RE students join inaugural Girls are for STEM program
Nine girls from Ransom Everglades accepted invitations from the University of Miami to join an inaugural "Girls are for STEM" program designed to expose high-performing students to modern abstract math, prepare them for upper-level math courses and allow them opportunities to network with other talented young female students.
Chloe Alfonso '24, Valentina Herrera Ponce de Leon '24, Skye McPhillips '24, Dylan Miner '23, Sofia Miranda '23, Victoria Miranda '24, Lauren Scott '24, Maya Shaked '24 and Stephanie Wallen '24 – will travel to the UM campus weekly this fall to take either Introduction to Abstract Algebra or Introduction to Probability Theory. Their work, which kicks off September 12, will be overseen by advisor Karen Key and STEM Department Chair Doug Heller '80.
They were among a group of students nominated by Ransom Everglades faculty to participate in the program, which will also include students from Miami-Palmetto Senior High and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart.
The program is led by visiting professor Mina Teicher, the director of the Advancing Women in Mathematics across the Americas (WIMSA) program, a major initiative of Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas (IMSA). Robert Stephen Cantrell, the chair of the department of mathematics at UM, and Ludmil Katzarkov, a UM math professor, serve as director and co-director of IMSA, respectively.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.