Commitment to Diversity and Outreach

I am committed to building a more inclusive mathematics community and providing equal opportunities for students regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. In 2016, I co-founded the free summer day camp, Girls Talk Math, with then Ph.D. candidate Francesca Bernardi. The program expanded to the University of Maryland in 2018. As a leader of the UNC Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter, I obtained NSF funds to create and organize the first AWM Triangle conference for graduate and undergraduate students in North Carolina, developed a mentoring network pairing undergraduate mentees with graduate student mentors, and started a public lecture series, the first of which brought Dr. Moon Duchin from Tufts University to talk about her work using abstract geometry to fight gerrymandering.

I believe the work of the mathematical community is most meaningful when we share our expertise with the communities around us. I have developed outreach activities for the UNC Science Expo, the Art of Cool Expo, and a field trip for local 5th graders, which I organized. I wrote a piece for the Scientific American Observations Blog on the mathematics behind analogue and digital sound, including a discussion of the Fourier Transform and the Shannon Sampling Theorem. I wrote a lesson plan on statistics as part of the Scientific Research and Education Network program. Currently, I am working in partnership with a local teacher to guest teach a lesson on non-Euclidean geometry as part of the IMPACTS program at Morehead Planetarium.

Girls Talk Math

Girls Talk Math is a two-week-long day camp hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program is available to rising 9th through 12th graders who identify as girls in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina who are interested in math. Campers explore challenging problem sets that go beyond the high school math curriculum, learn about the rich history of women in mathematics, and create a blog and podcast series about what they learn. 

 

The program is free for all attendees and is funded through the Mathematical Association of America Tensor Women and Mathematics grant.

Scientific Research and Education Network Event

I participated in the 2017 SciREN Event. The program included a workshop on developing lesson plans for primary school. The main event brought educators and researchers together, so that North Carolina STEM teachers could browse the lesson plans developed by researchers such as myself and provide feedback. My lesson plan covered statistical analysis and was aimed at 6th graders.

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