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SMaRT Camp

Summer Mathematics Research Training
High School Camp

We regret to inform that due to financial constaints, we are unable to run the SMaRT camp in 2015. We hope the situation could change next year, so do not forget us and please check out our Web site in the second half of January 2016 for the 2016 information.
Have a nice summer!

Picture of student's Hands SMaRT is a National Science Foundation supported two-week summer program at Texas A&M University. It is intended to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students. High school students of age 14-18, who are US citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply.

The camp will provide an intensive learning environment in mathematics, where high school students will learn not only useful mathematical facts, but also how to approach mathematical problems, prove mathematical statements, and write the results.

Picture from 2012 Smart Camp

High school students (grades 8 through 12 in Spring) of age 14 through 18 are eligible. US citizenship or permanent residency is required.

The camp is small. In 2009, it had 20 students. In 2010 through 2013, 20 new and 8 returning students were admitted yearly. Some of the returning students are admitted as junior counselors. Undergraduate counselors are assigned to each group of five students.

The main topics to be considered for the new class will revolve, as in the previous years, around number theory, combinatorics, and algebra. Some important applications will also be addressed, e.g. coding and logical circuits. A more advanced topic will be offered to the returning students (in the past years these were "Knot Theory" and "Combinatorial Geometry"; to be decided for 2013).

Structure of the program
Each morning, except Sunday, a lecture will be given for the new class, which will introduce students to a variety of interrelated topics of number theory, algebra, combinatorics, and their applications. At a later time, a lecture will be given for the class of returning students. The lectures will only provide introductions and pointers, while most of technical work will be done by students, under counselors' guidance, when solving the daily sets of problems. Group meetings, guided by counselors and junior counselors will be held in each student group during the day and in the evening. Guest lectures by the TAMU faculty might be given on some afternoons. These lectures will be of expository nature and will address a variety of topics from mathematics and its applications.

There are no fees. Due to the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the camp offers this year free room and board to accepted participants. Travel expenses are not covered (some partial travel coverage might be available in the case of extreme need, but availability of such funds is not guaranteed). Students should bring some money for private expenses, laundry, etc.

Peter Kuchment
University Distinguished Professor
Director of the SMaRT program
Mathematics Department
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3368
FAX (979)862-4190
Mrs. Donna Hoffman
Academic Advisor
Texas A&M University
Department of Mathematics
Suite 605, John R. Blocker Building
College Station, TX 77843-3368
(979) 862-4306, fax (979) 862-4190

Students from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.