Young Scholars SUMMER Program


The deadline for YSP summer applications has been changed to Friday, April 6.

Summer 2018 Program Description

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) at the University of Chicago offers enthusiastic and talented math students from seventh through twelfth grades an opportunity to strengthen their mathematical powers through a deep experience in mathematical thought and effort. Our intention is to broaden and enrich the Chicago area students' understanding of mathematics rather than to accelerate them through the standard high school curriculum.

Our summer program is a four-week day-camp that requires an application and is significantly selective. Chicago area students who will be in grades seven through twelve next school year are welcome to apply. We are looking for students who have scored well on the math portion of the ACT, SAT, or other standardized test, enjoy participating in math competitions, or simply find mathematics to be an interesting and challenging subject.

The mathematical theme for this summer is number theory. The 7th-8th Grade Component will include topics in number theory and supplemented with an introduction to computer programming with Java, emphasizing the applications of computer science to number theory. We are still finalizing the curriculum for the 9th-10th and 11th-12th grade components. In the past, they have included such courses as a course in number theory and cryptography and a course in advanced problem solving, covering the ideas in algebra, geometry, number theory, and combinatorics for the 9th-10th component. The 11th-12th component has included such topics as advanced number theory and finite fields. All components use active learning techniques and ask students to work through challenging problems with the guidance of faculty instructors and undergraduate counselors. The final curriculum will be updated later.

Schedule Details

July 2 - July 27, 2018

The Summer 2018 Young Scholars Program will run from Monday through Friday, July 2-27. We will NOT meet on Wednesday, July 4. YSP participants meet Monday through Friday from 9:30A.M. to 2:30P.M. (except on Fridays when the program will end at 12:00 noon). Mornings are lecture-based classes. Afterward, the students divide into small groups, with each group conducted by a seminar leader who will discuss homework problems and the ideas underlying the day's lectures. Students have an hour break for lunch. Parents/Guardians are responsible for all transportation, meals, and lodging. Students are also encouraged to bring water bottles and snacks.

Application Information

To apply, we require the following documents: (1) an Application Form for the appropriate grade level, (2) a short essay, (3) a completed teacher questionnaire, (4) a recommendation letter from the current math teacher, and (5) a transcript or grade report. Links to the forms can be found below. Click on the application that correlates with the grade level that your child will enter in Fall 2018. For example, if your child is currently a 10th grader, but in the Fall he or she will enter 11th grade, then you would select the 11th-12th Component.

YSP is generously supported from various sources, but these do not cover the full cost of the program. Please see the application forms below for a full description of the fee schedule. The link for the Optional Application for Additional Support form is located below the Teacher Recommendation Form.

Because of the highly competitive nature of the program, if you are offered admission into the program and accept, you must attend all sessions for the four weeks of the program. If there is any reason for a possible absence, we must be informed of such anticipated absences with the acceptance of admission.

Application Links (links will be active by February 9)

  1. 7th-8th Grade Component Summer Application
  2. 9th-10th Grade Component Summer Application
  3. 11th-12th Grade Component Summer Application

  4. Teacher Questionnaire

  5. Optional Application for Additional Support

Applications should be postmarked by February 6. The Additional Support form is due April 27. If you cannot print these files, please contact our office at 773-702-7389 or ysp@math.uchicago.edu to request a physical copy.

Counselor Application


The Young Scholars Program
5734 S. University Avenue · Chicago, IL 60637 · Phone: (773) 702-7389 · Fax: (773) 702-9787