Organizing Committee
Abstract

GirlsGetMath@ICERM is a five-day non-residential 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 20-25 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

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GirlsGetMath@ICERM is made possible solely through grants and donations. The 2022 program is made possible through grants and gifts from the American Mathematical Society and Math for America.

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.
To Apply as a Participant
Apply via MathPrograms.org. You will need to create an online MathPrograms cover sheet, answer a series of brief questions, and hit the "Apply" button. You can edit your application up until the deadline. On the cover sheet, where it says "Reference #1", please enter your reference writer's name, email, and affiliation (school). IMPORTANT: Next to your reference's name, click on the box that says "email notify writer on submit"; this will generate an automated email asking your reference writer to submit a letter on your behalf through MathPrograms. Your reference writer should be a current or recent math teacher.
Application Deadline:
Apply via MathPrograms by June 18, 2022. The faculty organizers will begin reviewing applications immediately after the deadline. All applicants (including from 2020) can expect to hear about their status by the end of June.

GirlsGetMath Schedule

Monday, August 15, 2022
  • 9:00 - 9:50 am EDT
    Warm up: LockBox and Introductions
    Program Overview - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 9:50 - 10:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT
    Ciphers and modular arithmetic
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 11:00 - 11:10 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Introduction to MATLAB
    Tutorial - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
    Lunch (provided)
    Lunch/Free Time - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Introdcution to MATLAB
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 2:00 - 2:10 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 2:10 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Cryptography
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • 9:00 - 9:50 am EDT
    Warm up: The game SET
    - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 9:50 - 10:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT
    How to win at SET
    Tutorial - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 11:00 - 11:10 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Playing SET
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
    Lunch (Provided)
    Lunch/Free Time - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 1:00 - 1:50 pm EDT
    Introduction to matrices and vectors
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 1:50 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm EDT
    Recommendation systems
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Movie recommendations
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
  • 9:00 - 9:50 am EDT
    Warm up: Metaverse
    - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 9:50 - 10:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT
    Transforming images with matrix arithmetic
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 11:00 - 11:10 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Image processing in MATLAB
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
    Lunch (provided)
    Lunch/Free Time - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 1:00 - 1:50 pm EDT
    Image filters and effects
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 1:50 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm EDT
    Image filters and effects
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Template matching
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
Thursday, August 18, 2022
  • 9:00 - 9:30 am EDT
    Warm up: Geometry and gerrymandering
    - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 9:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT
    Visit to Brown campus and Harris Lab, lunch on campus
    - Brown Campus, wear comfortable shoes
  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Apportionment
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 2:00 - 2:10 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 2:10 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Apportionment
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
Friday, August 19, 2022
  • 9:00 - 9:50 am EDT
    Warm up: Modeling COVID spread
    - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 9:50 - 10:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT
    Introduction to graph theory
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 11:00 - 11:10 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Epidemic spread
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
    Lunch (provided)
    Lunch/Free Time - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 1:00 - 1:50 pm EDT
    Epidemic spread on graphs
    Lab - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 1:50 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm EDT
    Wrap-up session
    - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm EDT
    What's next? Panel on college and internships
    Panel Discussion - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm EDT
    Closing ceremony
    Closing Remarks - 11th Floor Lecture Hall

All event times are listed in ICERM local time in Providence, RI (Eastern Daylight Time / UTC-4).

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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 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 low-income and disadvantaged students. Research has shown that school-aged 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 hands-on 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 like-minded 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).

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