Jonah and Alice give students feedback

Dramatis Personae

Who are the people that make MathILy-Er happen?

Mostly it's students (perhaps you?), but there are also instructors (see below).
We are assisted by the members of our Advisory Amalgam.
The program itself is a project of the nonprofit organization Mathematical Staircase, Inc. which has a board of directors.

Here is the 2019 lineup:

Dr. Alice Mark, MathILy-Er director and Lead Instructor (contact Alice)
Alice is a postdoc at Rutgers University. Her main mathematical interest is group theory, and her favorite kind of groups are reflection groups. She has assisted in several inquiry-based learning college classes, has presented at the Austin Math Circle, has worked with the University of Chicago Young Scholars Program, and was an Apprentice Instructor at MathILy-Er 2015 as well as a Lead Instructor at MathILy-Ers 2016--2018.


Dr. Jonah Ostroff, Lead Instructor
Jonah is a senior lecturer in the math department at the University of Washington. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at Brandeis University in 2013 after studying at Carleton College. His research is focused on enumerative graph theory and permutation patterns, but he's also pretty into the mathematics of games and elections. He was a student of the MathILy director at the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics in 2002 and 2003, before which he thought math was only kind of okay. (He has since changed his mind.) Jonah has taught at various Math Circles for the last decade, and directed and taught at MathILy-Ers 2015--2018. He knows all the digits of 22/7.

Dr. Cathy Hsu, Instructor
Cathy is a postdoc at the University of Bristol after finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses primarily on congruences between modular forms and arithmetic statistics, both areas of algebraic number theory. Cathy was very active in the Association for Women in Mathematics at UO and supervised several undergraduate projects related to group theory and number theory as part of the AWM Undergraduate Reading Program. While she (sadly) never attended a summer math program as a student, Cathy is excited to be back at MathILy-Er 2019.


Josh Mundinger, Apprentice Instructor
Josh is a graduate student at the University of Chicago. He loves to listen to and play the piano, and can often be found singing Beethoven to himself. He participated enthusiastically in MathILy 2013 and was an Apprentice Instructor for MathILys 2017 and 2018.

Corrine Yap, Apprentice Instructor
Corrine is a mathematics graduate student at Rutgers University planning to specialize in discrete mathematics. She graduated in May 2016 from Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated on both mathematics and theatre. Although on a Ph.D track, she still hopes to pursue her acting and playwriting interests; her main project is a one-woman show about Sofia Kovalevskaya that incorporates math, music, movement, and foreign languages (see her website for production photos!). She was the MathILy PRiME in 2014 and a MathILy Apprentice Instructor 2015--2018.


Emi Brawley, Apprentice Instructor
Emi is graduating this spring from Stony Brook University, where she is studying mathematics and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Mathematically, she is mostly interested in analysis, particularly geometric measure theory; non-mathematically, she likes knitting and the Great British Bake Off. She participated in MathILy 2013.

Connor Halleck-Dube, Apprentice Instructor
Connor is a graduating senior at Yale University studying mathematics. He'll be starting his PhD in the fall in algebra/algebraic geometry/number theory. He likes computers, fiction, strategy games, and most other nerdy things. In his free time, he has done theatrical sound engineering, and his favorite non-mathematics classes were "The Chinese Tradition" and "Control, Privacy, Security." The best mathematical vocabulary word is thrackle.


Rebecca Rohrlich, Apprentice Instructor
Rebecca is a senior math major and computer science minor at Smith College. Her current mathematical interests are geometry, graph theory, and theoretical computer science (but really, she's into any problems that she finds cool). She went to many (non-mathematical) summer camps as a kid, and was a counselor at PROMYS last summer. She loves cats, swimming, drawing, and writing.

JD House, Apprentice Instructor
JD is beginning his PhD in math in the Fall, likely working in either geometry or combinatorics (or probability, statistics, or maybe topology... we'll say undecided). As of the Spring, he is working on his final year at Arizona State University and will graduate in May. JD loves board games and problem-solving, and he's excited to share the wonders of math with more students!

Samuel Wilson, PRiME (Protector and Responder in the MathILy-Er Environment)
Sam is a rising senior at Carson-Newman University studying Math and Physics. His main mathematical interests are in abstract algebra, group theory, and logic. Outside of math, Sam enjoys music, board games, painting, and baking bread.

MathILy, MathILy-Er, and MathILy-EST are projects of the nonprofit organization Mathematical Staircase, Inc..