Photo of outreach programs PLUM, SWiM, GEM, MEEHS


GEM (Girls Exploring Math) is a mathematics enrichment program and research study through Duke. The free program includes Saturday math enrichment workshops that focus on encouraging middle school girls to explore math.  At these workshops, participants work on challenging puzzles to build problem-solving skills and engage with math outside of the standard school curriculum. Participants also discuss gender stereotypes and the current environment for women in math.


Summer Workshop in Mathematics (SWiM) is a nine-day workshop for rising senior high school students who are interested in mathematics, with a particular focus on advancing female participation in math.  All students currently in their junior year of high school located in the US and Canada are eligible to apply.  Females and others committed to female participation in math are encouraged to apply.


In Mathematics Employment Experience for High School Students (MEEHS), teams of high school students, teachers and researchers work together on mathematical problems and exposition during a week of the summer.  This year's problem was data on 42 similar cases involving one prosecutor. The prosecutor has a pool of eligible jurors of variable sizes and may strike a variable number of eligible jurors off the jury. The data includes the number of African American jurors in each pool and the number of African American jurors struck by the prosecutor. It is illegal to strike jurors for being black. The question is: did the prosecutor break the law?  Check here to see what they decided


The Public Lectures Unveiling Math (PLUM) lecture series are aimed at general audience and focused on promoting mathematics in general by presenting inspiring stories about mathematics. They could be based on an incredible journey for finding fundamental truths or could be about how mathematics is used for real world applications.

The PLUM is currently supported by the generosity of Goh Peng Ooi, Duke Math, and by Duke iiD.  Check out past speakers we've had here.