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Summer Math Programs

February 7, 2014

Greetings Everyone,

I want to spread information about several great summer math programs in the United States. Some of these have been around for a long time, and have helped put many great mathematicians, scientists, and engineers on a path towards their careers.

These are the camps that I most highly recommend. I’ve separated the camps into two categories – those that focus on advanced topics or exposure to topics that high school students don’t usually see – such as abstract algebra, number theory, topology, etc. These camps are usually not oriented towards preparing you for competitions, but towards preparing you to become a mathematician. The second category of camps is those structured around competition mathematics and topics that you will find on competitions. All of these camps are open to current seniors as well as to international students.

The price tags of these camps may seem high, especially considering it does not include the cost of transportation to and from the camp – but many of them have very good need-based financial aid. There will be information on how to apply for it on their webpage.

Advanced Topics Camps:

  • PROMYS – Boston University (Boston, MA) – June 29-Aug 9 (6 weeks) – $3300  – deadline: March 15 (early), April 15 (regular) –
  • Ross – Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – June 16-July 25 (6 weeks) – $2700 – deadline: rolling admissions process will begin on March 1, with a final application deadline of May 1. Spaces do fill up quickly, so it’s best to apply early. –
  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics – Hampshire College (Amhurst, MA) – June 29-Aug 9 (6 weeks) – $2890 – deadline: “There is no official deadline for applications, and decisions are made on a rolling basis. We are likely to have run out of spaces by early June. To be safe, apply early.” –
  • Honors Summer Math Camp – Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) – June 22-Aug 2 (6 weeks) – $3100 – deadline: “We start taking applications in January each year, and we stop taking applications after April 15th. Decisions are made on a quasi-rolling basis. Applications will no longer be accepted once all spots are filled. We encourage students currently in the 9th or 10th grades to apply to our first-year program. If you have not attended the HSMC before, you must apply for the first-year program.” –

Competition and Problem Solving Oriented Camps:

  • AwesomeMath (run by Titu Andreescu) – Dallas, TX; Cornell, NY; Berkeley, CA – June 8-25; June 29-July 18; July 22-Aug 10, respectively (2.5 weeks) – $3875 (Dallas); $4275 (Cornell/Berkeley)  minus 10% if early – deadlines: Feb. 7 (early), April 11 (regular), May 16 (late) –
  • IdeaMath (run by Zuming Feng) – Daniel Webster College (Nashua, NH) – July 4-19 (2 weeks) – $2885 (early), $3185 (regular) – deadline: April 1 (early), May 8 (regular) –
  • Mathlinks (run by AoPS) – San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) – July 14-Aug. 2 (3 weeks) – $3400 (early), $3600 (regular) – deadline: “While we have no admission test, we do have a 100-student cap, which is going to be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.” –
  • MathZoom (run by Dr. Kevin Wang and Dr. Harold Reiter) – UC Berkeley (Berkeley, CA); Boston College (Boston, MA) – June 22-July 12; July 20-Aug 9, respectively (2 weeks) – $3945 (early), $4345 (regular), $4545 (late) – deadline: Feb. 28 (early), April 25 (regular), May 23 (late) –

For Middle School Students:

The premier camp for Middle School students in called MathPath. This year it will be held at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from June 29 to July 27. The cost for the 4 week program is $4500.
Here is information from their website about the deadline:
There is no fixed closing date for applications. Applications completely close when MathPath fills up, that is, when we have 100 registrations. Applications partly close when there are so many completed applications in the queue for evaluation that we expect to fill camp with them. Applications received after that point obviously do not receive full consideration, but there is a chance for admission if they are especially strong, or the queue turns out not to be so strong, or previously admitted students withdraw.
Partial and complete closure happen earlier each year. Our initial prediction for 2014 was that we would partly close around April 1. However, since mid January applications have been coming in much faster than ever before and now we may partly close in the second half of February and fully close sometime in March.
For more information, visit the website for the MathPath camp here:

Then of course, there’s RSI and MOSP, which have more restrictive admission requirements! I’ll also give a plug for the Hammond Summer Programs (for which I will be teaching a camp for rising 6th-9th graders this June), and the GSSM Go-Sci-Tech camps, which are science oriented camps in Hartsville, SC.

 If you know of any other good summer math programs, let me know.

Best Regards,

Marcus Neal


Math Prize for Girls 2012

June 7, 2012

The application deadline for the 2012 Math Prize for Girls is coming up soon: June 15. More details can be found at The contest is Sept 22 at MIT. Some financial support is available for travel for USAMO and USAJMO qualifiers. All AMC 10/12 participants in Feb 2012 are welcome to apply!

