Schedule

Overview

GirlsxMRO's 2022 program ran from 6/19/22 to 7/17/22. During the first week, we gave an 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 area of advanced mathematics, which was introduced during the live Zoom lecture on Sunday and further explored in the reading group later that week. The live Zoom lectures were held on Sundays from 4:00-6:00 PM PT/7:00-9:00 PM ET and the reading groups met twice each week from 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET. In addition, we held office hours and ran Game Nights/Guest Talks each week of the program. You can view more information about the 2022 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 6/19/22 4:00-6:00 PM PT/7:00-9:00 PM ET

In our first meeting on Sunday, we will be introducing GirlxMRO and providing a detailed overview of the 2022 program, including structure, objectives, eligibility, and difficulty. This is a good chance to see if this program is right for you! We will also have time for Q&A with the mentors. All students are encouraged to attend.

Guest Talk: Mira Bernstein Monday 6/20/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Crash Course Day 1: Proof Techniques Tuesday 6/21/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Game Night Wednesday 6/22/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Crash Course Day 2: Mathematical Reading Thursday 6/23/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

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: Abstract Algebra

Intro to Abstract Algebra Sunday 6/26/22 4:00-6:00 PM PT/7:00-9:00 PM ET

Office Hours Monday 6/27/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Reading Group Meeting 1 Tuesday 6/28/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Guest Speaker: Marisa Debowsky Wednesday 6/29/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Reading Group Meeting 2 Thursday 6/30/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Abstract Algebra is central to many fields in advanced math. However, abstract algebra concepts like groups can be found in our daily lives everywhere, from symmetries of a square to solving a Rubik's cube. Further, even though it is rarely taught in the classroom, it turns out that we have already worked with many of these 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 7/3/22 4:00-6:00 PM PT/7:00-9:00 PM ET

Office Hours Monday 7/4/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Reading Group Meeting 1 Tuesday 7/5/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Game Night Wednesday 7/6/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Reading Group Meeting 2 Thursday 7/7/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

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 abstract algebra 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: Set Theory & Topology

Intro to Set Theory & Topology Sunday 7/10/22 4:00-6:00 PM PT/7:00-9:00 PM ET

Office Hours Monday 7/11/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Reading Group Meeting 1 Tuesday 7/12/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Guest Talk: Meghal Gupta Wednesday 7/13/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Reading Group Meeting 2 Thursday 7/14/22 4:00-5:00 PM PT/7:00-8:00 PM ET

Set theory gives mathematicians the language and foundation for all advanced math. 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.

Students are encouraged to have participated in the crash courses from Week 1 before attending this session. However, participation in the abstract algebra live session and/or reading group from Week 2 as well as the algebraic combinatorics live session and/or reading group from Week 3 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 7/17/22 4:00-6:00 PM PT/7:00-9:00 PM ET

In GirlsxMRO's 2022's final meeting, our mentors briefly presented research they have conducted with the year-long MIT PRIMES program. These research presentations are not organized by MIT or the PRIMES program. This is a great opportunity to see what math research is all about! All students are highly encouraged to attend this live session.