Virtual Math Circle: Research Opportunities for High School Students
The Math Circle virtual summer camps are an outreach collaboration between the LSU Department of Mathematics and the LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy. Our goal is to bring together rising 9th–12th grade math enthusiasts and provide occasions for them to:
- learn material not typically taught in a high school curriculum;
- traverse the complex world of college mathematics;
- conduct mathematical research with guidance from LSU faculty and graduate students;
- present a 45-minute, colloquial-style poster session;
- hone research and communication skills through a capstone project.
Each student project may potentially:
- qualify as a fall science fair project;
- evolve into deeper research experiences with faculty;
- merit financial support towards future travel to conferences, or for publication costs;
- enhance college applications.
Work with a mentor and peers
At the start of the summer camp, research mentors give virtual talks on their area of research and potential research topics. Students in groups of 4 will meet virtually with their mentor, Monday–Friday for 2–3 hours each day, for a duration of 3 weeks. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of topics in each field and will gain a solid foundation in university-level mathematics.