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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 2020-02-11 19:30:32
Hello and welcome to the Canada/USA Mathcamp Math Jam!
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:30:37
Before I introduce our guests, let me briefly explain how our online classroom works.
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:30:41
This room is moderated, which means that all your questions and comments come to the moderators. We may share your comments with the whole room if we so choose.
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:30:48
Also, you'll find that you can adjust the classroom windows in a variety of ways, and can adjust the font size by clicking the A icons atop the main window.
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:31:34
And what's this Math Jam about? Canada/USA Mathcamp, an intensive five-week-long summer program for high-school students interested in mathematics, which is designed to expose students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking.
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:31:40
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 2020-02-11 19:31:48
For now, 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 2020-02-11 19:31:52
And now let me introduce our guests!
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:32:07
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 2020-02-11 19:32:13
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 2020-02-11 19:32:22
(And I'm Laura Zehender; I was Mathcamp student in '07-'09, and currently work at AoPS in San Diego.)
LauraZed 2020-02-11 19:32:24
I'll turn the room over to Marisa now!
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:32:30
Hi, everybody, and welcome to the annual Mathcamp Q&A! Thanks as always to @rrusczyk, @LauraZed and the AoPS team for hosting us.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:32:40
Kevin (@KevinCarde) and I are here to talk about Mathcamp 2020, 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 2020-02-11 19:32:49
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.
mathw0nder 2020-02-11 19:32:57
charlizard714 2020-02-11 19:32:57
hi there
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 19:32:57
Williamgolly 2020-02-11 19:32:57
GrizzlyTurtle 2020-02-11 19:32:57
Goplease1171 2020-02-11 19:33:02
This is going to be fun
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:33:07
I hope so!
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:33:14
So, Mathcamp: it's a 5-week residential math summer program. This year, it runs Sunday, July 5 through Sunday, August 9, and takes place at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:33:32
Really really frequently asked questions (RRFAQ), to get them out of the way:
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:33:38
Who comes to Mathcamp? We have 120 students per year, from all over the world. It's about 65 new campers and 55 returning alumni per year. The last two years have been 45–50% girls, 50–55% boys, with a few non-binary students.
trainlover2027 2020-02-11 19:33:49
How old do you have to be to join Mathcamp?
trainlover2027 2020-02-11 19:33:49
What are the age limits for Mathcamp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:33:54
It's for students ages 13 - 18.
mathleticguyyy 2020-02-11 19:34:05
And middle school as well
intelligence_20 2020-02-11 19:34:05
cant 8 graders also do it
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:34:15
Yep, middle schoolers are welcome to apply, starting at age 13.
beaver531 2020-02-11 19:34:47
Is it ok if I'm younger?
Awesome_360 2020-02-11 19:34:47
Can you be younger but still join?
infinity_theory 2020-02-11 19:34:47
can I still apply if I am 12
mathw0nder 2020-02-11 19:34:47
I am going to turn 13 in July, is it recommended to apply?
Goplease1171 2020-02-11 19:34:53
What of you are in middle school and are 13?
awesomeguy856 2020-02-11 19:34:53
so can 6th grade do it
kylie.huang 2020-02-11 19:34:53
what abt 7 graders
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:35:16
Lots of younger inquirers this time! We are pretty firm about the lower age limit: we have only once made an exception for a 12-year-old.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:35:33
Younger students should consider MathPath, which is a great program for students ages 11 – 14: .
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:35:47
More RRFAQ about Mathcamp:
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:35:48
What kind of math? All kinds. A cool thing about Mathcamp is that we offer about 150 classes and projects over the course of a single summer, and you have complete freedom to design your own curriculum.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:36:06
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 2020-02-11 19:36:13
That flexibility and creativity – academic and nonacademic – are the defining characteristics of Mathcamp.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:36:22
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 2020-02-11 19:36:38
When do I apply? The deadline to apply is a few weeks away: March 12th, 2020. (All applications received by the deadline get equal consideration, so there's no advantage to applying early.)
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:36:56
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 2020-02-11 19:37:13
Alrighty, enough of me talking: let's shift gears! We want to get to as many of your questions as possible.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:37:25
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 2020-02-11 19:37:29
Name / Age / Location: Question
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:37:34

Alicia / 14 / Elmhurst: Do we celebrate birthdays during Mathcamp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:37:38

Fredo / Parent / Mexico : Where can we mail care packages?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:37:44
(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 2020-02-11 19:38:08
Okay, ready? Let's spend about now until 8:15 ET 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.)
Goplease1171 2020-02-11 19:38:11
Why does nobody ever write CT. People only state PT and ET, I know we should do math but still.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:38:17
Very reasonable question.
a.y.711 2020-02-11 19:38:49
what's the age distribution?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:39:02
On the first day of Mathcamp 2019, there were:

0 campers age 13

15 campers age 14

18 campers age 15

39 campers age 16

34 campers age 17

22 campers age 18

0 campers age 19
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:39:07
(It is relatively unusual not to have any 13-year-olds, but it does sometimes happen. I believe that a student turned 19 at camp.)
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 19:39:31
what is the standard deviation of ages?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:39:40
Exercise for the reader.
kathrynmathstar 2020-02-11 19:39:48
do the session dates stay about the same year to year or do they vary? And do you have any idea what the location could be next summer (not the coming summer)
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:40:08
The program always runs five weeks, from a Sunday to a Sunday, but can shift earlier or later by a week or two.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:40:36
Location TBA for 2021, but we're looking at some Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest options.
BBJ 2020-02-11 19:40:44
Do you know the exact date when it starts?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:40:57
I do! We start July 5th this year, and camp goes until August 9.
