Program Dates: June 5th - June 30th, 2017
Established in 2006, the LSU Math Circle summer enrichment program is a four-week math summer camp at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA designed to introduce high school students to the complex world of college mathematics.
High schoolers with a passion for math come together to learn university-level material in disciplines like combinatorics, number theory, probability, topology, dynamical systems, and more, taught by graduate students and math faculty at LSU. Over the course of the program, students develop problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and logical reasoning through projects, games, and puzzles based on advanced mathematical topics. In addition to working on problems, participants also attend lectures by LSU professors and enjoy recreational trips to local science and research centers.
For the first three weeks of the program, graduate students and professors present hands-on activities based on their specific research areas. On Fridays, special activities like Math Battles (speed-based proof competitions) or the Mock Casino (which teaches probability) take place. In the fourth week, students choose a research topic and, in small groups, work with their graduate mentor to complete a research project and poster. These projects have been featured in science fairs and have even been published nationally!
The following schedule represents a typical weekday at Math Circle:
Students are supervised by Math Circle staff at all times. From 10:30PM to 7:00AM, quiet hours are in effect, and students are not allowed to leave their dorms.
Weekends for boarding students are very different from weekdays, and include longer activities and a field trip. RAs are continuously responsible for the boarding students from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
Saturday field trips will most likely include a trip to New Orleans and a hiking trip to Tunica Hills, LA. Sundays are less structured: students may choose to sleep late, do laundry, or socialize under staff supervision. Afternoons and evenings include longer activities planned by the RAs.
Our residential program is focused on providing a fun, safe, and supervised experience for boarding students. Our Residential Assistants (RAs) provide supervision and devise a number of fun (and sometimes math-related) activities each night.
Students in the LSU Math Circle will be housed in the Pentagon dorms at LSU. These dorms are divided into “stacks” of 3 floors each. Math Circle will occupy two stacks; one for males and one for females.
The first floor houses 4 double-occupancy, air-conditioned dorm rooms; the second floor houses 3 dorm rooms and a kitchen; and the third floor houses 4 dorm rooms. There is a bathroom on each floor, meaning that 6-8 students will share each bathroom. The kitchen contains a microwave, but no refrigerator. More information about the dorms can be found online here. One dorm room per stack will be occupied by the students’ RA, who lives in the stack with them for the duration of the program. Although we monitor the dormitory, students should keep their dorm rooms locked at all times. Math Circle is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property.
A laundry room is available in the Pentagon activity center, and costs $1.25 per wash/dry. The machines accept quarters only and may not be used after lights out. Students should bring their own laundry supplies, such as detergent.
Roommate assignments are based on the roommate survey included in the acceptance packet, and factor in age, sex, and similar interests. We will try to accommodate roommate requests, but we cannot guarantee that students will room with their desired roommate. Male students may not visit the female students’ suites and vice-versa.
Students eat all meals at the 5 Dining Hall with their TAs (lunch) or RAs (dinner). Meals are served cafeteria-style and offer many different options, including vegetarian entrées. In case students get hungry after class or after evening activities, boarding students are encouraged to bring some healthy snacks to the dorm with them.
Students should bring some spending money in case of emergency; however, almost all expenses, including meals, dorms, and activities, are covered by program tuition. We recommend students bring around $150 for the duration of the program.
All students will be given a Math Circle lanyard with their name on it, a key to their dorm room, and a meal access bracelet which may be stored in their lanyard. The lanyard should be worn around the student’s neck at all times; this is how we identify students and ensure that they do not lose their room keys/meal bracelets. Students will be responsible for the cost of a replacement room key or meal card if lost.
Students taking prescribed medication during the school year should continue to take that medication during Math Circle. Parents should send enough medication to last four weeks. Medications will be held in a separate room by the student’s RA and administered by the RA at intervals specified by the parent.
If a student does not have medical insurance, the student’s parents, not Math Circle, will be responsible for payment of any medical treatment for the student.
The camp is open to incoming 9th-12th graders, with exceptions made for highly gifted 8th graders. Both commuting and boarding students are welcome to apply (boarding students will be housed in the Pentagon Dorms at LSU; see the Residential Life tab above for more information).
Please submit only one application per student. You will receive an email confirmation upon submitting. If you have any questions about the program or about the application process, please don't hesitate to ask us at email@example.com.