##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Department Colloquium

## Anila Yadavalli - MathCEP Assistant Professor

#### University of Minnesota

## Investigating the Experiences of Asian American Students in an Accelerated Mathematics Program

##### Abstract:

The University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) is a selective, five-year accelerated mathematics program for students in grades 6-12. During the course of the program, students take advanced mathematics courses on University of Minnesota campuses, starting with algebra and continuing through logic and proofs, linear algebra, and multivariable calculus. The majority of UMTYMP students come from one of three demographic groups: White/Caucasian, East Asian/East Asian American, and South Asian/South Asian American. We use the term Asian/Asian American to describe students in the latter two demographic groups. \\ \\ The model minority stereotype (MMS) is the classification of Asian/Asian American students as gifted, ``academic whizzes'' who outperform their peers (Choi \& Lahey, 2006). In 2020, we initiated an IRB-approved study to understand the impact of MMS on Asian/Asian American students who are labelled as ``gifted" and/or ``talented." In this talk, I will discuss the process and results of the study, propose best practices for instructors who interact with students navigating MMS, and suggest ideas for follow-up studies on this topic.

Host: Ery Arias-Castro

### March 10, 2021

### 1:00 PM

### Location: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/94046713358

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