Aditya404 2020-02-11 19:41:00
What is the locatio coming summer
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:41:08
We're at Champlain College in Burlington, VT.
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 19:41:24
What does it mean by on the first day?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:41:35
(On July 5th.)
brawal 2020-02-11 19:41:38
What's the daily schedule look like?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:42:04
This is a hard question to ask, because you get to set your own schedule– that's a key feature of Mathcamp– and so it varies a lot from person to person.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:42:21
Here's a summary of a typical day, though:
kevinmathz 2020-02-11 19:42:25
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: What time do classes generally run? From 9 to 5?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:42:29
Approximately, yes.
liufiona 2020-02-11 19:42:35
What's the geographic distribution?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:42:57
Our students are about 75% US, 5-10% Canadian, and 10-15% from other countries.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:43:09
You can see a list of home countries here:
mathboykl2018 2020-02-11 19:43:13
Kevin / 12 / New York: are your mathcamps usually @ colleges
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:43:15
Always, yep.
Sumshine123 2020-02-11 19:43:58
How will you teach for the different age groups?
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 19:43:58
How many classes does an average student take in the five weeks?
slb__ 2020-02-11 19:43:58
are there like different classes to choose from?
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 19:43:58
Are there mini-classes in this camp?
Pixel18 2020-02-11 19:43:58
What do you teach or what do we do
BBJ 2020-02-11 19:43:58
What are some examples of things that we do there, and how do the classes work?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:45:11
Every Mathcamp has a different class schedule, but the classes always come from a range of topics appropriate to a range of different mathematical backgrounds. Many classes will have no prerequisites (other than high-school algebra or precalculus); others will require some pretty intense knowledge of advanced mathematics. (Though almost always, the appropriate prerequisites will be offered as Mathcamp classes earlier in camp!) The result is that you can fill a schedule that works for you and your math background, whatever it may be. To get a sense of the variety of class offerings, take a look at last year's class schedule and descriptions:
mathleticguyyy 2020-02-11 19:46:08
kwuwu/14/M Are the classes on later weeks based on ones from earlier weeks?
mathboykl2018 2020-02-11 19:46:08
What kind of math topics do you need to learn to be at Mathcamp?
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 19:46:08
Which classes are hardest?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:46:21
Sometimes the classes do build on topics from week to week!
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:46:58
The prerequisite for applying is to first finish Precalculus. And there are lots of classes at Mathcamp that will be accessible to you if you're in the summer between Precalc and starting Calculus.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:47:15
On the other end of the spectrum, there are some *really* challenging classes aimed at students who have already taken lots of college math classes.
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 19:47:23
what is the most popular class
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:47:44
Wow, great question. Lately, Group Theory has been really popular? In past years, Combinatorial Game Theory was huge.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:47:50
Alums, feel free to chime in.
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 19:48:14
How much hours of math a day do you do
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 19:48:14
What is the hardest class
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:48:34
Hypothetically, you *could* take a class every hour (e.g. 9 - 9:50, 10 - 10:50...), and some campers choose to. Generally, though, we encourage you to take a break at some point so you don't get overloaded (and to have some time to think about and absorb the math in the classes you do take).
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:48:46
What is the hardest class to *you* will depend on your background and interests!
Pixel18 2020-02-11 19:49:00
What are the concepts that will be taught?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:49:24
We're doing our hiring right now (at the same time as camper application season!), and then our instructors will start designing their classes and shaping them into a full schedule. Typically, the list of the summer's courses gets finalized in June. Since the classes change from year to year, returning students always have something new to explore!
SG_2005 2020-02-11 19:49:44
What classes do 1st years usually take?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:50:06
There's always one class that covers basic Proof Techniques, and others will cover core introductory material that other Mathcamp classes often use as prerequisites, like Graph Theory, Group Theory, Linear Algebra, and Number Theory - those are often popular for new students. These introductory classes are often the starting point for what we call "clusters," collections of courses on core topics in pure math, like Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, and Topology.
carzland 2020-02-11 19:50:17
How do courses work? It looks like there are four time slots per week that change for each week; do we have to choose a different course every time, and does every time slot have to have a course?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:50:39
Before each week starts, you'll get a schedule and descriptions of all the upcoming classes: usually it's 4 or 5 options per hour, in each of the 4 or 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 - see ) to discuss what you want to take. Every week, you get to repeat this process: reflect on the previous week, decide what you want to do for the upcoming week, and pick the classes you think you'll want to take.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:50:49
Not every time slot has to have a course! Time off is encouraged.
YuhuanFluffyPillowPanda 2020-02-11 19:50:53
Kaylee/14/NH: Do we have TAs or mentors to help with concepts?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:50:56
mathleticguyyy 2020-02-11 19:51:05
kwuwu/14/MD : Do most mathcampers also succeed in math contests?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:51:20
It varies WIDELY. Some campers are very serious about competition math; others never do any contests.
wanjen 2020-02-11 19:51:24
How many classes do most campers choose to take?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:51:29
I think 3/week is pretty standard.
shakeragshark 2020-02-11 19:51:32
Do you have syllabus for last year's classes online?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:51:51
We do have descriptions: (see the PDF)
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 19:51:56
will the mentors be available during free time???
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:51:59
SomethingNeutral 2020-02-11 19:52:09
Classes are strict, right? As in if you sign up for something you have to take it
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:52:30
No, actually, you can switch classes! You don't have to formally register for classes, so if you decide after the first day of a class that you'd rather do something else, you can just go to a different class on the next day. It's a little like how add/drop works in college: you can test out classes and see what you like. The instructors will be happy to chat with you in office hours if you missed the first day of a class but want to catch up and then join on the second day.
