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Marisa Debowsky, Canada/USA Mathcamp's Executive Director, describes the Mathcamp summer program for high school math students.

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Facilitator: Marisa Debowsky

LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:30:16
Hello and welcome to the Canada/USA Mathcamp Math Jam!
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:30:52
Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive five-week-long summer program for high-school students interested in mathematics, designed to expose students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. You can learn more about Canada/USA Mathcamp at
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:31:00
In this Math Jam, Canada/USA Mathcamp staff will lead a discussion about their outstanding program. Many AoPS instructors, assistants, and students are alumni of Mathcamp, including me! (I went to Mathcamp three times, from 2007 to 2009 )
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:31:12
For the moment, please hold your questions – they'll let you know when you can start asking questions. Also, due to the number of people attending tonight, they may not be able to get to every question.
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:31:17
And now let me introduce our guests!
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:31:22
Marisa Debowsky (MarisaD) is the Executive Director of Mathcamp. She's been teaching Topological Graph Theory and singing pop songs at Mathcamp every summer since 2006.
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:31:26
Kevin Carde (KevinCarde) is the Assistant Director and CTO of Mathcamp. He's been teaching Algebraic Combinatorics and playing piano at Mathcamp every summer since 2011.
LauraZed 2019-02-19 19:31:29
I'll turn the room over to Marisa now!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:31:37
Hi, everybody, and welcome to the annual Mathcamp Q&A! Thanks as always to @LauraZed, @rrusczyk, and the AoPS team for hosting us.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:31:47
Kevin and I are here to talk about Mathcamp 2019, both the program and the application process. (You've got a captive audience with admissions officers, so this is a great chance to get ready for application season.)
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:31:53
First, I'll say in a few short sentences what Mathcamp is. Then we'll spend about 30 minutes discussing the program, and 30 minutes discussing the application process, and then we'll wrap up around 9pm ET.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:32:03
So, Mathcamp: it's a 5-week residential math summer program. This year, it runs Sunday, June 23rd through Sunday, July 28th, and takes place at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:32:20
Really really frequently asked questions, to get them out of the way:
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:32:30
Who comes to Mathcamp? We have 120 students per year, from all over the world. It's about 65-75 new campers and 45-55 returning alumni per year. The last few years have been 40 - 45% girls, 55 - 60% boys, with a few non-binary students.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:32:50
What kind of math? Seriously, all kinds. A cool thing about Mathcamp is that our course catalog has about 150 classes per summer, and you have complete freedom to design your own curriculum.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:33:04
What else happens? During the evenings and on the weekends, there are a zillion (ish) activities happening, and you choose how to spend your time.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:33:13
That flexibility and creativity -- academic and nonacademic -- are the defining characteristics of Mathcamp.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:33:24
How do I get in? Admission is competitive. (We expect to admit 10 - 15% of the applicants.) The two main ingredients are the Qualifying Quiz and your personal essay. You'll also submit recommendation letters and some short answers about your math background. For more info, see and .
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:33:42
When do I apply? The deadline to apply is a few weeks away: March 15th, 2019. (All applications received by the deadline get equal consideration, so there's no advantage to applying early.)
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:33:55
Scholarships? Yes! Every student (US, Canadian, & International; new and returning) is eligible for financial aid, and we have a large scholarship budget: everybody who needs financial aid will receive it. About 25% of our students receive full scholarships, and we can even buy you a plane ticket.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:34:19
Okay, I think it's time for me to stop monologuing: we want to get to as many of your questions as possible.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:34:24
Kevin and I would like to meet *you* along with your question (we talk to students and families a lot by email, and this is a chance for us to talk with you in realtime!), so here's a suggested format:
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:34:30
Name / Age / Location: Question
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:34:38

Travis / 15 / Newport: Do we celebrate birthdays during Mathcamp?


Joan / Parent / Minnesota: Where can we mail care packages?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:34:52
(But that format is not mandatory - in keeping with the spirit of Mathcamp, just about everything is optional, and we'll do our best to answer your questions in any format.)
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:35:17
Okay, ready? Let's spend about 7:35 - 8:15 on questions about the program itself: mathematical and residential life at Mathcamp; the people; the campus; the "during" and "after" of Mathcamp. (And then we'll switch over to discussing the "before": the application process and financial aid.)
BeastAtMath12 2019-02-19 19:36:08
Shreyas / 13 / Virginia: Where is this year's Mathcamp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:36:17
It's at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
NaNoViRuS 2019-02-19 19:36:40
his high school only?
fei05 2019-02-19 19:36:40
Sofia/12/US: is coming 7th grader acceptable?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:36:50
It's both middle and high school! The eligibility criterion is about age, not grade in school: students ages 13 - 18 are eligible to apply. (If you're 12 or 19 but have very special circumstances, talk to us about exceptions.)
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 19:37:08
will there be food supplyed?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:37:34
Yes! The program is residential, and we live in the dorms at Lewis & Clark and have our meals in the college dining hall.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:38:06
Bradley/14/Mexico: do the dorms have AC?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:38:22
No, but we'll provide a fan for each dorm room. (And the weather in Oregon is pretty great over the summers.)
ProfessorCalculus 2019-02-19 19:38:26
no they have fans im pretty sure
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:38:29
dantaxyz 2019-02-19 19:38:43
Daniel/15/Washington: Are there field trips? If so can you give an estimate of how frequent they are?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:39:13
Yes! We take campers on field trips every weekend. Mathcamp's "week" is Tuesday through Saturday, so field trips run on Sundays and Mondays.
bkim0325 2019-02-19 19:39:28
Bohyun/14/Portland: Is Mathcamp similar to MathPath?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:40:08
In some ways, yes - for example, they also run on a Tues-Sat week, I believe! But Mathcamp is designed for older students, so it's much more flexible in its structure. You have a lot of choice about how you spend your time.
coolak 2019-02-19 19:40:14
coolak/14/Earth do you ever do stuff like hiking, etc. as a field trip or is it mostly like visiting museums, etc.? (also, can I put a question mark after a period?)
