Mathematics professor selected as Fulbright recipient in Finland

USCB Mathematics professor selected as Fulbright recipient in Finland

February 20, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. – USCB professor and chair of mathematics, Manuel  J. (Bud) Sanders, Ph.D., has Manuel  J. (Bud) Sanders, Ph.D.been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to conduct research in Finland for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program designed to, "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Through this program, Dr. Sanders will be using his Teaching Research Award to study mathematical competency at Tampere University of Technology in Finland.

Dr. Sanders' goal through his research program, entitled "Mathematical Competency in STEM: Preparing the Researchers of Tomorrow," is to improve the undergraduate learning process for students in scientific disciplines at USCB.

"I want our students to be prepared as they continue into graduate school or go directly into industry," said Dr. Sanders.

The research component of Dr. Sander's program will focus on understanding specific examples used in the training of scientists along with how mathematical content is delivered to students going into a wide variety of areas. Dr. Sanders wants to further understand quantum computing and the kind of background students who are going into this area have in mathematics.

The research conducted for this Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program will mean great things for USCB faculty. Dr. Sanders hopes to gain and bring back an understanding of real world examples Tampere University of Technology uses to motivate their students along the way, and focus on how it can be applicable at USCB to make a coherent picture of the skills a student needs to continue in their field.

As many of USCB's Computational Science majors go into the fields of programming, game design, financial analysis, engineering, and hardware design, Dr. Sanders hopes to continue to create a motivation change in students. He is striving to help students better understand why certain courses are need to achieve an end goal.

Dr. Sanders hopes his research will help foster a dynamic connection with students and continue to educate them on gaining mathematical skills to solve real world problems.


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

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