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 19:52:47
Alex / 14 / St. Louis, MO: What do the chili symbols mean on the Schedule?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:53:27
It's a spiciness scale - one chili pepper means mild, which is intended to convey "accessible to all Mathcampers". Four chili peppers means spicy, which means it will be fast-paced and perhaps require a lot of background.
carzland 2020-02-11 19:53:32
How spicy the class is?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:53:35
mathboykl2018 2020-02-11 19:53:46
is there "homework" for classes
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:54:15
Yes, in a way. Since doing math is often the best way to learn math, many classes will hand out problems at the end of each day. Sometimes, these problems will introduce new definitions or concepts, and you absolutely need to keep up with the homework to keep up with the class. For most classes, though, the homework falls somewhere on the scale between optional and recommended: it's a good way to reinforce the material, but not necessarily mission-critical. (Each class will indicate how important the homework is to understanding the material, so you'll get to take this into account when designing your class schedule.)
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 19:54:24
how long will the homework take
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:54:47
It varies! Most students spend 1-3 hours on homework per day.
Hermione1975 2020-02-11 19:54:55
How much homework will you guys assign us
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:55:20
Well, we *offer* lots of interesting homework, but it's up to you how much to do. Homework at camp is not like typical high-school math homework: it's never boring! So hopefully you will want to work on your problem sets outside of class, regardless of whether it's necessary to keep up.
kylie.huang 2020-02-11 19:55:24
are there any classes without homework?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:55:26
aristotlestudent 2020-02-11 19:55:29
J/12/PA: Can you work on the homework in groups? Is any of the work collaborative?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:55:40
Yes! Lots of math is done collaboratively (both at camp and in real-life-research), as it often helps to talk through problems. So if you want to work together with other campers (or even your teachers!), you absolutely can find collaborators. On the flip side, plenty of students like to focus on their own when learning and working through new material. Like almost everything at Mathcamp, it's up to you!
AlpGlide3 2020-02-11 19:55:43
What happens if you fail/mess up a class?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:56:13
There's no such thing as failing at camp! But *every* student should experience being lost in a math class sometimes - it's good to feel like you're being productively challenged.
Hermione1975 2020-02-11 19:56:21
will each class vary in ages? Or is it just by what "Subject" of math
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:56:40
Everybody chooses what classes they want to go to, and we don't sort students at all by age.
esun2016 2020-02-11 19:56:56
who will be course instructors, professors or college students?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:57:14
In between those two options. Most instructors are graduate students in math.
Echen1 2020-02-11 19:57:20
Eric Chen / 13 / Acton, MA: are there "grades" for classes?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:57:22
Lamboreghini 2020-02-11 19:57:28
Are there classes on weekends?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:57:43
Not formal classes: the evenings and weekends are reserved for recreational activities.
chardikala2 2020-02-11 19:57:46
Are there tests that we have to do in classes?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:57:48
Goplease1171 2020-02-11 19:58:42
Avi/13/Wisconsin Does it change locations or is it always the same?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:59:02
We move around from year to year. You can see the list of past locations here:
mathleticguyyy 2020-02-11 19:59:14
When do campers usually sleep?
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 19:59:14
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: What time do we have to wake up?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 19:59:24
There's no official wake-up (or lights out, for that matter): as with everything at camp, you're in charge. You decide when you want to wake up, and you're in charge of setting an alarm. 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 deciding what you'd like your morning routine to look like.
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 19:59:45
what time will do we go to bed? Later than 9?
slb__ 2020-02-11 19:59:54
when is bedtime? how are the meals? where are the dorms
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:00:16
We don't have an official camp curfew; again, 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. One of our dorm buildings has quiet hours beginning at 10pm; the others have quiet hours beginning at midnight. To help you support you in making good decisions about when to go to sleep: on weeknights, all the social lounges close at midnight (at which point you need to be in a dorm room rather than a common space, and just be sure that you're not keeping anybody else awake who is sleeping).
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:00:29
what will be there for breakfast
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:00:56
I don't know exactly! But our breakfast is in the dining hall, and like all of our meals, there's usually a big variety of options.
mathw0nder 2020-02-11 20:01:02
How is the food
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:01:14
I hear it's good! But this is our first summer at Champlain, so I'm not an authority yet.
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:01:19
will there be vegan, vegetarian options?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:01:22
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:01:24
Is it vegetarian friendly
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:01:30
Yes! I'm a vegetarian, so it has to be.
SomethingNeutral 2020-02-11 20:01:40
Is the campus generally crowded*
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:02:00
No, it'll be pretty quiet over the summer. There are a few other academic programs on campus at Champlain with us, but it'll be quieter than usual.
beaver531 2020-02-11 20:02:05
Jason Kim/14/Camas, WA: How many people a room?
WLongtin 2020-02-11 20:02:05
How many people stay in each room?
slb__ 2020-02-11 20:02:05
how many people are usually to a dorm room
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:02:13
We will have a mix of singles, doubles, and I believe a few triples.
Hermione1975 2020-02-11 20:02:23
Do you guys sort dorms by age?
slb__ 2020-02-11 20:02:23
do we pick our dorms or are they assigned?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:02:39
We do assign dorm rooms, and they are generally sorted by age (at least roommmates are paired up of similar ages).
SomethingNeutral 2020-02-11 20:02:59
What about roommates?
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 20:02:59
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: Is there space in the dorms for our own body pillows?
kevinmathz 2020-02-11 20:02:59
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: Can I request a triple?
MathGenius_ 2020-02-11 20:02:59
Are they randomly chosen?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:03:22
You can request a triple! And you can bring your favorite pillow, of course.
kevinmathz 2020-02-11 20:03:38
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: Can I request a roommate?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:03:55
First, you're matched by age and gender. Then we send a questionnaire to our admitted students (it's part of registration) to get info about second-order considerations: how tidy do you prefer 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? And: which of these things is most important to you? You also have the option to request to have specific roommates (which we'll honor if they request you in return, so coordinate in advance!) or to avoid specific roommates (which we'll always honor). We offer options for both single-gender and mixed-gender halls.