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:40:38
We run ALL kinds of field trips. There are always a handful of hiking trips, especially when we're in the Pacific Northwest.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:40:55
Some more examples:
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 19:40:58
should i bring a swimsuit?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:41:14
Sure! There are pools (indoor and outdoor) on campus, and some field trips have swimming opportunities.
supersuos 2019-02-19 19:41:44
Amy/14/Kentucky: How many people per dorm room or do we each get our own?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:41:51
We have both singles and doubles in our dorm this year.
spartacle 2019-02-19 19:42:02
Is there allergy-friendly food? specifically, gluten and peanut free.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:42:06
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:42:20
Lewis & Clark has a very responsive culinary team and they can work with individual students on a case-by-case basis to handle any food allergies. In the past, we've been able to accommodate students with strict allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, gluten -- even strictly kosher and halal. (And of course there are vegetarian, vegan, and plain options.)
supersuos 2019-02-19 19:42:42
Amy/14/Kentucky: Also if like I wanted to practice an instrument or a sport, will there be the proper equipment and time for me to do so?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:42:50
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:43:10
In terms of music, we have already set up access for students and staff to music practice rooms, including some with pianos. The music building at L&C is very nice:
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:43:55
In terms of sports, there's a fancy sports center on campus: (in particular, we have access to both indoor and outdoor pools and the fitness center).
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 19:43:59
how long will we be gone?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:44:04
The program is five weeks long.
MathUser88 2019-02-19 19:44:08
What is geographic composition of students attending the camp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:44:34
Students come from all over! About 75-80% of our students are from the U.S.; 5-10% from Canada; and 15% from everywhere else. We've had students from all fifty U.S. states! And here is where our international students have come from:
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:44:47
Bradley/14/Mexico: Are there organized sports during camp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:45:02
Informally, yes, often.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:45:10
Bradley/14/Mexico: are we allowed off campus?
rosie_peach 2019-02-19 19:45:10
Is it a must that we have to stay in campus.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:45:31
Students are indeed allowed off-campus. (You just have to tell us where you're going and when you'll be back.)
SkyShark77 2019-02-19 19:45:38
how early can we wake up?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:46:01
We don't have an official camp wake-up time; like everything else at camp, you decide when you want to wake up. At 9am, breakfast in the dining hall ends and the first classes of the day begin, so those are good times to keep in mind when figuring out your own schedule.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:46:04
Bradley/14/Mexico: how late can we stay up
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:46:16
We don't have an official camp curfew; like everything else at camp, you decide when you're ready to go to sleep. We do, however, have some systems set up to make sure everybody gets the sleep they need. Half of the dorm has quiet hours beginning at 10pm; the other half has quiet hours beginning at midnight. To help you support you in making good decisions about when to go to sleep: on weeknights, lounges close at midnight (at which point you need to be in a dorm room rather than a common space).
Veer 2019-02-19 19:46:34
Viraj/13/India: is there any need to know higher topics like calculus and stuff for math camp for the courses
SkyShark77 2019-02-19 19:46:34
will we have access to the swimpool at 4am?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:46:56
@Veer: We need all students to have completed Precalculus, but Calculus is optional.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:47:09
@Sky: Almost surely not. I assume the pool is closed at night.
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 19:47:28
can i learn how to play my harmonica? or in a more general sense, will there be instrumint lessons if you so choose?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:47:48
We don't usually teach instruments, but you might find a friend who knows how to play and will help!
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 19:48:05
Brayden/15/Indiana: Do some students at Mathcamp form musical groups?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:48:09
Yes, all the time!!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:48:33
We also have some groups that happen every summer: there's a camp choir (The Contrapositones) and a camp a cappella group (The Kernel).
eashang1 2019-02-19 19:48:41
In general, what is the age distribution like?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:49:04
On the first day of Mathcamp 2018, there were:

3 campers age 13

9 campers age 14

17 campers age 15

39 campers age 16

35 campers age 17

14 campers age 18

3 campers age 19
BeastAtMath12 2019-02-19 19:49:08
Is there a string ensemble?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:49:13
JJDOGGYY 2019-02-19 19:49:16
So people at the camps can do other stuff than math?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:49:18
Mathmagics 2019-02-19 19:49:23
Are freshman allowed to come if we have taken the required clases?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:49:36
Yes; the criterion is age, not grade in school.
coolak 2019-02-19 19:49:47
coolak/14/Earth if i were to fly in, would you pick me up at the baggage claim or do i have to get to L&C myself?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:49:56
Yes, we pick students up at baggage claim.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:50:02
Bradley/14/Mexico: are there places to practice instruments?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:50:08
dantaxyz 2019-02-19 19:50:33
Daniel/15/Washington: How structured is the camp itself eg. sleep schedule, class schedule, etc.?
stay_clean 2019-02-19 19:50:33
Mohith/14/Pennsylvania: What will the regular day look like at Mathcamp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:50:36
Your schedule is your own at Mathcamp! Classes will be scheduled during the morning and afternoon, and it's up to you how many classes (and which ones) you want to go to. There's no set time to wake up or go to bed; that's up to you to decide (though you'll get a lot more out of Mathcamp if you make sure to get enough sleep!).
google12345 2019-02-19 19:50:54
Aditya/15/Ohio: How much time per week would you spend doing math?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:51:23
That similarly varies a LOT! Most students go to 2-4 hours of class and do 2-4 hours of homework a day; it really depends on the camper, though.
