Group photo of students, counselors, and faculty at PROMYS 2018
Counselors at 2009 Banquet
PROMYS Student Blackboard
Counselors at the ice cream party
PROMYS students studying together
PROMYS circle of students


Dates of the program: July 1 - August 11, 2018

Please visit Quick Facts about PROMYS for details of the program.


All applications for the summer of 2018 are now closed.

Financial Aid

PROMYS offers full and partial need-based financial aid and is dedicated to the principle that no one should be unable to attend for financial reasons. 
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Endowed Breakout Fellowship to PROMYS 
Thanks to the generosity of Breakthrough Prize-winning mathematicians Richard Taylor, Terence Tao, and Jacob Lurie and to PROMYS alum donors, a full scholarship will be offered annually to a mathematically talented student who might not otherwise be able to attend. 

AMS Epsilon Fund Scholarships
With support from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Epsilon Fund, PROMYS is delighted to offer a Ky and Yu-Fen Fan Scholarship: a substantial or full scholarship for a talented high school student. 

PROMYS is also grateful to have AMS support of its need-based financial aid awards.

2018 Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships
Full scholarships to PROMYS for students from India
. Thanks to the generosity of Nicholas Nash, Morph.org and the Indira Foundation, these scholarships cover tuition, room and board, and roundtrip airfare from India. Please click HERE for more information.

2018 Yongren  (永仁) Fellowships to PROMYS for Students from China
Full scholarships to PROMYS for low-income students in China. Established thanks to the generosity of a family foundation. Details HERE.

HMMT/HMNT Scholarships
PROMYS will award two $250 scholarships (to one male and one female first-year PROMYS student) among winners of HMMT or HMNT who qualify for the program.

Learn more about Scholarships 

Please click here for student and counselor testimonials. 

2018 Breakout Fellowship to PROMYS

2018 Breakout Fellow
2018 Breakout Fellow with Professors Henry Cohn, Li-Mei Lim, Glenn Stevens, and Marjory Baruch

PROMYS is delighted to award the 2018 Breakout Fellowship to William Cowen-Breen of Massachusetts. 

Terence Tao, Richard Taylor, and Jacob Lurie, recipients of the inaugural Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics, very generously created the Breakout Fellowship to PROMYS in late 2014. The PROMYS alum community then matched the Breakout Fellowship donations to create and fully fund the Breakout Fellowship Endowment which will bring one Breakout Fellow to PROMYS every summer. 2018 is the fourth year of the Breakout Fellowships.

2018 American Mathematical Society Scholarship

We are pleased to award the Ky and Yu-Fen Fan Scholarship, funded by the American Mathematical Society, to Kevin Gonzalez of Boston, MA.  Kevin just completed his junior year at Boston Latin Academy, where he participates in his school’s PROMYS Math Circle. Kevin came to PROMYS for the first time last summer, and says of his experience, “PROMYS has given me confidence in my capabilities and given me the courage to take on difficult tasks.” He says one of the reasons he decided to return to PROMYS this summer was to give back to the PROMYS community: “I’d like to…make sure people can have the great experience I had my first year at PROMYS.”

We are delighted to be able to award Kevin this scholarship and are grateful to the AMS for the support.

Twelve Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS awarded in 2018!

2018 Mehta Fellows
2018 Mehta Fellows with Professors Glenn Stevens, Ila Varma, Li-Mei Lim, Marjory Baruch, and Henry Cohn

PROMYS is excited to award twelve 2018 Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships for talented young mathematicians in India: five first-year Mehta Fellows, three Returning Mehta Fellows, and four Mehta Counselors. The new Fellows were selected from an exceptionally large and impressive pool of Mehta Fellowship applicants. Finalists were interviewed by alumni Dr. Abhinav Kumar and Professor Ila Varma. 

The new first-year Mehta Fellows are Anupam Datta (from Durgapur), Arpoitri Ghosal (from Kolkata), Medha Yelimeli (from Bangalore), Nilava Metya (from Kolkata) and Siddhant Chaudhary (from Delhi). The students who are Returning Mehta Fellows are Devansh Sehta, Aman Agrawal, and Siddharth Sridhar, all of whom attended PROMYS in 2017.

