About the Program
The Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) is an intensive multi-summer program for high school students. The goal of the program is to develop talented students of all socioeconomic backgrounds through immersive and in-depth experiences in an unique learning environment. Students develop important skills for future degrees and careers in math, science, engineering, and many other fields.
The HSMC courses nurture
- Rigorous reasoning and logic skills (through experiences in mathematical proof-writing)
- Creative problem identification and solving skills
- Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills
- Mindsets to tackle open-ended problems
- Great communication and presentation skills
Students are taught by university faculty, mentored by undergraduate counselors, and share the joy of exploring mathematics with their peers.
The HSMC tuition fee is $4,000 for students who can afford it, but this amount only covers 90% of the true per-student cost of conducting the program, which includes room and board, faculty and staff salaries, and program management. We rely on the generous support of alumni, parents, and other thoughtful donors to provide mathematical opportunities to all interested students.
- Elementary Number Theory provides a solid foundation for all students in mathematics. This course covers basic properties of integer arithmetic, including unique prime factorization, Euclid’s algorithm, Diophantine equations, modular arithmetic, congruences, induction, well-ordering, quadratic residues and quadratic reciprocity.
- Mathematica Computer Lab enables students to explore the application of ideas discussed in the Number Theory and Problem Solving courses. Students use the Mathematica software to model real world problems. Specific applications include coding theory, public key encryption, testing for primes, and the Chinese Remainder Theorem.
- Honors Seminar - modeled after Honors Programs offered at many top-tier colleges, the Honors Seminar is an interdisciplinary course that challenges students intellectually through rigorous standards of analysis, preparing them to conduct their own research in the future. Hands-on learning experiences introduce students to concepts of teamwork and critical thinking. Reading discussions and guest speakers add fundamental and thought-provoking theories from multiple perspectives. The capstone project for the course is an entrepreneurship activity that includes a final group presentation.
- Combinatorics, Abstract Algebra, and Analysis, provide returning students with a firm foundation in fundamental areas of mathematics, while building on ideas from the first year.
- Study Group - students are assigned into groups of 3 or 4, and provided guidance by an undergraduate mentor (counselor) to work on the daily problem sets. This intensive collaboration allows students to delve deeply into the mathematics, and think carefully about each question. Teamwork and communication skills are developed as students work together in the exploration of mathematical theorems.
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