ccie6961 2019-02-19 19:51:38
Can rising freshman apply? I'm currently at 8th grade.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:51:40
bogstop320 2019-02-19 19:51:45
is there a limit on number of students accepted from each state?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:51:48
Panya 2019-02-19 19:51:52
Paul/13/NYC: Will we get transportation from the Portland Airport to the campus?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:51:55
JHK123 2019-02-19 19:51:58
Are there grades?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:52:00
rajv 2019-02-19 19:52:07
Raj(parent) what is the average number of classes are taken by students per day
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:52:51
There are four regular classes plus a colloquium on most days of camp, so you can attend up to five classes. You *could* take a class every hour (e.g. 9 - 9:50, 10 - 10:50...), but we encourage students to take a break at some point so you don't get overloaded (and to have some time think about and absorb the classes you do take).
pennless 2019-02-19 19:53:07
Nathan/13/Maryland: Are there tests?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:53:09
pj294 2019-02-19 19:53:11
Is the camp a good first step to achieving enlightenment?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:53:13
BeastAtMath12 2019-02-19 19:53:19
Are there any restrictions on electronics usage?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:53:41
No, although we encourage you to do fun Mathcamp things rather than fun video game things while you are at Mathcamp.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 19:53:48
Samuel/15/Virginia where do you normally get the most applicants from?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:54:00
I think California has recently been winning for most popular home state.
coolak 2019-02-19 19:54:04
coolak/14/earth are we allowed laptops and stuff unlike ross?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:54:15
Yes, we encourage students to bring laptops if they have them.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:54:19
Bradley/14/Mexico: Has anyone ever gotten lost before?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:54:22
BeastAtMath12 2019-02-19 19:54:36
What is the medical care like? For example, what will Mathcamp do if someone gets sick?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:55:08
We have a camp nurse on staff, and if someone is really ill or injured and needs more serious medical attention, we have access to nearby Urgent Care and hospitals.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:55:26
(The hospital this year is OHSU, which is very good.)
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:55:49
Bradley/14/Mexico: Can relatives visit during camp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:56:11
Of course! (But we can't host overnight guests.)
stay_clean 2019-02-19 19:56:17
Mohith/14/Pennsylvania: What will the average day at camp look like?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:56:33
It really varies from student to student, but here's the basic framework:
google12345 2019-02-19 19:57:01
Aditya/15/Ohio: Are there any prerequisites in terms of math knowledge?
coolak 2019-02-19 19:57:01
coolak/14/Earth do the classes tend to be accessible to those who know basic (BC) calculus or would many of them require more advanced mathematical knowledge? Also can I access the course catalog before applying, or is it not decided?
Sumshine123 2019-02-19 19:57:01
what math level you recommend?
AnUnintellectual 2019-02-19 19:57:01
Do we need to be a specific skill level to get in?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:57:19
We expect students to have completed Precalculus before coming to camp. That's the only official prerequisite.
BeastAtMath12 2019-02-19 19:57:23
Have some people who did not complete Precalculus gotten in?
sganesh 2019-02-19 19:57:42
Sidharth/13/Washington So we just need to have prior knowledge up until calculus
yongquany12 2019-02-19 19:57:42
serena/14/New York: what areas in math do we have to be familiar with to enter?
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 19:57:52
Bradley/14/Mexico: does aops precalc count as a precalc class?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:58:00
AoPS Precalc definitely counts!
Veer 2019-02-19 19:58:28
Viraj/13/India: Are there any specific topics you should be knowing before you take math camp such as calculus.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 19:59:17
There will be lots of students who come to camp having completed Calculus (and beyond!), but there are also lots of classes at camp that you'll be able to take that don't rely on Calculus at all.
amuthup 2019-02-19 19:59:26
Srinivas/12/CO: what are some math topics covered at mathcamp?
kitkataroo 2019-02-19 19:59:39
What is the difficulty level of the courses?
advancedjus 2019-02-19 19:59:47
Where can I look at the classes offered?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:00:08
The class schedule every year is unique, but we always fill it with a range of topics catering to a range of different mathematical backgrounds. There will be classes that require no background beyond high-school algebra or precalculus, and there will be classes with a list of heavy-duty prerequisites. No matter your background, though, you'll be able to fill a schedule that works for you! To get a sense of the kinds of offerings available, you can learn lots about last year's classes from the schedules and descriptions:
MathUser88 2019-02-19 20:00:28
Hello, Is it accelerated math or math outside of school curriculum that’s studied?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:00:37
It's generally math outside of the school curriculum.
amuthup 2019-02-19 20:00:47
srinivas/12/CO: what are some math topics that have been covered at mathcamp in the past?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:01:18
Here's a great big (and not exhuastive) list:
InCtrl 2019-02-19 20:01:22
alumni dropping by to say that mathcamp is awesome
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:01:29
:-D Hooray!
ProfessorCalculus 2019-02-19 20:01:36
Arnav/13/Chicago Can we choose whichever courses we want?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:02:12
Yes! So, here's how choosing classes works. Before each week starts, you'll get a schedule and descriptions of all the upcoming classes, usually 4-5 options in each of the 4-5 hour-long class blocks of the day. You'll then have a chance to meet with your Academic Advisor (a staff member with whom you're paired at the start of camp) to discuss what you want to take. (And the instructors of the classes are always around to chat if you want to learn more about their class to see if you're interested.)
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:02:36
If you've only completed precalculus, how challenged would you be?
