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Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

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Academic Level:
High School Students

PROMYS is a challenging program designed to encourage ambitious high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics. Each summer, approximately 85 high school students from around the country gather on the campus of Boston University for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, full and partial need-based financial aid is available. Full financial aid covers all tuition, room and board costs for the six weeks of the program. In addition to receiving a full scholarship from PROMYS, low-income students may also be eligible for an NSF-funded MASST stipend if financial considerations might otherwise keep them from attending. PROMYS is dedicated to the principle that no student should be unable to attend for financial reasons.

Successful applicants do not need to have taken any advanced math courses or participated in math contests. They do need to show unusual readiness to think deeply about mathematics.

Through their intensive efforts to solve an assortment of unusually challenging problems in Number Theory, participants will practice the art of mathematical discovery. The problem sets encourage students to design their own numerical experiments and to employ their own powers of analysis to discover mathematical patterns, formulate and test conjectures, and justify their ideas by devising their own mathematical proofs.

Students are advised by undergraduate counselors who are embarking on their own mathematical careers at some of the finest universities and by returning students who are a constant source of helpful hints and suggestions. Senior mathematicians and visiting alumni are an additional resource providing mathematical support and encouragement to the students.

Students live in gender-separated dorms very close to the counselors who guide them. PROMYS is a close-knit community, and the physical and emotional safety of the students is always a top priority.

The emphasis at PROMYS is on asking good and creative questions, on hard work and persistence, on clarity of thought and precision of expression, on respect for people and ideas, and on the sheer joy of acquiring mathematical insight. PROMYS participants are asked to work beyond their centers of competence and to push the limits of their knowledge. The atmosphere at PROMYS is collaborative, not competitive. The PROMYS community network provides all participants with a richly supportive environment within which to learn. The alum community is strong, so the friendships and connections made at PROMYS extend far beyond the summer.

Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
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Program Dates: 7/2/2017 - 8/12/2017

Participating Institution(s):
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Boston University (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:

Number Theory

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