The Luther College Mathematics Department will be the host of a Math Modeling Workshop to be held on its campus in Decorah, Iowa. The week-long workshop will be held Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30. The workshop is jointly funded by grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the MAA Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant Program.
The general objective of the workshop will be to develop mathematical and computer modeling skills for talented high school students. Additionally, student participation in the workshop will introduce or strengthen modeling skills to help address complicated real-world problems, such as those encountered in the High School Modeling Competition in Math (HiMCM). For information regarding HiMCM, please visit the contest's website.
Features of the workshop include:
• On-campus room and board provided for the duration of the workshop.
• A mock HiMCM-type simulation.
• A panel discussion on possible career options for mathematics majors. The panelists will represent a variety of professions.
The general structure of the workshop will have student participants introduced to appropriate methods and software for mathematical modeling during the first two days of the week (three-hour morning and afternoon sessions both Monday and Tuesday). On Wednesday and Thursday, the student participants will work in teams in a simulated HiMCM competition. Each group will have a Luther College student mentor for this activity. By early Friday morning, student teams will have turned in their project solutions for the workshop coordinators to evaluate and critique in order to provide constructive feedback to the students. The workshop will come to a close by 4:00 PM Friday.
The cost of the workshop is $150 per student. We have sufficient funding to provide up to three full scholarships for this program. Students that find the cost prohibitive are invited to fill out a scholarship application in addition to the standard application. The deadline for the application has been extended to May 1.