UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

Welcome to ORMC

Summer 2024 Quarter Information

Registration for the Summer 2024 classes is  now open. It will close in the morning of Monday, 6/10. If the number of applicants to a level significantly exceeds the number of available openings, we will give applicants an assessment test. The assessment test information will be posted here.

The ORMC Summer quarter program is not open to students attending our regular academic year program. The Summer program is meant to give children outside of our regular ranks a taste of the Math Circle culture.

Attendance policy: if a student misses two or more classes for the reasons we do not find serious enough, such as travel, sports events, etc., we will dis-enroll the student from the program. If you plan to travel in the Summer, please do not apply.

  • First day of classes: Sunday, 6/30.
  • Last day of classes: Sunday, 8/25.
  • All classes will be taught in person.

Summer 2024 quarter levels:

    0. BNP, short for Breaking Numbers Into Parts, the name of the book the classes are based on. The level is for students who will attend grades 1-2 in the Fall 2024. To succeed in the class, a student needs to be able to read and understand word problems without external help.

BNP, part 1:

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Numbers-into-Parts-Second/dp/1727733983/ref=sr_1_2?crid=75BE8M7GGGBN&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.qjU9JupFhLSfYreR1UN9TyFX7Zv-tDtGxnJMNlmPfb3F1rqaZ6SRkRn9KA-uzca97zNi2d6Wr10gA-R4G-dP-nerF_4g1ouZU_PqBRV3-F8O9Dmp25vnq1n89QH1ff5V.gcB-hw1myhkBZt49fRTqJkLIbQNyawkt9aYLhGd6k40&dib_tag=se&keywords=oleg+gleizer&qid=1716143596&s=books&sprefix=oleg+gl%2Cstripbooks%2C126&sr=1-2

BNP, part 2:

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Numbers-into-Parts-Second/dp/1793816557/ref=sr_1_3?crid=75BE8M7GGGBN&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.qjU9JupFhLSfYreR1UN9TyFX7Zv-tDtGxnJMNlmPfb3F1rqaZ6SRkRn9KA-uzca97zNi2d6Wr10gA-R4G-dP-nerF_4g1ouZU_PqBRV3-F8O9Dmp25vnq1n89QH1ff5V.gcB-hw1myhkBZt49fRTqJkLIbQNyawkt9aYLhGd6k40&dib_tag=se&keywords=oleg+gleizer&qid=1716143658&s=books&sprefix=oleg+gl%2Cstripbooks%2C126&sr=1-3

  1. Beginners 1. The level is for students who will attend grades 3-4 in the Fall 2024. The course is based on the book Math Adventures With ORMC, Level 1, From Optical Illusions to Fighting Dragons.

Workbook:

https://www.amazon.com/Math-Adventures-ORMC-Level-Workbook/dp/B09CBDGSND/ref=sr_1_1?crid=75BE8M7GGGBN&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.qjU9JupFhLSfYreR1UN9TyFX7Zv-tDtGxnJMNlmPfb3F1rqaZ6SRkRn9KA-uzca97zNi2d6Wr10gA-R4G-dP-nerF_4g1ouZU_PqBRV3-F8O9Dmp25vnq1n89QH1ff5V.gcB-hw1myhkBZt49fRTqJkLIbQNyawkt9aYLhGd6k40&dib_tag=se&keywords=oleg+gleizer&qid=1716144023&s=books&sprefix=oleg+gl%2Cstripbooks%2C126&sr=1-1

Teacher's companion:

https://www.amazon.com/Math-Adventures-Level-Teachers-Companion/dp/B09CB2JLBC/ref=sr_1_4?crid=75BE8M7GGGBN&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.qjU9JupFhLSfYreR1UN9TyFX7Zv-tDtGxnJMNlmPfb3F1rqaZ6SRkRn9KA-uzca97zNi2d6Wr10gA-R4G-dP-nerF_4g1ouZU_PqBRV3-F8O9Dmp25vnq1n89QH1ff5V.gcB-hw1myhkBZt49fRTqJkLIbQNyawkt9aYLhGd6k40&dib_tag=se&keywords=oleg+gleizer&qid=1716144055&s=books&sprefix=oleg+gl%2Cstripbooks%2C126&sr=1-4

