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Gifted Math Program records

Identifier: 17-18-1430

Scope and Contents

The Gifted Math Program records include correspondence, program evaluations, grants, awards, information about curriculum, research and support materials for the program beginning from its inception as a Saturday enrichment program and beyond. The records also include graduation programs, event planning information, and notes from staff meetings.


  • 1954-2010
  • Digitized: 2022

Terms of Access and Use

The Gifted Math Program records, 1978-2010 are open to researchers.


This collection has been minimally processed. Privacy protected information (including but not limited to certain educational, medical, financial, criminal, attorney-client, and/or personnel records) may be revealed during use of archival collections, particularly in collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.

Pursuant to University Archives Restricted Records Policy regarding legal records, student records, and personnel records, access to portions of this collection is RESTRICTED until 2067 (Evaluations/Parent Evaluations), 2079 (Problems and Concerns), 2080 (Field Trips and Events/Math is Everywhere 2005.pdf), 2078 (Field Trips and Events/Summer Stats Class 2003 STA.pdf), 2070 (Grants/Javits Grant 1995.pdf), 2068 (Grants/NSF summer science cap proposal.pdf). For more information, contact University Archives at


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

The University at Buffalo Gifted Math Program (GMP) was founded in 1979 by Dr. Gerald R. Rising, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the University's Department of Learning and Instruction and Dr. Betty J. Krist, Professor Emerita and former chair of the Mathematics Department of Buffalo State College. Each year the program enrolls between 225 and 275 students of outstanding mathematics ability in Western New York from 7th through 12th grades of the public, parochial, and private schools. Admission involves approximately 400 students from an area age cohort of about 16,000 who are nominated for GMP each year by their schools or by their parents. Evaluation is done on the basis of a three-hour battery of tests. Classes are held twice weekly for two 70-minute sessions each day. The curriculum includes an enriched and accelerated program of school mathematics in grades 7 through 10, university courses, including three semesters of calculus and linear algebra in grades 11 and 12, accumulating up to 22 semester hours of university credit. Participating schools accept University coursework in place of the home school mathematics curricula, receive GMP grades for student report cards, and name a liaison officer to communicate with GMP staff. Fiscal support for GMP is provided by student enrollment fees and university tuition, grants and gifts. Scholarships, available for those who request that assistance. 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.


3.14 Gigabytes (136 files, 14 folders)

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The Gifted Math Program records include correspondence, program evaluations, grants, awards, information about curriculum, research and support materials for the program beginning from its inception as a Saturday enrichment program and beyond.


The Gifted Math Program records are arranged in 14 folders: Admissions; Dwight D. Eisenhower Grants; Evaluations and Support; Field Trips and Events; Graduation; Grants; Media and Awards; Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students; Notebooks; Original Curriculum; Problems and Concerns; Program Beginnings; Saturday Enrichment Programs; Staff Meetings, 1999-2009.

Acquisition Information

The Gifted Math Program records was transferred to University Archives by Leslie Pisarzewicz, Office Assistant, Gifted Math Program, in December, 2022 as accession 2022-061.


A folder of student work was deaccessioned during processing.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Cogley, February 2023; finding aid encoded by Sarah Cogley, February 2023.

Prior to transfer of the physical materials, office staff in the Gifted Math Program digitized all the records. Both the digital files and the analog materials were transferred to the University Archives. The digital files are retained for archival research and the analog materials were deaccessioned.

This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies. For more information, see

Finding Aid for the Gifted Math Program records
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Cogley.
24 February 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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