K-12 Outreach Committee
In the Eugene and Springfield community we wish to give K-12 females and other minorities underrepresented in STEM fields a positive experience with mathematics. We will also encourage these students to pursue higher education in fields that require advanced mathematics. In addition, we would like to build awareness for K-12 outreach opportunities within the U of O math department.
Graduate Teaching Fellow
2013-2014 Committee Chair: Tyler Kloefkorn
Nicole is a Senior majoring in Applied Mathematics and minoring in Business Administration. Nicole's goal is to attend graduate school in Engineering. During her spare time, she enjoys attending all Duck sporting events as well as playing several intramural sports.
Christin is a fifth year graduate student, working with Nick Proudfoot. Christin's research interests lie at the intersection of algebraic geometry, combinatorics, and algebraic topology. In particular, she is interested in the theory of hyperplane arrangements and is working on an elliptic analogue. In her spare time, Christin enjoys watching television.
Janelle is a first year graduate student who loves math and loves teaching. In the future, she hopes to work at a university where she can continue to pursue both of these passions. In her spare time, Janelle enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outside, watching Disney movies, and traveling, especially to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Katie is a second year graduate student who is interested in Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Geometry. In the future, she hopes to do research in the intersection of these two fields. In her spare time (though she doesn't have much), Katie enjoys writing Math raps for the department talent show, playing card games with friends, watching Ducks football games, and taking silly pictures with the Golden Gate Bridge.
Tyler is a seventh year graduate student and he works with Professor Brad Shelton. Tyler studies non-commutative algebra and combinatorial topology. In general, Tyler is working to identify relationships between the fields of algebra and geometry. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys running, lifting weights, spending time with family and friends, and sampling local food and beverages.
AJ is a sixth year graduate student working with Vadim Vologodsky. He studies algebraic geometry. A subject once described to him as "two cool subjects combined into a single awesome one." His main research objective is describing the properties of geometric shapes by algebraic equations. He was born and raised in central Florida and enjoys things like scuba diving, fish, alligators, beaches and swamps. Since moving to Oregon he's grown to enjoy rain and waterfalls as well. He also has been know to perform Shakespeare and make art out of vinyl records.
Leanne Merrill Andrew Schopieray
Science Factory Math Program
With the Science Factory, the K-12 Outreach committee organized a math program for girls in grades 4-6 on Saturday, May 10. The girls participated in activities involving cryptography (the Caesar Cipher and Route Cipher), multilinks (exploring patterns), the Mobius strip, and the Towers of Hanoi.
Here is a list of volunteering opportunities:
- Eugene Math Circles
- STEM Core
- Science Outreach Program
- Oregon Young Scholars Program
- Summer Academy to Inspire Learning
Please email Janelle if you have questions about these opportunities or suggestions for this list.