Hello 2018 Campers and Parents/Guardians!

We had a very successful, fun Student Math Circle Summer Camp! We want to thank our sponsors: State Farm Insurance  and the Mathematical Association of America‘s Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants! Of course, we can’t provide this wonderful, free of charge event without the support of the University of Northern Colorado and the School of Mathematical Sciences.



During our 2018 Summer Math Camp, co-directors of the Northern Colorado Math Circles, Dr. Gulden Karakok (UNC faculty member) and Ms. Elizabeth Sasse (Valley High School Math teacher) facilitated sessions and oversaw the logistics. 

We are very excited that Dr. Amanda Serenevy joined our camp to facilitate additional sessions this summer. Dr. Serenevy is the executive director of the Riverband Community Math Center and has various experiences running math outreach activities in the country.

Ms. Jenna Krieschel, a doctoral student in the School of Mathematical Sciences, helped with logistics and helped with facilitation of math sessions.

Our undergraduate mentors provided guidance to students all day. We selected 6 amazing undergraduate mentors for Summer Math Camp students. These undergraduate mentors worked in pairs with 8 students throughout the day. Here are short bios/notes from our mentors! They were so EXCITED to meet you, campers!

Jenna Krieschel

Hi, Jenna here!  I am a PhD student in Educational Mathematics here at UNC.I was raised in Jefferson County Colorado and I am so happy to be back after 7 years at the University of Wyoming.  This will be my first year working with Math Circles.  I can’t wait to see all the amazing things these students can do when they explore mathematics.  It is so incredible to see what new ideas others can think of as solutions to the same problem and learning from others.

Mentors for Solvesauruses

Hannah Alexander

Hannah Alexander is a student currently pursuing an elementary education major and a mathematics minor at the University of Northern Colorado. She has served as a mentor for UNC’s Math Circle’s Summer Camp for the past two years and loves being able to help students learn how to problem solve and think critically. Hannah’s drive to become a teacher started when she volunteered in high school for her local church’s after school program where she led lessons, games, and crafts. Ever since, she has believed that learning should be fun and looks forward to seeing every student’s face light up with every “aha” moment she can help them have. In her free time, Hannah plays video games and crafts as well as hangs around family preparing for camping in the summer. She is eager to work with the students and with her colleagues at Math Circles again.

Lars Basey
Hello, my name is Lars Basey and I am super excited to be a mentor this summer! I am an Elementary Education Major with a Math Emphasis and a Music Minor. I grew up in Lyons Colorado and have always loved math. Ever since Elementary School I have always wanted to try and tackle the hardest math problems. Math is challenging and that is why I enjoy it so much. I also love helping students investigate different problems and seeing their creativity. That is why I am super excited for the opportunity to be a mentor this year!

Mentors for Math Panthers

Adrian Ramirez

Hello, my name is Adrian Ramirez. This is my second year mentoring at the Math Circle camp. I was born in Dallas, Texas, but I spent most of my time in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am a Mathematics Secondary Education major with an ELL Endorsement. All throughout Elementary and Middle school, I was pretty good at math, but once I got into high school, I found myself struggling more and more in math. However, I found myself more invested in math because I was finally being challenged. I love being challenged and pushed. For me, there is no greater challenge than doing mathematics.

Mariah Cordova

Hi my name is Mariah Cordova. I am an Elementary Education major with an emphasis in math and science. Throughout Elementary school I was good at math and enjoyed it. Going into middle and high school although I struggled in math continuously, I loveed how I was being challenged. I became more interested in math when I started exploring different ways to solve problems. I hope that as a teacher I can help students be creative, be challenged, and have fun when doing math.

Mentors for Number Ninjas

Lorraine Franco

Hello! My name is Lorraine and I am so excited to be a mentor for the second time for this year’s Student Math Circle. I am currently a senior at UNC studying mathematics and will be graduating in May 2019. Teaching and working with students is a passion of mine and has been since I was in high school. I love to get hands-on with math and help others explore all the wonderful and complex concepts math has to offer. Problem-solving has become a passion of mine and I hope to extend that same passion to my students. Like I said, I’m very excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started this June. See you all then!

Isaiah Vahlenkamp

Hi! My name is Isaiah Vahlenkamp and I am an elementary education major with an emphasis in mathematics. My favorite thing to do is travel and explore new places. I have been to 18 countries and this summer I am heading to Japan and Iceland (separate trips). This is my first year doing math circles, but I am ecstatic to be doing it. I think math is so much fun and I can’t wait to start math camp this summer! I am super friendly and kind, so if you see me feel free to say hello 😊.

Tentative daily schedule of the camp 

9:00-10:15  Math 1 (Ross Hall 2090)

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Math 2 (Ross Hall 2090; on Thursday we will be in Ross 2270)

11:45-12:45 Lunch (Holmes Dining Hall)

12:45-2:00 Math 3 (Ross Hall 2090 or outside)

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30 Math 3 (Ross Hall 2090 or outside)


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