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Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership program (MC-MAP)



In 2015, NAMC launched the Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership (MC-MAP) program! This exciting program provides a year of support for Novice Math Student Circles from a cohort of experienced Math Students' Circle leaders. There is more information below including:


Annual Grant Timeline:

May 30. MC-MAP Application Due:Novice Circle Group Application. Mentor Circle Leader Application.

July 15. Round 2 Clowes MC-MAP Applications review begins and will continue on an incoming basis: Novice Circle Group Application. Mentor Circle Leader Application.

August. MC-MAP Online Webinar. Topic: Training Math Circle session leaders.
Sept 15-17, 2016. MC-MAP Training Workshop (CU Denver)
October. MC-MAP Online Webinar. Topic: Math Circle Safety.
February. MC-MAP Online Webinar. Topic: Grant Writing.
March.MC-MAP Online Webinar. Topic: Working with underserved youth.
April. MC-MAP Online Webinar. Topic: Wrapping up a Math Circle for the end of the year, including evaluation and end of the year reports.


Novice Math Circle Grant

New Math Students' Circle programs (planning, new to one year running) should apply for the MC-MAP Novice Circle grant and training program.

Novice Math Students' Circle Leaders will learn to plan, implement, and sustain their own Math Circle. We’re seeking teams of at least two people who lead or want to lead a new Math Students' Circle program to apply to collectively participate in the program. Your team will receive the benefit of funding to help start or sustain your Math Circle as well as a dedicated experienced Math Students' Circle mentor, access to a community of experienced Math Circle leaders, the companionship of other Novice Math Students' Circle leaders, and the opportunity to visit another Math Students' Circle or be visited by your mentor. While there will be generous travel and lodging support that should cover most of your expenses, there will be a $100 registration fee per participant for workshop attendance.

Application: Novice Circle Group Application. Round 2 Applications review will begin on July 15.
For the Novice Circle applications, be prepared to describe your leadership team, your existing support and your general program plan. Feel free to say "unsure" or "subject to change" in areas where you're still making decisions. A pdf version of the application is available here for your preview and planning. Note: only applications received through the online site will be reviewed.

Funding available: Novice Circle MC-MAP Grants will provide $450 of start-up support to the Novice Students' Circle. In addition, funds will be provided for at least two leaders to attend the MC-MAP Training Workshop in September, and exchange grants will be available to visit the Students' Circle of your assigned mentor.


Math Circle Mentors Grant

Individual Math Students' Circle Mentors will be assisting a Novice Math Students' Circle group to plan, implement, and sustain their new Math Circle programs. Benefits include funding for your personal Math Students' Circle, the opportunity to visit the Math Students' Circle you're mentoring, and of course the satisfaction of helping grow and sustain the Math Circle community. You'll be asked to commit to a full year of participating in a structured mentoring program, including attending the September 15-17, 2016 kick-off meeting at the University of Colorado Denver (expenses covered).

Application:Mentor Circle Leader Application. Round 2 Applications application review begins on July 15.
For the Mentor applications be prepared to describe your personal Math Circle experience as well as discuss the Math Students' Circle which will be funded by the MC-MAP Mentor Grant. A pdf version of the application is available here for your preview and planning. Note: only applications received through the online site will be reviewed.

Funding available: Mentor Circle MC-MAP Grants will provide $1000 of support to the Mentor Circle. In addition, funds will be provided for the mentor to attend the MC-MAP Training Workshop in September and exchange grants will be available to visit the Novice Students' Circle startup meetings.


2016-2017 MC-MAP Mentorship Teams:

Math Circle Mentors:

  • Julia Brodsky, Art of Inquiry Math Circle, Art of Inquiry
  • Emily McCullough, San Francisco Math Circle, San Francisco State University
  • Alessandra Pantano, UC Irvine Math Circle, University of California, Irvine
  • Rodi Steinig, Talking Stick Math Circle, Talking Stick Learning Center
  • Maria Droujkova, Natural Math
  • Jane Long, East Texas Math Teachers' Circle, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Japheth Wood, Bard Math Circle, Bard College


Math Circle Novice Teams:

  • Coral Academy of Science
  • Cornell University
  • Emporia State University
  • Los Lunas Middle School
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Tsehootsooi Intermediate Learning Center
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • Luis Munoz Marin School
  • X Academy
  • Salisbury Central School
  • Center for Mathematical Talent at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
  • Westfield State University


Math Circle Continuing Teams:

  • Greater Richmond Math Circle, Randolph-Macon College
  • Shippensburg Math Circle, Shippensburg University
  • Tulsa Girls' Math Circle, The University of Tulsa
  • Emory Math Circle, Emory University
  • Maize and Blue Math Circle, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Math Teachers' Circle of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Preparatory School
  • York International Math Students' Circle


MC-MAP Training Workshop

2016-2017 MC-MAP Workshop
Date: Sept 15-17, 2016.
Location: University of Colorado Denver in Downtown Denver, CO.
Click here to learn more

Previous Workshops:
Date: September 10-12, 2015.
Location: University of Colorado Denver in Downtown Denver, CO.
Click here to learn more

MC-MAP is a program of the National Association of Math Circles, and is funded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Clowes Foundation. Note: the National Association of Math Circles does not allow for the charging of indirect costs or for the charging of more than the replacement cost of instructors for course buyouts.

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