## PRIMES: Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students

*In mathematics you don't understand things, you
just get used to them.
- John von Neumann*

**PRIMES** includes three sections:

**MIT PRIMES** is a free year-long after-school ** **program that offers **research** projects and guided
reading to high school students living within driving distance from Boston. Program participants
work with MIT researchers on exciting unsolved problems in mathematics, computer
science, and computational biology.

**PRIMES-USA** is a free year-long distance mentoring math **research** section for high school juniors from across the United States (outside of Greater Boston).

**PRIMES Circle** is a free spring-term math **enrichment** section for
high school students from underrepresented groups living within commuting distance from Boston.

**PRIMES** runs two collaborative initiatives:

**MathROOTS** (a joint program with MIT Admissions) is a free two-week **mathematical talent accelerator** residential summer program hosted by MIT PRIMES for high-potential high school students from underrepresented backgrounds or underserved communities.

**CrowdMath** (a joint program with the Art of Problem Solving) is a massive online collaborative year-long **research** project open to all high school and college students around the world.

**PRIMES** also has an affiliate program for local middle schoolers:

**PRIMES STEP** is a year-long math **enrichment** program for
middle school students from Greater Boston.

**Congratulations to PRIMES students Swapnil Garg, Franklyn Wang, and Anlin Zhang who became national finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology!!!**

**Applications to MIT PRIMES and PRIMES-USA are open **(deadline: December 1)

**Seventh annual PRIMES conference materials and photos**

Message from PRIMES Chief Research Advisor Pavel Etingof

Welcome to PRIMES!

Mathematics is a unique and wonderful way of life. The goal of PRIMES is to allow high school students to discover the beauty of being a research mathematician, so that more of them choose mathematical research as their profession. In this program you will learn, through a first-hand experience, how mathematicians ask and answer questions, look for patterns and form conjectures, discuss their work and collaborate with each other, read and write mathematical texts, make and correct mistakes, feel frustrated and elated, give talks, and use sophisticated computer systems. You will also be able to discover how mathematics can be applied to real life problems, for example, in molecular biology (in particular, in cancer research). And hopefully you will experience the unforgettable thrill of proving a new theorem or solving a previously unsolved problem! This will develop into a lifelong passion for mathematics. I promise.

We look forward to receiving your application!

For more detail, see

Q&A with the Chief Research Advisor

How to Succeed in Mathematical Research

World-class research ... in the 10th grade (MIT News Office)

MIT PRIMES: Priming Talented Teens
(*Integral *2011, MIT Math Department Newsletter)

National Math Prize Winner Fell in Love with the Subject at MITâ€”During High School *(MIT Continuum*, March 26, 2015)

Mathematical Research in High School: The PRIMES Experience (*Notices of the American Mathematical Society* 62 (2015)); Chinese translation in *Mathematical Advances in Translation* 35:4 (2016): 348-359; summary in Spanish

#### In 2013 PRIMES opened a new math enrichment section, PRIMES Circle, dedicated to serving high school students from underrepresented groups living within commuting distance from Boston

**See welcome message from PRIMES
Circle Program Coordinator in 2013-2014, Dr. Chelsea Walton**

**To sustain PRIMES, we need your help! Please choose the designation "PRIMES
FUND IN MATHEMATICS** (3895820)". We appreciate your support!

**Contact**

**With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director
Dr. Slava Gerovitch at primes@math.mit.edu **