# 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*
*.*

MIT PRIMES opened applications for the
2023 cycle on **September 30, 2022**. The applications
and letters of recommendation must be received by **11:59 pm EST on November 30, 2022**. Admission decisions will be made in **early January 2023**.

## Eligibility

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 and September-December. Seniors may apply only to the reading track of the Math section.

*Current MIT PRIMES students may reapply to stay in the program. If they reapply for the same section, they submit only
an updated questionnaire and do not have to submit solutions
of the entrance problem set. Their applications will be
evaluated based on their mentor's recommendation. If they apply to a different section, they must do the problem set for that section.*

*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 urban public high schools of the Boston area are eligible for PRIMES Circle program. U.S. high school juniors
and sophomores living beyond Greater Boston are eligible for PRIMES-USA program.*

## Application

Your application process includes five steps:

**1. Choose your research section**:

In 2023 MIT PRIMES will include two sections:

- mathematics (Math)
- computer science and computational biology (CS/Bio)

For a general description, see our **research areas**. You can apply to both sections
at the same time, but you can be admitted only to one. The Math section includes a research
track and a **reading group
track**; you can apply to either track, or to both.

**2. Open your application**

**Open your application ****online**. Start by filling out your profile and background questions and naming your recommenders. The system will automatically send them requests for letters of recommendation. Do this as early as possible to give them ample time to submit the letters.

**3. Ask for letters of
recommendation**

Ask for two to three __letters of recommendation__ from
people who know you well, preferably from those familiar
with advanced mathematics or computer science, such as teachers,
counselors at summer camps, or college professors.

**4. Solve the entrance problem
set**

If applying to the Math section, solve the ** PRIMES 2023
Math Problem Set**, both General and Advanced problems. It is strongly recommended to write the math solutions using LaTeX. We encourage you to apply if you have
solved at least 50% of the problems.

If applying to CS/Bio, solve **General Math Problems** and **Computer Science Problems**.** Please note that Computer Science solutions must not contain the applicant's name, except in the name of the main .zip file.** We encourage you to apply if you have
solved at least 30% of the General Math problems and at least 90% of the Computer Science problems.

If you apply for both Math and CS/Bio sections, solve both Math (including Advanced) and Computer Science problem sets.

Upload your solutions. The name of the file must start with your last name, for example, "smith-math-solutions" for math problems, and "smith-CS-solutions.zip" for CS problems.

You are allowed to use any resources to solve these problems, except other people's help. This means that you can use calculators, computers, books, and the Internet. However, if you consult books or Internet sites, please give us a reference.

WARNING: Posting these problems on problem-solving websites is strictly forbidden. Applicants who do so will be disqualified, and their parents and recommenders will be notified.

**In fairness to all applicants, we ask general public not to post these problems until January 1, 2023, and to notify us of any violation of these rules.**

**5. Complete your application**

Fill out all remaining parts of the application and add a personal statement. In a free-format statement (1-2 pages), discuss some of your most memorable/enjoyable math/computer science experiences. What type of problems do you like to work on? Explain why you want to participate in PRIMES, what makes you a good candidate, and what are your plans for the future. Feel free to provide any additional information you think might help us get to know you better as a young researcher. Make sure to submit your application well ahead of the deadline to avoid any last-minute technical glitches.

## Deadlines

A complete application must be received by **11:59 pm EST on November 30, 2022**.

Admission decisions will be based on the consideration of all components of
the application.
Admission decisions will be made by **early January 2023 **(in the Math section) or **mid-January **(in the CS/Bio section).

If you are admitted, you will be asked to provide a written permission from your parent/guardian to participate in PRIMES.

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

**Past Math problem sets:**

**2011 problems**and**solutions**-
**2012 problems**and**solutions** **2013 problems**and**solutions****2014 problems**and**solutions**-
**2015 problems**and**solutions** **2016 problems**and**solutions****2017 problems**and**solutions****Note**: See the summary of student answers to the 2017 open-ended question. That problem gave rise to the 2017 CrowdMath project**2018**and**solutions****2019**and**solutions****2020**and**solutions****2021**and**solutions****2022**and**solutions**

**Past Computer Science problem sets (CS solutions are not posted):**

**2022**-
**2014 problems** **2015 problems****2016 problems****2017 problems****2018 problems****2019 problems****2020 problems****2021 problems****2022 problems**

**2013 problems**(the auxiliary files

**test1.txt**

**and**

**test2.txt**)

**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 Admissions Assistant AndrĂ© Dixon at**** aldixon@mit.edu**