MaQS (Mathematics, the Queen of Sciences), A Summer Commuter Math and Science Camp
June 4-7, 2012, 9am-4pm; June 8, 2012, 9am - noon, at Troy University Dothan Campus, AL.
Follow-up meeting - September 28, 2012 (9am-noon).
Funded by Troy University and a grant from
Mathematical Association of America Tensor Foundation.

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The following are the articles copied from media coverage:

Here is a story that ran on Fox News with the title "TROY Dothan hosts math and science camp for girls":

Here is a link for an article about our Summer Commuter Math and Science Camp in Dothan Eagle:

Thursday, May 3, 2012| Girls' math camp aims to break barriers

By: Jim Cook | Dothan Eagle
Published: May 02, 2012

A Troy University summer camp will help girls negotiate obstacles in the real world to female achievement in math and science careers.

Troy's Dothan campus will hold "Mathematics: The Queen of Sciences" June 4-8. The camp is for rising seventh and eighth grade girls, and is designed to inspire them to pursue careers in math and science-related fields.

According to a National Science Foundation's Research on Gender in Science and Engineering study, gender stereotypes tend to discourage girls from pursuing careers in math and science. The study found that in elementary grades, girls and boys have a similar enthusiasm for math and science careers (66 percent of girls, 68 percent of boys). By eighth grade, boys are twice as interested in science and math careers as girls. The study says gender stereotypes that cast science and math as men's pursuits cause the drop in enthusiasm for the subjects as students age.

Vijaya Gompa, chair of Troy Dothan's math department, said offering curriculum that fits how girls learn, giving them reinforcement in spatial and logic skills, is important to stoke their interest in math and science, but breaking down gender bias is also key.

"Most of the things are cultural, we have to overcome the culture barrier," Gompa said.

At the camp, students will take lessons in engineering, aerospace engineering, robotics and art, and learn how math relates to each. Students will also hear presentations from women working in these fields, including presenters from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Marshall Space Flight Center.

"All of the disciplines depend on mathematics," Gompa said.

The camp will accept 20 girls. To apply, students should contact Gompa at or at 334-983-6556 (ext. 1-387). Applications are due May 17.