Education and Community Outreach

Current Outreach Activities:

  • High School Mathematics Day  
    A day for high school students to visit the University of Kentucky campus and learn about mathematics.
  • Central Kentucky Mathematics Circles
    An opportunity for school students to learn about mathematics in a friendly and informal environment.
  • AP Review Day
    An opportunity for high school students to review for the advanced placement exams.
  • Math Movie of the Month
    This monthly program features math-themed movies to encourage a friendly math culture among the UK students, faculty and the community. Richard Ehrenborg and Margaret Readdy founded Math Movie of the Month and run the program with UK graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Henry Clay High School Math Club
    This club provides an opportunity for high school students to hear UK Math Professors give fun talks about math, work on mathematical puzzles in a relaxed atmosphere, and ask questions about attending the University. This monthly club has been revived after a four year hiatus. Richard Ehrenborg and Margaret Readdy are the faculty assistants.
  • KYOTE
    An online exam system for high school students to determine their level of preparation for learning college mathematics.
  • Women in Topology
    Kate Ponto and Carolyn Yarnall will be participating in this 2016 BIRS Workshop for professional development of female faculty and postdocs in Topology.
  • Algebraic Combinatorixx 2
    Margaret Readdy will be a research team leader in this 2017 BIRS Workshop for female faculty, postdocs and graduate students in Combinatorics.
  • Lake Michigan Workshop on Combinatorics and Graph Theory
    Margaret Readdy is a plenary speaker for this two-day regional workshop to train graduate students in new aspects of the field of combinatorics. Complementing Readdy's series of three one-hour tutorial lectures, UK graduate students Yue Cai, Alex Happ, Dustin Hedmark and Princeton undergraduates Likith Govindaiah and Peter Park will be giving more specialized lectures on their research.
  • Magic in the Math Department
    Richard Ehrenborg gave a magic show featuring magic tricks all based on mathematics. This was featured in a news story by the Arts & Science College as well as UKnow. This show was videotaped by the College and uploaded on the internet to make it available to the community. The underlying basic message is that math is fun.

Past Outreach Activities:

  • Bardstown Partnership Enhancement Project
    Carl Lee and David Royster have worked with middle and high school mathematics teachers and special education teachers to increase student success and enhance articulation across grade levels. This effort is funded by a grant from AT&T.
  • Geometry Assessments for Teachers
    Carl Lee participates in a multi-institutional project to develop assessments to be given to secondary mathematics teachers of geometry.
  • Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program
    High school students can use the Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program (KEMTP) to help them assess their preparedness for learning mathematics at the high school level.
  • Appalachian Math and Science Partnership
    The AMSP program seeks to demonstrate improved student achievement in mathematics and science through the support of partnerships that unite the efforts of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and parents in local schools with administrators and faculty at area colleges and universities.
  • Algebra Cubed
    An NSF GK-12 funded program focused on algebra, specifically increasing the mathematical conceptual understanding and procedural fluency of Middle and High school students in Bath and Powell counties.
  • Women in Topology
    Kate Ponto participated in this 2013 BIRS Workshop for professional development of female faculty and postdocs in Topology.
  • Women and Mathematics Program
    This yearly two week NSF-funded mentoring program is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University. Margaret Readdy was an Invited Lecturer for the 2013 Combinatorics program, giving a series of 4 lectures and participating in two weeks of mentoring female students and postdocs.
  • Cassidy Elementary School Discovery Day
    Cassidy Elementary students experienced interactive sessions in Science, Art, Music, Dance/Culture, Movement, Literacy and STEM. Richard Ehrenborg and Margaret Readdy ran interactive "Math Magic" sessions for 5th graders in Fall 2015.
  • Algebraic Combinatorixx
    Collaborative research and mentoring workshop at BIRS in 2011 for female combinatorialists. Margaret Readdy was an invited senior faculty member.

Faculty from the department with an interest in various aspects of outreach to the community include:

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