Organizing Committee
 Katharine Ott
Bates University  Ulrica Wilson
Morehouse College
Abstract
GirlsGetMath is a weeklong mathematics summer dayprogram for 9th and 10th grade high school girls in the Providence, RI area.
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 will become a replicable national model of mathematical outreach for high school girls, with an emphasis on mathematical experimentation.
This fiveday nonresidential 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 2025 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.
Program Details
 Instructors
 The faculty organizers will be joined by undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs who will serve as teaching fellows in the program. Two GirlsGetMath alumni will be chosen to assist during the program as well.**
 Location
 Pandemic permitting, the program will take place at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) on the Brown University campus.
 Participant Requirements

 Students must not have attended a previous GirlsGetMath@ICERM program
 Students must be in the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2016
 Students must live in or near the greater Providence, RI area
 Students must ask one math teacher to submit a letter of reference
 Tuition
 Tuition is $100. Full financial aid is available. Daily lunch included.
GirlsGetMath Schedule
Monday, August 15, 2016
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

8:30  8:55am EDT  Checkin  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
8:55  9:00am EDT  Welcoming Remarks  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
9:00  10:10am EDT  Introductions and cipher scavenger hunt  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:10  11:10am EDT  Fractals and selfsimilarity  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  The crumpled ball experiment  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch (and the game SET)  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Introduction to vectors and matrices  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  3:30pm EDT  GirlsGetMATLAB, an introduction to MATLAB  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  Fractal cuts  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00am EDT  Introduction to modular arithmetic  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  Cryptography I: Keeping secrets like a spy  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Cryptography II: Public key cryptography  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  MATLAB – Caesar and multiplication ciphers  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  MATLAB – Exponentiation ciphers and public key exchanges  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  Thomas Jefferson's wheel cipher  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00am EDT  Introduction to graph theory  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  1:00pm EDT  Tour of Brown University and lunch at the “Ratty”  Gather at ICERM's 11th Floor Reception Desk  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Graph applications  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  MATLAB  Graphs  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  MATLAB  Exploration of epidemic spread on networks  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  The utility problem  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:10am EDT  Transforming images with matrix arithmetic  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  Image filters and effects  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Box filters  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  MATLAB – Image transformations  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  MATLAB – 'Obama me!' and other image effects and filter  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Friday, August 19, 2016
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  Survey collection  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00am EDT  Recommendation systems  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  MATLAB – Recommendation systems  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  2:00pm EDT  Wrapup survey activity and poster creation  11th Floor Lecture Hall and Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:15pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:15  3:15pm EDT  NASA coding session  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
3:15  3:30pm EDT  Break/Welcome Family & Teachers  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
3:30  4:30pm EDT  Closing Ceremony  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2016 Participating Institutions
 Barrington High School
 Blackstone Valley Prep
 Classical High School
 Coventry High School
 DightonRehoboth 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
Purpose of Program
Despite the fact that jobs in STEM are multiplying and pay better than other careers, women remain woefully underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. Some of this imbalance may be traced back to attitudes about mathematics and sciences in middle school and high school. There is a documented decline in girls’ positive feels about mathematics beginning in middle school, and from this point forward girls are far less likely than their male peers to choose elective courses in mathematics and the sciences^{[1][2]}. The absence of girls in mathematics and science elective courses is especially severe among lowincome and disadvantaged students. Research has shown that schoolaged girls may not realize that their preferred career choice requires coursework in mathematics and sciences^{[3]}, so these decisions can have long lasting consequences.
GirlsGetMath@ICERM aims to build knowledge and confidence in mathematics ability early in education, ultimately shaping the way the students view themselves and their mathematical interests and potential. The program will:
 Demonstrate through handson activities, games, and computer simulations that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful and useful;
 Introduce the high school participants to a variety of career opportunities for which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role, with an emphasis on the central role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers; and
 Provide the participants with a support group of likeminded peers and mentors.
 An outstanding feature of the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program is its commitment to quality. The program content is created by Ph.D. mathematicians who collectively have many years of experience as researchers and educators. The content is chosen to be at the appropriate level for the participants, but at the same time challenging, useful, and engaging to high school students. The Faculty Organizers of GirlsGetMath are college and university faculty in mathematics with experience leading summer mathematics programs for students. The Teaching Assistants are undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics and computer science.
References:
[1] J. Blue and D. Gann, When do girls lose interest in math and science?, Science Scope, (2008).
[2] J. Wilkins and X. Ma, Modeling change in students attitude toward and beliefs about mathematics, Journal of Educational Research, (2007).
[3] L. Pettitt, Middle School Students’ Perception of Math and Science Abilities and Related Careers, 61st Biennial Meeting of Research in Child Development, (1995).