PCampbell 2019-02-19 20:02:36
Preston/13/Portland, OR: Can you give a brief overview of some of the topics that the classes will include?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:02:58
Some core topics are run (in some form) every year: we'll teach one class that covers basic Proof Techniques, and others will cover introductory material in some core subjects that will be prerequisite for many future classes, like Graph Theory, Number Theory, Group Theory, and Linear Algebra.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:03:06
We also teach collections of courses on core topics in pure math (often described as "clusters" or "tracks" of classes on related themes): Algebra, Analysis, Topology, Combinatorics, Geometry, and lots more.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:03:20
Since the classes change from year to year, returning students always have something new to explore!
tiger528 2019-02-19 20:03:32
Kevin/13/Maryland: How difficult would the classes be to a middle schooler?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:03:41
It depends on the math background of the middle schooler!
piphi 2019-02-19 20:03:46
Is there a minimum age?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:03:52
13 is our minimum age.
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:03:57
Can students teach a class?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:04:17
Yes, actually! This is considered a Project, and we have a handful of students teaching classes each summer.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:04:22
What happens if we are unable to complete the homework?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:05:03
The homework at Mathcamp is just for your own learning, so if you only get through some of the problems, that's just fine.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:05:12
Are there classes combining math and basic physics?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:05:26
Yes, we often teach some math/physics classes!
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:05:36
How hard are the classes?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:06:16
It reeeeeeeally varies widely. Some classes are very relaxed, and others are very fast-paced and sophisticated.
chezpotato 2019-02-19 20:06:40
Kailash/Parent/Irvine: Do you get visiting professors from MIT/Caltech or other similar colleges?
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:06:40
Brayden/15/Indiana: Who are the visiting speakers this summer?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:06:50
Visiting speakers for 2019 haven't been announced yet.
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:07:01
What is topological graph theory?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:07:05
Come to camp and find out!
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:07:19
Max / 16 / Pennsylvania : Are the classes each one week long, like at MathPath? How many can you take per week? Are there plenaries?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:08:02
Yes, a lot of classes are in a one-week format. (But some run across multiple weeks, and others are shorter.) There are colloquia, which are like MathPath's plenaries.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:08:29
Are there any introductory courses on quantum physics?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:08:36
Often, yes! (But not every year.)
coolak 2019-02-19 20:08:45
coolak/14/earth if you start a class and find out its way above your head, can you drop out?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:08:59
Yes! You don't have to formally sign up for classes, so you can go to whatever class you want on whatever day (though if you're joining a class in the middle of the week, you might want to chat with the instructor so you know what you're getting into!).
pennless 2019-02-19 20:09:05
Bradley/14/Mexico: Can we visit other students in their dorms?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:09:07
Of course.
firebolt360 2019-02-19 20:09:11
is there some way for someone who is under 13 to join MathCamp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:09:29
Sorry, we're pretty firm about the lower age limit, but talk to us if you have a very, very unusual situation.
Panya 2019-02-19 20:09:37
Paul/13/NYC: Are there any projects or courses that require the use of a computer?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:10:06
Some courses will indeed have a computer component; they'll take place in a computer classroom.
rajv 2019-02-19 20:10:26
are textbooks or relevant material provided during the camp or do we need to bring it to camp
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:10:32
We provide all the relevant material at camp, yes.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:10:36
Is there an empty work with really big whiteboards for us to work on?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:10:38
pj294 2019-02-19 20:10:41
Will we be able to solve the millennium prize problems after this camp?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:10:43
skys 2019-02-19 20:10:49
Another alum just confirming that Mathcamp is truly an unforgettable experience!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:10:58
Aww, thanks!
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:11:03
Bradley/14/Mexico: Are there office hours?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:11:28
Yes! Instructors hold office hours on weekday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. It's called TAU, which stands for "Time: Academic, Unscheduled."
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:11:38
What is your hardest class?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:11:59
It varies from year to year, but three examples from last year: Galois Theory, proving the independence of the Continuum Hypothesis, and Cohomology via Sheaves.
yongquany12 2019-02-19 20:12:37
Is there a lot of homework?
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:12:37
Bradley/14/Mexico: How hard is the homework?
JHK123 2019-02-19 20:12:37
Jack/14/Connecticut: Is there a lot of online work, or is it mostly paper?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:13:21
Most classes do give problem sets so that you have a chance to work through the material (often doing math is the best way to learn math!). The amount varies a lot from class to class! It's mostly on paper, unless the course is in the computer lab.
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:13:34
Brayden/15/Indiana: Does Lewis and Clark use whiteboards or chalkboards?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:13:39
We'll have a mix.
Panya 2019-02-19 20:13:43
Paul/13/NYC: Can I pick any class I want or is there limited enrollment?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:13:47
You can pick any class!
chezpotato 2019-02-19 20:13:51
Do you have courses that teach/use Math software like Matlab?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:13:54
Sometimes, yes.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:13:57
Bradley/14/Mexico: How many people are there per class?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:14:15
It varies a lot! Some classes will have 5 students, others will have 50. But most classes have 12 - 20 students.
ProfessorCalculus 2019-02-19 20:14:21
Are the classes more competition math based or more olympiad math based
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:14:45
Neither of the above; our focus is not really on competition math at all. (Though we do teach a handful of problem-solving classes.)
patopato 2019-02-19 20:15:00
When are the classes held?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:15:20
In classrooms at Lewis & Clark! (They're really close to our dorms this year.)
Panya 2019-02-19 20:15:45
Paul/13/NYC: Will there be fields and equipment for sports such as soccer?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:15:46
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:15:56
Are going to be able to go on hikes or do some outdoors activities?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:15:57
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:16:19
Bradley/14/Mexico: What if we need to go to IMO during camp? Can we still come?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:16:45
Yes, that happens for a few people each year. We generally recommend that students come for the whole summer, but we make exceptions for the IMO.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:17:23
OK! Thanks for all the questions about the program, everybody. (I didn't get to all of them, but I'll try to circle back later.)
