Our People

Our program is run by generous volunteers from the University of Maryland and beyond. Contact us if you would be interested in future event organization, speaking, or volunteering.

Summer Program Leaders

Sarah Burnett is a fifth year PhD candidate in the AMSC program. She learned about Girls Talk Math from one of the founders and mentor, Dr. Francesca Bernardi, and volunteered full-time at their program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2017. In 2018, she started a sister chapter at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD) with the help of Cara Peters. For the past two years, Sarah has been directing the program. In 2019, she lead curriculum development at UMD to tailor the material to the interests of undergraduate and graduate students who make up the most involved volunteers. She has created material on dynamical systems and intends to make more accessible inquiry-based packets. Along with directing this program she has mentored numerous students interested in STEM, lead physics demonstrations for diversity events, and volunteers at Maryland Day.

Angela Robinson [NIST] completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Baylor University. She continued her studies at Florida Atlantic University, completing her Master of Science and PhD in Mathematics, and the FAU Cyber Security Graduate Certificate. Her research interests include post-quantum cryptography and zero knowledge proofs. As a graduate student, she participated in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) in Summer 2016. Now, she is a mathematician in the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she is contributing to the current NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization effort.

Victoria Whitley is a second year graduate student in the Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Scientific Computing program at the University of Maryland (UMD). She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Women Studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 2019. As an undergraduate at UNC, she helped start the founding Girls Talk Math Program under Drs. Francesca Bernardi and Katrina Morgan, volunteering with their program from 2016 - 2018. In 2019, she joined UMD as a graduate student and became co-director for UMD’s Girls Talk Math program. She is also the treasurer for UMD’s Women in Mathematics group (WIM). Looking forward, Victoria hopes to pursue research in computational fluid dynamics and to continue to mentor other women in math, as so many have mentored her thus far.

Jiajing Guan (JJ) is a second year PhD candidate in the AMSC program. She graduated from George Mason University in 2019. As a researcher, she is interested in numerical methods for PDEs. As a female mathematician, she wants to encourage young generations of girls to engage in STEM fields without societal prejudice. She recently joined Girls Talk Math after talking to her classmate Victoria. She is excited for the future events to come.

Faculty Advisors

Konstantina Trivisa

Prof. Trivisa is a joint professor of the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST). She was also selected as ADVANCE Professor and Leadership Fellow at the University of Maryland for her work on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Rodrigo Treviño

Prof. Treviño is a professor of the Department of Mathematics. He has advised in the curriculum development for the program at Maryland. He is currently working on establishing a Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Department of Mathematics.

Past Winter Program Leaders

2019: Sarah Burnett and Angela Robinson

Past Summer Program Leaders

2019: Sarah Burnett and Cara Peters

2018: Sarah Burnett and Cara Peters

University Library Resources

We graciously thank the support and participation we get from the library and media resource staff. Particularly, we like to thank Lealin Queen for the instructions on how to brainstorm and technically record a podcast. Also, for preparing the facilities and advising on podcasting. We also thank our STEM librarians Jodi Coalter and Sarah Over for their instructions on how to edit Wikipedia pages and how to properly conduct research of our famous mathematicians.

Founders of Girls Talk Math

Cara Peters [UMD], Francesca Bernardi [UNC], Sarah Burnett [UMD], and Katrina Morgan [UNC].