Summer Institute for Mathematics at the University of Washington

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Location: Washington

Program Description:

The SIMUW program brings together 24 participants with a mathematical background of at least 3 years of high school mathematics who have not yet completed high school and 6 teaching assistant/counselors with at least 1 year of college experience. Admission is competitive, based on an assessment of ability in mathematics and enthusiasm for an intensive mathematical experience. See http://simuw.net

Application deadline:

03/01/2012

Overall rating:

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Average: 5 (37 votes)

Host: University of Washington

Qualifications: For participants: returning high school students from Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska; For TAs: college experience, no geographic limitation

Program Dates / Length: June 26 to August 6, 2012

Housing: dormitory, free

Cost / Availability of Financial Aid: Free for admited participants and TACs, TACs are paid a stipend of $3000.

Credit Awarded: n/a

Mailing Address:

SIMUW
Department of Mathematics
University of Washington
Box 354350
Seattle, WA 98195-4350

Phone: (206) 543-1150

E-mail: simuw@math.washington.edu

Website: http://simuw.net

Reviews:

"Simuw has benefited my son for not only his university application but also for his career on Statistics. Now he has been accepted by an Ivy league university. He was thrilled when he got the $900 card for food from this program. It was the first time for him to manage such big amount money for his 1.5 months meals. Several students tried to share milk and cereal to save their $$ for breakfast. He's become maturer after the 6 weeks program. Thank you, Simuw professors and TACs."
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Parent, 2012

"My child had a fantastic experience at SIMUW. The lectures, the professors, the guests, the cohort and the TACs were all exceptional. This is probably one of the best way to spend six weeks of summer."
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Parent, 2012

"I participated in the program in 2004 and to this date, it's been one of, if not, the most enjoyable summer I've had. The people were fun, the professors were engaging and approachable, and the program well organized. My experience has had a strong impact in my desire to pursue academia. "
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Participant, 2009

"I am making a second review solely for informative purposes concerning the difficulty of the courses. The material taught in the courses is very interesting and useful, however, it is possible to learn approximately 60-70% of the material of the 2011 courses by simply reading "Problem Solving Strategies" by Engel, "Geometry Revisited" by Coxeter, and any basic college Algebra textbook. If you are familiar with such books you may find the first four or so weeks of SIMUW relatively trivial. However, this is not to discount the quality of the teaching you receive, which is very high. Likewise, this does not discount the amount of fun you will have at SIMUW, which is likewise very high. This review was written simply to warn any potential participants of the knowledge cap of the material taught at SIMUW. "
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Participant, 2011

"Woohoo! I made a second review, broskis - Erdong "Euler" Hu, 2011 Fun program. Fascinating classes. Interesting people. Great experience. Would recommend this program to anyone who wants to know REAL math, beyond the calculations in high school math classes. "
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Participant, 2011

"Interesting program. Classes were useful for olympiad math or standard college math classes. Pretty fun. Lots of cool people."
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Participant, 2011

"GREAT!"
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Participant, 2011

"Very helpful program. It helped prepare me for upper level university classes, particularly basic abstract algebra. The participants and TACs were also interesting and friendly. "
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Participant, 2011

"The classes were amazing, the people were cool, and the activities were fun. Six weeks well spent!"
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Participant, 2011

"SIMUW was the best 6 weeks of my entire high school career. I was a little hesitant at first because although I like math, I consider myself only decent at it and I was afraid that the program would be too difficult. I wasn't completely wrong - the topics and assignments were definitely challenging, but in a good way. Collaboration is encouraged, and it's okay if you're not a genius at math; as long as you try your best, you'll have an amazing time and make amazing friends. The TACs are super helpful and the other participants are all equally as impressive as you are (if not more so). My roommate and I got along super well, and even though we live hours apart and have only visited each other twice since math camp, we are still extremely close friends."
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Participant, 2009

"SIMUW was definitely the best 6 continuous weeks of my life. If you like math, definitely apply, because you will learn a whole lot of interesting stuff that you will not find in high schools. The best part, though, has to be the tightly-knit community you will be a part of. You will make friends that will last a lifetime (two years later, I still regularly keep in touch with several fellow SIMUWers and we've even had some mini get-togethers although we live several hours apart) and have many memories to revisit years later. "
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Participant, 2009

"This was probably the best 6 weeks of my life. Not only did it prepare me for college and expose me to math that I didn't know existed, but I made friendships that will last me forever with all of the other 23 participants, and the 6 TAC's. If you have the opportunity to participate in SIMUW take it. You won't regret it. "
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Participant, 2010

"It was amazing,and it still feels amazing when I'm writing this. I've never thought I could form such a tight bond with so many people in only 6 weeks, but it happened anyway. I don't know what kind of selection process would produce such a group of wonderful participants and TACs: together, but the 30 people, including me, made a perfect environment for having fun while learning. SIMUW gave me confidence and made me realize everybody is good at some aspects of math, including me. This is not a just a summer camp. This is definitely not a summer school. I don't want to sound like a salesman, but apply for SIMUW: it will make your summer."
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Participant, 2010

