2021 Diversity in Math High School Math Camp

  • Start Date: 07/26/2021
  • End Date: 07/30/2021



This is the information and application page for the 2021 Diversity in mathematics High School Camp. This camp is for students with a minimum of grade 11 Mathematics.


Are you in grade 11 or 12? Do you find math stimulating and fun? Do you want to challenge yourself and learn more math but are not sure how to? Do you wonder if and how math would be helpful for a future career? Do you want to meet new friends from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing STEM majors? Do you want to be part of the community that promotes diversity and inclusivity in STEM fields? If the answer is yes, then this camp is for you!


The main goal of the online camp is to provide an opportunity to a group of high school students with diverse backgrounds to explore their talents and further develop their mathematical skills in a collaborative and encouraging environment as highlighted below.


Highlights of the camp:

1. You will explore higher level math topics that are not part of regular school curricula. Math professors who are experts in these mathematical areas will present all material in a way that is accessible and understandable to high school students. 


2. Numerous math career options in the academic, industrial or corporate settings will be showcased to you via guest presentations and panel discussions.


Participants will get a sense of how mathematics is woven into the fabric of modern life, which helps them obtain the view of the subject that goes beyond the course requirements. We wish to give the camp participants a glimpse of higher math and college life, and help them realize that university is a place for them.



DIM Summer School Delivery:


  1. The summer school will run from July 26 - 30, 3021.
  2. Each day will begin at  9AM PT/ 10am MT  and end at 3:00PM PT/ 4PM MT;
  3. Each day comprises of 3 sessions of 1.5 hours each.
  4. All sessions will be online 




Charles Doran, University of Alberta

Charles Doran is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Alberta. His research centers on the arithmetic, geometry, topology, and physics of Calabi-Yau manifolds. Professor Doran received his Ph.D. From Harvard University in 1999 with the thesis "Picard-Fuchs Uniformization and Geometric Isomonodromic Deformations: Modularity and Variation of the Mirror Map" -- the first thesis on mirror symmetry from the Harvard Mathematics Department -- under the joint supervision of Barry Mazur and Shing-Tung Yau. From 2009-2015 he was Director of the Alberta site of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. In 2015 he received the Merten M. Hasse Prize of the Mathematical Association of America for his paper "From Polygons to String Theory" with former student, Ursula Whitcher. He has held the McCalla Professorship of Science at the University of Alberta (2013-2014), the Visiting Campobassi Professorship of Physics at the University of Maryland (2015-2017), a Visiting Professorship of Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University (2017-2018), and is an Associate Member of the Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications at Harvard University (2018-present).


Prof. Doran was the founding Director of the Alberta Summer Mathematics Institute (ASMI), a month-long mathematics enrichment summer program for high school students that ran at the University of Alberta from 2010-2016. He is a frequent speaker and research mentor at other K-12 enrichment programs such as the Research Science Institute (RSI) at Caltech and MIT, the Summer Institute for Mathematics at the University of Washington (SIMUW), and the Berkeley Math Circle (BMC). 


Courses and Instructors:


Classifying the building blocks of geometry using physics and combinatorics


Instructor: Elana Kalashnikov, Harvard University &University of Waterloo

Elana Kalashnikov was born and raised in Edmonton, and went to J Percy Page and Archbishop MacDonald for high school. After her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, she moved to England to continue her studies in mathematics at Oxford and Imperial College London. She received her PhD from Imperial College London in 2019, after which she moved to Harvard for a fellowship. This summer she will join the University of Waterloo as an Assistant Professor. Her research uses combinatorics to make ideas arising from string theory prove-able mathematically.


Gravity and Relativity


Instructor: Delilah Gates, Harvard University/ Princeton University

Delilah Gates is a theoretical physicist who studies black holes. She recently earned her PhD in physics from Harvard University. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Before entering Harvard, Delilah graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park as a Banneker-Key Scholar, earning two Bachelors of Science, one physics and one mathematics. In the fall, she will join the Princeton Gravity Initiative as a Postdoctoral Fellow.


In addition to physics research, Delilah has participated in many efforts to encourage and build support programs for students in STEM. She has served as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate physics classes and math/physics summer workshops/REUs; tutored undergraduates and high schoolers in math and physics; and participated in programs aimed at introducing physics to general audiences.


Topology of surfaces


Instructor: Kevin Iga, Pepperdine University

Prof. Kevin Iga is a Japanese-American, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He went to MIT and double majored in mathematics and physics, and in 1998 received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University, where he worked on the differential topology of four dimensional manifolds. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at Pepperdine University near Los Angeles, California, where he does research in mathematical physics. Kevin attends Malibu Pacific Church, and volunteers in various capacities, including singing in the choir and leading a Bible study.



Application Instructions: 

This event is free, though an application is required. Students are requested to fill in the forms ealry as spaces in this program are limited.


1: Fill in the Application form before July 9,2021

2: The organizers will confirm whether you have been selected to attend by July 12, 2021 



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