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Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students


2024 Program Dates are June 18-July 5
Monday - Friday
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. with a 1 hour lunch break

Class will not meet Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday


There is no cost to participants for the 2024 program

The 2024 program will be conducted in-person


The Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students at the University of Utah provides outstanding students an opportunity to develop their talents to the fullest. By presenting intriguing puzzles, challenging problems and powerful ideas, the program stimulates curiosity, develops the intellect, and lays a strong foundation for future work in mathematics, the sciences, or science related careers.

  • Participants will receive three university credits in mathematics (graded credit/no credit).
  • Participants are expected to be able to attend for the entirety of the program.
  • Program costs for US citizens,  nationals, and permanent residents are paid for by a National Science Foundation CAREER grant and the U of U Department of Mathematics.

  • The prerequisite for the program is that students should have progressed far enough in their mathematical studies that they are prepared to enter Calculus. Calculus is not required.
  • Preference will be given to students between their junior and senior years.
  • This is not a residential program. Students who live far from the university will need to make their own living arrangements for the duration of the program.

Application Materials

To apply to the Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students you will need to submit:

  1. Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Recommendation Form
  4. A copy of your School Transcripts

All are required for an application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration.  Acceptance into the Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students is based on merit.

Application deadline is June 1



The Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students is an intensive three-week program in mathematical biology for motivated high school students. Mathematics and biology enjoy a remarkable synergy, in which (1) mathematics provides deep biological insight and (2) biology drives the development of new mathematical theories. Participants will be introduced to this exciting area of mathematical science as they learn about the power of mathematics in biology.

Participants will work closely throughout the day with one another and with the program staff (the director and graduate or undergraduate students) as they explore a series of challenging problem sets. Each day the students and staff will share a lunch break in which they get to know one another better and continue more informally their mathematical discussions. In addition to the mathematical biology course, once each week a member of the Utah mathematics department will run an afternoon program devoted to other areas of mathematics, both theoretical and applied, so that students can catch a glimpse of the staggering range of the contemporary mathematical landscape.



For more information, contact: 

Sean Lawley  Benjamin Holt
Program Director, 2023 Program Administrator                  

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Summer Math Camps and Programs for Students

Support for the Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students comes from the AMS, the NSF, and the University of Utah

Last Updated: 5/16/24