PROMYS: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists

Boston University Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been hosting PROMYS: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists for over three decades. Founded in 1989, PROMYS has been a beacon for aspiring mathematicians, offering a supportive community, challenging curriculum, and opportunities for research and exploration. PROMYS has been nurturing the mathematical talents of highly motivated high school students and providing them with an enriching summer experience. 

As a high school student are you: 
  • A math whiz who devours complex problems and seeks intellectual stimulation?
  • A natural problem-solver who enjoys dissecting puzzles and unraveling mysteries?
  • A collaborative spirit who thrives in supportive environments and enjoys bouncing ideas off peers?
  • A curious explorer who wonders about the hidden patterns in the universe, from music to physics?

If you answered yes, then PROMYS could be the right fit for you.

PROMYS offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes lectures, seminars, guest lectures, research projects, and exploration labs. Each weekday begins with a Number Theory lecture, followed by problem-solving sessions and advanced seminars on topics like Abstract Algebra and Modular Forms.

Number Theory Lectures Become Adventures: Imagine yourself captivated by renowned mathematicians as they crack the code of prime numbers, unveil the secrets of infinity, and guide you through the enchanting world of integers. Prepare to be challenged, inspired, and amazed as you delve into the very essence of numbers.

Unleash Your Inner Problem-Solver: PROMYS is about collaborative exploration. Wrestle with mind-bending challenges alongside brilliant peers and supportive counselors. Share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and discover the joy of collaborative learning. Witness the magic that unfolds when diverse perspectives come together, and celebrate the “aha!” moments that ignite your problem-solving prowess.

Advanced Seminars: Returning students and motivated first-year participants can choose from a variety of Advanced Seminars offered on diverse topics. Led by PROMYS faculty and visiting mathematicians, these seminars meet regularly for lectures and feature engaging problem sets. Past seminars have covered topics like Abstract Algebra, Modular Forms, and Primes and Zeta Functions.

Guest Lectures: PROMYS enriches its regular curriculum with diverse lectures from faculty and guests of the program. These lectures introduce participants to related scientific fields and include discussions on the ethics and philosophy of science, the relationship between pure and applied science, and career options in mathematics.

Research Projects: One of the highlights of PROMYS is the opportunity for students to engage in scientific research. Whether through PROMYS-designed exploration labs or mentored research projects with professional mathematicians, students get hands-on experience in conducting mathematical inquiries. At the end of the program, students present their findings to the PROMYS community, with some papers even being published or presented at conferences.

Dorm Life and Other Activities: Students experience a taste of college life while living in dormitories at Boston University. The students form lasting friendships with peers who share their passion for mathematics. Counselors, who live on the same floors as PROMYS students, provide support and guidance throughout the program. While the focus is on mathematics, students also engage in recreational activities like sports, games, and musical pursuits to unwind and build community.

PROMYS is more than a summer program; it’s an investment in your future. It’s a chance to:

  • Rediscover the thrill of intellectual exploration and the satisfaction of tackling challenging problems.
  • Hone your analytical abilities, learn to approach problems from different angles, and become a more effective problem-solver.
  • Experience the power of collaboration and discover your own unique mathematical strengths.
  • Build lasting friendships with peers who share your passion for math and create a network of mentors and role models.
  • Gain valuable insights into careers in mathematics, research, and related fields.


  • Eligibility:  Eligible students must be at least 14 years old and should have completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by June 2024.
  • Dates: June 30 – August 10, 2024
  • Cost: Free for domestic students with financial need, otherwise $6,100 (financial aid available).
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Application Process

Four components of the application must be submitted by the deadline:

  1. The applicants must submit solutions to a challenging problem set. 
  2. Letter of recommendation: The students should request a current or former mathematics teacher (or a mathematics coach, professor, or mentor) to submit a recommendation form on their behalf.
  3. High school transcript: Students should upload an unofficial high school transcript with their online application. 
  4. Complete the short answer questions as a part of the application.

Other PROMYS Programs: In addition to the Boston-based program, PROMYS also offers programs in Europe and India for eligible students residing in those regions.

If you’re a high school student with a passion for mathematics and a desire to explore its depths, PROMYS invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey of learning, discovery, and growth. Apply now and be part of a vibrant community of young mathematicians at PROMYS 2024!

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