McMaster Peer-Run Inclusive Math Experience
The McMaster Peer-Run Inclusive Math Experience (MacPRIME) is a 4-week virtual bridge program for incoming Math & Stats Gateway students. The goal of this program is to help first-year students enhance their mathematical preparation, while at the same time learn to work collaboratively, navigate university, and approach challenging problems like a mathematician.
What makes MacPRIME inclusive? One of the main goals of MacPRIME is to help students meet their future classmates and build a strong community, even before they arrive on campus. We support these goals by offering frequent low-stakes opportunities for collaboration and discussion, as well as by directly addressing topics commonly considered to be the “hidden curriculum of university” (e.g. how to study effectively, how to talk to your professors, what to do when you fail a test). For 2023, an emphasis of our development phase has been hearing from International students and English Language Learners on campus, and how we can best support incoming students from these groups.