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:17:33
Let's spend about 8:15 - 8:45 on questions about applications and financial aid: eligibility, the application process, scholarships. (And then we'll open up to any kinds of questions before we wrap up.)
landontu 2019-02-19 20:18:22
Landon/12/Mississippi How much does it cost?
advancedjus 2019-02-19 20:18:22
How much does this camp cost?
pj294 2019-02-19 20:18:22
15/Slovenia How much does Mathcamp cost?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:18:41
The full cost will be between 0 and \$4,500, depending on financial aid.
RandomOm18 2019-02-19 20:18:57
Financial aid!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:18:59
Hehe41 2019-02-19 20:19:29
what is the financial aid mainly based on: family income or student potential or something else?
ZhengLiu 2019-02-19 20:19:29
Financial aid?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:19:48
All of our financial aid is need-based.
fatant 2019-02-19 20:19:52
How much does financial aid usually shave off of the full cost?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:20:02
It varies! Mathcamp is completely free for US and Canadian families with household incomes of $65,000 and below, and tuition is on a sliding scale for middle-income and international families.
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:20:08
When do you apply for financial aid?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:20:38
You submit the request at the same time as your application for admission, and then we review it after you've been admitted.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:20:44
(The admissions process is entirely need-blind.)
Smileyklaws 2019-02-19 20:20:50
Elinaleeguo/13/How about transportation?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:20:58
We do offer travel grants!
ZhengLiu 2019-02-19 20:21:05
how much money would we have to bring?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:21:33
For spending money, you mean? We suggest that students bring \$100 - \$150 for incidentals; if that poses a problem, Mathcamp can help.
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:21:35
Does applying for financial aid reduce your chance of being accepted?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:21:52
Not at all. We won't even know whether or not you have applied for financial aid when we are reviewing your application for admission.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:22:09
Bradley/14/Mexico: Will you take age/race/gender into account for the applications process?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:22:35
Yes, indeed! We try to create a balanced student body.
Hehe41 2019-02-19 20:23:12
You've probably received way too many questions of this sort, but could you let us know what an estimate of the average number of problems answered to get admitted is?
stay_clean 2019-02-19 20:23:12
How many people are accepted into mathcamp in total?
sriraamster 2019-02-19 20:23:12
how hard is it to get in? if you are younger is it harder?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:23:55
It's indeed pretty competitive; we have 65 - 75 spots for new campers (depending on how many alum sign up to return), and we expect 500+ applicants.
ccie6961 2019-02-19 20:24:02
what competition scores are used in admission? like AMC10/12?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:24:24
We don't particularly prioritize competition scores.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:24:48
Bradley/14/Mexico: If you've qualified for IMO, will you take that into account?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:25:18
Sure, we take everything into account. The Mathcamp application has an optional box for you to tell us about your competition background, but it's not a major part of the application. (There are plenty of Mathcampers who left that box blank when they applied!) It's just one more way for us to learn about the kinds of math that you do.
ProfessorCalculus 2019-02-19 20:25:26
are there any scholarships based on AMCs?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:25:29
Nope, sorry.
Math-Scholar 2019-02-19 20:25:36
What score on the AMC 12 or AIME would a successful applicant have?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:25:55
Contest scores are not a really relevant criterion for us. Some of our campers are IMO gold medalists; other have never done a math competition in their lives. We don't keep track of averages at all.
PurplePi 2019-02-19 20:26:07
How much of an effect does being a returning applicant have?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:26:49
That's a good question! Lots of students do apply several times; we think it demonstrates persistence.
Smileyklaws 2019-02-19 20:27:00
Elinaleeguo/14/Mexico: if you don't make it the first time, can you appeal to go?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:27:07
You can definitely apply the next year!
Arjun062607 2019-02-19 20:27:15
What is the cutoff for AIME this year
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:27:31
This is not a criterion we use, because....
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 20:27:33
is there an entrance test?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:27:55
Yes! We design our own entrance test, and it's really fun: it's called the Qualifying Quiz.
RocketLightning 2019-02-19 20:27:58
When in the entrance test due?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:28:07
Along with the rest of your application, it's due 3/15 this year.
tiger528 2019-02-19 20:29:23
Kevin/14/maryland: How many questions of the quiz on average are solved by people who make it in?
StellarG 2019-02-19 20:29:23
StellarG/13/NH: How does the qualifying quiz work? When do we submit it?
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:29:23
Bradley/14/Mexico: How many problems should we do on the admissions test?
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:29:23
How many questions on the Qualifying Quiz do you normally have to get right to be accepted
falls 2019-02-19 20:29:23
Did admitted students typically solve all the problems on the Q Quiz?
LikMCAMC 2019-02-19 20:29:42
what is the min score needed
tigerche 2019-02-19 20:29:42
What is the average # of problems solved on the qq for accepted applicants?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:30:00
It's hard to say "you need to answer this many questions", because when we look at the entire Quiz taken as a whole, we're looking for more abstract qualities: persistence; creativity; sound reasoning.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:30:26
There's no minimum score (especially since there aren't actually scores).
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:30:40
In broad strokes: most successful applicants do try every or almost every question, and make significant progress on several. But you'll find anecdotal evidence on all of the extremes: we have admitted students who solved only a few Quiz problems, and not admitted students with very strong Quizzes.
Smileyklaws 2019-02-19 20:30:43
Elinaleeguo/14/Mexico: can you answer just 1
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:30:57
We strongly recommend that you try lots of questions! Don't just stop after one.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:31:03
are later questions in the quiz weighted more than earlier questions?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:31:05
Not really, no.
