Oakland, CA–July 06, 2016
Mills College Mathematics Professor Steven Givant was awarded a one-year Fulbright US Scholar grant to teach and conduct research at the University of Trento in Trento, Italy beginning in September.
Givant, who speaks Italian and who has taught mathematics at Mills since 1975, said he will receive a $10,000 stipend and will teach in the graduate mathematics program. Teaching in Europe has “always been my dream,” he said.
Givant said he hopes his presence in Italy will gain Mills some international exposure while he is there. He also plans to apply what he learns about teaching in Italy to the classroom at Mills when he returns.
“I’m hoping I learn something about the Italian method of teaching so I can bring that back to Mills and help our students,” Givant said. “I’m also hoping this will increase the visibility of Mills in Italy and increase the visibility of our Fulbright scholars.”
Givant joins a long list of Mills students and professors who have received the prestigious Fulbright awards to teach or study abroad.
In February Mills was named a Top Producer of Fulbright student awards by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In June, US Secretary of State John Kerry recognized Mills for that achievement in a letter to the College that read in part: “you play a vital role as leaders and partners in our international education efforts, and you should be proud of your place among the top producing institutions of Fulbright participants.”