To Apply

Currently, PROMYS Pathways is open to students who:

  • Attend public high school in Massachusetts
  • Are mathematically ambitious and excited about spending time on collaborative problem solving
  • Might not otherwise have access to extracurricular mathematical opportunities
  • Are from groups underrepresented in STEM (this includes students who are Black, Latinx, or Indigenous, female or nonbinary, and from families with low income; however students of all identities will be considered)

Pathways Summer Program

PROMYS is offering a free 4-week summer math program for eligible students. The program will run July 1 – 26, Monday through Friday,  10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Class on Thursday, July 4, is optional. Students must be able to commute to Boston University's campus. Lunch and public transportation costs will be provided. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis through May 1 or until all spots are filled.

Application Process

There are four components to the application:

  1. application form which includes short answers
  2. letter of recommendation (PROMYS will contact your teacher)
  3. financial information form (PROMYS will contact your parent/guardian)
  4. your work on one interesting math problem to upload to your application form

To apply, you will be asked to upload your work on a math problem. Please choose one of the following options and have a file (.pdf, .jpeg, or .png) ready for upload before you start the application form:

  • Your own problem – any math problem you found interesting
  • One of the POW problems from our website (see Resources)
  • The following problem: There are three glasses on the table: one that holds 3 oz., one that holds 5 oz., and one that holds 8 oz. The first two are empty, and the 8 oz. glass is full of water. By pouring water from one glass to another, measure out exactly 4 oz. of water. What other amounts of water can you measure out? Can you get 1 oz.? If you start with other sizes of glass (like 3, 5, and 10 oz.), can you still measure 4 oz.?

School-Year Math Circles

Students are encouraged to apply for the 2023-2024 PROMYS Math Circle cohort.

Teachers may recommend students; however, we ask that each student fill out this application form.


Please contact us if you have any questions.