Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students

July 28, 2015

The Department of Mathematics was honored to take part in the 2nd annual SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students, held from July 3 to 21 at the SFU Burnaby campus.

The camp gathered 26 aboriginal students in grades 8 to 11 from across the lower mainland, to help improve their science, math and english skills, and introduce them to life as a university student.

A typical week included academic classes, guest speakers, campus tours, cultural activities and recreational games.

Veselin Jungic, the Senior Lecturer and the Associate Chair of the Department of Mathematics, was involved in organizing the camp. He explains “The camp provides an opportunity for students to improve critical academic knowledge, gain self-confidence and experience a university setting. I have been told that it is a life-changing experience for many of the students."

In addition to the Department of Mathematics, the camp was co-sponsored by the NSERC PromoScience Program, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Office for Aboriginal Peoples and the IRMACS Centre.

Pictured below is Brenda Davison, Lecturer from the Department of Mathematics, teaching participants how to play the card game, SET. The students quickly mastered the game and as you can see from the photo below - they truly enjoyed the workshop.

To view the camp website click here. To read an article on the camp by The Peak click here.