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MathPath is a mathematics summer program for students aged 11 through 14 lasting four weeks. A qualifying test is necessary to gain admission. MathPath is centered around mathematical exploration. It is generally located in a different college campus each year.

The fee is $4500, but there are merit scholarships and financial aid. For the 2011 program, financial aid can reduce the fee to $0, depending on family income. For details about financial support, see the MathPath Fees Webpage.

Typical day

8:00 Breakfast
8:45 History of Mathematics
9:45 Breakout Session (Small group topics such as Rubik's cube group theory, number theory, etc)
11:00 Visiting Speaker Plenary (Lecture to everyone)
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Free Time
3:00 Writing mini-plenary
3:30 Breakout Session
5:00 Problem of the Day, Wrap-up, Announcements
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Recreational activities (soccer, swimming, tennis, chess, work on math problems, etc)
8:30 Everyone back in the dorm
9:30 Dorm Meetings
10:15 Lights out, quiet


George Rubin Thomas founded MathPath in 2002 as a math program for students aged 11 to 14. The name MathPath was suggested by Professor John Conway, who had been a guest lecturer at the camp since 2002 but since left. MathPath 2019 will be located at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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