Catherineyaya 2020-02-11 20:04:00
How many girls are usually in the camp, percentage wise?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:04:08
Girls are about 45-50% of camp.
Mandakini 2020-02-11 20:04:15
What about laundry and stuff
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:04:24
Yes! There are laundry rooms. (And campers do their own laundry.)
colincat 2020-02-11 20:04:35
Are the restrooms clean?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:04:38
SomethingNeutral 2020-02-11 20:04:46
Will there be an option to ask for no roommate?
mumpu2k16 2020-02-11 20:04:46
do we have to have roommates?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:04:58
We do have some single dorm rooms, and you can request a single.
kathrynmathstar 2020-02-11 20:05:00
are restrooms shared?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:05:27
There's actually a really nice setup this year – there are some shared restrooms, but the configuration offers a lot of privacy. There are also single-user bathrooms.
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:05:31
can we have sleepovers?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:05:33
kevinmathz 2020-02-11 20:05:36
Are there gathering areas in rooms?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:05:47
There are gathering areas in the dorms! (But dorm rooms are just rooms.)
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:06:01
will the students need to have cell phones?
Catherineyaya 2020-02-11 20:06:01
Are we allowed to use smart phones at any time?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:06:39
Yes, students are encouraged to bring cell phones to camp so they can call home! (There are no rules about cell phone use, but it would be considered very rude to use a phone for non-math purposes during class.)
slb__ 2020-02-11 20:06:56
Are the schoolrooms and dorms far away?
Echen1 2020-02-11 20:06:56
Eric Chen /13/ Acton, MA: How far will we need to walk each day?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:07:13
Champlain has a very compact campus, so it's only a few minutes from the dorms to the classrooms and the dining hall.
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 20:07:16
Kevin Zhao / Lexington, MA / 15: Are there all gender restrooms?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:07:34
Yes! (In particular, there are nonbinary students and staff.)
mathboykl2018 2020-02-11 20:07:37
do we get mail once and a while
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:07:55
Yes! We encourage you to encourage your friends and family to send you mail. You can send them mail, too!
slb__ 2020-02-11 20:08:11
Do we have an option to leave campus and purchase things during like the break times>
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:08:14
AlpGlide3 2020-02-11 20:08:25
Can we bring laptops?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:08:36
Yes! We recommend it if you have one.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:08:53
What do you do on weekends
Smileyklaws 2020-02-11 20:08:53
clairin xzhuoo / 13/ M what type of non-math activities are popular
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:09:41
There are *all* sorts of activities on weekends – basically, if you can think of it, we have it at Mathcamp. Sports, music, dance, hiking, bookstore trips, amusement parks, laser tag, baking, cooking, walking around downtown – you name it.
Catherineyaya 2020-02-11 20:09:44
or internet around campus?
Catherineyaya 2020-02-11 20:09:55
Is there internet in the dorm rooms?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:09:57
Yes and yes.
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 20:10:12
Kevin Zhao: Lexington, MA / 15: What is the policy of watching anime in the classrooms?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:10:17
Not during class.
Mathemusicson 2020-02-11 20:10:20
Is there a piano on campus?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:10:22
hommeliquide 2020-02-11 20:10:29
What sports are offered?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:10:37
Both campers and staff will organize games – basketball has been popular recently, and also Capture the Flag. Frisbee is a perennial favorite.
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:11:08
will we need to bring laundry detergent
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:11:15
No, we will supply laundry detergent.
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:11:31
are there events during the camp for which we should pack specific clothing?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:11:42
Here's the packing list:
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:12:06
Some students like to bring clothes appropriate for hiking. Others like to pack something a little fancier in case they feel like getting dressed up with their friends.
beaver531 2020-02-11 20:12:12
Jason Kim/14/Camas, WA: Will we need to bring coins? (my brother went to a different camp, but he needed coins for laundry)
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:12:16
No, we will provide that.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:12:19
Do we need to bring sleeping bag?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:12:25
No, actually, linens are included this year.
mumpu2k16 2020-02-11 20:12:28
Is there a drum set on campus?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:12:50
I do not know, but I will find out for you. Send us an email after the Jam: .
Albertus-Magnus 2020-02-11 20:13:00
Are we allowed to bring instruments with us to the camp? (e.g. guitar, violin, etc.)
carzland 2020-02-11 20:13:00
Will there be spaces where we can practice an instrument?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:13:25
Yes! You are welcome (even encouraged) to bring instruments. We have reserved a rehearsal room for practicing.
Dragonic01 2020-02-11 20:13:29
is there a guitar?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:13:42
Yes, at least one or two.
Echen1 2020-02-11 20:13:50
Eric Chen/ 13/ Acton, MA: Could I play an instrument during break/free time? Would my roommates kill me?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:14:24
Yes, you can set your own schedule! You and your roommates might want to work out when it's cool to practice in the room and when it's better to go to the rehearsal space.
Albertus-Magnus 2020-02-11 20:14:34
Are there violins?
Pixel18 2020-02-11 20:14:34
Is there a violin or will we have to bring one?
mathleticguyyy 2020-02-11 20:14:34
Can I learn instruments during camp?
Emathmaster 2020-02-11 20:14:34
at Ross playing an intruemnt was allowed
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:14:42
We do not generally provide violins. Bring yours!
AlpGlide3 2020-02-11 20:14:58
Are pranks allowed?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:15:01
willbill 2020-02-11 20:15:05
is there a piano for practice?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:15:06
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:15:45
Thanks for all the questions about the program, everybody!
