Rutgers Summer Program Prepares High School Students to Excel in Mathematics, Pursue Math-Related Higher Education

Rutgers Summer Program Prepares High School Students to Excel in Mathematics, Pursue Math-Related Higher Education

WHAT: Mathematically talented high school students are heading into the final
week of a summer residential program at Rutgers University
where they are learning about mathematics research and considering math-related
higher education and careers.
WHO: Twenty-six high
school students, mostly from New Jersey; Rutgers professors and graduate students in mathematics
and computer science
WHEN: Through July 31, 2009
WHERE: Busch Campus, Rutgers
University, Piscataway
BACKGROUND: While promoting
programs for math and science education, President Obama noted that American 15
year olds ranked 25th in math and 21st in science when compared to other nations. The Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete
Mathematics is a summer program that helps mathematically talented high school
students excel in their studies and encourages them to consider higher
education and careers in the mathematical sciences. Students are participating in instructional sessions, career workshops,
and meetings with mathematicians who are experts in their fields. They are also
doing technology-based activities, including a robotics challenge. The
intensive, four-week, program provides a challenging introduction to discrete mathematics
– a branch of mathematical sciences encompassing such areas as logic, computer
science, statistics and operations research. During the program, students develop
and enhance problem-solving skills by applying mathematical concepts to a wide
range of problems.


Media Contact: Carl Blesch
732-932-7084, ext. 616
E-mail: cblesch@ur.rutgers.edu