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Making Mathematics: Mentored Research Projects for Young Mathematicians
Mission statement
From 1999-2002, Making Mathematics matched students and teachers in grades seven through twelve with professional mathematicians who mentored their work on open-ended mathematics research projects. Although our project has ended, we encourage you to look through our mathematics projects, teacher handbook, and mentor handbook [PDF] for information on pursuing mathematics research projects with middle- and high school students.

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Students at work

At the end of the school year, students in an Algebra 2 class at a Michigan high school displayed posters, computers running programs, physical models, and other examples of their work on mathematics research problems at their school’s “Mathematics Fair”. Chosen from the Making Mathematics Web site, the problems sometimes absorbed students for an entire quarter. Along the way, they got help from mentors across the country, and from their teacher (who had a mentor herself). How did they get here? Here’s the story:

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The work described in this Web site was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (ESI-9818736) from 1999-2002. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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