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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) – http://www.promys.org/
  • 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. – https://people.math.osu.edu/ross/
  • 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.” – http://www.hcssim.org/
  • 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.” – http://www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps/hsmc.html

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) – https://www.awesomemath.org/
  • 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) – http://ideamath.org/SummerMA.htm
  • 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.” – http://mathlinks.us/
  • 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) – http://www.mathzoom.org/camps/summer-camp

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: http://www.mathpath.org/

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

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