Dean’s Message

There’s no better time than this season of thanks to recognize gifts – and relationships – that help create enthusiastic students, successful graduates, strong families and engaging communities. Partnerships with donors, faculty, industry and communities make it possible for students to stay in school, graduate and achieve their dreams. I’m proud to share some of the momentum we are creating in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)!

  • One faculty team is completing an application for a National Science Foundation S-STEM grant  program. Biology professor Natalie L. Hyslop,  Mathematics professor John Holliday, biology assistant professor Linda Purvis, professor and dean of the College of Education April Nelms, and CMS Dean John Leyba will submit the application. Grants awarded will provide scholarships for STEM majors at U.S. universities and colleges. The maximum award of $1.5 million per institution is distributed over six years.
  • A generous donor has enabled the Department of Physics & Astronomy to develop a speaker series associated with the UNG Astronomical Observatory in Dahlonega. Tentatively planned for late 2022, the Observatory will host a nationally known astronomer (or leader in a related field) for a public address and a smaller event.
  • As the holidays approach, it is not unusual to hear from alumni, faculty, students and business partners about their interest in making a gift to support CSM programs and students. If you are considering a gift to honor family and friends or to support student achievement through scholarships, please consider a gift to either the CSM Dean’s Excellence Fund supporting students in undergraduate research, competitions, study abroad, or travel for professional conferences, or the Richard Prior Scholarship.

Dr. Richard Prior led the UNG Department of Physics & Astronomy for 26 years, retiring  in June 2020. In honor of his leadership and sincere commitment to students, the  College of Science & Mathematics is endowing the Richard M. Prior Scholarship for physics majors. You can honor Dr. Prior with a gift to this scholarship.

Our students and faculty have many innovative, exciting and challenging achievements  to share with you. I invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on these achievements and more.  As always, your participation in our programs is important and appreciated. Please reach out to me and let’s explore how we can work together. Thank you.

Happy Holidays,

John Leyba, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics