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The Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars Program


The Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics Program at the University of Michigan is pleased to introduce the Marjorie Lee Browne (MLB) Scholars Program. The program is named for Dr. Marjorie Lee Browne, who in 1949 became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. The MLB Scholars Program is an enhanced option for the AIM M.S. degree that is designed to give students professional knowledge of applied mathematics, focusing on a specific area of application, in order to prepare to them for continuing towards a Ph.D.

With the financial assistance of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the MLB Scholars Program offers full funding that includes an annual stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for each student and dependents. Financial support will be available for up to four incoming students each academic year.


The MLB Scholars Program was conceived to impart to the next generation of scholars the foundational skills required to combine a deep knowledge of applied science with solid mathematical, computational, and physical sophistication. Such skills are needed to address the increasingly complex problems that are on the international horizon, allowing MLB Scholars to become leaders in the world-wide scientific community.

The MLB Scholars Program has three primary goals:
  1. To introduce students to the study of applied and interdisciplinary mathematics who might not otherwise have considered it,
  2. To give students opportunities to learn about the full range of subjects in applied mathematics, and
  3. To prepare students to succeed in top-rated Ph.D. programs in the mathematical sciences.
Special features of the MLB Scholars Program include the following:
  • students are paired with specially-selected faculty and graduate student mentors,
  • tutoring is provided to assist students in the successful completion of coursework,
  • students will be engaged in cutting-edge graduate research projects,
  • enrichment workshops on career development, personal finance, technical writing, and many other topics are provided, and
  • students receive full funding for two academic years and two summers.
As a Marjorie Lee Browne Scholar you will gain:
  • a broad perspective about mathematics and its connections to other disciplines,
  • a support network providing mentorship and advice, and
  • the basic tools needed to compete in top Ph.D. programs.


This program is available for United States citizens and permanent residents only. Applicants will be selected for the MLB Scholars Program based on:

  • academic promise,
  • potential to benefit from a broad-based training program, and
  • potential to contribute to enhancing the diversity of students in the disciplines of applied and interdisciplinary mathematics.

The MLB Scholars Program is looking for students from groups historically underrepresented in the field of applied and interdisciplinary mathematics, including African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Students who have the potential to contribute to enhancement of diversity in the following ways will also be considered:

  • having an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in the mathematical sciences,
  • demonstrating commitment to fostering diversity,
  • having experience of financial hardship, or
  • being a first-generation U.S. citizen or first-generation college graduate.

Students who do not meet any of these criteria are encouraged to apply to the standard AIM M.S. program.

For specific inquiries about eligibility or content of the MLB Scholars Program, please contact Professor Trachette Jackson or send email to