Young Scholars SUMMER Program


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 content of the program for Summer 2019 will be topics in geometry. The geometry course is supplemented with an introduction to the use of computers, primarily emphasizing applications of computers to geometry.

Schedule Details

July 1 - July 26, 2019

The Summer 2019 Young Scholars program will take place Monday through Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. (except on Fridays when the program will end at 12:00 noon). We will NOT meet on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5. 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 2019. 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

  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 Tuesday, March 12. If you cannot print these files, please contact our office at 773-702-7389 or to request that a physical copy be mailed to your home.

Counselor Application

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