Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists
Programs in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) is a 6-week summer mathematics program determined to motivating high school students to creatively explore mathematics with others of the type.
Participation is determined by applicants' solutions to a difficult exam, high school transcripts, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and student essays. Admission is on a rolling basis.
All high school students must be at least 14 years old to apply.
A typical day starts with a Number Theory lecture.
Most students work individually or in small groups on problem sets throughout the day and night. The first-year students generally work in groups led by counselors. Returning students work individually or on research projects.
Dorms are supervised by counselors per 3 or 4 students. The students live in an actual college dormitory.
PROMYS offers recreational activities in students' free time, including volleyball, basketball, and jogging. There are also weekend field trips to sites such as MIT Museum, Boston Museum of Science, and film festivals.
Because of the slightly more balanced nature of the program, PROMYS is thought to be somewhat less intense and demanding than the Ross Program.