Girls Get Math

GirlsGetMath@UD is a five-day non-residential mathematics program at the University of Delaware that is open to high schoolers, regardless of gender, who live in the ****** area and who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2020.

The program is modeled after the GirlsGetMath program at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM):

  • 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@UD 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


Program Details


The faculty organizers will be joined by graduate students who will serve as teaching fellows in the program.


The program will take place at the University of Delaware.

Participant Requirements

  • Students must be in the 9th or 10th grade at the time of application submission.
  • Students must live in or near the greater Boston, MA area.
  • Students must ask one math teacher to submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Students must submit a one-page personal statement of interest.


Tuition is $100. Full financial aid is available. Daily lunch is included.

To Apply as a Participant

Applicants will need to include their letter-writer’s name and email with their application. Applicants must also upload a one-page personal statement about why they want to attend the GirlsGetMath@BU program and ask their reference to submit a letter of recommendation by the deadline. Interested students may apply starting January 2020.


Applications for the 2020 program are now open here , and the application deadline (including a letter of recommendation) will be May 24, 2020.

GirlsGetMath@BU is made possible through the support of the JetBlue Foundation via the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Boston University Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and Boston University ARROWS.

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