Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
- Palo Alto, CA
SUMaC offers residential and online summer math programs.
Both are intensive mathematics enrichment experiences that allow students to explore advanced topics, engage in mathematical research, and investigate how math can be applied to various scientific disciplines.
At SUMaC’s residential program, students choose from either Abstract Algebra and Number Theory or Algebraic Topology. In the former track, students engage with topics like error-correcting codes and cryptography. They also must have experience writing and reading proofs in addition to geometry and algebra mastery. In the latter track, students dive into the study of shape properties. They should be more advanced than Abstract Algebra students, with the above-mentioned experience as well as a “deep, thoughtful interest in higher mathematics.” The online program is faster-paced and offers identical academic tracks.
At the residential math summer programs, students are surrounded by mathematics undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, there are a variety of social activities and field trips. At the online option, students participate in community-building as well as student life workshops and panels.
To be competitive, students should have strong math grades, a stellar teacher recommendation, and essays that communicate their math passion. They should also have ample math engagement outside of school and a solid performance on the SUMaC admissions exam, which is comprised of challenging proof-based problems.