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 students' understanding of mathematics rather than to accelerate them through the standard high school curriculum.

The mathematical content of the program for Summer 2017 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 5 - July 28, 2017

The Summer 2017 Young Scholars program will take place 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. Students have an hour break during the day for lunch. Parents/Guardians are responsible for all transportation, meals, and lodging. Students are also encouraged to bring water bottles and snacks. Each day, 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.

Application Information

To apply, we require the following documents: (1) an Application Form for the appropriate grade level, (2) a student transcript or grade report, (3) a student essay, and (4) and a completed Teacher Questionnaire form with a letter of recommendation. 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 2017. 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 March 31. The Additonal Support form is due April 28. If you cannot print these files, please contact our office at 773-702-7389 or 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