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:15:51
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.)
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:16:25
what is the application process
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:17:09
It starts with the Qualifying Quiz and an essay! Here's a summary of the process:
mumpu2k16 2020-02-11 20:17:13
Can we talk about the application process?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:17:16
EvanYWang 2020-02-11 20:17:21
Is there a suggestion math level?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:17:41
We ask that you complete Precalculus before you come to Mathcamp. (The AoPS class counts!)
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:17:54
Saumya Singhal /15/California: what do you look for in an application? (e.g. balanced, focused, hardworking, ...)
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:18:38
Ooh, great question, and the answer is "all of the above." We're looking for students who we think would be a good fit for our program – in particular, the flexibility of the academic and non-academic offerings.
kevinmathz 2020-02-11 20:19:00
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: Would more people be accepted if more outstanding people apply?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:19:09
Alas, no: we have a fixed number of spots.
heartofjade 2020-02-11 20:19:28
Julia/13/NY: Do we need to provide a grade transcript?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:19:35
No, we do not require a transcript.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:19:42
Is precalc at school ok
Mandakini 2020-02-11 20:19:42
If you haven't formally completed a class on Precalculus but have studied it on your own time and have a strong understanding on it is that ok?
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:19:42
What if you are self-taught in precalculus?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:19:55
As long as you're very comfortable with the material, that's what we're looking for.
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:20:43
what do you look for in an application essay?
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 20:20:43
What will be on this personal essay?
BlizzardWizard 2020-02-11 20:20:43
Linus / 13 / San Jose, CA:

1. Is there a recommended length for the application essay?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:21:17
The essays can be any length! We have some prompts for writing, here: ...but you can write about anything that you think makes your case
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:21:59
and what we're looking for is – well, just getting to know you as a person! The Quiz is our way to learn about you mathematically; the Essay is a chance for you to talk directly to the admissions committee and tell us about yourself.
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:22:27
Saumya/15/California: what have been some of the best application essays you have seen and why
Mandakini 2020-02-11 20:22:38
Kind of like a personal essay on a college application?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:23:04
Kind of like a college essay, yes. Essays can be on any topic! We got on once that was a puzzle. Sometimes they're stories or poems.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:23:13
does the essay affect your admission?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:23:17
Yes, everything counts!
BlizzardWizard 2020-02-11 20:23:23
Linus / 13 / California :

Can the second recommendation letter be written by your band teacher at school?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:23:50
That could be a good fit for a personal recommender, especially if you've interacted with your band teacher outside of the classroom – on band trips, for example.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:24:02
(Extra especially if you have a leadership role in band and they can speak to that!)
carzland 2020-02-11 20:24:04
So the personal essay doesn't have to be an actual essay?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:24:10
It's free-form.
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:24:41
Yuchen Li/15/Washington Do we need letters of recommendation?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:24:58
Yes, two letters: one mathematical and one character reference. See for more details.
Mandakini 2020-02-11 20:25:14
So if you're an officer for student council, the student council advisor would be a good personal recommender?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:25:17
Sure, yes!
Purple_22 2020-02-11 20:25:21
Jackson Gish / 15 / California: Is there a recommended length for the personal essay?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:25:25
Try to keep it to a page?
MathGirl2015 2020-02-11 20:26:10
what if you cant answer the application questions?
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:26:10
How much questions on the quiz are solved on average if they get in?
heartofjade 2020-02-11 20:26:10
How would you grade the qualifying quiz, and is there a minimum score to qualify?
Iamawesome1 2020-02-11 20:26:10
Around how many quiz questions does the average accepted person answer?
carzland 2020-02-11 20:26:10
Are you guys looking for elegant and creative solutions in the problem set?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:27:02
So, these are hard questions to answer, because the Quiz varies from year to year, and so do the Quiz solutions we see. 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.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:27:48
We are indeed always happy to see elegant and creative solutions! (But sometimes you have to bash something, and that's okay, too.)
lifeisgood03 2020-02-11 20:27:55
Do you have a favorite quiz problem?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:28:17
Ooh! I kinda like the fortuitous sequences problem, myself.
a.y.711 2020-02-11 20:28:29
14/NC: is it ok if I get my academic letter from a 16 year old who's taught me or does it have to be an adult?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:28:38
The recommender should be an adult.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:28:44
Can the essay be art
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:28:57
If you think this is the best way to convince us to admit you, then sure!
wanjen 2020-02-11 20:29:04
Do you provide feedback for unsuccessful applicants?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:29:16
Alas, there are too many applicants and too few of us. We can't provide individual feedback.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:29:19
can it be a parent recommendation
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:29:27
No, recommendations can not come from a family member.
Hetvi16 2020-02-11 20:29:31
can u throw more light on criteria for selection with solving only few problems and strong quizzes
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:30:14
What we're trying to read out of the Quiz is a little bit between the lines of the actual solutions: it's an understanding of the author's mathematical maturity. So if you demonstrate that in your solutions to a few problems, then that's great. (But don't just try a few and then stop! We really encourage everybody to try all the problems.)
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 20:30:18
Are scholarships need-based?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:30:23
Yes, all of our financial aid is need-based.
Albertus-Magnus 2020-02-11 20:30:26
What’s the general cost of the program overall?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:30:35
The cost for our 2020 program will be between 0 and $4,500, depending on financial aid.
aastha.sharma02 2020-02-11 20:30:46
David Jiang/17/Middleton High school: Is it important that the letter of recommendation be from a current teacher, or can it be a past teacher?
