Lincoln, Neb., June 25, 2002 -- Twenty-nine high school girls from eight states will study advanced mathematics at week-long camps at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln next month.
The sixth annual Mathematics Summer Camp for High School Girls will be conducted in two sessions, with 15 students attending July 7-12 and 14 participating July 21-26.
The "All Girls/All Math" camp participants, girls grades 10 through 12, will learn about the mathematics of "Chaos and Codes." They will work with women mathematics professors and graduate students, and interact with peers who share an interest in mathematics.
Camp participants will have the opportunity to explore areas of mathematics not encountered in traditional high school curricula, learning that math is not all formulas and memorization, but a body of ideas that is used to solve problems in the real world.
A typical day will include mathematics sessions each morning and afternoon, followed by problem sessions facilitated by the instructors and a UNL graduate student. At the end of each week, a prominent woman mathematician will give a special presentation about women in mathematics. Courses will be taught by Wendy Hines, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at UNL, Michelle Homp of Concordia University in Seward, and two other visiting women mathematicians.
The All Girls/All Math summer camps were started in 1997 by Hines and
fellow Nebraska math professor Judy Walker. The goals of the camps are to
encourage girls to pursue careers involving math and to give them an
opportunity to spend time with other girls and women who share their love
For questions regarding these releases, contact:
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