Brown University, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

Program ID: ICERM-GGM19 [#753, GGM 2019]
Program Title: GirlsGetMath@ICERM 2019
Program Type: High school program
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2019/05/20help popup finished (2018/12/03, finished 2019/10/21)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

GirlsGetMath@ICERM is five-day non-residential mathematics program at Brown University. It is open to high schoolers, regardless of gender, who live in or near the greater Providence, RI area who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2019. 

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

The faculty organizers (Amalia Culiuc/Georgia Tech, 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.  

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 2019
  • Students must live in or near the greater Providence, RI area
  • Students must ask one math teacher to submit a letter of recommendation
  • Students must submit a one-page personal statement of interest
To Apply as a Participant: 
Applicants will need to enter their letter writer's name and email into the system and check the box that says "email notify writer on submit"; this will generate an automated email request to the letter-writer with further instructions for writing and uploading their letter. Applicants must also upload a one-page personal statement about why they want to attend the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program.

**To Apply as an Alumni Intern Volunteer:
ICERM is only accepting Alumni Internship applications from 2018 GGM alumni. Alumni are required to submit a one-page personal statement explaining why they wish to return as an intern. No teacher reference is required for alumni interns, so the reference requirement section of the application can be ignored.

Deadline: May 20, 2019
Applications received by the original May 20th 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 immediately after the deadline. All applicants can expect to hear about their status in early June. 

The GirlsGetMath@ICERM program is made possible solely through grants and donations. The 2019 program is made possible through gifts from Microsoft Research and Stephen F. Siegel & Jayne Kurkjian-Siegel.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items 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

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