GirlsGetMath@ICERM: Summer Math Camp for High School Girls
(August 15 - 19, 2016)

GirlsGetMath occurs in an encouraging environment that builds young women's confidence in math and science.

GirlsGetMath expands participants' understanding and knowledge of mathematics through computations and experimentations.

GirlsGetMath provides expert mathematical training and mentoring.

GirlsGetMath@ICERM will become a replicable national model of mathematical outreach for high school girls, with an emphasis on mathematical experimentation.



Description

This five-day non-residential mathematics program is open to high school girls from the greater Providence, RI area who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2016.

GirlsGetMath@ICERM encourages 20-25 young women to explore, and invites them to excel in, the mathematical sciences. Accomplished professional women, enthusiastic about serving as career models as well as scientific mentors, lead the program. 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, postdocs, and professionals from the STEM workforce
  • to have a positive influence on the way students view their mathematical interest and ability

Instructors
The faculty organizers will be joined by undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs who will serve as teaching fellows in the program. Two to three GirlsGetMath alumnae** will be chosen to assist during the program as well.

Sample Schedule from 2015

The program will take place at ICERM on the Brown University campus in historic Providence, RI.

REQUIREMENTS:
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 2016
  • Students must be from the greater Providence, RI area
  • Students must ask one math teacher to submit a letter of recommendation via MathPrograms.org
  • Students must submit one personal statement of interest via MathPrograms.org

To Apply as a Participant:
Applicants will need to let their current math teacher know that they will be sent an email asking for a short reference letter. Applicants will need to enter their reference writer's name and email into the MathPrograms.org application 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 the letter. Applicants must upload a personal statement on MathPrograms.org explaining why they are interested in the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program (no more than 1 page).

**To Apply as an Alumna Volunteer:
GirlsGetMath@ICERM alumna must use the MathPrograms.org application to apply to become a volunteer assistant for the 2016 program. 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 that section of the MathPrograms.org application can be ignored.

Deadline:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the end of May, or until all positions are filled, whichever comes first. Applications received by the original May 16th deadline will receive priority review. All applicants can expect to hear about their status in early June.


The 2016 GirlsGetMath@ICERM program is made possible through an AMS Epsilon Grant, a grant from the Phoebe Snow Foundation, and gifts from Microsoft Research, Brown University, and Stephen F. Siegel and Jayne Kurkjian-Siegel.

Applications are Closed for 2016

2016 Organizing Committee

Tuition

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

Sample Schedule/Resources

  • Barrington High School
  • Blackstone Valley Prep
  • Classical High School
  • Coventry High School
  • Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
  • East Greenwich High School
  • Jacqueline M. Walsh School for Perf Arts
  • La Salle Academy
  • Lincoln School
  • Moses Brown
  • North Providence High School
  • Portsmouth High School
  • Scituate High School
  • Toll Gate High School
  • West Warwick High School
  • William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School
  • Woonsocket High School
Monday August 15, 2016
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
8:30 - 8:55Check-in11th Floor Collaborative Space
8:55 - 9:00Welcoming Remarks11th Floor Lecture Hall
9:00 - 10:10Introductions and cipher scavenger hunt11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:10 - 11:10Fractals and self-similarity11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
11:10 - 12:00The crumpled ball experiment11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 1:00Lunch (and the game SET)11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Introduction to vectors and matrices11th Floor Lecture Hall
1:50 - 2:00Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:00 - 3:30GirlsGetMATLAB, an introduction to MATLAB11th Floor Lecture Hall

Tuesday August 16, 2016
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
9:00 - 10:00Fractal cuts11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:10 - 11:00Introduction to modular arithmetic11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
11:10 - 12:00Cryptography I: Keeping secrets like a spy11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Cryptography II: Public key cryptography11th Floor Lecture Hall
1:50 - 2:00Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:00 - 2:45MATLAB – Caesar and multiplication ciphers11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:45 - 3:30MATLAB – Exponentiation ciphers and public key exchanges11th Floor Lecture Hall

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
9:00 - 10:00Thomas Jefferson's wheel cipher11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:10 - 11:00Introduction to graph theory11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 1:00Tour of Brown University and lunch at the “Ratty”Gather at ICERM's 11th Floor Reception Desk
1:00 - 1:50Graph applications11th Floor Lecture Hall
1:50 - 2:00Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:00 - 2:45MATLAB - Graphs11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:45 - 3:30MATLAB - Exploration of epidemic spread on networks11th Floor Lecture Hall

Thursday August 18, 2016
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
9:00 - 10:00The utility problem11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:10 - 11:10Transforming images with matrix arithmetic11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
11:10 - 12:00Image filters and effects11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Box filters11th Floor Lecture Hall
1:50 - 2:00Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:00 - 2:45MATLAB – Image transformations11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:45 - 3:30MATLAB – 'Obama me!' and other image effects and filter11th Floor Lecture Hall

Friday August 19, 2016
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
9:00 - 10:00Survey collection11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:10 - 11:00Recommendation systems11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:10Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
11:10 - 12:00MATLAB – Recommendation systems11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 2:00Wrap-up survey activity and poster creation11th Floor Lecture Hall and Collaborative Space
2:00 - 2:15Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:15 - 3:15NASA coding session11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:15 - 3:30Break/Welcome Family & Teachers11th Floor Collaborative Space
3:30 - 4:30Closing Ceremony11th Floor Lecture Hall