The Math Circle was founded in 1994 by Bob and Ellen Kaplan as a program of courses for students who want to explore exciting math topics outside the usual school curriculum. Math Circles introduce students to exciting new ideas, foster collegial mathematical conversation, and expose students to the culture of mathematics.
Our executive director, Dr. Amanda Serenevy, taught classes in the Math Circle as a graduate student in Boston, and again during the spring of 2017, when she taught an online Math Circle. During July of 2008 through 2016 the Boston Math Circle, the Northern Indiana Science Math and Engineering Collaborative, and the Riverbend Community Math Center jointly offered week-long Math Circle Training Institutes at Notre Dame University for teachers and mathematicians from around the United States (as well as a few from other countries). Each year, around 30 participating teachers and mathematicians worked with children from our programs for an hour each day to try their hand at leading Math Circles. Many of the adult participants started their own math enrichment programs after returning home.