Mathcamp: 2017 Updates

Updates about Mathcamp 2017

Mathcamp returned to the University of Puget Sound in the summer of 2017, and it was an exciting year for us:

  • We brought 120 great kids to Mathcamp: 49 girls and 71 boys, from 25 U.S. states, 3 Canadian provinces, and 8 other countries. We awarded financial aid to 37% of our students, including 20 full scholarships.
  • We did so much math! We ran 133 classes (!) taught by 42 different instructors. The topics ranged from "Cryptography, and How to Attack it" to "Hyperplane Arrangements" to "Underhanded Tricks with Markov Chains".
  • We celebrated our 25th summer of camp with an all-alumni reunion. It's really inspiring for all of us to be teaching and learning in such great company. In the words of one new student: "Reunion reinforced the feeling of belonging to a huge family. The storytime in particular was very enlightening, since I would never have figured that Mathcamp has been this level of weird (if not more) way back in 2005 and before." (Yep, we've been this weird the whole time.)

Here's what we've been up to at Mathcamp over the last few years:

  • Assembling strong cohorts of campers. We receive hundreds of applications each year (for only 65 new camper spots), and the students applying are incredibly talented and passionate about math. We've seen great applications from both young women and young men, and the number of girls at camp has risen to 40% of the student body.
  • Awarding lots of financial aid. We're awarding more and more financial aid each year, and we've taken a bold approach: Mathcamp is completely free for families with household incomes of $65,000 and below, and tuition is on a sliding scale for middle-income families.
  • Running the same great program. It's just as math-y and camp-y as ever! As one 2017 student described it: "If you enjoy math and you have not been to Mathcamp yet, then you have not experienced the best five weeks of your life yet."

It's the generous support of the Mathcamp community that makes this possible. Thank you!