Damalone 2019-02-19 20:31:10
Can we see past entrance tests?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:31:24
Yes! Here you go:
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:31:37
Brayden/15/Indiana: What is the average number of pages that applicants use for the Qualifying Quiz?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:32:10
Huh, a data question I don't know the answer to! A wild guess – maybe the average is one page per problem?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:32:23
But it reeeeally varies.
ZhengLiu 2019-02-19 20:32:29
out of a scale of one to ten how hard do you think it is to get a spot?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:32:43
We usually admit 10 - 15% of our applicants.
tiger528 2019-02-19 20:32:49
Kevin/13/Maryland when will qq solutions be posted?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:33:03
We'll do a Math Jam (here!) to discuss the Quiz solutions in May.
patopato 2019-02-19 20:33:06
How hard is the quiz?
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 20:33:06
will there be a time limit to the test?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:33:40
The Quiz is untimed because we've designed it to be more like a research project than like a competition (and so we don't grade it like a competition, by the way). You should think of it as something to work on slowly, and at the end of the process, we look forward to reading what you've learned in solving the Quiz problems!
Hehe41 2019-02-19 20:33:54
Do you prefer to get solutions that show our trial and error/reasoning/thoughts or ones with direct elegant solutions?
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:33:54
Bradley/14/Mexico: Will doing really badly, and I mean really really badly, on a question be worse than not doing it?
coolak 2019-02-19 20:33:54
Do you want us to show, for example, tables that we made to find a pattern but that are not part of our solution/proof? Basically, do you want us to show just solutions/proofs, or also the work we put in to figure out how we were going to solve the problem?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:34:33
You're welcome to share your partial progress!
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:34:37
As long as we do the work ourselves, can we get help on how we write our proofs?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:35:01
That's an important question, and the answer is no: we want to learn about how you communicate mathematics.
ProfessorCalculus 2019-02-19 20:35:04
Are we allowed to ask clarification questions right now?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:35:19
You can always email for clarifications.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:35:32
Or use the contact form on our website:
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:35:40
Bradley/14/Mexico: What if we fail a question? Do we get partial credit?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:35:49
We do take partial progress into account!
PurplePi 2019-02-19 20:35:55
If you have an incomplete proof, but you don't know how to finish, should you add an explanation/reasoning as to why the proof is incomplete, or just mention that we do not know how to progress from there?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:36:06
Yes! Tell us what you think is missing.
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:36:09
are there multiple ways to solve each problem, or are you looking for specific ways?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:36:16
There are lots of ways to solve a problem!
stay_clean 2019-02-19 20:36:29
Has anyone ever gotten a perfect score on a quiz before?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:36:47
We do sometimes see complete, correct solutions to the Quizzes, but it's very unsual.
PurplePi 2019-02-19 20:36:55
For proofs, how do citations work?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:37:07
You can cite your sources in any way that is easy for the reader to understand.
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 20:37:09
is the quiz online?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:37:19
Yes! The problems are here:
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:37:22
Brayden/15/Indiana: Is it okay to have a lot of pictures that take up some space on our solutions?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:37:24
dantaxyz 2019-02-19 20:37:30
Daniel/15/Washington: What do you look for in a personal statement? Would it be recommended to just answer the questions one by one?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:38:03
That's totally up to you! Some students write one-by-one answers to every prompt; others take one prompt that resonates with them and write a longer answer to that; still others write something totally different.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:38:22
Once, we got a puzzle as an essay.
StellarG 2019-02-19 20:38:28
How is this graded? What's the minimum score for entry?
tiffy 2019-02-19 20:38:28
How hard is it for a 13 year old to make it
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:39:23
To be honest, there are so many great applicants that it's hard for everybody! But it's not especially harder for younger applicants. The biggest thing to keep in mind is just that older applicants might have more mathematical experience.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:39:25
Bradley/14/Mexico: How will you stop cheating on the quiz?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:39:50
It's hard to do, but we try to catch postings in online forums and have them removed. We also ask each student to sign an honesty pledge.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:40:02
Here's the policy on getting help (and cheating):
tiger528 2019-02-19 20:40:07
Kevin/14/Maryland: On the quiz, will long and inelegant solutions still be ok?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:40:21
Sure, but I sure do prefer reading elegant solutions if you can find one.
coolak 2019-02-19 20:40:26
what's your favorite problem on the qq?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:40:38
I like the combinatorial game theory question, myself!
spalmertree 2019-02-19 20:40:41
I'm guessing that cheating is an automatic failure, does it bar you from ever applying again?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:40:45
Yes, indeed.
PurplePi 2019-02-19 20:40:53
Does location factor into the application process? For example, if we know of other people applying from the same school, could that work against us?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:41:16
There are no quotas for locations (and we do sometimes have multiple students from the same school).
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:41:31
Brayden/15/Indiana: How important are the recommendations?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:42:30
Recommendations are important! They give us a wide-angle lens to learn more about you, and help prove to us that you're ready.
Smileyklaws 2019-02-19 20:42:57
Elinaleeguo/14/Mexico: what if we don't have a visa
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:43:11
Every year, we help our international students get visas to come to Mathcamp!
itised 2019-02-19 20:43:18
has anybody from san diego every gotten in
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:43:21
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:43:31
(I can even think of one off the top of my head.)
Korsor 2019-02-19 20:43:41
Anastasia/16/CT Is it fine if I use a graphics calculator for the quiz?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:43:46
Yes, that's fine.
yongquany12 2019-02-19 20:43:49
If we can find more than one way to solve a problem, can we put them all down, or should we just but the more elegant one?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:44:06
Most students submit only one solution to each problem. (But two would be okay.)
coolak 2019-02-19 20:44:31
a couple of questions on how qqs are graded:

If I "extended" a question would you take that into account, or do you only care about answers to the questions listed?

