PROMYS Math Circle (PMC) was launched in 2017, as part of enhanced PROMYS efforts to reach out to mathematically talented students in Massachusetts, particularly those from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented in STEM.
The goal of PMC is for students to explore challenging mathematical problems within a stimulating and supportive mathematical community. Under the guidance of mentors (PROMYS for Teachers alumni and graduate students in mathematics), PMC students engage in weekly exploration-based math circles and attend special collaborative events throughout the school year. For the past two years, PMC has run a virtual summer program.
Since 2017, fourteen PMC students have participated in the flagship PROMYS program, most on full or partial scholarships. With the additional mentorship and preparation provided by PMC, these students thrived.
In-School Math Circles
The following high-needs public schools have joined PROMYS Math Circle:
Boston Latin Academy (Dorchester) • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School* •
Chelsea High School* • City on a Hill (Dudley Square) • Everett High School •
John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Sciences • Lawrence High School* •
Malden High School • Pioneer Charter School of Science (Everett) • Revere High School •
Somerville High School • University Park Campus School (Worcester)* • Waltham High School*
PROMYS for Teachers alumni serve as mentors in the schools where they teach.
Virtual Math Circle
A virtual PROMYS math circle serves students from other schools where a math circle has not yet been established. Mentoring is conducted by graduate students in mathematics with experience in the PROMYS program. We welcome inquiries from MA teachers on behalf of their eligible students.
PMC Summer Program
In 2020, PROMYS launched a six-week virtual math circle summer program in response to the need for more rigorous mathematical opportunities for low-income and underrepresented students. Each summer, about a dozen high school students join five or six mentors for 4-6 hours of collaborative problem solving each weekday. Students work on specially-designed problem sets that emphasize mathematical exploration. Plans for Summer 2022 are forthcoming.
Throughout the school year, PROMYS organizes several special events to bring together the different math circles. These occasions serve to create a mathematical community across PMC. Recent events include:
- Math Collaborations facilitated by Dr. Ken Fan of Girls’ Angle
- Math Field Day with workshops run by Boston University undergraduate math majors
- Knot Just Numbers workshop hosted by the MIT Museum
- Field trip to the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City