Organizing Committee
 Amalia Culiuc
Georgia Institute of Technology  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 who live in greater Rhode Island and who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2018.
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 2018
 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 6, 2018
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:10am EDT  Introductions and Lockbox Puzzle  11th Floor  
10:10  11:00am EDT  SET Game  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  Monty Hall and Probability  11th Floor Conference Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  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  2:45pm EDT  Introduction to Matlab  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  Introduction to Vectors and Matrices Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  Math Card Tricks  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:10am EDT  Group Photo / Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00am EDT  Introduction to Graph Theory  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  Graph Theory and Epidemic spreads  11th Floor Conference Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Mathematical Biology & Graph Theory  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  Epidemiology Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  Mathematical Biology Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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  Caesar Ciphers and Modular Arithmetic  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00pm EDT  Frequency Analysis and the Vigenère Cipher  11th Floor Conference Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  3D Printing Demo with Professor Pedro Felzenszwalb  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  3:30pm EDT  3D Printing Design Lab & optional Cryptography Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  Surveys  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  11:00am EDT  Classification with Support Vector Machines  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  1:00pm EDT  Tour of Brown University and lunch on campus  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Recommendation Systems  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  Classification Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  Recommendation Systems Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Friday, August 10, 2018
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00am EDT  Mathematical Murder Mystery!  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:10am EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00am 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 Conference Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Basic Image Commands & Image Filters Lab  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
1:50  2:00pm EDT  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  3:30pm EDT  Fluid Dynamics Demo with Professor Daniel Harris & Poster Creation  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
3:30  4:30pm EDT  Closing Ceremony  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2018 Participating Institutions
 Barrington High School
 Blackstone Valley Prep High School
 Classical High School
 Cumberland High School
 East Greenwich High School
 La Salle Academy
 Lincoln School
 Needham High School
 North Attleboro High School
 North Providence High School
 Paul Cuffee Upper School
 Portsmouth Abbey School
 Scituate High School
 St. Andrews School
 The Greene School
 Tiverton High School
 West Warwick High School
 William E Tolman 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).