PROMYS: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists

Submitted by brandy on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:24

PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists. Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

The Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) and PROMYS are offering new advanced seminars for returning PROMYS students. Returning students also engage in original research under the mentorship of professional mathematicians.

PROMYS for Teachers is a collaboration of Boston University's Department of Mathematics with the Education Development Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. Together we are working to promote what we call a "culture of exploration" in secondary school mathematics classrooms.

We are particularly eager to reach out to students who might not be aware of rigorous mathematical summer opportunities or who might think they could not afford such opportunities. PROMYS offers students full and partial need-based financial aid. Very low-income students may in addition be eligible for an NSF-funded stipend to replace summer earnings they would forgo to attend PROMYS. PROMYS is determined that no student should be unable to attend for lack of funds. Scientific talent does not respect economic status, race, ethnic origin, or gender.

PROMYS provides a lively and supportive mathematical environment in which talented high school students explore the creative world of mathematics. Through their intensive efforts to solve a large assortment of unusually challenging problems in Number Theory, the participants practice the art of mathematical discovery - numerical exploration, formulation and critique of conjectures, and techniques of proof and generalization. More experienced participants may also study Modular Forms, The Mathematics of Computer Graphics, and Geometry and Symmetry. Problem sets are accompanied by daily lectures given by research mathematicians. In addition, a highly competent staff of 20 undergraduate counselors lives in the residence halls and is always available to discuss mathematics with students. Advanced participants also develop independent research projects advised by research mathematicians. Special lectures by outside speakers offer a broad view of mathematics and its role in the sciences and in future career options.

The application deadline is April 1, 2016.

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