The Math Corps at CSU: What Is The Math Corps?

What Is The Math Corps?

The Math Corps at CSU is a combined academic enrichment and mentoring program that brings middle and high school students from the greater Cleveland area together, with college students, to learn mathematics from each other, as well as to interact with professional mathematicians in a university setting. We are a branch of the Wayne State University Math Corps, seeking to replicate the tremendous successes of the model they have developed over the course of 20+ years. The Math Corps is based on the dream of creating a self-perpetuating corps of students from middle school through college, who excel academically, hold values that breed success in general, and who, through strong mentoring relationships, pass their knowledge and their values on to younger students, who in turn do the same.

In a world where the dreams of children are so often unfulfilled or not even encouraged, and where the obstacles to success are so daunting, the Math Corps has, from the beginning, been about making a difference and changing lives. At its core, the Math Corps is about a very simple but unwavering belief that all children have a unique and special greatness within them, and that through hard work and a commitment to excellence, as well as with the support of a caring community, this greatness can be realized.

Prospective Members

7th-8th Grade

We are looking for students who will be entering the 7th or 8th grade in the fall semester of 2014. Looking for a fun way to get prepared for the upcoming school year? Want to learn how to play chess from a national chess champion? Enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people? The program is free of charge, meets Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. We provide a light breakfast and lunch can be brown bagged or bought at CSU!

Current High School Students

We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in high school. Interested in a job in an exciting math camp that will be held this summer? Interested in becoming a teacher and looking for instruction from college students and CSU professors? Or do you just love math and love working with fellow students and want to get the feel for college life? Math Corps at CSU is held at Cleveland State University Main Campus in downtown Cleveland.

Pre - Professional

We are looking for students who have had at least one year of college experience. Interested in a career in teaching? Do you love math and have a passion for working with middle and high school aged students? Want to gain valuable experience leading a small group or learning about classroom management? Check out Math Corps at CSU!

Post - Professional

We are also looking for professionals. Do you have a skill or trade that relates to math? Do you have a passion for teaching and enriching students’ lives? Interested in leading and teaching classes in math-related topics? Interested in a unique experience teaching in an urban city with a diverse staff? See what Math Corps at CSU is all about.

A Day In The Life Of Math Corps

The Math Corps Summer Camp, the centerpiece of the Math Corps, is a four-week program that will serve between 80 and 100 students on Cleveland State's campus in the summer of 2014. The program serves cohorts of seventh- and eighth-graders, as well as a group of high school students. College students serve as instructors and mentors. The students are broken into teams, with each team having 10 middle school students, 5 high school students (TAs) and 1 college student (CI) at the head. Each day of the camp has a morning and an afternoon component. In the morning, the focus is entirely on the middle school kids. The CI's and TA's not only serve as teachers and role models, but in many instances, as essentially "big brothers" and "big sisters". In the afternoon, the middle school students participate in a variety of hands-on activities, while the high school students engage in two mathematics courses of their own, at least one of which is an advanced course at the college level.

The middle school students receive instruction delivered by professors, K-12 teachers, college students, and high school students. The high school students spend their mornings as paid Teaching Assistants (TAs), serving as natural role models for the middle school students. In the afternoons TAs are in classes of their own. The students are organized into teams, each consisting of 10 middle school students at the same grade level, one college student who serves as team leader, and 5 TAs who assist the team leader in providing instruction, tutoring, and mentoring for the middle school students.

The participating middle school students are a diverse group with respect to mathematical achievement. A written essay is an important part of their application. In reviewing applications, staff seeks indications of a serious desire to succeed in mathematics as well as evidence that the student is willing to work hard to achieve that success. This aligns with the Math Corps goal to make a real difference in people's lives.

The high school TAs are selected on the basis of their academic record, dedication to learning, communication skills, maturity level and desire to help others. In keeping with the program's long-term commitment to its students, high school students who previously participated in the Math Corps as middle school students are given special consideration.