Beginning with the summer of 1993 and continuing on an annual basis, the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition in partnership with the University of Vermont and a consortium of sponsors from business, industry, and other organizations in Vermont, sponsored a one week residential Summer Enrichment Institute for thirty of the most talented secondary students in the state. Students in this unique program, held on the University of Vermont campus, have participated in a series of courses and seminars that took them far beyond their experience in high school mathematics and science courses, and engaged them in applications of mathematics and computing to a wide range of scientific and technological endeavors. In previous summers major topics included modern astronomy, dynamical systems and mathematical biology, operations research and decision theory, and statistical simulation. In shorter seminars students were exposed to the mathematics and engineering of pattern recognition, and to probabilistic reasoning. In most courses there has been a heavy emphasis on the use of the computer in mathematical and statistical modeling.
Major changes took place in 2005 in the Mathematics, Science, and Technology High School Summer Enrichment Institute which had been sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition for the past thirteen years. Under its new title, "Mathematical Sciences", it has become one of the components of the Governor's Institute and was added to seven existing programs in other disciplines.
Students are chosen to attend the Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences in two ways: Students may apply to the Institute (see giv.org for application information). Directors of the Institute select qualified applicants for attendance, based on mathematics experience and achievement. The cost of attending the Institute is approximately $695 (the cost in 2012), with financial aid available. A second cohort of about 12 students, consisting of high performers on the Talent Search and on other state and national mathematics contests, is chosen by Institute directors. These students receive full scholarships to attend the Institute, granted by the Vermont State Math Coalition.
The Institute is directed by Sheila Weaver, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Vermont, and Jeff Dinitz, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Vermont. For more information contact one of the directors:
Sheila O. Weaver
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Vermont,
16 Colchester Ave,
Burlington, VT 05405
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Vermont
16 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, Vermont 05405
|Latest Update: September 28, 2012 by David Hathaway|