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Mentors of the MathMentor

The MathMentor
An Online Mentoring Program for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

The Math Forum @ Drexel is offering the MathMentor, an online mentoring program that is designed to expand students' career aspirations and help them to develop interest in math, science and technology.

The MathMentor is sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and will include a limited number of 200 high-achieving, low-income students.

The participants of the MathMentor will be part of an online community that will be thinking, learning and doing challenging mathematics. This community will consist of the students and a group of experienced mentors who will support and guide the students as they learn more about math in a fun, and innovative way.

The mentors will also encourage the students to make connections with math applications and math related careers. The mentors will provide the students with opportunities to interact with college students and math professionals.

Is the MathMentor what you are looking for?

  • Are you interested in learning about exciting and rewarding careers that you never knew about?
  • Do you avoid thinking about certain careers because of the math involved?
  • Would you like to meet people who work in careers related to math, science and technology, who will share their stories and experiences and help you prepare to join them?
  • Do you like math but wish that you could enjoy it more and learn it the way that suits you best?
  • Do you want to increase your self-confidence and achievement level in math?
  • Do you want to explore math in a fun and innovative way and with a group of students like you?

Who are the students eligible to participate in this program?

  • 9th and 10th grade students (Students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2007 are also eligible)
  • High-achieving
  • Low-income
  • With good Internet access (Through the library or school is fine)

When does the MathMentor Program take place?

The MathMentor offers year-long open enrollment. The goal of the program is to build long-term relationships within a community of math learners. After a period of successful enrollment, the students will be able to take a leadership role in the community and become mentors to other students.

Is there a monetary compensation for participating in this program?

We will provide modest support and rewards that encourage student participation (e.g. memory sticks, T-shirts). The value of the rewards will increase the longer the students choose to stay enrolled in the program. During the course of their enrollment, we expect that the students will develop more self-confidence and increase their achievement level in math. These gains will be the primary reward of long-term participation in the MathMentor program.

How to apply?

You can complete the application online.

Or you can send your application by mail:

  • Download a PDF version of the application form.
  • Include a short statement written by the student that answers these two questions:
    1. Why do you want to participate in this program?
    2. If you are part of a group of students learning together, what can you do to make your group stronger?
  • Include a letter from a teacher or a counselor explaining why the student is a good candidate for the program and verifying the student's low-income status.

Mail applications to:
The MathMentor
The Math Forum @ Drexel
3210 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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