Rochester Area Math Circle

An initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation

Problem solving is widely accepted as one of the focal points in the instruction process of mathematics, and also strong problem solving skills go a long way in transforming a math enthusiast student into a high-caliber researcher. Based on these motivations, this outreach activity intends to develop the mathematical background of gifted middle school and high school students and to mentor them towards promising careers.

The format of the math circle is one of a 1.5-hour semimonthly meeting, which is either a problem solving seminar (i.e., an open discussion about theoretical and applicative issues related to a certain mathematical object/technique) or an expository lecture that presents a specific advanced mathematical topic in an intuitive, interactive, more informal way. An objective of the circle is to teach the participants how to explain and write rigorous solutions to various mathematical problems. We see this as a forward step towards building mathematical research skills. This initiative wants to offer a qualitative advanced mathematical training that goes beyond the current K-12 curriculum.

Another goal of this activity is to prepare its participants for mathematical competitions. We have in mind a rich calendar of such events that will include the Mathcounts program and the AMC 8, 10, and 12 contests administered by The American Mathematics Competitions.

Location for the Spring 2014 semester: University of Rochester River Campus, Goergen Building, Room 101.

Map and directions: and click on River Campus.

Fall 2013 Schedule

Date Lecture Instructor
9/9, 16:30-18:00 Problem solving session I Matthew Creek, University of Rochester
9/23, 16:30-18:00 Problem solving session II Matthew Creek, University of Rochester
9/30, 16:30-18:00 Metric relations in geometry Maria Geba, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women
10/14, 16:30-18:00 An introduction to number theory Clayton Lungstrum, University of Rochester
10/21, 16:30-18:00 Problem solving session in number theory Maria Geba, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women
11/4, 16:30-18:00 Polynomials: theory and applications Raluca Felea, Rochester Institute of Technology
11/18, 16:30-18:00 How to count in Mathcounts, from school round to national competition Allen Liu, Penfield High School
12/2, 16:30-18:00 An introduction to graph theory Malcolm Kotok, University of Rochester

Spring 2014 Schedule

Date Lecture Instructor
1/27, 16:30-18:00 AMC 10/12 review session Timur Akhunov, University of Rochester
2/10, 16:30-18:00 AMC 10/12 review session Timur Akhunov, University of Rochester
2/24, 16:30-18:00 A survey of two classical results from topology Geordie Richards, University of Rochester
3/10, 16:30-18:00 Some combinatorial questions Giorgis Petridis, University of Rochester

Previous years



If interested in participating or for any other questions, please contact the coordinator of the circle:

Dan-Andrei Geba
University of Rochester
Department of Mathematics
806 Hylan Building 
Rochester, NY 14627 
Phone: (585)  273-5629
Fax: (585) 273-4655