The Mehta Counselors are Sabir Shaik (2015 Mehta Fellow, Junior Counselor in 2016, and Counselor in 2017); Soumen Ghosh (2016 Mehta Fellow and Junior Counselor in 2017); Arya Vadnere and Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj (both of whom were 2016 Mehta Fellows and Returning Fellows in 2017). Sabir and Arya attend Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI); Soumen attends the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata; and Adit attends the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc). Neelima Borade, Mehta Fellow in 2016, is also a counselor this summer.

The participation of these students, all exceptionally talented in mathematics, is thanks to the generosity of Nicholas Nash, the Indira Foundation and Morph.org, the Mehta Fellowship sponsors. The Mehta Fellowships are full scholarships to PROMYS which also cover round-trip airfare from India, visa fees and any required books.

Please visit the Mehta Fellowship page HERE for more information.

Two Yongren Fellowships to PROMYS awarded in 2018

2018 Yongren Fellows
The two 2018 Yongren Fellows: (left to right) Professor Li-Mei Lim, Professor Henry Cohn, Zhiyuan Zhou, Zehong Zong, Professor Glenn Stevens, and Professor Marjory Baruch.

PROMYS is delighted to award the 2018 Yongren (永仁) Fellowship to Zhiyuan Zhou from Guangzhou, China and in addition to be able to award a Returning Yongren Fellowship to Zehong Zong from Zhengzhou. As a returning student, Zehong will immerse himself in more advanced mathematics this summer. 

Funded by a generous family foundation, the Yongren Fellowships were established to enable the participation in PROMYS of a mathematically talented low-income student from China. The Fellowship includes a full scholarship to PROMYS (including all tuition, room and board) plus roundtrip travel from China, visa application fees, and any required books. 


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PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

The Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) and PROMYS are offering new advanced seminars for returning PROMYS students. Returning students also engage in original research under the mentorship of professional mathematicians.

Two returning students presenting research in 2017
Returning students present their research at PROMYS 2017

Please visit Quick Facts about PROMYS for details of the program.

PROMYS for Teachers

Teacher giving a presentation at PfT 2016
Teacher giving a presentation at PROMYS for Teachers

PROMYS for Teachers is a collaboration of Boston University's Department of Mathematics with the Education Development Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. Together we are working to promote what we call a "culture of exploration" in secondary school mathematics classrooms. 

A video of the PROMYS for Teachers program may be viewed HERE

PROMYS Math Circle (PMC)

PROMYS Math Circle (PMC) was launched in 2016, as a part of enhanced efforts to reach out to mathematically talented students in Massachusetts, particularly those from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds. Under the guidance of mentors (PfT alumni and graduate students in mathematics), PMC students engage in weekly exploration-based math circles, working collaboratively on specially-designed problem sets. Five of the 2016-2017 PMC students participated in PROMYS during the summer of 2017, on full or partial scholarships. PMC is supported by a generous Massachusetts family foundation.


Andrew Wiles at PROMYS Europe 2016
Professor Sir Andrew Wiles after his Guest Lecture at PROMYS Europe 2016

PROMYS Europe is a partnership between PROMYS; the University of Oxford's Mathematical Institute; the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI); and Wadham College, Oxford University. PROMYS Europe is open to pre-university students aged 16 and up who are ordinarily resident in Europe. 

PROMYS Europe is closely modeled on its parent program at Boston University. The teaching philosophy and the focus on developing mathematical habits of mind is the same at both programs as is the importance of creating a supportive and highly stimulating mathematical community.

Please click HERE to visit the PROMYS Europe site

Landon T Clay: 1926 – July 29, 2017 

Landon Clay founded the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI), a long-standing and deeply valued partner of the PROMYS program. Known for his intellectual curiosity and his desire to spread awareness of the significance of mathematics, Landon Clay was the creator of the Millennium Prizes. His passing is mourned by PROMYS and by all in and beyond the mathematical world who have benefited from his generosity and his vision. 

Returning student presenting research at PROMYS 2017
Returning student presenting research at PROMYS 2017

Glenn Stevens giving daily Number Theory lecture in 2017
Glenn Stevens giving one of the daily Number Theory lectures in 2017

Henry Cohn giving Number Theory lecture in 2017
Henry Cohn giving one of the daily Number Theory lectures in 2017 

PROMYS Videos 

Video about PROMYS. Students, faculty, and alums of the program were filmed and interviewed during PROMYS 2013 and at the 25th Summer of PROMYS Celebration July 5-7, 2013.

Alum Hirsh Jain's TEDx Talk: "To Think Deeply Of Simple Things"