      2. Beginners 2. The level is for students who will attend grades 5-6 in the Fall 2024.

      3. Intermediate 1. The level is for students who will attend grades 7-8 in the Fall 2024.

      4. Intermediate 2. The level is for students who will attend grades 9-10 in the Fall 2024.

      5. Advanced. The level is for students who will attend grades 11-12 in the Fall 2024.

Our curriculum is quite advanced for the students' age, so please apply to a proper level

Spring 2024 Quarter Information

ORMC resumes teaching in person starting 5/12, provided that there are no more outbreaks of violence on UCLA campus. We are prepared to switch back to remote instruction, if things go wrong again.

  • Parents' club meeting: on Sunday, 5/19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in MS 5200, Gregg Murray, Director of Life Planning at Vistamar School, will talk about college admission, followed by Q&A.
  • No classes on Sunday, 5/26, the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Last day of classes: Sunday, 6/2. ORMC will hold a graduation ceremony for seniors students, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in MS 4000A. Prof. Rahul Roy from UCLA Physics Department will give a guest lecture for about an hour, followed by Q&A. Then the seniors will get their diplomas, presents, and possibly say a few words about their plans for the future. All the Advanced classes' students and instructors are invited. Parents are invited subject to the room capacity. This will be followed by a subs-and-soda party for ORMC instructors, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, in grad students' lounge, MS 6620.

Academic year 2023-24 ORMC instructors:

Donations:

Donations form a crucial component of the Circle's budget. Quarterly donations at the level of $300 per student are needed to sustain the high quality of our program.  Please consider ORMC as a part of your giving plans this season! Donations are not a factor in enrollment decisions and do not entitle your child to enrollment.

Schedule:

 

ClassBNPBeginners 1Beginners 2Intermediate 1
Time and room #

A: 10:00 - 10:50 AM

B: 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Both in MS 6221

A: 10:00 - 10:50 AM, MS 3974

B: 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM, MS 6201

C: 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM, MS 3974

A: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, MS 6627

B: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, MS 6229

A: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MS 6221

B: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MS 3974

Fall 2023 school gradeK - 12 - 44 - 66 - 8

 

ClassIntermediate 2Advanced 1Advanced 2Advanced 3AMC 8
Time and room #

A: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MS 6201

B: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MS 6627

A: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MS 6229

B: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MS 5118

4:00 - 6:00 PM 

MS 5127

4:00 - 6:00 PM

MS 5137

1:00 - 3:00 PM

MS 6221

Fall 2023 school grade7 - 98 - 10 10 - 1211 - 125 - 8
ClassAMC 10/12OlympiadsChess club
Time and room #

1:00 - 3:00 PM

MS 3974

1:00 - 3:00 PM

MS 6627

1:00 - 3:00 PM

MS 6201

Fall 2023 school grade9 - 129 - 12K - 12

ORMC Math Videos

Satellite Math Circles

ORMC may designate some Math Circles as ORMC satellites. A request for such a designation should be sent to the ORMC director. To qualify, a Math Circle 

1. has to be free-of-charge for participating students; 

2. have a substantial part, 50% or more, of their curriculum based on the ORMC curriculum; 

3. have instructors with ORMC training; and 

4. operate in close contact with ORMC so that ORMC could attest to the quality of the instruction.

  • An ORMC Advanced 1 student, Lawrence Pang, along with his six friends, continues their ORMC Satellite Program at Wittmann Elementary School. The class was moved to an in-person format, doubling the number of students. The students found the curriculum and Math Circle methods to be vastly more fun and engaging, especially with the in-person format and interpersonal interaction that comes with it. Lawrence and his team plan to continue in-person classes to expand their community impact and help everyone interested get the Math Circle experience.
  • This is the third year that Leonardo (Leo) Lam, currently an Advanced 1 student at ORMC, and his team of assistant instructors are running an ORMC satellite program in the Upland Unified School District. The program began with a Circle at a local high school teaching the ORMC curriculum to math-inclined students from three elementary schools in the district. Leo and his team were the first to start a Math Circle in the Inland Empire region of CA. In year two, the Circle grew to include students from five out of ten elementary schools in the district. Recently, Leo established a second ORMC satellite at a local elementary school in partnership with the school's Saturday absence recovery program. Leo also improved the quality of instruction by recruiting and training his high school peers. In year three, student participation has reached nine out of ten elementary schools. Moving forward, Leo's goal is to further expand the satellite program, providing more support to the district's initiative in absence recovery.

