Who are the people that make MathILy happen?
Mostly it's students (perhaps you?), but there are also
instructors (former instructors here, and for current instructors see just a bit below).
We are assisted by the members of our Advisory Amalgam.
The program itself is a project of the nonprofit organization Mathematical Staircase, Inc. which has a board of directors.
dr. sarah-marie belcastro,
MathILy director and Lead Instructor (contact sarah-marie)
sarah-marie earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1997 after majoring in mathematics and astronomy at Haverford College. Among her research areas, she is most passionate about topological graph theory. sarah-marie has been faculty at several institutions, ranging from small colleges to large universities, and she's been a major believer in discovery-based learning since her teacher training at Michigan. In addition to teaching at the college level, sarah-marie teaches enrichment classes at the Art of Problem Solving. sarah-marie taught as a senior staff member at the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics for 11 summers and co-directed that program for 4 summers. In summer 2012, she created and taught Mathematics Triple classes for UMass-Amherst; she is the inaugural director of MathILy and has taught there since 2013. She wrote the introductory textbook Discrete Mathematics with Ducks, which has much of the same tone students will find at MathILy. You might run into sarah-marie at HMMT or ARML (Penn State).
Dr. Thomas Hull, Lead
Tom earned his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1997 and specializes in the mathematics of origami, which has applications ranging from solar panels to automobile airbags to self-assembling polymers. He has earned tenure at one college and one university (so far) and has used more and more inquiry-based learning in college classes as he has advanced in his career. Tom taught at the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics for 15 summers, and at MathILys 2013--16.
Dr. Hannah Alpert,
Hannah earned her Ph.D. from MIT in 2016 and is participating in special semester at ICERM as a postdoc affiliated with Ohio State University. She is currently working in geometry and authored/co-authored 6 mathematical research papers before starting graduate school. Hannah has taught at MathPath and at Mathcamp and at the Boston Math Circle and at every instance of MathILy; she describes her preferred mode of teaching as 'chaos.'
Dr. Daniel Studenmund, Lead Instructor
Daniel just finished a postdoctoral position at the University of Utah, and did his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, where he studied geometric group theory. He has taught several college courses including inquiry-based Honors Calculus, and has taught at the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics as well as at MathILy 2014.
Brian is a graduate student at Brown University studying differential geometry. He did research as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois through the Geometry Lab and the Center for Complex Systems Research. He has taught at the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics and MathILys 2015 and 2016.
Corrine Yap, Apprentice Instructor
Corrine is a mathematics graduate student at Rutgers University planning to specialize in discrete mathematics. She graduated in May 2016 from Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated on both mathematics and theatre. Although on a Ph.D track, she still hopes to pursue her acting and playwriting interests; her main project is a one-woman show about Sofia Kovalevskaya that incorporates math, music, movement, and foreign languages (see her website for production photos!). She was the MathILy PRiME in 2014 and an Apprentice Instructor in 2015 and 2016.
Jason Saied, Apprentice Instructor
Jason is a first-year mathematics Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. He is unsure about his intended research area, but is currently looking deeper into abstract algebra. In high school, Jason thought that math was boring and easy. He has since learned that it is neither of those things, which is what keeps him coming back for more. He has worked as a teaching assistant for various courses at Lafayette College, where he finished his undergraduate degree in May 2016. Jason also loves to read.
Josh Mundinger, Apprentice Instructor
Josh is an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, where he is a math and music major. He loves to listen to and play the piano, and can often be found singing Beethoven to himself. He participated enthusiastically in MathILy 2013.
MathILy is a project of the nonprofit organization Mathematical Staircase, Inc..