Brown University, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

Program ID: ICERM-GGM22 [#1273, GGM 2022]
Program Title: GirlsGetMath@ICERM 2022
Program Type: High school program
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2022/05/18 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/02/22)
Program Description:    

GirlsGetMath@ICERM is a five-day non-residential mathematics program at Brown University. It is open to high schoolers, regardless of gender identity, who live in or near the greater Providence, RI area who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2022. 

GirlsGetMath@ICERM invites 20-25 students to explore the mathematical sciences in an open and encouraging setting. Hands-on activities, interactive lectures, and daily computer labs are led by accomplished professional faculty who are enthusiastic about serving as scientific mentors and discussing a variety of careers that utilize a mathematical background. Potential topics include cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals. 

The goals of the program are: 
  • to show high schoolers that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful, and useful
  • to build confidence in students' mathematical knowledge through engaging and expert mathematical instruction 
  • to provide an affirming environment that introduces high schoolers to a variety of career opportunities in which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role
  • to emphasize the strategic role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers
  • to provide the participants with a support group and expert mentors who are successful undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals from the STEM workforce
  • to have a positive influence on the way girls view their mathematical interest and ability 
The faculty organizers (Amalia Culiuc/Amherst College, Katharine Ott/Bates College, and Ulrica Wilson/Morehouse College), will be joined by undergraduate and graduate students who will serve as teaching fellows in the program. Two GirlsGetMath alumni** will be chosen to assist during the program as well.  

The program will take place at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) on the Brown University campus.

Tuition is $100. Full financial aid is available. Daily lunch included.

Participant Requirements:
  • Students must not have attended a previous GirlsGetMath@ICERM program (unless they are applying to be an alumni intern -- see below)
  • Students must be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2022
  • Students must live in or near the greater Providence, RI area
  • Students must ask one math teacher to submit a letter of reference
To Apply as a Participant: 
You will need to create an on-line MathPrograms cover sheet, answer a series of brief questions, and hit the "Apply" button. You can edit your application up until the deadline. On the cover sheet, where it says "Reference #1", please enter your reference writer's name, email, and affiliation (school). IMPORTANT: Next to your reference's name, click on the box that says "email notify writer on submit"; this will generate an automated email asking your reference writer to submit a letter on your behalf through MathPrograms. Your reference writer should be a current or recent math teacher.

**To Apply as an Alumni Intern Volunteer:
Interested alumni are required to email a brief personal statement (just a couple of paragraphs) describing why they wish to return to GirlsGetMath as a volunteer intern. They should not complete or submit an application through MathPrograms. The personal statement must be emailed to by May 18, 2022.

Application Deadline: May 18, 2022
Applications received by the original May 18 deadline will receive priority review. Applications will remain open through the end of May, or until all positions are filled, whichever comes first. 

The faculty organizers will begin reviewing applications and volunteer intern statements immediately after the deadline. All applicants can expect to hear about their status by early June. 

The 2022 program is made possible through support from MathforAmerica, Microsoft Research, and private donors.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following item online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
Brown University/ICERM
Box 1995
Providence, RI 02912