Brown University, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

Program ID: ICERM-GGMTT [#799]
Program Title: GirlsGetMath Train-the-trainer
Program Type: Fellowship or grant
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Mathematics, Applied Math, Computer Science
Starting Date: 2019/08/13
Application Deadline: 2019/04/04 finished (2019/02/19, finished 2019/08/12, listed until 2019/04/04, private)
Program Description:    

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

How to Jumpstart Your Own GirlsGetMath Program 
Thanks to funding from the JetBlue Foundation, ICERM is offering train-the-trainer opportunities for up to 9 faculty who are interested in replicating a GirlsGetMath program at their home institutions. The training will occur during ICERM's GirlsGetMath program in summer 2019. Train-the-trainer participants will then have the opportunity to apply for start-up seed funds to run their own programs in summer 2020.  

Backstory 
Held at Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) every summer since 2014, GirlsGetMath introduces 20-­25 rising 10th and 11th graders, regardless of gender, to mathematical ideas, computer experimentation, and collaborative research over five days. Accomplished professors and teaching assistants, enthusiastic about serving as both career models and scientific mentors, lead the program. It involves daily interactive lectures with topics such as cryptography, graph theory, image processing, data science, fractals, prime numbers, and factoring. Hands-­on activities and games solidify mathematical concepts in fun ways, and afternoon computer labs introduce the students to programming skills and coding. Given the challenges posed by our data­centric society, this type of program is relevant and important because of the way it uniquely exposes young adults to careers in the STEM fields. 

Who
If you are a non-tenure-track, tenure-track, or tenured faculty (preferably in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science) you are eligible to apply for our 3-day train-the-trainer program. Preference will be given to applicants whose home institutions are based in or near “BlueCities” (communities near a JetBlue-serving hub or airport).

When 
The observational training will occur over three days (August 13-15, 2019) during ICERM's summer 2019 GirlsGetMath program. Travel, lodging, and meal support will be provided for up to 9 accepted faculty. 

Where
The GirlsGetMath train-the-trainer program will take place at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University in Providence, RI.

What 
ICERM has developed and vetted copyright-free GirlsGetMath curriculum materials which include extensive classroom, hands­-on, and computer lab modules (MATLAB). Topics cover cryptography, graph theory, image processing, data science, fractals, prime numbers and factoring, and more. (See module descriptions.)  

How 
Those who complete the GirlsGetMath train-the-trainer program will be eligible to apply for start-up seed funds to launch their own program in summer 2020. Seed fund applicants will need to submit a letter of support from their department chair indicating that their college or university will provide space and computer equipment (preferably with access to MATLAB licensing) to support a GirlsGetMath program in summer 2020. Each of the 4 available start-up seed fund awards is intended to help cover the cost for 2 faculty organizers, 2 teaching assistants, a start­up kit of supplies, and support from the GirlsGetMath@ICERM leadership during the year leading up to summer 2020.

Train-the-trainer Leadership
Katharine Ott (Associate Professor of Mathematics at Bates College) is a founding faculty organizer for GirlsGetMath, leading the program since 2014. Amanda Tucker (Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Rochester) was a co-organizer for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 programs. Dr. Ott will lead the train-the-trainer program at ICERM, and both she and Dr. Tucker will provide scheduled video-conference consulting for the startup seed fund recipients. 

Train-the-Trainer Application Timeline: 
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019: Application deadline
  • Week of April 8, 2018: Train-the-trainer offers will be announced for summer 2019. Travel, lodging, and meal support provided for up to 9 accepted faculty.
Seed Fund Application Timeline: 
  • Monday, August 19, 2019: Seed fund application opens. 
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019: Seed fund application deadline.
  • Week of October 7, 2019: Up to 4 seed fund awards will be announced for summer 2020.
Requirements for Train-the-trainer:
  • Must be a non-tenure-track, tenure-track, or tenured faculty
  • Must submit a CV
  • Must submit a 1-page statement of interest
  • Must be able to attend all 3 full days of the training at ICERM (August 13-15, 2019)
NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants whose home institutions are based in or near “BlueCities” (communities near a JetBlue-serving hub or airport).

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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