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Smith Receives Award for Community Engagement

Heather Smith, professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement. Established in 2012, the award honors a tenured faculty member whose teaching, research and service embodies the University’s commitment to civic involvement and whose work strengthens the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community.

In the 15 years since she joined UNC Charlotte, Smith has built an integrated teaching, research and service profile that places community engagement at its core. Her research explores how immigrants navigate new lives in new gateway locations, and how receiving communities respond to the needs, expectations and cultural diversity foreign-born migrants bring. Her engaged work in the Charlotte community focuses on the rapidly growing Latino immigrant population and challenges of inclusivity and access. For Smith, the research partnerships she establishes embrace trans-disciplinary and cross-institutional learning in a way that fosters sustained commitment to growth, innovation and the public good.

Math Finance Program Receives National Ranking

UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science in Mathematical Finance program recently was ranked No. 25 in the country by Financial Engineer.

This is the first national ranking for the Mathematical Finance program, which currently enrolls more than 100 students. The 2015 rankings are calculated based on a series of factors, including average GRE scores, starting salaries and bonuses, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rates and the number of employed graduates.

"Recognition of our Mathematical Finance program as one of the top programs in the nation demonstrates the success and competitiveness of a program we have built in partnership with the region’s leading corporations and as an interdisciplinary collaboration at UNC Charlotte," said Steve Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business. "We are very proud of our students and graduates, many of whom are successful contributors in leading financial corporations nationwide."