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Mathematics

SUMMER PROGRAMS IN MATHEMATICS

This list represents some of the best summer programs offered in mathematics. Although there are many other programs, I limited the list to those that Stuyvesant students have attended or are highly recommended by reputable organizations such as ARML, the American Regional Mathematics League. ARML sponsors the national mathematics competition that the New York City Math Team competes in each spring at Penn State.  The programs listed below are for students who excel in mathematics and truly love doing mathematics.

Click the name of the program to visit each program's website.

1.       New York Math Circle High School Summer Program at New York University Courant Institute is an intensive three week long program in July with classes Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. There is a registration fee for this program and the dead line to submit applications is early June.  A typical day consists of a class in the morning, lunch and a problem solving session in the afternoon. Details, registration and fee information are online at www.nymathcircle.org/summer.  New York Math Circle is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching and supplementing mathematical education in New York City. Stuyvesant students highly praise this program.

2.       The Williams College Math Camp (WCMC) is a free, one-week residential math camp for 18 mathematically gifted high school students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Algebra 2 or its equivalent. Students will be exposed to several different areas of mathematics through colloquia and other activities, but the primary focus of the camp will be Number Theory & The Art of Mathematical Thinking. Students will learn to explore the theory of numbers by asking thoughtful questions, working out examples, looking for patterns, making conjectures, and finally, proving their results.

The 2015 Camp will take place from July 6 – July 15, 2015. Participants will be provided with free room and board, but are responsible for their own transportation to and from Williams College.  The deadline for applications is April 8, 2015.WCMC is funded by the Dolciani Foundation, through the Mathematical Association of America, and Williams College.

3.       Many Stuyvesant students attend  HCSSiM, the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, in Amherst, Massachusetts.  This is a rigorous 6-week residential program, where students are actively engaged in learning, doing and sharing mathematics.  Professor David Kelly involves the students in his love of the number seventeen and yellow pigs. This program is popular with Stuyvesant students.

4.       MathILy is an intensive residential summer program for mathematically excellent secondary students at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia).  In MathILy classes, instructors provide the framework and you get to make (and prove!) the conjectures. You will encounter new ideas, improve your problem-solving skills, learn advanced mathematics, and hone your overall thinking skills. MathILy is a five week program, designed for students with an insatiable curiosity about mathematics, and who are creative and enthusiastic in their approaches to learning. Applications are available at www.mathily.org.

5.       Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students offers high-achieving students the opportunity to experience college life in the Ivy League while sampling the vibrancy of New York City. Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college, the program combines academic rigor and instructional excellence with lively extracurricular offerings and careful supervision and support. Course offerings include mathematics and computer science. 

6.       PROMYS is a program in mathematics for young scientists.  It is designed to encourage motivated high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics. Problem sets are accompanied by daily lectures given by research mathematicians.  Each summer, approximately 60 high school students from around the country gather on the campus of Boston University for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity.

7.       The Ross Program, held at Ohio State University, is an intensive eight week summer course for ambitious high school students talented in mathematics. It is designed to encourage motivated students to explore mathematics; students become immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.

8.       The Research Science Institute (RSI), sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education, is a highly selective, academically rigorous program.  Approximately 80 students participate in a six- week practicum at MIT focused on advanced research in the areas of mathematics, engineering and related scientific disciplines.

9.       The Awesome Math Summer Program is a three-week camp designed to hone high school students’ mathematical problem-solving skills up to the Olympiad level. This program is for mathematically gifted students. They accept approximately 120 students and are located on the campus of the University of Texas in Dallas.

10.   Canada/USA Math Camp is an intensive five –week summer program for mathematically talented students.  Part of the student application includes a Qualifying Quiz.  Each student in the program designs a program of study reflecting his or her own mathematical interests and ambitions. The location changes from year to year.

11.   The Texas Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp is a 6-week residential program for talented high school students in grades 9-12 at Texas State University.  The goal is to engage students in doing mathematics at a high level, to teach students to reason rigorously and precisely and to develop questioning minds.    

If you are considering math camp for your child, please be cautious.  Check the number of years the camp is in existence, the credentials of the instructors and ask for references.  Internet makes it easy to research quality programs.

Finally, do not feel that your child must attend an expensive summer program to get accepted into the college of his or her choice.  Summers spent working, volunteering and traveling are also looked upon favorably by universities and colleges.