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Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)

Local Region:

South Bay


220 Panama Street
Stanford, CA 94305
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(888) 423-6040 or (650) 721-2947



Contact Name:

Kelsey Kagle


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Intern / Lab Volunteer
Lecture / Seminar
This program is "hands on."
For students entering 11th and 12th grades in the fall.
Fees / Stipend:
$6,500 fees
Summer Only
A four week-long summer math camp. Tentative dates for 2016: July 10 - August 6, 2016

Jul 16 - Aug 11, 2018 ... check back for next year's date
4 weeks
The SUMaC courses focus on pure mathematics—that is, mathematics that is motivated independently of ties to other sciences—nonetheless, important applications are introduced and pursued along the way. The SUMaC courses are not for credit or grade—they are designed for pure mathematical enrichment.

SUMaC offers two courses with unique topics for each course. Participants are enrolled in just one program during the summer, and the two programs allow participants to potentially return for a second summer. The two programs take place simultaneously from July 16–August 11, 2018.

Both programs feature the research project where participants pursue course topics in greater depth. This project is one of the highlights of SUMaC. 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, giving them experience in the important activity of communicating mathematics.

SUMaC is funded, in part, by the American Mathematical Society Epsilon Fund and by the Stanford Department of Mathematics.
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Mar 14, 2018, 4:00 PM
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Target Group:
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) leads participants on a journey in advanced mathematics through lectures, guided research, and group problem solving. In a social environment centered on mathematics, participants explore current lines of mathematical research, the historical development of important areas of mathematics, and applications across scientific disciplines.
SUMaC students are selected based on their grades in math courses, their performance on standardized math exams, their teacher recommendations, their reasons for wanting to come to SUMaC as expressed on the personal information form of the SUMaC application, and their performance on the SUMaC admission exam. Particular emphasis is placed on the admission exam, which is a collection of challenging math problems for applicants to work on at home over an extended period. However, success in high school certainly increases ones chances of acceptance. Special attention is paid to students who are in academic environments that do not offer the framework to excel in mathematics beyond the usual school curriculum. In recent years, about four times as many applications are received as there are spaces in the program.
Other Materials:
The SUMaC 2015 Application is now available.
Last updated Feb 2, 2018, 1:27 PM. Please check the official website link for the most accurate and current information to applying!