Getting Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS) Workshops

Due to popular demand, the University of Illinois Graduate Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is holding a series of GEMS workshops both semesters this year! GEMS is a female-focused pair of free workshops for 5th-8th graders on the many ways in which mathematics interacts with and influences the world around us. Our goals are to present interesting math in a fun, hands-on way and encourage students from traditionally underrepresented genders to get engaged with STEM.

This October, 5th-8th grade students can get engaged with math in a pair of free workshops around the theme of Math and Culture:

  • October 12, 1-4 PM: Numbers Aren't Universal: Counting and number systems throughout space and time
  • October 19, 1-4 PM: Mathematics of Poetry: 'Fibonacci' numbers, enumerative combinatorics, and ancient India


If you would like to attend these events, please register using the link above.  Spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to any student who registers. Students may register for one or both of the activities. If your plans change, please let us know at so we can offer your spot to another interested student!

Please note that to be guaranteed a t-shirt, you must register by September 21.

Registration closes on October 4. 

Please contact Dana Neidinger at with any questions you may have.

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We would like to thank our sponsors:

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