Over the past seven days I have experienced both aspects of what it is
like to be a student at the Duke campus, and also a Mathematics Major.
Being a young woman interested STEM I have been a minority within my
courses of interest. This at times has hindered my confidence in my
capability to strive towards more advanced math and science courses.
However, the SWIM 2016 opportunity has brought to my attention that it
does not matter if I am in the minority or the majority. In the end it
is just numbers, and I am the one who must seek aid, education, and
knowledge for myself, not the boy(or girl) sitting next to me. I would
personally like to display my gratitude in your funding for this
program. This is an amazing opportunity for rising senior young women
to experience college life and the grand field of mathematics. Without
the financial assistance I would not have gotten the chance to attend
this eye-opening workshop. I hope this camp is able to further
influence young women to pursue opportunities in STEM throughout the
following years. Once again, thank you very much.
Dear Anonymous Donor,
Let me begin by giving you my utmost thank you for providing the necessary means to create the Duke Summer Workshop in Mathematics!
Even though we are only on the second day of this camp (I just wanted to make sure I did not forget this email), I wanted to express
my gratitude. There are not many programs that are specifically related to certain subjects, especially one in mathematics.
Mathematics is incredibly important for my future field of study- animal science. I have learned so much about both myself this week
and math! There are so many different types of applications that math has to life, like in biology and in real life situations.
I will pull the things I have learned this week and a half for every new thing and situation I encounter in the future. The ability
to participate in this spectacular program will hopefully open more doors for my academic future when applying to classes and also
helping me transition into the new environment of college. Again, thank you so much for the ability to have such an amazing
opportunity for women in such a male dominated field. This summer program has helped me feel much more comfortable in sharing my
ideas with peers, and I wish to use these skills when participating in college discussions. I hope that I will see this program in
many years to come so I can recommend it to friends.