Dr. Jonah Ostroff,
MathILy-Er director and Lead Instructor (2015--present)
Jonah is a 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 seven years, and directed and taught at MathILy-Ers 2015--2017. He knows all the digits of 22/7.
Apprentice Instructor (2015), Lead Instructor (2016, 2017)
Alice Mark is a postdoc at Arizona State 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 and 2017.
Lucas Van Meter,
Apprentice Instructor (2017)
Lucas is a fourth year graduate student in mathematics at the University of Washington. His research is in the area of algebraic geometry, in particular computer vision and moduli problems. Lucas leads the second year math circle at UW and has mentored undergraduates in the Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab.
Hannah Turner, Apprentice Instructor (2017)
Hannah is a second year graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in knots and 3-manifolds. Hannah was a counselor at PROMYS in 2015 and has supervised independent studies by undergraduates through the Directed Reading Program at UT since 2016.
Michael Daellenbach, Apprentice Instructor (2016)
Michael is entering his senior year at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. He is a math major, computer science minor. He's most interested in algebraic number theory, and thinks combinatorics is pretty cool, too. His favorite math problem is the Collatz problem. Michael has been involved in various summer camps every year since he was six years old. When he isn't doing math, Michael's usually playing board games or watching The Walking Dead.
Kate Borst, Apprentice Instructor (2016)
Kate will be a senior this upcoming fall at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studies mathematics. She's most interested in geometry, but also enjoys combinatorics and graph theory. Last fall, she studied abroad with the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. She loves to travel, scuba dive, and sing with her beloved a cappella group, The Treblemakers.
Arianne Hermida, PRiME 2016, 2017 (Protector and Responder in the MathILy-Er Environment)
Ari is finishing her third year at the University of Washington where she majors in mathematics with a minor in labor studies. She previously served with AmeriCorps as a tutor and math coordinator in a Seattle middle school and now works at UW on a project that maps American social movements in the 20th century. Yet to choose a focus, her favorite topics in mathematics so far include linear algebra and probability.
Ashley Corkill, PRiME 2015 (Protector and Responder in the MathILy-Er Environment)
Ashley is a mathematics major and part of the Honors College at the University of Arizona. She is excited about tabletop (and other) games and historical embroidery and weaving.
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