Also, the Middle School Math Circle will meet on this coming Saturday, June 9th at Hammond School from 9am to 12 noon. I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.



Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2012

November 6, 2011

Registration now open for Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2012!

Registration now open for Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2012

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math competition for high school students. The contest is free and open to high school juniors and seniors in 29 states in the Eastern United States. Working in teams of three to five, participants must solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue—in 14 hours. Scholarships totaling $115,000 toward the pursuit of higher education are awarded to the top teams. The real-world focus of the competition introduces students to applied math as a powerful problem-solving tool and, potentially, as a viable and exciting profession. Challenge weekend is set for March 3 and 4, 2012. Register at the website below.

Complete details, sample problems, and archives of previous Challenges are available at:


The Next Math Circle and All-State Math Team Selection

March 6, 2011

Middle School Math Circle

The next Middle School Math Circle will be on Saturday, April 16th at Hammond School from 9am to 12noon. We also plan on having one meeting in May and two in June, but the dates of those meetings have yet to be determined.

Some of the homework problems for the April 16th meeting can be found at the link below.

Homework Problems for April 16, 2011

The rest of the homework problems are from the book Competition Math for Middle School by Jason Batterson. If you attended the November, December, or January Math Circle and still have not received your book, contact me so that I can get it to you. If you have the book, you are to read sections 1.1-1.4 and do the accompanying problems for the next meeting. You can find an answer sheet to go along with the book here:


High School Math Circle

We don’t have any current plans for a High School Math Circle as preparation for the All-State Math Team is getting underway. Students for the ARML/All-State Math Team are selected based on their performance on local contests and the AMCs. We then have monthly or bi-monthly practices in Columbia starting in April to determine who’s on the A Team and who’s on the B Team, and compete in the American Regions Math League (ARML) Competition at the University of Georgia on the first Saturday after Memorial Day (this year, that’s June 4th).

For some of the practice problems from last year, see here:

ARML Practice Problems


A Local High School Math Team in the News and Recent Results from Some Math Contests

March 6, 2011

There was a great article last week about A.C. Flora’s Math Team in The State newspaper. The A.C. Flora Math team has had an impressive string of wins in high level math contests this year. Congratulations to their math team and their coach, Patrick Rybarczyk, for all their hard work and success. You can read the article about them here:


USC Math Contest

Congratulations to all of the Math Circle students who participated in USC Math Contest last month. 11 of the top 16 students have participated with us in the Middle School or High School Math Circle before. Here is a list of the top 6 finishers in the contest:

1st place — Hardie Cate. Hardie is a junior at A. C. Flora High School. He won a four year USC scholarship in the amount of $8000 per year, a $400 cash prize, and a plaque.

2nd place — Sage Price. Sage is a senior at A. C. Flora High School. He won a four year USC scholarship in the amount of $4000 per year, a $200 cash prize, and a plaque.

3rd place — Elliott Chartock. Elliott is a junior at A. C. Flora High School. He won a four year USC scholarship in the amount of $2000 per year, a $100 cash prize, and a plaque.

4th place — David Stoner. David in the eighth grade at St. Mary Catholic School. He won a $50 cash prize.

5th place — David Zhang. David is a senior at Academic Magnet High School. He won a $50 cash prize.

6th place — William Zhang. William is a senior at Academic Magnet High School. He won a $50 cash prize.

To see the entire list of the top 16 you can look here:


College of Charleston Math Meet

The College of Charleston Math Contest took place on February 26th. The College of Charleston Math Meet has been held since 1978 and is one of the largest math events in the southeast. There are several events which students can participate in throughout the day, and several talks which they can attend as well. There was a lot of strong competition from schools in other states this year, but some South Carolina students came away with awards:

Math Marathon
1st Place, David Stoner (South Aiken High School)
2nd Place, Michael Stoner (South Aiken High School)

Written Test, Level 2
2nd Place, David Stoner (115) (South Aiken High School)
3rd Place, Samadwara Reddy (110) (Dutch Fork High School)

In addition, there were several South Carolina students who won honorable mention on the written tests, and others who won awards for other events at the Math Meet. Several South Carolina schools also won team events. To see the full list of winners you can look here:


Summer Math Camps and Programs for Students

February 12, 2011

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) maintains a list of summer Math Camps and Programs for interested students. The window for applying to many of these summer programs is now. You can find the list here:

In addition, here are two other math camps that are not on the above list:
Idea Math Summer Program (North Andover, MA)

A* Summer Math Camp (California State University – Northridge (CSUN)) … &Itemid=17


Interested in taking the AMC 10/12B?

February 12, 2011

If your school is not offering the AMC 10B or 12B exam on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 and you would like to take it, contact me before Tuesday, Feb. 15.