Mission and Philosophy
The goal of Girls Talk Math is to encourage girls to consider careers in mathematics. The program seeks to accomplish this goal through a two week day camp during which we explore interesting mathematical concepts, learn about the rich history of women in mathematics, and create a blog and podcast series.
Our approach is based in an understanding of the barriers preventing young women from entering mathematical fields, including a failure to see themselves represented among mathematicians, lack of confidence in their abilities, and less encouragement from peers and teachers. The myth that mathematics has historically been done only by men can contribute to internalized beliefs that women are less capable of success in these careers. In researching the lives and work of women who have made significant contributions to the field, students will see their own potential to have careers in mathematics. We aim to increase confidence by giving students a voice and a platform to be heard through the blog and podcast series. During the camp week we bring local students and instructors together, building a supportive and inclusive community of peers and mentors.
Meet the Founders
Francesca is a fifth year PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Applied Mathematics. In addition to her work in the mathematics department, she is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies with the goal of studying the struggles of women in STEM. Find out more about Francesca and her work at www.fbernardi.info.
Katrina is in her fourth year of the PhD in Pure Mathematics program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her youth outreach experience includes program development at Fort Bend County Women’s Center and volunteering with Girls Rock NC. Learn more about her work and interests at www.morgank.info.
Our Faculty Director
Dr. Christianson is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina. He also serves as the Diversity Liaison for the Mathematics Department.
This program is funded by the MAA Tensor Grant Program for Women and Mathematics. Through this grant the Mathematical Association of America funds projects aimed at encouraging young women to study mathematics. Funding is available to college and university faculty or primary school teachers working with college or university faculty. We are honored and excited to have received this grant.