Getting a glimpse of the depth and beauty of mathematics can be a transforming experience for a student, whatever interests the student may intend to pursue in the future. The Summer Institute for Mathematics at the Univ. of Washington is intended to provide talented, enthusiastic students with just such a glimpse.
Summer Institute for Mathematics at the University of Washington
The program includes six intensive two-week courses taught by university professors on topics that change from year to year. In the past, students have studied methods of argument, combinatorics, hyperbolic geometry, game theory, group theory, coding theory, and much more. In addition, there are twelve guest lectures on a wide variety of subjects and in many different formats, allowing students to glimpse even more mathematical areas as well as participate in hands-on mathematical activities. When not in class, students work on problems in groups or individually, have mathematical discussions with the Teaching Assistant Counselors, and participate in social events, sports, and weekly Saturday outings. They develop many new interests and close friendships, the end of the program coming way too soon.
Participants live in a dormitory on campus during these six weeks along with the Teaching Assistant Counselors, and are expected to make participation in SIMUW a full-time commitment.