GEORGETOWN, KY – In October, Georgetown College will launch the Georgetown College Math Circle (GCMC) for Central Kentucky Bourbon, Fayette, and Scott County fifth-grade through eighth-grade students who hold a strong interest in mathematics and are eager to learn more. (Update September 13: Fall enrollment has exceeded initial expectation andÂ is now closed with 24 students participating. There is a wait list of 15 students.)
Free to attendees, the GCMC seeks to deepen and broaden participantsâ€™ mathematical discovery and understanding as well as strengthen their ability to be successful in mathematics, according to Math Circle Director, Kristine Roinestad, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. GCMC was formed under the umbrella of the Central Kentucky Mathematical Circles.
The Georgetown College Math Circle will hold six Sunday afternoon meetings each semester from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in a Georgetown College classroom located in the Asher Science Center, which houses the Collegeâ€™s Natural and Life Sciences Division.
â€śGeorgetown College faculty volunteer their time and talents in leading these sessions,â€ť said Dr. Roinestad, adding, â€śGCMC meetings excite student interest in math and science as well as help them become tomorrowâ€™s mathematicians, scientists, engineers, medical researchers, economists, actuaries, and more.â€ť
The admission process involves the student and his or her parents/guardians completing an online application and the studentâ€™s teacher submitting a recommendation. The plan originally wasÂ to accommodateÂ 15 students per semester, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. That numberÂ has beenÂ raised to 24 due to the excellent response.
For additional information, including downloadable forms, interested parents are encouraged to check the Georgetown College Math Circle website.
In the U.S., the first Math Circle was established in Cambridge, MA, in 1994, followed by the UC Berkeley Math Circle in 1998. Spurred by their success, colleges and universities throughout the United States founded math circles in their respective communities.