Girls Math Night

*2023-2024*

open to high school students in Wisconsin


Meetings will be arranged virtually via ZOOM

Meeting dates: Anytime between mid September – end of April


Girls Math Night is a free program offered by the Department of Mathematics at UW Madison. It aims to create an inclusive and non-competitive environment to encourage high school students who are women or gender minorities to pursue mathematics and the sciences. Over 8-12 weeks students will work in small groups or individually with a graduate student on a project. We will start assigning groups and mentors on Sept. 17  so ideally let us know before then if you would like to participate.  We can also match students with mentors later in the year provided there are mentors available so feel free to write us at any time.


What math questions are you curious about?

Topics included in the past:

  • Tiling with Domino shapes (basic geometry)
  • Fractals (geometry, algebra)
  • Cryptography (algebra)
  • Epidemics (Precalculus, AP Calculus AB)
  • Weather Modeling with Dynamical Systems (AP Calculus BC)

Contact: Prof. Dymarz (dymarz@math.wisc.edu)

Please, let us know

  • your name,
  • high school and math teacher,
  • the math course you are currently taking,
  • Which days/times of the week you can meet with your mentor.
  • Is there a math question you’re interested in exploring?

More information

The mentorship program provides an opportunity for high school women or gender minorities with an interest in math and science to interact with students and professors in the UW-Madison math department. This project-based, non-competitive program allows students to work on interesting and challenging projects relating to math and its applications to the real world. Past projects have been on math and epidemiology, chaos and the weather, and number theory and computer encryption. All students who have taken algebra or above are welcome, and our projects are designed for students with backgrounds ranging from algebra to BC calculus.

Meeting times: Program times will be arranged on an individual basis.

Staff: The program is run by Tullia Dymarz and a fantastic group of student volunteers.

History: Now in its 16th year, this program was originally created with a grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate education, teaching, and research. The program is now one of the yearly outreach programs of the UW-Madison mathematics department.

Presentations:

New this semester we will be having presentations! These will be given by the high school students, and any parents of the presenters, as well as Gmmaw and UGmmaw members are welcome to join and watch! They will be on Tuesday April 30th, 7-8pm in Van Vleck 911 and there will be free pizza. See the schedule below for more information:

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Presentations Spring 2024

 

Time Speaker Title Graduate Mentor
7-7:15pm Get pizza and hang out!
7:15-7:30pm Vaidehi Ramachandrula Metric Spaces and some cool properties Allison Byars
7:30-7:45pm Jane Mileham Logic is a Superpower Mei Rose Connor
7:45-8pm Ava Auchter TBD Apoorva Agarwal