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Apply to be a Mentor

Status: We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2021.

The application consists of a personal statement, course proposals, CV, and one or two letters of recommendation.

The Personal Statement and Course Proposals

First, write us a page or two about yourself, why you want to join Mathcamp and how you think you could contribute. Describe your qualifications, experience (construe that broadly), ideas, et cetera.

Second, describe a one-week class that you would like to teach at Mathcamp. Feel free to design your dream class! Make sure to include some details, like difficulty, pacing, problems you might assign, and so on. A typical class meets for five days, one hour each day (though some variation is possible). Keep in mind that these are bright high school students who can accomplish a lot, but have varying mathematical backgrounds. Some of them may meet modular arithmetic for the very first time at camp (but will be quick to pick it up and run with it); a few will have already taken classes at college and will happily follow a development of Stokes' Theorem on manifolds; most fall somewhere in between. We are looking for a coherent, interesting curriculum that demonstrates your creativity as a teacher.

In addition to your detailed class proposal, please give several brief descriptions (a sentence or two is fine) for 2–3 other classes or projects that you might like to run at Mathcamp. Please include enough details for us to understand the content of the course and the main ideas that students should take away; we would like to see your breadth as a teacher and your range as a mathematician.

Finally, we'd also like to hear any new ideas you have for interesting and fun activities, whether they are math-related or not.

We want to get an overall feeling for who you are, and how you would fit into our community, but your application needn't be longer than a few pages in total.

Recommendation Letters

We ask for one letter of recommendation on your behalf. We are interested in both your mathematical strength and in your teaching experience and expertise. (It is worth emphasizing that some of our best mentors have had little formal teaching experience before their first summer at Mathcamp.) Though it is by no means a requirement, you may submit two recommendation letters: one from someone who knows you well mathematically, and one from someone who is familiar with your teaching ability. In any case, please show our description of the mentor position to your recommender, and ask your recommender to comment on your suitability for such a job.

In addition, if you know someone who has been involved in Mathcamp in the past, and you would like us to keep them in mind as a reference, please include their name and email address.

How to Apply

Applications for summer 2021 are now closed. Stay tuned for next year.

Thanks for your interest in working at Mathcamp!