Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as the STEM fields, have
a direct impact on daily modern life. Whether it is the natural world, computers and
smartphones, buildings and roads or going to the store and bank, STEM is all around.
These are just a few of the reasons that mathematical sciences alumna Dorothy Dortch
Kapnic of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, believes so strongly supporting the education
of those interested in mathematics. Motivated by her own experiences at the University
of Arkansas and her commitment to continue the legacy of support she once received
herself, Kapnic is creating an endowed award with the goal of increasing diversity
in the STEM fields. Her $25,000 will benefit undergraduate and graduate students in
the Department of Mathematical Sciences.