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Grad students offer advanced math classes for IHS students

The Senior Math Seminar is a class on advanced mathematics that is designed for high-school students who have taken most (or all) of the mathematics classes available at Ithaca High School. It meets at the high school for one period during school hours three days a week and is taught by three mathematics graduate students from Cornell.

The purpose of the seminar is to introduce high-school students to topics that they would typically not see until college and to increase the number of high school students who major in mathematics in college. In addition, the seminar allows graduate students to practice their skills communicating advanced mathematical ideas in simpler terms.

Math professor Dan Barbasch provided oversight of the seminar this year, working together with Ithaca High School math teacher Severin Drix. Funding for graduate student instructors’ stipends was paid this year through funding from the Department of Mathematics and Center for Applied Mathematics (read more).

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