Mathcamp: Girls' Experiences

Girls' Experiences at Mathcamp

Mathcamp welcomes students of all genders! Our student body is now 45%–50% girls, and we actively work to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for girls and non-binary students at camp.

At camp, we run workshops on a number of topics connected to gender, in which panelists share data, personal experiences, and strategies, and then host small-group discussions. Some recurring workshops at camp:

  • Women in Math. Topics have included: implicit and institutionalized bias; affirmative action; succeeding as a woman in a STEM field; mentor networks; how to be a good ally.
  • Imposter Syndrome. What is it, whom does it affect (spoiler: lots of us!), and how do you address it? How can we help each other address imposter syndrome, at camp and after?
  • Life After Mathcamp. We call this "Future of You": it's a discussion about opportunities during and after high school.
Photo of Mathcamp Alumnae at MPfG 2018

There is a strong community of women and girls at Mathcamp. In addition to a balanced student body, we bring to camp a diverse group of staff and visiting speakers, and intentionally bring women who will be role models (and residential advisors) for the girls at camp. Unlike in many schools and universities, you'll find that Mathcamp classes have girls asking and answering questions. After camp, alumnae often get together at Math Prize for Girls!

 A key aspect of my phenomenal experience was the diverse, welcoming Mathcamp community. As a generally shy person, I feel that spending five weeks with the students and staff at Mathcamp helped me to develop better social skills and improve my ability to communicate mathematics. I have formed many lasting friendships this summer while also gaining a priceless mathematical community. I definitely recommend Mathcamp to anyone who loves and wants to explore mathematics. Especially for those who do not have a strong community of math-lovers in their hometown, Mathcamp will definitely feel like home. 
Kaili L., Mathcamp 2017