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Helena E

- Research Program Mentor

Industry expert at University of California San Diego (UCSD)


Mathematics, Music, Linguistics


The two main academic areas that I am passionate about are math and education, specifically math education. I just graduated with a bachelors degree in math and am taking a gap year before applying to a graduate program in either pure mathematics or math education. Throughout my career and education, I have learned a variety of skills that are necessary for being a great mathematician and employee. I am enthusiastic about implementing these skills and sharing my knowledge. In my free time, I enjoy playing bassoon in orchestras and chamber ensembles, playing cards, exploring hiking trails and beaches in the area, and reading.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

(Intermediate/Advanced) Efficacy of math education methods in different countries

Basically every country agrees that math is an important topic to study in schools, but how to go about teaching math differs wildly between all of them. This project would study different math teaching methods throughout a number of countries along with a specified parameter (such as test results, future academic success, research success, etc) to measure the efficiency of each method and what results each method provides. This could culminate in a paper, a podcast or other creative project, or a presentation.

Coding skills

Python, C++, Matlab

Languages I know

Fluent Portugese, Fluent Danish, Intermediate French

Teaching experience

I've tutored at community college for 2.5 years and I've worked 2 summers as a counselor at a math camp for high schoolers.


Work experience

Las Positas College Tutoring Center (2017 - 2020)
PROMYS (2022 - 2023)


University of California San Diego (UCSD)
BS Bachelor of Science

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