Thank you notes

  • ORMC would like to thank the Circle's major donor, Sierra Chen, for her unwavering support.
  • ORMC would like to thank Prof. Sucharit Sarkar for supporting the Circle through his NSF RTG grant.
  • The Circle would like to thank the Schlessinger family for providing food and beverages for the beginning and end of the year parties for ORMC instructors for two years in a row. The Circle is also grateful to the Schlessingers for sponsoring the airfare and lodging of the Spring 2023 guest speaker, Dr. Zuming Fang.
  • The Circle would like to thank Julie Haubner for organizing two meetings of the Parents' Club, one with a college counselor, Gregg Murray, Director of Life Planning at Vistamar School, and another with Kanak Malshe, Bar Raiser and Software Development Manager at Amazon.
  • The Circle would like to thank all the parents helping with fundraising.
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Recent News

ORMC high school volunteer instructor has won a gold medal on the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition

https://rmms.lbi.ro/rmm2024/index.php?id=results_math

Tiger (Qiao) Zhang was also one of the main contributors for the Team USA to beat the second place Team China by two points. Hats off to Tiger!

ORMC instructor accepts a Hans Rademacher Instructor postdoctoral position at UPenn.

Congratulations to Aaron Anderson!

ORMC Beginners 1 students' placing at 2024 AMC 8

Charlotte Huang, currently in the 3rd grade, got an Honors Roll with Distinction (top 1% nationwide). Srivibhav Mandapaka, currently in the 4th grade, got an Honors Roll (top 5% nationwide). Way to go!

ORMC students qualify for AIME

Over 30 ORMC students have qualified for AIME on AMC 10/12 in the Fall 2023.

A former ORMC instructor featured in the Quanta magazine

Alexandru Pascadi, a lead instructor of the ORMC Olympiads class in 2019-21, currently a grad student at Oxford, was featured in the Quanta magazine:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-new-generation-of-mathematicians-pushes-prime-number-barriers-20231026/?mc_cid=9ae6d18810

Caroline D. Bradley scholarship

Two ORMC students, Atticus Stewart and Elili Flore, were awarded the Caroline D. Bradley scholarship in the Fall 2023. The honor includes a four-year tuition, upwards of $200K per scholar, to the high school or high school program of their choosing that can meet their gifted intellectual needs.

College admissions 2023

  • Elena Behzadi has committed to Carnegie Mellon majoring in Computer Science.
  • Sriya Kalyan has committed to UC Berkeley majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Arul Kolla plans to major in either Math or CS at MIT.
  • Ariella Landau got offers from UCLA, UC Berkeley, and other schools. She plans to double-major in math and either in econ or data science.
  • Shriya Rajesh accepted a presidential scholarship at USC.
  • Robert Shlyakhtenko got offers from Brown, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Texas Tech (on a chess scholarship) and a few other schools. Robert plans to major in pure math.
  • Terrin Busby Thompson got offers from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvey Mudd, Oberlin, and Brown University. Terrin plans to double-major in math and music.

An ORMC student named as one of the top 40 young scientists in the nation by Regeneron Science Talent Search

Regeneron Science Talent Search, formerly Intel Science Fair, formerly Westinghouse Science Fair, is possibly the oldest and most prestigious national science competition for high school students in the US. An ORMC student, August Deer, was named as one of the scholars in 2023. Hats off to August! 

https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts/2023-student-finalists/august-deer/

The Circle is grateful to Prof. Salman Avestimehr (USC) for giving August a chance to do research in his lab. 

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Coming up next: 5/26/2024