# PRIMES Circle: Coordinators and Mentors

## Message from PRIMES Circle coordinators Marisa Gaetz and Mary Stelow

Menezes Challenge PRIMES Circle is a wonderful way for high school students to learn fun and exciting mathematics that isn’t normally covered in school. As a Circle Scholar, you will work with a tight-knit group of peers under the mentorship of a knowledgeable and friendly MIT undergrad, who can answer your questions about math, college life, and MIT. You will be able to study topics that are tailored to your background and interests, and to find new areas of exploration that particularly excite you. PRIMES Circle will expand your way of thinking and help you grow as a student and mathematician. You’ll leave the program with new knowledge, problem solving skills, and the support of the Circle community. We’re excited to be the new coordinators of PRIMES Circle and look forward to receiving your applications.

## Message from Peter Haine, Program Coordinator in 2018-2020

*Welcome to PRIMES Circle!*

Now a well-established program, PRIMES Circle is a wonderful way for motivated high school students to learn mathematics. You will work in small groups under the mentorship of MIT undergrads to learn about really interesting mathematical theories that you wouldn't normally be exposed to in school. Since the groups are small, learning is much more personalized than in the classroom. Topics are tailored to your background and your mentor can make sure that you understand the material and are able to ask questions about and explore directions that interest you. You'll also really get to know the other students in your group and learn from each other. PRIMES Circle will expand your way of thinking and help you grow as a student and mathematician. I'm excited to be the new coordinator of PRIMES Circle and look forward to receiving your applications.

I hope to see you at PRIMES Circle!

## Message from Isabel Vogt, Program Coordinator in 2014-2018

*Welcome to PRIMES Circle!*

In its fourth year, PRIMES Circle remains a unique program for motivated high school students. At PRIMES Circle, we will meet you where you are mathematically, and then guide you as you learn new mathematical theories and tackle new types of problems. This will certainly challenge you, but it will also push you to develop as a student and a mathematician, and to achieve even more.

I look forward to your applications!

## Message from Dr. Chelsea Walton, Program Coordinator in 2013-2014

This exciting after-school program provides a wonderful opportunity for you to explore fascinating mathematical theories, such as graph theory, knot theory, or game theory. Working in small groups with other talented students under the guidance of MIT undergrads, you will discover the beauty of the mathematical way of thinking and the thrill of solving a challenging problem.

At PRIMES Circle, you will meet brilliant mathematicians, from professors to undergraduate students, who will guide your interest and help you achieve professional heights.

The new coordinator, Isabel Vogt, was a mentor for PRIMES Circle for the first two years of the program. During this time she ran an excellent course on The Game of Sprouts, which has connections to both graph theory and topology. I could not think of a better replacement as Program Coordinator.

## Past Coordinators and Mentors

### 2022

- Merrick Cai
- Jung Soo (Victor) Chu
- Preston Cranford
- Paige Dote
- Aparna Gupte
- Alexandra Hoey
- Gabrielle Kaili-May Liu
- Kerri Lu
- Yuyuan Luo
- Rachana Madhukara
- Ariana Park
- John Shackleton
- Jeremy Smithline

### 2021

- Jordan Benson
- Talia Blum
- Merrick Cai
- Jung Soo (Victor) Chu
- Preston Cranford
- Eli Garcia
- Katie Gravel
- Alexandra Hoey
- Gabrielle Kaili-May Liu
- Rachana Madhukara
- Rebecca Nelson
- Ariana Park

### 2020

- Bernardo Hernández Adame
- Jung Soo (Victor) Chu
- Kenneth Cox
- Marisa Gaetz
- Agustín García
- Maya Sankar
- Natasha Ter-Saakov
- Zhuofan Xie

### 2019

- Marisa Gaetz
- Agustin García
- Daniel León Jiménez
- Radha Mastandrea
- Uma Roy
- Maya Sankar
- Michael Tang

### 2018

- Marisa Gaetz
- Margalit Glasgow
- Alexis Oriole
- Dr. Dhruv Ranganathan
- Uma Roy
- Matthew Weiss
- Joseph Zurier

### 2017

- Lara Booth
- Ying Gao
- Uma Roy
- Alexis Slattery
- Miguel Young de la Sota
- Adela Zhang
- Joseph Zurier

### 2016

- Colin Aitken
- Ying Gao
- Alberto Hernandez
- Gergely Odor
- Uma Roy
- Adela YiYu Zhang
- Wentong Zhang (Harvard University)

### 2015

- Justin Cavitt (Harvard University)
- Zoe Hitzig (Harvard University)
- Zehra Naz (Harvard University)
- Patrick Ryan (Harvard University)
- Veronica Salazar
- Kristi Tausk
- Leon Zhang

### 2014

- Lanqing Li
- Kristi Tausk
- Katerina Velcheva

### 2013

- Anirudha Balasubramanian (Harvard University)
- Xiaoyu He (Harvard University)
- Carl Lian
- Isabel Vogt (Harvard University)