Young Scholars SUMMER Program

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

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 course line-up 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.

Schedule Details

The Summer 2016 Young Scholars Program will run from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 29. YSP will begin each day at 9:30 AM and ends at 2:30 PM on Mondays through Thursdays. The program will conclude at 12:00 NOON on Fridays. Participants will meet in designated classrooms within the Eckhart and Ryerson buildings of the University of Chicago. Parents/Guardians are responsible for all transportation and meals. Students are 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 student transcript for those applying to the 9th-10th and 11th-12th grade components, (3) a student essay, and (4) a Teacher Recommendation Form. 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 2016. 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 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 Recommendation Form

  5. Optional Application for Additional Support

Applications must be received Thursday, March 31. If you cannot print these files, please contact our office at 773-702-7389 or to request a physical copy.

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