If I solved problems 4,5,6 would I "do better" than if I solved problems 1,2,3?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:44:46
Sure, we'd love to hear if you thought about an extension of a question!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:45:00
There's no 'ranking' of the problems. You should try all of them.
mathleticguyyy 2019-02-19 20:45:06
Can I apply if I did not make aime?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:45:16
Yes! Competition scores aren't a big factor here.
the_gupta_empire 2019-02-19 20:45:18
so other than the quiz, what else do we need
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:45:57
The big components of the application are the Qualifying Quiz and the essay. We'll also ask for two recommendation letters (one mathematical, one personal) and some short responses about your math background.
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:46:02
If you find another interesting related problem, can you submit the solution to that, too?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:46:12
Sure, but keep in mind that graders are busy people.
ProfessorCalculus 2019-02-19 20:46:17
are we allowed to search up things without reference for typing the qq in latex?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:46:45
Yes! As long as you're not searching for solutions to the problems themselves.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:46:56
We also have a short LaTeX tutorial to get you started:
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:47:07
Okay! Thanks, everybody, for all the questions about the application process.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:47:15
The field is open for *any* questions you have about Mathcamp, and we'll wrap up at 9pm ET.
itised 2019-02-19 20:47:19
charley/9/florida where will we live if we go to the camp
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:47:32
Our dorm is Copeland Hall:
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:47:54
It has a really lovely (octagonal) main lounge with a grand piano and a fireplace and a pool table.
pkd 2019-02-19 20:47:58
from your previous answer it appears that recommendation letters aren't (relatively) as big of a component as the Quiz and Essay. Is that a reasonable conclusion, or are the recommendation letters as important as the other 2 components?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:48:22
I think of the Quiz and the Essay as the parts that you work on the most, but all the components are important!
itised 2019-02-19 20:48:30
Charley/69/Florida When is the qualifying test due again? Also, do we need to show motivation on the questions?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:48:38
The application is due March 15th.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:49:18
Motivation? Sure, if you feel motivated to share. But mostly we're interested in your proofs: you need to convince the reader of your solutions.
Charmander3333 2019-02-19 20:49:21
Eddie/14/California How many people are we rooming with?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:49:27
We'll have singles and doubles this summer.
Serivano3 2019-02-19 20:49:46
Is there a real chance being admitted if an applicant does not have solutions to all 6 Quiz-2019 problems, or this rarely happens?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:50:10
Yes! Most applicants will not fully solve every Quiz question.
kiranAops 2019-02-19 20:50:16
Kiran / 13 / South Carolina/ How many people (on average) don't get in their first year but reapply and get in another year.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:50:36
Hmm, good question. It definitely happens for at least a dozen applicants each year that they're getting in on their second or third try.
pennless 2019-02-19 20:50:42
what about mexico?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:50:59
Our name is officially Canada/USA Mathcamp, but we definitely welcome students from Mexico!
P_Groudon 2019-02-19 20:51:21
How good does attending Mathcamp look for colleges?
Jal2000 2019-02-19 20:51:21
Jonathan/14/US: How much will it help on the college application?
sahajad 2019-02-19 20:51:21
does this camp help for college admissions?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:51:45
Doing anything that you're passionate about - like Mathcamp - will help you in college admissions!
sahajad 2019-02-19 20:52:06
Sahaja/Illinois/16/Rising Junior - test scores required?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:52:13
Nope, we don't ask for test scores at all.
PurplePi 2019-02-19 20:52:19
How does the waitlist system work?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:52:56
We will announce admissions decisions on April 17th. At that time, we'll also place a few applicants on our waitlist, and hope to admit some students from the waitlist as spots open up in May. Everybody's status will be finalized by May 31st.
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 20:53:10
Bradly/14/Mexico Can we pick our roomates?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:53:16
We will honor mutual roommate requests!
itised 2019-02-19 20:53:19
can we get in if we're from egypt
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:53:25
Yes! We have students from all over the world.
Smileyklaws 2019-02-19 20:53:46
Elinaleeguo/13/can we buy stuff in nearby stores?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:53:49
pinkly1 2019-02-19 20:53:56
What's the age range of kids that usually get accepted?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:54:03
We usually have a full range from 13 to 18.
ZhengLiu 2019-02-19 20:54:06
do you need any parental supervision to come with you?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:54:18
No, you'll be supervised by camp staff during the program.
pkd 2019-02-19 20:54:44
will mathcamp return to the eastcoast sometime? its been on the west for 3 years in a row now.
tinyperson234 2019-02-19 20:54:44
Where will MathCamp be located next year?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:54:53
We do intend to be on the east coast in 2020.
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:55:19
Brayden/15/Indiana: I do not know very much group theory. If I were to take a course that lists group theory as a prerequisite, would the group theory courses at Mathcamp get me up-to-speed?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:55:49
Yes! That's why we offer core classes like Group Theory each year - to help you get up to speed for classes with prerequisites.
JHK123 2019-02-19 20:55:52
Jack/14/Connecticut: What's the food like? Is it good?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:56:09
You know, L&C has my personal favorite food of any college campus we've been to. (It's still a college dining hall, though.)
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:56:16
Brayden/15/Indiana: On the subject of projects, how often do students write papers with faculty?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:56:36
Sometimes! I'd say less than once a year, though. It depends how motivated the student is to publish a paper.
Hehe41 2019-02-19 20:56:40
How does the food system work?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:57:23
Dining hours are: breakfast 7:30-9am, lunch 11:30-1, dinner 5-6:30pm. (And it's all-you-care-to-eat, as they say.)
Leon2000 2019-02-19 20:57:35
Do you have to be there for all 5/6 weeks or can you just go for a week or two?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:57:40
Students come for the whole time.
