Supported by the Mathematical Association of America – the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students and enthusiasts – USD’s Math Circle seeks to connect with local middle and high school students who are ready for more challenge in the study of mathematics and encourage them to further their mathematical studies.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to improve their knowledge with material that might never be presented in their classrooms, and elevate their skills as problem solvers, which is always important for mathematical success,” said Catalin Georgescu, Ph.D., Department of Mathematical Sciences chair and USD Math Circle program director. “It will also be a chance to interact with college professors and get a feel of how things will be after high school.”

USD’s Math Circle is an after-school program with the purpose of exposing students from grades 7-12 to topics not usually covered in the standard mathematical curriculum and to simultaneously prepare them for the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), such as AMC 10 and AMC 12. USD is the only higher education institution in the state to coordinate a Math Circle at the high school level.

“I hope to increase the level of mathematical readiness at Vermillion High School and the surrounding area,” said Georgescu. “We want to create an engaging environment for these kids to thrive further in life and certainly to have some mathematical fun. There is no doubt mathematics is a very powerful tool for success in many careers.”

The program will include two-hour sessions three times a month at Vermillion High School. USD Math Circle meetings will be problem-solving sessions, exposing students to modern topics in mathematics, open problems, and mathematical techniques outside of their usual high school content. 

Support for the USD Math Circle is provided the Mathematical Association of America and the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation.

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