Schedule

Overview

GirlsxMRO's 2021 program ran from 6/27/21 to 7/25/21. During the first week, we gave and overview of the program and taught crash courses to introduce basic proof techniques and skills useful in mathematical reading. Weeks 2,3, and 4 were each dedicated to an advanced topic, which was introduced during the live Zoom on Sunday and further explored in the reading group. The live Zoom lectures were held on Sundays at 10:00-11:30 AM PDT/1:00-2:30 PM EDT and the reading groups met twice that week on Tuesday and Friday. In addition, we held office hours were held every Monday and Thursday. We also had Games Nights on Wednesdays each week of the program. You can view more information about the 2021 schedule below and can find more details about the types of meetings on the live Zoom sessions page and reading groups page.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1: Overview & Crash Course

Welcome to GirlsxMRO: Overview and Q&A Sunday 6/27/21 10:00-11:30 AM PDT/1:00-2:30 PM EDT

In our first meeting on Sunday, we will be introducing GirlxMRO and providing a detailed overview of the 2021 program, including structure and motivation as well as eligibility and difficulty. This is a good chance to see if you are fit for the program in terms of difficulty and commitment. We will also have time for Q&A. All students are encouraged to attend.

Crash Course Day 1: Proof Techniques Tuesday 6/29/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Crash Course Day 2: Mathematical Reading Friday 7/2/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

There will not be reading groups during the first week of our program. Instead, we have live Zoom "Crash Course" sessions that are open to all students. During these sessions on Tuesday and Friday, we will cover core skills in math that will be useful for the lectures and reading groups in the rest of the program. We strongly recommend that all students to attend these sessions.

Week 2: Group Theory

Intro to Group Theory Sunday 7/4/21 10:00-11:30 AM PDT/1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Reading Group Meeting 1 Tuesday 7/6/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Office Hours Thursday 7/8/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Reading Group Meeting 2 Friday 7/9/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Group theory is central to many fields in advanced math. However, this abstract algebra concept can be found in our daily lives everywhere, from symmetries of a square to solving a Rubik's cube. Further, even though group theory is rarely taught in the classroom, it turns out that we have already worked with many of the abstract concepts as early as in Algebra I.

Students are encouraged to have participated in the crash courses from Week 1 before attending the live session. Reading group students are expected to attend the live session and both reading group meetings. All students are welcome to come to office hours.

Week 3: Algebraic Combinatorics

Intro to Algebraic Combinatorics Sunday 7/11/21 10:00-11:30 AM PDT/1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Reading Group Meeting 1 Tuesday 7/13/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Office Hours Thursday 7/15/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Reading Group Meeting 2 Friday 7/16/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Those of you who have participated in math competitions have likely already had some experience with counting & probability problems. However, there is so much more to combinatorics than this! If you haven't participated in competitions, that's totally fine! The combinatorics concepts in this session are different than those commonly found in contest problems.

Students are encouraged to have participated in the crash courses from Week 1 before attending this session. However, participation in the group theory live session and/or reading group from Week 2 is independent from this week's material. Reading group students are expected to attend this week's live session and both reading group meetings. All students are welcome to come to office hours.

Week 4: Topology

Intro to Topology Sunday 7/18/21 10:00-11:30 AM PDT/1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Reading Group Meeting 1 Tuesday 7/20/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Office Hours Thursday 7/22/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Reading Group Meeting 2 Friday 7/23/21 3:00-4:00 PM PDT/6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Topology the field of mathematics associated with the deformations with a geometric object! To a topologist, a coffee mug is the same shape as a donut but different from a baseball. This might seem quite abstract at first, but

Students are encouraged to have participated in the crash courses from Week 1 before attending this session. However, participation in the group theory live session and/or reading group from Week 2 as well as the algebraic combinatorics live session and/or reading group from Week 2 are both independent from this week's material. Further, reading group students are expected to attend the live session and both reading group meetings. All students are welcome to come to office hours.

Week 5: Research Presentations

Research Presentations Sunday 7/25/21 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PDT/1:00-3:00 PM EDT

In GirlsxMRO's Summer 2021 Program's final meeting, guest lecturer Kayla Wright will give a talk on Schubert Calculus and then our mentors will briefly present research they have been working on this year/worked on in previous years at MIT PRIMES. The research presentations are not organized by MIT or the PRIMES program. This is a great opportunity to see what math research is about. All students are highly encouraged to attend this live session.