Summer Programs

Summer programs are a great way to study math more in depth in a cooperative environment with other like-minded students. Some summer programs focus on education and others focus on research. Choose what is more relevant to you. This list of programs are mainly for high school students.

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Research Mentorship Program (RMP) – RMP is an intensive 6-week research program held at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) which involves high-achieving students participating in university-level research in subjects from the humanities to math. The program includes multiple field trips and social events, creating a fun and collaborative working environment. The program accepts rising juniors and seniors and a limited number of rising sophomores. It is extremely competitive and costs $75 US Dollars, however it provides scholarship opportunities.

Research Science Institute (RSI) – A highly prestigious intensive 5-week research program held at MIT that involves students going through the research process. Research here is centered around science and engineering topics. The program culminates in written and oral presentations of their projects. This program is also free to all of those accepted.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) – A prestigious and intensive 4-week math summer residential program at Stanford University for high school juniors and seniors. Daily lectures are taught by Stanford professors on topics such as group theory, number theory, and algebraic topology. After every lecture, students work on problem sets based on the lecture with help from the counselors if needed. Tuition for the program is $3,250 but students can apply for financial aid.

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) – An intensive 6-week math summer residential program at Boston University for students between 15 and 19 years old. PROMYS consists of exploring various topics in math with a focus on number theory. The program holds a strong emphasis on developing individual problem-solving skills and applying them to challenging problems. The cost of the program is $2,500 but students can apply for financial aid.

Mathcamp – An immersive 5-week math summer residential program at Champlain College that accepts students from ages 13-18. Students here are exposed to a wide range of math topics and work together with graduate students and researchers. Mathcamp is really what you make of it where you can either work on research projects are just enjoy the lectures and field trips.

IMC – The International Mathematics Competition is being held at the American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria by the University of London for six days where students from universities around the world are allowed to participate. The problems that will need to be solved during the competition are from various different math topics and many past participants have gone out to be very successful in the math field.

AwesomeMath Summer Camp – This is a 3 weeks program for talented and gifted students in mathematics around the globe. AwesomeMath offers both in-person classes and online classes as well due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in recent years. Most students who enroll in this summer camp seek to improve their skills and prepare for mathematics competitions, such as AMC10/12, AIME, or USAMO. The program only held virtual classes for the summer of 2021, but they are looking to transition back to in person for the summer of 2022. The cost for the virtual program ranges from $875-$995 depending on how early the student enrolls in the course.

MathILY – MathILY is an intensive mathematics summer camp for high-school students from any parts of the world. It is a perfect summer camp for anyone of those who has curious mind for mathematics and is willing to commit for a 5 week program. However, because of the pandemic, MathILY will take place synchronously online in 2021. The cost of the program is $2150.

Idea Math Camp – Idea Math Camp invited students who enjoy solving difficult mathematical problems. In this summer camp, you’ll learn algebra, number theory, combinatorics, and geometry. Classes are online and relatively small in order to ensure the quality of education. This camp starts in July and costs $1245.

The Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics – This is a summer camp dedicated to high school students seeking to further their mathematical studies and make connections within the field. It is a six-week program consisting of college-level math and class time of 4 hours per day (Monday-Saturday). Students will stay in the dorms at the Hampshire College in Massachusetts and the cost is $4913.

General Lists

American Math Society List – List focused on primarily math camps

Pathways to Science List – List focused on more general STEM camps