Silas Johnson
Outside of teaching and research, I am involved with several other activities:
  • organizes math competitions for students in grades 3-12 around the country, notably including a national championship for elementary school students. I am's lead editor and curriculum manager, and I help organize all-star teams in some regions for middle and high school students that compete at ARML.
  • American Regions Math League (ARML) is the highest level of team-based math competition in North America. All-star teams of 15 students come together every spring to socialize, sharpen their problem-solving skills, and compete for the nationaln championship. In addition to coaching two teams, I am on ARML's problem writing committee, and I chair a grading room at one of the four ARML sites.
  • MathPath is a four-week residential summer program for students ages 11-14. The students participate in two mini-courses each week, a series of plenary lectures, and many social activities, sports, and outings. I was a faculty member at MathPath in 2016 and 2017.
  • Stanford University Math Camp (SUMaC) is a four-week summer camp for high school students. Students study either abstract algebra or algebraic topology and pursue an independent expository research project. The small size and collaborative ethos of SUMaC makes it a tight-knit community and leads to many lifelong friendships. I was Head Counselor at SUMaC from 2008-2013, and the program still occupies a special place in my heart.
  • The Northwestern University Math Society (NUMS) is Northwestern's undergraduate math club. I occasionally give talks at NUMS meetings. (If you are one of my students, you should consider going to these talks and other NUMS activities! Even if you feel like you won't know enough math to understand what's being talked about, remember that the speakers know who they're talking to, and will make the math they're doing accessible to you.)
Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University
2033 Sheridan Road; Evanston, IL 60208
Email: sjohnson at math dot northwestern dot edu
Office: Locy 202