Imagine spending a month at another college or university in a beautiful setting, with professors and mathematics teachers who are experts at communicating their love of mathematics and problem solving. And of course, you'll make friends with the other undergraduate counselors whose backgrounds will be both similar to and different from your own.
Your primary responsibility will be the health, safety and positive experiences of the students in your charge.
This will keep you very busy, especially when classes and lectures are not in session, e.g., early morning, early afternoon, and evening.
You will need to know, at any moment, the approximate spatial coordinates of each student under your charge. Typically you will have 8–9 counselees.
But more than that, you get to attend scintillating lectures and classes, meet distinguished mathematicians, and talk math as much as you want. You will get to meet and mentor some of the mathematics stars of the future, discussing math with them, helping them think about problems from their classes, and telling them about life at your college or university. Counselors often act as assistants in the "breakout" courses, and possibly you will get to run a course of your own.
In addition, you will be exposed to some of the important issues of mathematics education, such as how to illustrate deep ideas simply and how to entice young minds and develop their tenacity.
Finally, counselors help with some record keeping duties, assist the Managing Director in ensuring that the program rules are observed, and help to organize athletic and social activities and weekend trips.
Along with other experiences you may acquire in other summers or during term time (e.g., research, study abroad, a thesis), MathPath can help give you a very broad and attractive resume.
The base counselor salary at MathPath 2017 will be $3000.
Counselors returning for their 2nd year receive $3250.
Counselors returning for their 3rd year or more receive $3500.
Counselors arrive on the Friday 2 days before students arrive and depart on the Tuesday 2 days after students leave. Travel allowance, meals, and a single room in the dormitory are provided.
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