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Philip Uri Treisman is an American mathematician and mathematics educator. He is the Director of the Charles A. Dana Center,[1] and is a Professor of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin.[2] He is credited with pioneering the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), aimed at helping students from underprivileged backgrounds excel in calculus and other courses in science. The program was first implemented at the University of California, Berkeley and has now disseminated throughout college campuses across the United States.[3] His efforts to improve American education have been recognized by Newsweek, The Harvard Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation, among other publications and societies.[4][5][6]

He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in 1985.[7]


  • 2019 Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award[8]
  • 2006 The Harvard Foundation's Scientist of the Year Award
  • 1992 MacArthur Fellows Program
  • 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education.


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  8. ^ Peeples, Joanne; Álvarez, James; Charney, Ruth; Harris, John; Lewis, Jim; Neudauer, Nancy (2019). "Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for 2019 to Philip Uri Treisman for Distinguished Service to Mathematics". The American Mathematical Monthly. 126 (3): 195–198. doi:10.1080/00029890.2019.1551605.

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