Organizing Committee
 Amalia Culiuc
Amherst College  Katharine Ott
Bates College  Ulrica Wilson
ICERM/Morehouse College
Abstract
GirlsGetMath@ICERM is a fiveday nonresidential mathematics program that is open to high schoolers, regardless of gender, who live in or near greater Rhode Island and who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2022.
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
 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 2022
 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, 2022

9:00  9:50 am EDTWarm up: LockBox and IntroductionsProgram Overview  11th Floor Lecture Hall

9:50  10:00 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

10:00  11:00 am EDTCiphers and modular arithmetic11th Floor Lecture Hall

11:00  11:10 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

11:10 am  12:00 pm EDTIntroduction to MATLABTutorial  11th Floor Lecture Hall

12:00  1:00 pm EDTLunch (provided)Lunch/Free Time  11th Floor Collaborative Space

1:00  2:00 pm EDTIntrodcution to MATLABLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall

2:00  2:10 pm EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

2:10  3:30 pm EDTCryptographyLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

9:00  9:50 am EDTWarm up: The game SET 11th Floor Collaborative Space

9:50  10:00 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

10:00  11:00 am EDTHow to win at SETTutorial  11th Floor Lecture Hall

11:00  11:10 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

11:10 am  12:00 pm EDTPlaying SETLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall

12:00  1:00 pm EDTLunch (Provided)Lunch/Free Time  11th Floor Collaborative Space

1:00  1:50 pm EDTIntroduction to matrices and vectors11th Floor Lecture Hall

1:50  2:00 pm EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

2:00  2:45 pm EDTRecommendation systems11th Floor Lecture Hall

2:45  3:30 pm EDTMovie recommendationsLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

9:00  9:50 am EDTWarm up: Metaverse 11th Floor Lecture Hall

9:50  10:00 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

10:00  11:00 am EDTTransforming images with matrix arithmetic11th Floor Lecture Hall

11:00  11:10 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

11:00 am  12:00 pm EDTImage processing in MATLABLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall

12:00  1:00 pm EDTLunch (provided)Lunch/Free Time  11th Floor Collaborative Space

1:00  1:50 pm EDTImage filters and effects11th Floor Lecture Hall

1:50  2:00 pm EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

2:00  2:45 pm EDTImage filters and effectsLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall

2:45  3:30 pm EDTTemplate matching11th Floor Lecture Hall
Thursday, August 18, 2022

9:00  9:30 am EDTWarm up: Geometry and gerrymandering 11th Floor Collaborative Space

9:30 am  1:30 pm EDTVisit to Brown campus and Harris Lab, lunch on campus Brown Campus, wear comfortable shoes

1:30  2:00 pm EDTApportionment11th Floor Lecture Hall

2:00  2:10 pm EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

2:10  3:30 pm EDTApportionmentLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall
Friday, August 19, 2022

9:00  9:50 am EDTWarm up: Modeling COVID spread 11th Floor Lecture Hall

9:50  10:00 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

10:00  11:00 am EDTIntroduction to graph theory11th Floor Lecture Hall

11:00  11:10 am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

11:10 am  12:00 pm EDTEpidemic spread11th Floor Lecture Hall

12:00  1:00 pm EDTLunch (provided)Lunch/Free Time  11th Floor Collaborative Space

1:00  1:50 pm EDTEpidemic spread on graphsLab  11th Floor Lecture Hall

1:50  2:00 pm EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space

2:00  2:45 pm EDTWrapup session 11th Floor Lecture Hall

2:45  3:30 pm EDTWhat's next? Panel on college and internshipsPanel Discussion  11th Floor Lecture Hall

3:30  4:30 pm EDTClosing ceremonyClosing Remarks  11th Floor Lecture Hall
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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 girlsâ€™ 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 Studentsâ€™ Perception of Math and Science Abilities and Related Careers, 61st Biennial Meeting of Research in Child Development, (1995).