 scholarships and 30 4,000 scholarships for its members. Applicants were judged on their mathematical abilities, leadership qualities, and service to their Mu Alpha Theta chapters. Many scholarship recipients indicated they will pursue a career in Mathematics or applied Mathematics. In 2020, Mu Alpha Theta supported 11 members with summer study grants. These summer grants provided up to 2,000 per recipient in tuition funding and travel and living expenses. The summer study programs our members attended were intended for high-achieving High School students and were comprised of higher-level Mathematics courses, including abstract and applied Mathematics topics. Some programs offered the opportunity for students to do independent research using Mathematics at the highest levels. Mu Alpha Theta typically provides need-based convention scholarships for students who are unable to attend our educational foundation's annual national convention without our support. However, the 2020 national convention was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic. The organization supported the activities of 11 of its chapters with chapter grants up to 1,000 each and 2 of its chapters with competition grants up to 500 each.
Many of the science and math fairs around the country Mu Alpha Theta typically provides awards at for outstanding research projects involving Mathematics accessible to High School students were canceled due to covid- 19. Mu Alpha Theta provided 2,750 to state math contests that were held in 2020. Mu Alpha Theta provided support for scholarships to its educational foundation this year. Typically, Mu Alpha Theta also provides support to its educational foundation for the foundation's annual national convention, where around 700 Mu Alpha Theta members, sponsors (teachers), and chaperones meet for five days to take topic tests, like analytic geometry, limits/derivatives, statistics, number theory, and many others, and individual tests on multiple math topics. There are team math contests, speed and metal math tests, and a math-themed poster design contest. Some students prepare a math "chalk talk" on a selected math topic to present to an audience. Students attend speaker session presented by mathematicians. The national convention allows students who love math to interact with like-minded peers. The 2020 national convention was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Mu Alpha Theta, the national High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor society, continued to support several Mathematics competitions. Students who compete in Mathematics competitions often enjoy Mathematics and pursue the topic at higher levels, to include pursuing a Mathematics, science, or Mathematics education career. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the log1 contest did not take place in 2020. However, the rocket city math league competition and mathematical minutes video contest took place served more than 4,000 participants in the u.s. and in foreign countries. These competitions were offered free of charge. The rocket city math league was open to all middle-school through Two-Year College students. Prizes included certificates, trophies, plaques, mathematical games, and puzzles. In Mu Alpha Theta's free math minutes video contest, students made fun, educational, short videos to teach math lessons to other students. Videos were scored on their originality, accuracy, and "wow" factor. Winners' videos were posted online and their chapters were given cash awards. Many of the contests Mu Alpha Theta typically supports were canceled due to covid-19. The organization also provided prizes and financial support to 11 additional organizations' math competitions. Mu Alpha Theta gave ti graphing calculators to chapters that requested them. Receiving chapters used the calculators as prizes for their math contests, auctioned the calculators for fundraisers, or gave them away as awards to talented chapter members. Mu Alpha Theta also provided other prizes to chapters running math competitions for middle School and High School students.