Outreach Programs

F.L. Griffin MathFest

Since 1987, the Reed College mathematics and statistics department has sponsored a Saturday workshop in the spring for area high school students and teachers interested in mathematics enrichment. The workshop gives students and teachers a hands-on opportunity to work on interesting problems in a mathematical topic complementary to the high school curriculum. Recent topics have included "Tangles, Braids, Knots, and Numbers," "Divisors and Sandpiles," "Regular Polytopes in Three and More Dimensions," "Turing Machines," "Trigonometry by Example," and "To Capture Infinity."

There is no cost to participants. 
Registration is limited to 20 high school students, plus teachers.

April 15, 2023

Save the date for MathFest 2023 on April 15th! As plans shape up, we will provide updates. Reach out to special-programs@reed.edu if you have questions.


April 2, 2022 Program


Parentheses, Paths, and Partitions: Catalan Combinatorics

What do lattice walks, handshakes across a table, card shuffling patterns, binary trees, triangulations, and parenthesizations have in common? They can all be counted with Catalan numbers! In this short course, participants will delve into the history and contemporary relevance of these combinatorial structures. Expect to learn new counting techniques, engage your problem solving skills, and be exposed to several elementary problems that the mathematical community hasn't solved--yet!

Faculty Presenters

Marcus Robinson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Nate Wells, Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics

Registrants will also have the opportunity to meet Reed math majors and ask questions about their experience studying math in college!


  • High school student
  • Enthusiasm for mathematics and a good preparation in basic algebra and geometry
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative test within 72 hours is required for all attendees
  • Pre-registration required
  • Deadline to register: March 16, 2022
Download the 2022 program

Registration for MathFest 2022 is now closed.