Department of Mathematics seeks local middle and high school students for engaging, advanced math instruction

Local students in grades 7–12 who enjoy being challenged by math are invited to join the Nashville Math Circle, where they will learn from leading Vanderbilt faculty and gain creative math solving skills in a friendly, fun environment.

Students build their math skills through activities such as learning about the geometry of bubbles, cutting a bagel like a mathematician, code-breaking and cryptography and other engaging lessons. There is no cost to join the program.

The Math Circle meets on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the spring (Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5, March 19, April 2 and April 16). New applicants are welcome to join at any time. The sessions are independent, so joining later in the semester is no obstacle to participation. The application and more information are on the Nashville Math Circle; the application will read Fall 2023 as it is an application for the entire academic year. (Please note that the Math Circle is not a homework help session.)

Math Circle instructors include co-directors Larry Rolen, assistant professor and Dean’s Faculty Fellow in mathematics, and Alice Mark, senior lecturer in mathematics, as well as other Vanderbilt faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Members of the Vanderbilt community are encouraged to spread the word about this program to 7th- through 12th-graders and their parents in the Nashville metro area.