*Lale Baylar, 13, is accepted into 2019-20 University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program - one of the premier accelerated programs for students who are highly talented in math. She is also involved with art, music, and languages.*

LALE DO YOU LOVE MATH?

Yes, I do love math. Some of my favorite topics in math are numbers, geometry, trigonometry, and linear algebra. For example, in trigonometry, it’s interesting to study polar equations and see how beautifully they are shaped. Seeing new things using polar coordinates is quite fascinating. I'm also curious about the classifications of conic sections. I've had lots of fun working with the Pascal's Triangle and its' application in number theory.

WHAT ATTRACTS YOU IN NUMBERS?

There are many things about numbers that catch my attention. For example, can you find a number such that, the sum of its divisors is twice that number? Numbers with this property are called perfect numbers. One such number is 6: 1+2+3+6=2*6. Try to find another one. A well-known open problem in mathematics is "Is there an odd perfect number?"

SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT MATH IS FOR BOYS. DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS? ARE YOU ONLY GIRL IN YOUR CLASS WHO ENJOYS MATHEMATICS SO MUCH?

No, I don't agree with this idea. In the past, women didn't have the opportunities and resources that men did to study math, but we're now in the future.

Getting accustomed to the past is unfair to others, in this case, women.

There is no rule saying women can't do things most men do. To prove those people wrong, we must start to act. For example, we must pursue our rights as women, show the world our talents, accomplish new goals, and face challenges. I hope to do this by learning new things and following my dreams.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR FUTURE, YOUR CAREER?

- I have not firmly decided what I want for my future career. I have talents in math, art, music, and languages. Three of my artworks displayed in the district art show, and I recently got second place for a drawing, in a contest, at my school in Belmont, Massachusetts.

I also play the violin in our school orchestra. In addition, to my native language of Azerbaijani Turkish and English, I am also fluent in French and Turkish; I had six years of the French language at Normandale French Immersion in Edina, Minnesota.

Finally, I have a strength in mathematics. My interests in math started with solving math contest problems and winning in math Olympiads. Before starting my first year of middle school, I have successfully completed the requirements for middle school math courses through the placement tests and was placed to take high school courses in 6th grade.

Since last year, I have completed Algebra II and Pre Calculus courses and recently was invited to apply for the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) in Minneapolis. I have successfully passed UMTYMP qualifying exam and got accepted to the University. The program will allow me to take many undergraduate mathematics courses. The next semester I will be taking Calculus I course at the University of Minnesota. I am very excited to be a university student and looking forward to learning interesting mathematics.