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At PRIMES you will be able to:

  • Work on a real research project in mathematics, computer science, or computational biology over a period of one year.
  • Interact and collaborate with professional researchers (faculty and graduate students) from MIT and other schools.
  • Interact with other mathematically advanced high school students.
  • Learn how to use computers to do pure or applied mathematics research; for example, get acquainted with computer algebra systems - Mathematica, MAGMA, GAP, SAGE.
  • Gain advanced knowledge in the field of your research.
  • Learn how to succeed in mathematical research .
  • Learn how to write a research paper and publish it on the digital preprint archive and in a professional research journal.
  • Learn how to give an oral presentation of your research.
  • Submit your project to national science competitions, such as Regeneron Science Talent Search , Intel International Science and Engineering  Fair (ISEF) , and the Davidson Fellows Scholarship .
  • Gain valuable experience for summer math research programs for high school students, such as RSI, PROMYS, and REUs.
  • Obtain recommendations for college (around 45% of PRIMES alumni go to MIT).
  • Learn how to become an absent-minded mathematician .

For more information, see Program Details and Q&A with Chief Research Advisor


With questions, contact PRIMES Program Coordinator André Dixon at