Written by: Lauren Chong
Summer camp applications typically open early in the year so keep an eye out for these prestigious math camps you may have interest in.
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
If you are interested in studying pure mathematics, look into SUMaC. SUMaC takes place at Stanford University for four weeks with two different programs of study. Program I focuses on abstract algebra and number theory whereas Program II involves algebraic topology. Applicants must be in 10th or 11th grade at the time of applying and be willing to partake in a very competitive admissions process, involving an online application and a SUMaC mathematics test. Participants are chosen based on their grades in math courses, performance on standardized math exams and math contests, teacher recommendations, reasons for applying and their performance on the SUMaC admission exam. The admissions committee will review these applications and place applicants in either Program I or Program II. Once admitted, students must pay $7,000 for the full cost of the program. However, there is very generous financial aid available. Information on the due date will be available soon.
Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
PROMYS takes place at Boston University for 6 weeks and tests students’ abilities to solve challenging problems on Number Theory, design their own mathematical experiment, analyze math patterns, form conjectures and proofs. Applicants must be at least 14 years old and not have attended university before. Applicants must fill out an online application and take a test. Just like SUMaC, participants are chosen based on their responses on why they would like to attend PROMYS, math grades, teacher recommendation and test performance. The tuition for PROMYS is $5,150 although there is a lot of scholarships and financial aid available. Alumni of PROMYS may reapply and attend advanced PROMYS and Clay Mathematical Institute. The application will be available soon.
Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM)
HCSSiM is a math camp for aspiring mathematicians who are interested in workshops by world-renowned mathematicians, problem investigation, and learning topics such as combinatorics, number theory, complex numbers and probability. It takes place at Hampshire College for 6 weeks and costs $4913 to attend with need based financial aid available. There is no deadline for applying because applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, thus it is advantageous to apply as soon as possible. Applicants must submit an online form with an essay, a HCSSiM test and teacher recommendation.
Ross Mathematics Program
The motto of this challenging program is “Think deeply about simple things.” The focus of this program is on the daily problem sets on number theory students receive. Towards the end of the program, students will revisit these problem sets with new skills in mathematics they learned throughout the camp. Students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 to apply for the program, which takes place at Ohio Dominican University and is due April 1. The fee to attend this program is $5,000 with financial aid available.
Good luck with summer program applications!