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 20:57:43
Can we do research?
tiffy 2019-02-19 20:57:49
is mathcamp more like a research project/research camp or is it more like classes and learning about new things camp
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:58:00
You can do both research and classes!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:58:19
Some classes might touch on open problems in research mathematics, and there's also the opportunity to pursue a topic in depth. These could be reading projects in a particular field or original research projects on a topic (or a variety of lighter options!).
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:58:33
You'll certainly have access to instructors and faculty who can talk with you at great lengths about research, but overall, research is not the primary focus of Mathcamp, and it's relatively rare for these projects to become the basis for papers or Intel/Siemens/Davidson/etc. submissions (though it does happen sometimes!).
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:58:56
Here's more about projects:
falls 2019-02-19 20:58:59
What if I'm too young to take a flight alone?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 20:59:35
You can travel to Mathcamp as an unaccompanied minor if that is what suits your situation best. Here's a little more about that:
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 20:59:47
Brayden/15/Indiana: When you guys are pairing up roommates, what do you guys consider?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:00:03
First, you're matched by age and gender. Then we use a questionnaire for admitted students to give us information about second-order considerations: how neat do you like to keep your room? Do you like to have friends hang out in your room in the evenings, or use your room as quiet study space? What time do you like to go to bed and get up? You also have the option to request to have specific roommates (which we'll honor if they request you in return!) or to avoid specific roommates (which we'll always honor).
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 21:00:10
Do you have a ping pong table?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:00:11
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:00:16
Also a pool table.
tiffy 2019-02-19 21:00:22
do we bring our own technology?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:00:46
Students are welcome to bring phones/tablets/laptops, and there's good wifi and cell service on campus. If you're not bringing a phone to camp, there is a "Call Your Parents" phone in the office that you can check out for an hour at a time.
itised 2019-02-19 21:00:50
is it possible somebody rooms with somebody a grade older if they know the other person welll
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:00:54
Of course, yes.
skywalker321 2019-02-19 21:00:56
would you recommend bringing a computer
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:01:02
Yes, if you have one, it's helpful to bring it.
Charmander3333 2019-02-19 21:01:10
Eddie/14/Florida What can we include in our math accomplishments? Can we write having a 1850 rating in ftw as a math accomplishment?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:01:20
You can share anything that's meaningful for you!
Korsor 2019-02-19 21:01:27
Will there be a lot of teamwork involved in Mathcamp or more individual work?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:01:50
Like almost everything at Mathcamp, it's up to you how to go about doing your homework. You can work on it on your own, or with classmates, or even with your teachers. A lot of math (both at camp and in real-life research) is done collaboratively, and for good reason -- it helps to talk through problems, and it can be a lot of fun! So if you want to work together with others on your homework, you'll definitely be able to find collaborators.
Smileyklaws 2019-02-19 21:02:13
Elina/12/Mexico: are there lots of alumni?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:02:35
Yes!! There are 45 - 55 alums each year at camp. (And 1000+ alums out there in the world; the program has been around since 1993.)
sriraamster 2019-02-19 21:02:39
sriraamster/13/california: can we start application now? if we have already been accepted into another camp, can we still apply?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:02:47
Yes! Applications are now open.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:03:14
You can check the details of our admissions calendar here:
lcalvert99 2019-02-19 21:03:30
Any advice for writing the essay?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:03:36
Just be yourself.
mingxias 2019-02-19 21:03:40
is there a maximum age?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:03:51
Officially 18, though we have made exceptions for 19-year-old before.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:04:01
(And we usually have an alum or three who are 19.)
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 21:04:08
Bradley/14/Mexico What are the backgrounds of the camp staff?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:04:27
Here's a broad summary:
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:04:39
We're hiring our summer 2019 staff now! So stay tuned for more specifics.
pennless 2019-02-19 21:04:46
Nathan/13/Maryland: can we request to be roommates with people of other genders?
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:05:17
The floors are generally separated by gender, so usually no. (But nonbinary students can email us to talk about specific requests.)
tiffy 2019-02-19 21:06:50
Whats usually the required background for math in order to succeed at this camp
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:07:05
If you're thinking about preparation for the application process, your best preparation is to take a look at past Qualifying Quizzes.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:07:38
In terms of content, we only expect you to use the math you learned in high school (up through Precalculus)... plus, of course, a lot of creative thinking!
mathleticguyyy 2019-02-19 21:08:06
Nashan/0/Maryland can I apply again If I get rejected the year before
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:08:18
Absolutely! We encourage students to apply more than once if they're really excited about the program.
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:08:50
Okay, everybody - time to wrap up. Thanks for spending your evening with us!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:08:59
If we didn't get to your question, feel free to email and we'll be happy to continue the conversation. You can also post questions in the Mathcamp forum here on AoPS; the Mathcamp staff will post replies, and you'll get student opinions, too. Here's the forum:
HardySalmon 2019-02-19 21:09:20
tiffy 2019-02-19 21:09:20
Thank You!
BREADLYBEAR 2019-02-19 21:09:20
Thank you!
Damalone 2019-02-19 21:09:55
Veer 2019-02-19 21:09:55
Thank you, it helped me a lot!
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:10:02
I'm so glad! Thanks for coming.
Khoshekha 2019-02-19 21:10:05
Thank you! Have a great night!
RiverDog47 2019-02-19 21:10:16
Thank you so much!
GeronimoStilton 2019-02-19 21:10:16
numb3rs388 2019-02-19 21:10:39
MarisaD 2019-02-19 21:10:41
Have a good night, everybody.
LauraZed 2019-02-19 21:12:59
Thank you all for joining us, and a big thanks to Marisa and Kevin!
LauraZed 2019-02-19 21:13:39
If you joined late, or want to review this Math Jam sometime in the future, a transcript of it will be posted soon here:

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