Mathemusicson 2020-02-11 20:30:46
Can the Math recommendation come from an AOPS instructor who has never met me? (I am homeschooled)
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:30:46
Dan Ni / 18 / New York: Can I get a LOR from a coach or sort?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:31:01
Past teachers, AoPS instructors, and coaches can all be good recommenders.
Echen1 2020-02-11 20:31:10
Eric Chen / 13 / Acton, MA: How is financial aid calculated?
mumpu2k16 2020-02-11 20:31:10
What are some scholarships available?
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 20:31:10
Kevin Zhao / Lexington, MA / 15: how do i get financial aid?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:32:01
See for details: the process of applying for financial aid is really straightforward, and it happens at the same time as the application for admission (though first we admit students, and only then do we look at which newly-admitted students will need financial aid).
DanieLIsAwesome 2020-02-11 20:32:08
Do you apply for financial aid, and if so, is there a way to get “rejected”?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:32:15
We fully meet the demonstrated need of every family.
swagger 2020-02-11 20:32:26
If you went to Ross or another summer program, would you recommend that they write the recommendation letter? By they I mean the counselor
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:32:39
An instructor / TA from another summer program would be a great recommender.
carzland 2020-02-11 20:32:43
Are recommendation letters due by the application deadline?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:32:45
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:33:44
What do you look for in an application?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:34:11
We're looking for students who are passionate about mathematics, and who we think we really benefit from the curriculum and the community at Mathcamp!
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:34:17
(I know that sounds generic, but I really mean it.)
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:34:29
On the Quiz, do more challenging problems count for more?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:34:44
Well, not really, because there's no such thing as a grade for the Quiz. Everything counts!
wanjen 2020-02-11 20:34:49
Will stellar contest results make up for a poor Qualifying Quiz?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:35:00
Contest results aren't a big part of our application process: we focus on the Quiz.
SomethingNeutral 2020-02-11 20:35:18
How much does the personal statement affect the application?
SD2014 2020-02-11 20:35:18
how much are letters of recommendation taken into consideration
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:35:21
Everything counts!
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 20:35:33
Is there a deadline to apply for financial aid/scholarships?
buddy2007 2020-02-11 20:35:33
When is the deadline for the application?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:35:45
The deadline for the application - both for admission and financial aid - is March 12th.
AquaticSeatard 2020-02-11 20:36:00
David Liu/ 17/ FL: To what extent are we allowed to reuse previous essays we wrote for mathcamp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:36:30
You may reuse past application materials! But keep in mind that the essay is a chance to tell us what's up for you lately, so you might want to use that space to update us.
Williamgolly 2020-02-11 20:36:36
Is this camp more geared towards competition or research?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:37:12
We have a few competitions for fun, and some students do research, but it's geared towards introducing students to new areas of math that they haven't previously seen.
heartofjade 2020-02-11 20:37:22
Julia / 13 / NY: When are admission decisions released?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:37:28
This year, it's April 15th.
chardikala2 2020-02-11 20:37:32
is there acceptance preference put on students who don't apply for financial aid
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:37:46
Not at all: during the admissions process, we won't even know which students have applied for financial aid.
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:37:50
Coby Tran / 16 / Oregon: If you are exceptional in one area of math (NT for example) but really bad in something else like geometry) would you be able to express this on the quiz? Will it affect our chances of getting in?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:38:07
The Quiz has all kinds of different problems, so in the areas where you feel most comfortable, you can shine!
mauve 2020-02-11 20:38:11
Are there any limits on how many people at one school/city/state get in?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:38:14
Ninja1579 2020-02-11 20:38:19
Peter/18/Maryland: What's the best approach to starting/tackling one of the quiz problems? What if we just can't figure them out?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:38:58
Tough question, and a good one. I mean, sometimes, I just can't solve a math problem, you know? But these are designed for you to be able to crack them eventually, and one of the reasons that the Quiz is untimed is so you can sit with them.
mauve 2020-02-11 20:39:08
Does being a returning applicant have any impact?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:39:23
We do take it as a sign of motivation when students apply more than once!
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:39:35
Has anyone ever (correctly) solved all the quiz problems
intelligence_20 2020-02-11 20:39:35
If you have trouble on 1 question, but you do good on everything else, can you still make the camp? Or are there enough people that get perfect on the test?
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:39:35
Saumya/15/California: do you give equal consideration to a stellar incomplete solution (like if we can't solve it) VS a complete solution?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:39:54
Partial credit counts! It is very rare to see a perfect solution set.
aastha.sharma02 2020-02-11 20:39:59
Penz Ive/16/Wayzata what is the acceptance rate?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:40:05
Around 10-15%, usually.
Julia_osn 2020-02-11 20:40:37
Does being an international student influence acceptance?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:40:59
We like having international students at camp! But the acceptance rate is about the same across the board.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:41:02
How many people apply usually?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:41:23
It REALLY depends on how tough the Quiz is. But usually somewhere around 400 - 500.
Mandakini 2020-02-11 20:42:18
How many spots are there at camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:42:26
We usually enroll 65 new campers per year.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:42:28
Okay! Thanks, everybody, for all the questions about the application process.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:42:34
The field is open for *any* questions you have about Mathcamp, and we'll wrap up at 9pm ET.
HappyHuman 2020-02-11 20:42:44
what percent of campers are musicians?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:42:51
Lots! Tons. Most?
hydrohelium 2020-02-11 20:43:06
Can I apply if I am about to turn 18?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:43:09
daycrystal 2020-02-11 20:43:12
Do we need teacher recommendations?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:43:14
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:43:17
Dan Ni / 18 / New York: Are seniors allowed to go this summer? Or is it only for rising high schoolers?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:43:31
Seniors are welcome to apply (for summer after senior year)!
SG_2005 2020-02-11 20:43:43
If we handwrite solutions, where should we be writing our mathcamp sol id number
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:44:01
Anywhere in the header is fine! Just as long as it's clear to the reader.
