2023 Math Attack Summer Camp for Girls (23w2013)


Lauren DeDieu (University of Calgary)

Sean Graves (University of Alberta)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "2023 Math Attack Summer Camp for Girls" workshop in Banff from August 18 to August 20, 2023.

In (STEM) fields such as mathematics, little progress has been made to increase the diversity of individuals in leadership positions. Furthermore, at co-ed camps often the young boys can be excitable and boisterous, creating a learning environment that is unsatisfactory for the female participants. In the past decade, there has only been one female student who has competed on the Canadian IMO team, and the underrepresentation of women is apparent in our undergraduate math classrooms. The 2023 Math Attack Summer Camp for Girls will provide a supportive environment for participants aged 13 to 16 who identify as female to meet peers with similar interests in STEM fields - particularly mathematics.

Commencing at the University of Calgary, participants will experience mini-courses in mathematics, data-science, and mathematical modeling. Pending a successful application, the eight-day camp will conclude with a weekend of presentations and problem-solving sessions at the Banff International Research Station led by women in STEM. Although the camp will be highly academic, there will also be a social program for the participants to establish strong bonds with similar-minded peers. Last year was the first time a summer camp of this kind was run in Alberta, exclusively for female participants.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).