About the Mathletes Program
The FGCU Mathletes summer camp is a program for bright and talented middle school students interested in investigating concepts in mathematics that are not usually introduced at the middle school level. The program focuses on improving problem solving abilities, strengthening communication skills and developing collaboration and leadership skills. The setup of the program will provide an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for middle school students to enhance their mathematical interests through early experience and exposure to STEM related careers. Participants will meet professionals in the field of mathematics, computer science, chemistry and engineering.
Summer 2017 Information
Location and Date: Florida Gulf Coast University. Monday, July 31st, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017 Full Day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Acceptance and non-acceptance letters will be mailed by May 15th, 2017.
All students entering 7th and 8th grades in 2017-2018 school year are invited to apply for the program.
We accept applications until May 1st, 2017. However, our program may be filled before the application deadline as we do admissions on a rolling basis. We highly encourage you to fill out online application and send in all your application materials early, as enrollment is limited to 30 openings.
2016 Summer Camp Guest Speakers
Eng. Gabe Gabriell.: TO INFINITY and BEYOND: The Shuttle, Astronauts Living on the ISS, Rovers on Mars, and Future of the Space Program with Astronauts Traveling to Mars as well as Dreams, Goals, and Enjoying Life.
Eng. Gabe Gabrielle is a former Director of Engineering for the US Air Force's Special Operations Command. He was formerly employed by AECOM under the Institutional Service Contract as an Engineer II for Kennedy Space Center and currently assigned to NASA's Speakers Bureau. He has visited thousands of schools in USA and other foreign countries on the Space Program as well as dreams, goals, believing in themselves, and enjoying life. For the past 14 years he served as a member of Kennedy Space Center's Disability Awareness and Action Working Group (DAAWG). Mr Gabrielle corresponds regularly with over 400 teachers and schools across the country and overseas with updates on the Space Program. He has received the Central Florida Aerospace Academy's Ray Lien Award for Excellence In Aerospace Education and an Award of Excellence by the Brevard County School Board in for the support to schools and students. In 2007, he addressed a National Press Audience on mentoring students with disabilities and The Governor's Commission on Disabilities, representing numerous groups to bring awareness of areas of concern. He has presented to the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens in 2007 and 2008, and Visited the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine in May 2009 and August 2011; addressed the students on overcoming obstacles, achieving goals and the Space Program.
Dr. Katie Johnson. "The Mathematics of Games: Types, Probabilities, and Winning Strategies"
Dr. Johnson grew up in Tampa, FL, where she graduated three years early, and then proceeded to the College of William and Mary in Virginia to major in mathematics with a minor in computer science. From there, she attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a master's degree in 2009 and a PhD in 2012. Dr. Johnsonwas the recipient of a national scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and has also participated in many research programs, including the Clay Math Institute's Research Academy (high school), the National Security Agency's Director's Summer Program (college), and the Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures in Montreal (graduate school). She is currently teaching at Florida Gulf Coast University in sunny Fort Myers (AKA Dunk City) and is enjoying fixing up a 1920 craftsman bungalow with her husband Brian (also a mathematician) and pointer dog Maggie.
Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney. "Shape Analysis: Differences in Skeletons of Males and Females"
Dr. Walsh-Haney is an associate professor and program leader for the Department of Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the consulting forensic anthropologist for eight (8) Florida Medical Examiner Districts. Heather has supervised 22 graduate students (over the span of 8 years) and been the principle investigator for over 500 forensic anthropology cases. Dr. Walsh-Haney is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 FGCU Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Emerging Forensic Scientist Award and the Ruth O. McQuown Fellowship. She has published, presented her work and testified in criminal prosecutions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and Bermuda.