Emathmaster 2020-02-11 20:44:04
How contest focused is Mathcamp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:44:25
There are two weekly problem-solving competitions at camp, and both are team competitions. (Participation, like everything else at camp, is optional!) More about problem solving at camp:
cnk2 2020-02-11 20:44:32
Do your AoPS course grades weigh in on your application/does mathcamp admissions look at them?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:44:46
When you apply to Mathcamp, we don't ask for transcripts or standardized test scores (because we don't think they will help us to predict which applicants are ready for Mathcamp classes). Instead, we use the Quiz and your academic recommendation letter to give us a picture of your preparation.
Mathqueen2018 2020-02-11 20:45:03
Will I have time to take an online summer course while at camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:45:48
This is a tough question. Hypothetically, the answer is absolutely yes: you set your own schedule, so you can make time to work on outside-of-camp projects. That said, camp is very busy, and you'll find that it's hard to tear yourself away from other activities.
aastha.sharma02 2020-02-11 20:45:53
Flus Hed/16/Kansas Is there a fitness room there?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:45:55
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:45:58
Ben Hu / 16(?) / New Jorsy: Can I bring a buzzer set to camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:46:00
alleycat 2020-02-11 20:46:04
does the middle school camp MathPath feed into Mathcamp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:46:27
Not officially in any way, but we do have a lot of alums from MathPath who come to our program. (Alums from MathPath go to lots of other summer programs in high school, too.)
mumpu2k16 2020-02-11 20:46:31
How big are the dorm rooms?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:46:50
Pretty standard size: each person has a twin XL bed, a dresser, a desk, a chair...
Catherineyaya 2020-02-11 20:46:54
how many people type their solutions for Quiz instead of hand-write?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:46:57
Maybe half and half?
Purple_22 2020-02-11 20:47:03
How much do campers play board games?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:47:05
jeffisepic 2020-02-11 20:47:12
do you have any preference for handwritten or typed solutions?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:47:23
Nope, whatever's easiest for you is fine – as long as we can read the solutions!
intelligence_20 2020-02-11 20:47:28
is mathpath basically the exact same thing
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:47:49
I think if you chat with AoPSers, you'll get the impression that there are overlaps, but that the programs are VERY different in feel and style.
JuanDelPan 2020-02-11 20:47:58
If I am attending a competition the first three days of the camp, would I be able to join the camp afterwards?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:48:15
In general, especially for new students, we prefer students to be able to attend all or almost all of the program: it is designed to be a full five-week experience, and that experience is diminished when students arrive late. That said, we can make exceptions.
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:48:31
Giddeon Tzfareai/ 15 / Lexington: Do we need prior LaTeX experience for camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:48:33
NotReally 2020-02-11 20:48:54
about what percent of math camp has to do with math?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:49:35
It's pretty equal parts "Math" and "Camp". In the best of all possible worlds, maybe your time is actually divided in thirds: math, and camp, and sleep.
OlympusHero 2020-02-11 20:49:47
what is the camp website?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:49:53
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:50:06
which we just overhauled this year, so I hope you like it!
carzland 2020-02-11 20:50:10
What are the big differences between this and other math camps like AwesomeMath, Sumac, Promys, Ross, etc?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:50:38
All of the summer math enrichment programs are places where you get to dive into interesting math and meet like-minded peers. You might think of these programs as sorting into three categories -- competition programs (like AwesomeMath), single-focus programs (like PROMYS and Ross, which have a Number Theory curriculum), and broader programs (like HCSSiM and MathILy). Mathcamp is in the 'broad' category.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:50:46
What makes Mathcamp unusual is the extraordinary amount of academic and personal freedom that students have. You design your own curriculum, you decide how to spend your time.
aastha.sharma02 2020-02-11 20:51:28
Akul/12/Texas: is there a minimum age limit? If our contest/quiz scores reflect that we are intellectually capable, will our age have an adverse effect on our accpetance?
sirdavo 2020-02-11 20:51:28
Can younger students join too
Akulioo 2020-02-11 20:51:28
What is the youngest age of kids that will be at camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:51:44
We invite applications starting at age 13.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:52:09
(And being young won't be held against you! That said, the standard is the same for everyone, and some of your fellow applicants are 18.)
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:52:17
do you have to bring money to camp
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:52:39
We suggest that folks bring about $100 for spending money if they can. You can always talk to Mathcamp staff if this is an issue for you at camp.
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:52:45
Is there a limit to the number of people in a class?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:53:17
Since students don't have to register for classes, there are no limits! Some classes are really small – like 5 students – and others are giant, like 50 students. But those extremes are rare; most classes are 12-20 students.
wanjen 2020-02-11 20:53:33
Are there a lot of rising university freshmen that attend Math Camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:53:35
sachi2019 2020-02-11 20:53:38
What are the age limits again?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:53:40
13 - 18.
nashdawg55 2020-02-11 20:53:46
what if you are homeschooled?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:53:52
We love homeschoolers!
carzland 2020-02-11 20:53:56
So many music questions about a math camp
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:54:04
Albertus-Magnus 2020-02-11 20:54:11
About transportation - what airport do we arrive at if international and/or geographically far enough away to warrant a plane ticket? Will there be shuttles waiting for us who are flying alone?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:54:38
We do pick up students at the airport! (And bring them back to the airport at the end of camp.) More info here:
Purple_22 2020-02-11 20:54:42
How deep does each class go into its subject?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:54:57
It *really* varies from class to class: some are surveys, others are a really deep dive into a subject.
