Vanderbilt-led Nashville Math Club looking for middle and high school students

Local students in grades 5-12 who enjoy being challenged by math are invited to join the Nashville Math Club, an initiative led by Vanderbilt University instructors Larry Rolen and Alice Mark.

After being virtual last year, the club will resume Sept. 14 on Vanderbilt’s campus and will meet every other Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. An application and more information can be found on the Nashville Math Club website.

Rolen, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mark, senior lecturer in mathematics, co-direct the club, and will be assisted by Vanderbilt undergraduates. Students will build their math and problem-solving skills with engaging activities such as learning about the geometry of bubbles or cutting a bagel like a mathematician. Find more examples here. The club is not a homework help session.


For those interested in testing their skills and having some competitive fun, the Department of Mathematics is hosting a math tournament at Vanderbilt on Nov. 6. for middle and high school students. The daylong event will include food, T-shirts, prizes, group events and visits from speakers.

“The math tournament is a friendly and inclusive environment for students to come together and have fun and be challenged solving math problems,” Rolen said.

The full schedule for the tournament can be found here. Registration information can be found on the math tournament website.


In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, visiting students, teachers and university volunteers should wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status, and maintain physical distancing of three feet from others at all times when indoors.