The Gifted Math Program offers advanced mathematics courses to exceptional secondary school students.
The single objective of the Gifted Math Program (GMP) is to deliver a curriculum that challenges proven high achievers in the same way that standard school curricula challenge students of lesser ability.
GMP provides a strong mathematical background for students who may pursue future university work in mathematics, other sciences or the humanities. The program captures the interest of young scholars at a critical time in their development, cultivating in them positive attitudes toward serious academic endeavors and encouraging their development of good work habits. Every Erie and Niagara County secondary school has had students enrolled.
The Gifted Math Program was founded in 1979 by Dr. Gerald R. Rising, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the University's Department of Learning and Instruction and by Dr. Betty J. Krist, Professor Emerita and former chair of the Mathematics Department of Buffalo State College. Each year the program enrolls between 250 and 280 students of outstanding mathematics ability from the seventh through twelfth grades of the public, parochial and private schools in Western New York.
GMP has been recognized as an outstanding mathematics-science program by a team sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association of School Administrators.