The Women and Math Mentoring Program is always seeking for new mentors. We are looking for professional
women from the Triangle area who have careers in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, or
other math-related fields. This is a great mentoring program and if you decide to participate you will
find the experience quite rewarding! We are not math tutors!! If you would like to become a Math Mentor
or if you have any additional questions, please complete the
Mentor Application Form and send it to any of the
contacts listed on the contacts page.
NC Women and Mathematics Program
The Women and Math Mentoring Program was created to inspire and encourage young women to continue their
study of mathematics, and to learn about careers in which mathematics plays a key role.
The Program links small groups of two to three 8th-grade girls with local female professionals pursuing
Through monthly interactions during the spring semester of the school year, the girls learn about their
mentor's job, career and lifestyle.
The Women and Math Mentoring Program's objectives are to:
Expand students' awareness of mathematics and science related careers.
Increase students' self-confidence in mathematics.
Develop students' appreciation for mathematics.
Encourage students to take challenging mathematics courses in high school and to participate in
summer enrichment programs in science and mathematics.
Develop students' skills in communicating and collaborating.
Foster knowledge-sharing relationships between adult women and young women with common interests.
Students and mentors may participate in the following activities:
Program Kick-Off Night, where mentors meet students and their parents and learn about the upcoming
A visit to the mentor's workplace, followed by lunch or a snack.
Math and Computer Science Career Awareness Day (aka Marjorie Lee Browne Day), for students and
mentors includes a keynote speech, workshops conducted by women employed in math-related careers in
the Triangle, a mentor coffee hour, panel discussions by mentors on careers, lunch, and a math
competition with prizes.
Informal mentor-student discussions on future mathematics coursework, summer enrichment programs,
and possible careers.
Field trips to mathematics-related places of interest such as The Virtual Reality Lab at UNC-CH, the
Primate Center in Durham, or the annual Engineering Fair.
A mentor-guided group scrapbooking project involving mathematics, science, and/or computer science.
A concluding event at NCCU, M3: Mentoring Madness in May, for students, mentors, and parents.
Students share their mentoring experiences and projects with the whole group. The finale is a big game
and puzzle competition with prizes for the winning teams!
(See the Calendar for specific dates times and places)
Program planning is done by the Women and Math Mentoring Coordinating Team, which is led by Director Tina
Ewing is made up of women in math-related professions who have been mentoring in the program for several years.
The Coordinating Team is responsible for:
Maintaining the relationship with school administrators. Under the supervision of the Durham County
Schools Program Specialists, mathematics teachers and chairs will be asked to nominate six 8th-grade
girls from each middle school. Students' interest and enthusiasm for mathematics and science will be
the basis for selection.
Recruiting mentors and organizing Mentor Orientation. Mentor Orientation will take place on a Saturday
morning in November. Mentors will be given training and materials. Using the students' application
forms, they will choose two or three students from the same school. Orientation will end with the
formation of Mentor Groups, which link up new mentors with experienced mentors, providing a peer
Organizing Program Kick-Off Night, Marjorie Lee Browne Day, and M3: Mentoring Madness in May