Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University

Program ID: ICERM-GGM18 [#672, GGM 2018]
Program Title: GirlsGetMath@ICERM 2018
Program Type: High school program
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Starting Date: 2018/08/06
Application Deadline: 2018/05/21 (posted 2018/02/24, updated 2018/02/23)
Program Description:    

GirlsGetMath@ICERM is five-day non-residential mathematics program at Brown University. It is open to high school girls who live in or near the greater Providence, RI area who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2018. 

GirlsGetMath@ICERM invites 20-25 young women 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 women 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 school women 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 introduce high school students 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 students 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 alumnae** will be chosen to assist during the program as well.  

Participant Requirements:
  • Students must be first-time applicants to the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program
  • Students must be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2018
  • 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 Alumna Volunteer:
ICERM is only accepting volunteer assistant applications from 2017 GGM alumnae. Alumnae are required to submit a one-page personal statement explaining why they wish to return as a volunteer. No teacher reference is required for alumnae volunteers, so the reference requirement section of the application can be ignored.

Deadline: May 21, 2018
Applications received by the original May 21st 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 2018 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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