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.
Each summer, PROMYS admits approximately 80 high school students ages 14–18, including 60 first years and 20 returning students. About 25 undergraduates from top mathematics programs, many of whom are PROMYS alumni, serve as counselors. In addition to mentoring 3–4 students, the counselors conduct their own mathematical research and run minicourses and talks.
Number Theory is the core lens through which all participants explore mathematics. Returning students also take part in advanced seminars and engage in original research projects. Six faculty members, three of whom are math professors at Boston University, guide the lectures, seminars, and exploration labs. Additionally, professional mathematicians, scientists in academia or industry, and visiting alumni serve as research mentors, recitation leaders, and guest lecturers.