[ugrads] a non-REU for women undergrads

Michael Pelsmajer pelsmajer at gmail.com
Wed Dec 5 18:24:19 CST 2007

(Note: 1. Must be a female, 1st or 2nd-year undergrad, US citizen.  2.
It won't appear on the usual lists of REUs b/c it's not an REU.)

Forwarded email:

Summer Mathematics Program for Women

The mathematics departments of Carleton College will offer our month-long
summer mathematics program to eighteen mathematically-talented first- and
second-year undergraduate women in 2008.  By introducing these students to
new and exciting areas of mathematics that they would not see in a
standard undergraduate curriculum, and by honing their skills in writing
and speaking mathematics, the program leaders endeavor to excite these
women on to advanced degrees in the mathematical sciences, and, more
importantly, to increase each woman's confidence in her own abilities and
connect them all into a supportive network to carry them through the
remainder of their undergraduate and graduate education.

At the heart of the program are two demanding, intense courses under the
supervision of female faculty who are accomplished researchers and
extraordinary teachers.  In summer 2008 those teachers (and courses) will
be Professor Erica Flapan of Pomona College (Topology and Chemistry) and
Professor Karen Brucks of The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
(Low-Dimensional Dynamical Systems).  Besides the coursework, participants
take part in a variety of mathematical events:  panel discussions on
graduate schools and careers, colloquia on a variety of topics,
recreational problem-solving, and visits from at least one REU organizer
and the organizer of the Budapest Semester.  The mathematical part of the
program is balanced with optional weekend events including canoeing,
hiking, picnics, and tubing.

Past participants (through program evaluations and the list server set up
for their correspondence) report increased facility with mathematics,
bolstered self-confidence, and new or renewed excitement toward

If you have first- or second-year women students whom you think would
benefit from a demanding, invigorating month-long exposure to mathematics
next summer (June 22-July 20), please refer them to our web page at
http://www.mathcs.carleton.edu/smp or have them contact Deanna Haunsperger
at Dept. of Math, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057
(dhaunspe at carleton.edu).  Application deadline is February 22, 2008.

Michael J. Pelsmajer             http://www.iit.edu/~pelsmaje
Applied Mathematics, E1 Room 206       pelsmajer at iit.edu
Illinois Institute of Technology         (312)567-5344
Chicago, IL 60616

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