Pixel18 2020-02-11 20:55:12
Are we allowed to talk to family after classes in some way?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:55:26
Of course! We strongly encourage people to call home on a regular basis.
a.y.711 2020-02-11 20:55:40
do people ever run in the morning before breakfast?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:55:55
Yes, shockingly often. There are often early-morning running groups.
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:56:26
are we allowed to have snacks other than breakfast, lunch and dinner
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:56:28
Of course.
mathleticguyyy 2020-02-11 20:56:31
Kevin Zhao / 15 / Lexington, MA: Are there computers for student use at camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:56:35
slb__ 2020-02-11 20:56:38
Are there any non-math activities?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:56:42
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 20:56:46
Can you do math on weekends?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:56:49
AlpGlide3 2020-02-11 20:56:51
How serious is the atmosphere? Like really studious, or a lot more relaxed, etc.?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:57:27
I think it's pretty relaxed, although maybe "intensely relaxed" or "relaxed intensity" or something is a better description: students are generally really engaged and enthusiastic.
Burr 2020-02-11 20:57:31
Alex/15/Waltham, MA: Is there air conditioning?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:57:52
Actually, mostly yes: two of our dorms are air-conditioned! (The quainter, quirkier one is not.) And the dining hall and classrooms have A/C.
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 20:58:00
How many people go?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:58:06
120 students per year.
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 20:58:19
were can we go off campus
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:58:45
You can "check out" (there's a system) to go off-campus, and we're right in downtown Burlington, which is a fun place to hang out.
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:58:50
Mikey / 18 / Wisconsin: What kind of food is there on campus? Are there vegetarian options? Gluten free?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:08
Champlain has a very friendly and helpful Dining Hall staff, and they can work with individual students on a case-by-case basis to handle any food allergies.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:11
Their regular offerings include: pizza, grill, salad bar, main dish station ("Euro"), a vegan station, a gluten-free station, and soft-serve ice cream.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:21
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 always vegetarian, vegan, and plain options. All stations label their ingredients.
xpoes 2020-02-11 20:59:26
Mikey / 18 / Wisconsin: Does laundry cost money? Are we able to hand wash our clothes?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:37
Laundry is free. You can hand-wash if you like.
aastha.sharma02 2020-02-11 20:59:41
Ash NotTofsnt/16/Idaho: are there camp sponsored activities for exploring the city?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:43
Purple_22 2020-02-11 20:59:45
Would there be a way to go to sleep eariler than 10pm?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:50
Yes! You set your own schedule.
starkid06 2020-02-11 20:59:54
How long, like how many days, is each camp?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 20:59:55
PhysicsMonster_01 2020-02-11 20:59:59
Can international high school students participate? I'm a junior from India.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:00:02
hwl0304 2020-02-11 21:00:11
is it easy to get from one dorm to the other?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:00:19
Yes, it's three buildings in a row.
StickyWashington 2020-02-11 21:00:24
If I want to practice an instrument, is there a place I can do that when not doing math?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:00:27
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 21:00:31
will we ever go to a ⛱
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:00:35
carzland 2020-02-11 21:00:42
Is there an on campus store we can buy food and supplies from?
BrightMonkey 2020-02-11 21:00:42
will you guys provide extra snacks
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:00:45
Yes and Yes.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:00:51
(Sorry, these answers are getting boring.)
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 21:00:54
What are the hiking opportunities?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:01:21
Oh, there's fantastic hiking in Vermont! We'll offer the option to go for a day hike on the first weekend of camp, and probably several more throughout the summer.
GreatMathGoGoGo 2020-02-11 21:01:24
will there be field trips?
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:01:27
Yep, every weekend.
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:02:08
Okay, everybody - time to wrap up. Thanks for spending your evening with us!
MarisaD 2020-02-11 21:02:38
If we didn't get to your question (and there were 200+ people here, so we didn't get through everything...), 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:
biffpixel 2020-02-11 21:03:20
Thank you!
etotheipiplus1 2020-02-11 21:03:20
infinity_theory 2020-02-11 21:03:20
Thank You!
Mathsmart00 2020-02-11 21:03:20
Mathsmart00 2020-02-11 21:03:20
thank uu!
mumpu2k16 2020-02-11 21:03:20
Thank you!
lcalvert99 2020-02-11 21:03:20
Thank you very much!
Albertus-Magnus 2020-02-11 21:03:20
Thank you!
aastha.sharma02 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Makorn 2020-02-11 21:04:23
thanks for hosting
Purple_22 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Thank you!
kevinmathz 2020-02-11 21:04:23
yoyopianow 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Thank you!
alexandrabei 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Thank You!
sloshycomic 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Kevin Zhao / Lexington, MA / 15: THANKSNKSKSKSKSKSKSKS
BlizzardWizard 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Thank you!
SandyK 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Thank you!
Julia_osn 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Thank you!
ml_2154 2020-02-11 21:04:23
Mandakini 2020-02-11 21:05:03
Thank you!!!
miscellieneous 2020-02-11 21:05:03
Bonami2014 2020-02-11 21:05:03
AlpGlide3 2020-02-11 21:05:03
!uoy knahT
IsabeltheCat 2020-02-11 21:05:03
Thank you!
kathrynmathstar 2020-02-11 21:05:03
LauraZed 2020-02-11 21:05:44
Thank you all for joining us, and a big thanks to Marisa and Kevin for answering so many questions!
LauraZed 2020-02-11 21:06:29
Again, if you're interested in applying for Mathcamp (or just want to try solving some cool questions), the Qualifying Quiz for Mathcamp can be found at
LauraZed 2020-02-11 21:06:55
If you have further questions for Mathcamp, you can contact them through either of the means that Marisa mentioned above.
LauraZed 2020-02-11 21:07:02
And finally, a transcript of this Math Jam will be posted soon here:

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