On April 6th and 7th, girls between 6th and 11th grade with a love of math took part in SUMIT 2019, which Princeton University Press proudly sponsors. The event offers one of the most memorable opportunities to do math while forming lasting friendships with like-minded peers. Together, girls build mathematical momentum and frequently surprise themselves with what they’re able to solve. All previous SUMITs have garnered overall ratings of 10 out of 10 by participants.

After the event, organizers spoke with some of the participants about what their role models, experiences at SUMIT, and what they love about math. Take a look at what these girls had to say…

**Do you believe you made meaningful connections with other girls and/or staff who share your interest in math?**

- “Yes, I was able to meet some really cool people in a great environment.”
- “Yes, this was a wonderful experience and I loved meeting new people who shared the same interest as me.”
- “Yes. I didn’t realize how many girls
__love__math. I actually made friends.”

**What was your favorite thing about SUMIT?**

- “I really enjoy how everything fits together to solve the bigger picture. It is so cool! I also really enjoy being in an environment in which it is all girls who are enthusiastic about math.”
- “I liked solving challenging math problems and working together as a team!!”
- “The challenging problems and being able to work on them with others.”
- “Meeting other girls who are enthusiastic about math and collaborating with them or problems…also, the pizza was really good”

**What do you love about math?**

- “The satisfaction of solving a problem.”
- “It’s like solving the world’s greatest puzzle”
- “Everything except proofs.”
- “I love how there can be challenging and hard problems that make you think and work harder.”
- “I love that there are usually multiple ways to solve a problem and that different areas of math connect to one another.”

**Who inspires you to be a mathematician?**

- “Ada Lovelace”
- “My family”
- “I usually see other people persevering through math problems and that inspires me.”
- “Math teachers I have had”
- “I am pretty self-inspired; my interests in math inspire me. But, seeing other mathematicians around me, especially women, inspires me even more.”

Princeton University Press has been a major sponsor of SUMIT since its inception in 2012, and is always proud to promote this magical escape-the-room-esque event where girls join forces to overcome challenges and become the heroines of an elaborate mathematical saga. The event offers one of the most memorable opportunities to do math while forming lasting friendships with like-minded peers. Together, girls build mathematical momentum and frequently surprise themselves with what they’re able to solve. All previous SUMITs have garnered overall ratings of 10 out of 10 by participants.

Created by Girls’ Angle, a nonprofit math club for girls, together with a team of college students, graduate students, and mathematicians, SUMIT 2019 takes place in Cambridge, MA.