# MIT PRIMES: How to Apply

*This page provides instructions for applying to *
*MIT PRIMES**, a research program for students living within
driving distance from Boston. To apply to PRIMES-USA, a
nationwide research program for students living outside
Greater Boston, see *
*How to Apply to
PRIMES-USA** page. To apply to PRIMES Circle, a
math enrichment program for local students from urban public
high schools, see **How
to Apply to PRIMES Circle** page. For more information about
MIT PRIMES, see * *MIT PRIMES program details page*
*.*

The deadline for receiving applications and letters of
recommendation for the 2020 cycle was **December 1****, 2019**. The admissions are now closed. Admission decisions are based on all components of your application. Admission decisions are expected by **mid-January**.

For the 2021 cycle, new problem sets will be posted and admissions open in **mid-September 2020.** You will have until December 1, 2020, to solve the relevant problem set(s). Applicants to the Math section must solve the Math problem set (typically, you need to solve at least 70% of the problems). Applicants to the Computer Science and Computational Biology sections must solve the Computer Science problem set (100%) and the General part of the Math problem set (problems G1-G7; at least 70%).

To participate in MIT PRIMES, you must be a high school student* (or a home schooled student of high school age) living in the Greater Boston area, so that you can come to MIT weekly (late afternoon or evening on a weekday or on weekend) in February-May.

In order to apply, you will need to fill out a questionnaire, ask for one or two letters of recommendation, and submit your solutions of the PRIMES problem set. The problem sets are posted in The admission decision will be based on the consideration of all components of your application. There is no application fee.

**Preparation**

We suggest a list of **
recommended readings** as a preparation for entering
PRIMES and as a background for further research. You may
find it useful to consult

**Math problem sets:**

**2011**and**solutions**-
**2012**and**solutions** **2013**and**solutions****2014**and**solutions**-
**2015**and**solutions** **2016**and**solutions****2017**and**solutions****Note**: See the summary of student answers to the 2017 open-ended question. This problem gave rise to the CrowdMath project (joint with the Art of Problem Solving), in which everyone is welcome to participate!**2018**and**solutions****2019**and**solutions****2020**

**Computer Science problem sets:**

The details of the application procedure and the PRIMES
2021 problem sets will be posted on this website in **mid-September 2020**.

*Female students, minorities, and students from underprivileged groups are
strongly encouraged to apply. PRIMES makes a special effort to reach
out to schools in disadvantaged areas. Sophomores and
juniors from public high schools of Boston, Cambridge, and
Somerville are eligible for
PRIMES Circle program. U.S. high school juniors
living beyond Greater Boston are eligible for
PRIMES-USA program.*

**12th graders are allowed to apply. Even though Phase IV of the Program would overlap with their first semester in
college, they would be encouraged to stay in touch with
their mentor and to bring their work to publication. *

** Why It Makes No Sense to Cheat**

PRIMES expects its participants to adhere to MIT rules and standards for honesty and integrity in academic studies. As a result, any cases of plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, cheating, or facilitating academic dishonesty during the application process or during the work at PRIMES may result in immediate disqualification from the program, at the sole discretion of PRIMES. In addition, PRIMES reserves the right to notify a participant's parents, schools, and/or recommenders in the event it determines that a participant did not adhere to these expectations. For explanation of these expectations, see What is Academic Integrity?

Moreover, even if someone gets into PRIMES by cheating, it would immediately become apparent that their background is weaker than expected, and they are not ready for research. This would prompt an additional investigation with serious consequences. By trying to get into PRIMES by cheating, students run very serious risks of exposing their weak background and damaging their college admissions prospects.

**Contact**

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