GirlsGetMath@ICERM is a fiveday nonresidential mathematics program that is open to high schoolers, regardless of gender identity, who live in or near greater Rhode Island and who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2020.
GirlsGetMath occurs in an encouraging environment that builds young students' 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 encourages 2025 high schoolers to explore topics such as cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals.
The goals of the program are:
 to show young adults 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 provide an affirming environment that introduces high schoolers 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
 The program will take place at ICERM on the Brown University campus in historic Providence, RI.
 Participant Requirements

 Students must not have attended a previous GirlsGetMath@ICERM program (unless they are applying to be an alumni intern  see below)
 Students must be in the 9th or 10th grade at the time of application submission
 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 onepage personal statement of interest
 Tuition
 Tuition is $100. Full financial aid is available. Daily lunch included.
 To Apply as a Participant
 Applicants will need to include their letterwriter's name and email with their application. Applicants must also upload a onepage personal statement about why they want to attend the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program. Applications will open in Spring 2020.
 **To Apply as an Alumni Intern Volunteer
 ICERM will only accept alumni internship applications from the 2019 GGM alumni group. Alumni only need to submit a onepage personal statement explaining why they wish to return as an intern when they apply. No teacher reference is required for alumni volunteers. Applications will open in Spring 2020.
 Deadline
 Applications for the 2020 program are not yet open. They will open in late winter, and the application deadline is midtolate May, 2020.
GirlsGetMath Sample Schedule
Monday
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

8:30  9:00  Checkin  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
9:00  10:10  “Escape Room” Introductions and Welcoming Remarks  11th Floor Conference Room  
10:10  11:00  Fractals and SelfSimilarities  11th Floor Conference Room  
11:00  11:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00  Origami Fractals  11th Floor Conference Room  
12:00  1:00  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50  Intro to MATLAB  11th Floor Conference Room  
1:50  2:00  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  3:30  GirlsGetMATLAB, an introduction to MATLAB  11th Floor Conference Room 
Tuesday
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00  Coffee & Bagels (a topological breakfast)  11th Floor Conference Room  
10:00  10:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00  What is Data Science?  11th Floor Conference Room  
11:00  11:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00  Introduction to Matrices and Vectors  11th Floor Conference Room  
12:00  1:00  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50  Linear Regression  11th Floor Conference Room  
1:50  2:00  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45  MATLAB – Vector and matrix operations in MATLAB  11th Floor Conference Room  
2:45  3:30  MATLAB – Linear regression  11th Floor Conference Room 
Wednesday
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00  Vax!  11th Floor Conference Room  
10:00  10:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00  Introduction to Graph Theory  11th Floor Conference Room  
11:00  11:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00  MATLAB – Epidemics  11th Floor Conference Room  
12:00  1:00  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  3:30  3D Printing with Professor Pedro Felzenszwalb  11th Floor Conference Room 
Thursday
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00  Math Jeopardy!  11th Floor Conference Room  
10:00  10:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00  Transforming Images with Matrix Arithmetic  11th Floor Conference Room  
11:00  11:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00  Image Filters and Effects  11th Floor Conference Room  
12:00  2:00  Tour of Brown University and lunch at the “Ratty”  Gather at ICERM's 11th Floor Reception Desk  
2:00  2:45  MATLAB – Image transformations  11th Floor Conference Room  
2:45  3:30  MATLAB – “Obama me!” and other image effects and filters  11th Floor Conference Room 
Friday
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  10:00  Puzzle hunt  11th Floor Conference Room  
10:00  10:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
10:10  11:00  Introduction to Modular Arithmetic  11th Floor Conference Room  
11:00  11:10  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
11:10  12:00  Frequency Analysis  11th Floor Conference Room  
12:00  1:00  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50  Shamir’s Secret Sharing  11th Floor Conference Room  
1:50  2:00  Break  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
2:00  2:45  MATLAB – Caesar and multiplication ciphers  11th Floor Conference Room  
2:45  3:30  NASA coding session with Kim Arcand  11th Floor Conference Room  
3:30  4:00  Closing Ceremony  11th Floor Conference Room 
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).