Group photo of students, counselors, and faculty at PROMYS 2019
Two students from 2018
PROMYS 2020 Bridge Program
At 2018 ice cream party
Student at chalkboard
Two at whiteboard
2018 Counselors
Group hug

We anticipate that PROMYS 2022 will run in person at Boston University. 

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

Application Information for 2022

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Mehta Fellowships for students in India
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Yongren Fellowships for students in China
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PROMYS for Teachers
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Cost and Financial Aid

In 2021, PROMYS asked families who can afford to do so to pay $2,500. However, no one should be discouraged from applying to PROMYS because of financial considerations.

PROMYS is happy to offer the program FREE for students whose families make under $60,000 per year.

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.

Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS for Students in India. These are full scholarships for eligibie students in India and have been running at PROMYS since 2015 thanks to the generosity of Nick Nash & Phalgun Raju, Avi & Sandra Nash, Indira Foundation, and Morph.org.

Yongren  (永仁) Fellowships to PROMYS for Students from China
Full scholarships to PROMYS for eligible students in China. The Yongren Fellowships were established thanks to the generosity of a family foundation. Details HERE.

Jane Street Fellowships to PROMYS
Full support for students to participate in PROMYS. Generously funded by Jane Street.

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Student and counselor testimonials.

Mehta Fellows from India, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia at PROMYS 2021

PROMYS is excited to welcome ten new first-year Mehta Fellows in 2021: two Pan-African Mehta Fellows, an Indonesian Mehta Fellow, and seven first-year Mehta Fellows from India.

Pan-African Mehta Fellowships were awarded to Roni Edwin from Ghana and Ekene Ezeunala from Nigeria. Valentio Iverson was awarded an Indonesian Mehta Fellowship.

Sara Ahire, Smitali Bhandari, Achyut Bharadwaj, Dipayan Das, Ruchira Mukherjee, Saee Patil and Abhishek Yadav are new first-year Mehta Fellows. They come from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, and Kamataka in India. These first-year Fellows will join 7 returning Mehta Fellows from India. Nine of the counselors are also Mehta Fellows from India as is Arya Vadnere who is returning to PROMYS this summer as Research Advisor. 

The participation of all these Mehta Fellows is thanks to the philanthropic vision and generosity of Nick Nash & Phalgun Raju, Avi and Sandra Nash, Morph.org, and Indira Foundation who have supported the Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS since 2015 and who are also the founding sponsors of the PROMYS India program. You can meet these students and counselors on the Mehta Fellowships page.

2021 Breakout Fellowship to PROMYS

PROMYS is delighted to award the 2021 Breakout Fellowship to Andy Zheng from Chicago where he is a rising junior.

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. 2021 is the seventh year of the Breakout Fellowships.

Yongren Fellowship to PROMYS 2021

The 2021 Yongren Fellow was Yiming Ding from Beijing, China. She is a senior at Admiral Farragut Academy Tianjin.

Funded by a generous family foundation, the Yongren Fellowships were established to enable the participation in PROMYS of mathematically talented low-income students from China. The Fellowship includes a full scholarship to PROMYS plus, for the in-person program, room and board, roundtrip travel from China, visa application fees, and any required books. Please visit the Yongren Fellowships page for further details.

2021 American Mathematical Society Scholarship

PROMYS is pleased to award the Ky and Yu-Fen Fan Scholarship, funded by the American Mathematical Society Epsilon Awards, to Twyla Colburn of Portland, Oregon. Twyla is a rising junior at David Douglas High School, and 2021 is their first summer at PROMYS.

PROMYS is delighted to be able to award Twyla this scholarship and is grateful to AMS for the support.

PROMYS India for students in India

Sadly, the launch of the new program needs to be postponed to summer 2022 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Postponement is a great disappointment, but health and safety have to be the top priority. 

PROMYS India will welcome mathematically talented students and counsellors from across India for six weeks of challenging mathematical exploration. PROMYS is very excited about the development of PROMYS India, an offshoot program for students in India. Like PROMYS Europe at the University of Oxford, PROMYS India will be closely modeled on PROMYS at Boston University. 

For at least the first year of the new program, all PROMYS India students will be awarded full scholarships thanks to the generosity and vision of the program’s founding sponsors: Nick Nash and Phalgun Raju, Avi and Sandra Nash, Indira Foundation, and Morph.org. These sponsors also funded PROMYS India’s pilot program, the Mehta Fellowships, which brought talented students from India to PROMYS in 2015-2020. There were 15 Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2019 and twenty-one at PROMYS 2020!

The Director of PROMYS India is Professor Ila Varma (University of Toronto) who has experienced PROMYS in multiple roles including student, counselor, Head Counselor, research mentor, guest lecturer, and PROMYS Foundation Trustee. 

Sign up HERE to join the PROMYS India mailing list. The PROMYS India website in HERE. 


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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

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

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. Four of the 2017-2018 PMC students participated in PROMYS during the summer of 2018, 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

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

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


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. 

David Miller (Google) was among the fascinating alum speakers at the PROMYS 30th Anniversary, July 26 – 28, 2019. David was a counselor at PROMYS in 1990 and Head Counselor in 1991 and 1992. His talk, titled is “Natural Language Understanding, Deep Learning and the BERT Revolution.”  

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