Primes Logo Other programs for high school students, which stimulate the development of math research skills

  • APEX-Maths (Academic Program of EXcellence in Mathematics) is an intensive and immersive 3-weeks-long summer residential program in Romania offering a unique opportunity to get a taste of mathematical research and scientific discovery. The participants - a maximum number of 40 - will be able to experience the world of research from within, as they will explore new mathematical concepts under the guidance of top internationally recognized university professors and PhD students.
  • Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. At Mathcamp, students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.
  • Girls’ Angle is a math club for girls (grade 5-12), based in Cambridge, Mass., whose mission is to foster and nurture girls’ interest in mathematics and empower them to tackle any field no matter the level of mathematical sophistication. At the Club, girls work directly with their mentors and members of the Support Network. The Support Network consists of professional women who use math in their work and are eager to show the members how and for what they use math.
  • HCSSiM (Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics) is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics).
  • MasterScholar (North Carolina Math Camp) is a two-week summer program staffed with faculty and students from Duke University. It emphasizes the development of students' ability to think deeply about simple concepts, guides students to approach challenging, unseen mathematical problems from outside the box, and includes research presentations as well as paper write-ups.
  • MathILy (serious Mathematics Infused with Levity) is an intensive residential summer program for mathematically excellent secondary students. Instructors provide the framework, and students get to make (and prove!) the conjectures. They encounter new ideas, improve their problem-solving skills, learn lots and lots of advanced mathematics, and hone their overall thinking skills.
  • PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists) 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.
  • Prove it! is a two-week summer camp at Colorado State University, which provides a challenging and rigorous introduction to mathematical proof with applications to advanced topics chosen from the instructors' areas of expertise and interest. The program simulates the major aspects of the research process in mathematics.
  • Ross Mathematics Program is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery. First year participants take an inquiry-based course in number theory; returning students participate in other courses.
  • RSI (Research Science Institute) is a five week research internship at MIT where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
  • SUMaC (Stanford University Mathematics Camp) offers two courses with unique topics for each course. Both programs feature the research project where participants pursue course topics in greater depth. For this activity, participants initially work in groups under the leadership of the Teaching Assistants, and using journal articles, advanced textbooks, and other materials. At the end of the course, participants give presentations on their topics to their peers.
  • Yau Mathcamp is a summer camp in China for mathematically talented and strongly motivated secondary school students from China and all over the world. A highly selected group of students are invited to join a rigorous month-long program to explore the art of creative problem solving with masters. Yau Mathcamp also offers a great opportunity for students to work on research projects through collaborative discoveries guided by their coaches and teachers.

See also programs run by PRIMES students and alumni:

  • GirlsxMRO (Math Research Outreach for Girls), a five-week summer program dedicated to introducing rising 8th to 10th grade girls to the world of math beyond competitions, including advanced topics and research.
  • MATH ROCs (Math Research Outreach Conference), an open two-day event, where you can learn about higher math and how to get involved with high school research.

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With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director Slava Gerovitch at