"I seem to have run out of words in describing how much SIMUW has meant to me and how it has impacted my life. What an unforgettable experience I had in those 6 weeks. As I sit here now writing this praise for others, I cannot help but recall those moments and memories that have remained etched deep within me, growing to become a defining part of my life. When I first came to SIMUW, it was like being re-born into an unknown world. SIMUW truly was much like a new life for me, one where we would need to re-acquaint ourselves with our environment and those around us, but also one with immense opportunity. Although an unknown environment with absolute strangers seemed daunting at first, in only a couple of days, one would begin to branch out and realize SIMUW’s true potential. Along with the academic perspective, SIMUW gave me a social perspective and experience which I wish to kindle and keep alive. The participants were amazing and the TACs were awesome! Every second of SIMUW 2010 was enjoyable; from learning Pancake Theorems in topological spaces, to the TAC challenges, to playing Frisbee on Denny’s Field, to the dance party, and to the talent show, SIMUW not only gives new mathematical insights, but also provides a place to grow, learn, achieve, and eventually make a positive difference in the world. Apply to SIMUW and make it one of your best summers ever!"
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Participant, 2010

"Amazing experience! Interesting mathematics and great social life, hanging out with 23 other fun participants, and 6 teaching assisstant councelors for a whole 6 weeks. High level mathematics to interest any math-loving student, while plenty of free time and people who share the same interests keep participants loose and happy. Plenty of friends and awesome math! Better than school! Just simple great fun!"
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Participant, 2010

"SIMUW was the most incredible and fantastic camp ever. The other participants were simply amazing, our TACs were the best, and by the end of the program, we had formed such a tight-knit community. Not only that, but our teachers were amazing as well, and the math that you do at SIMUW is so different from the regular math in schools and so well taught and interesting. Then there were the endless hours of "mandatory fun": ninja, assassins, mafia, board games galore, Quidditch, scavenger hunts, midnight rounds of sardines... The campus was beautiful, the dorms great (we had maids!), and the food really good ($1000 meal card provided by the camp). I can't imagine ever not going to SIMUW, and if you like math at all, you need to. "
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Participant, 2010

"Absolutely Incredible! SIMUW is a life changing experience completely changing my outlook on mathematics and even the world. The classroom setting is elegant and enriching, the set of outstanding faculty share their knowledge in enthralling, captivating, and fun atmosphere. The living situation functions as equally enriching as the classroom, the students befriend each other instantly, the Teaching Academic Counselors (TACs) are excellent and prepared in ensuring participants well being, but mostly encourage and facilitate fun activities ranging from chess, games, sports, to even exploring Seattle. The community extends beyond the boundaries of the summer, students become pen-pals and friends forever. As a current student at the UW the networking from the SIMUW community composed of previous participants, TACs, professors, and SIMUW administration is highly prominent here and complementary to my education. In all SIMUW is analogous to a free trip to Disneyland, a vacation you will never forget, the best summer of my life!"
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Participant, 2006

"SIMUW was simply an amazing experience. The program isn't about covering hardcore college topics, but rather about skimming through topics and promoting mathematical thinking. I personally had the best summer of my life. No one who has ever attended SIMUW has regretted it."
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Participant, 2007

"As everyone who's been through it would say - it's purely awesome. I still can't believe I had such a feast for free. "
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Participant, 2007

"SIMUW is an amazing experience. It challenged me to consider concepts and theories well beyond the traditional calculus class of derivatives and integrals. I was exposed to various branches of math that I never new existed. I highly recommend this program not only for the math involved, but also for the community formed."
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Participant, 2007

"Before attending SIMUW, I never thought I would say this, but my summer spent at Math Camp was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get the chance to explore different areas of math, but I was able to make close and lasting friendships with the other participants. Living at the University for six entire weeks also gave me a taste of campus life. Not once did I feel out of place or excluded despite the range of mathematical ability. Attending SIMUW is the chance of a lifetime. I highly reccommend it. "
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Participant, 2007

"SIMUW is totally an awesome summer experience. I participated in summer 2005, but decided to return again for 2006. Not only do you learn a lot of interesting math topics that you do not generally get to know about in high school, but you also meet many interesting people who share the same interests as you. I certainly had some of the best times of my life there and I strongly recommend the lucky people from the area to go. "
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Participant, 2005

"SIMUW is an amazing camp to attend. I highly recommend it to any high school student that loves math and wants interesting knowledge beyond the regular curriculum. Its community experience exceeds any I've known - 6 weeks is not long enough to enjoy it. Even as an Alaskan participant, I fit right in."
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Participant, 2007

"Simuw is the best camp that I have ever attended. This program has superb students and professors. We learn a lot of advanced mathematics and have fun doing so. The living conditions are great. The professors are very knowledgeable and provide us intriguing problems that always leaves us thinking. The TACs keep us out of trouble, find ways for us to have fun, and are very skilled in math. Throw in free food and what more could you want?"
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Participant, 2007

"Great experience"
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Participant, 2005

"An academically, emotionally, and mentally stimulating experience! Simply the best time of my life!"
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Participant, 2006

"This program was great. The academic experience I had, along with the experiences with people that I met, were all exceptional. "
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Participant, 2005

"Tis' simply the best. A summer of a life time. The experience of it all, is beyond any mathematical perfection."
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Participant, 2005

"SIMUW was one of the best of many math camps I have been to. It allows you to really get to know the people you are living with and gives many opportunities to make long lasting friendships. SIMUW has a very fun and welcoming atmosphere and is a good choice for any students who are interested in math. On the other hand, it might not be the best choice for a hardcore math student who is looking for a rigorous and intense math training program, because the topics are focused on less common math subjects and the camp's focus is more on fostering interest in mathematics than intense mathematical training."
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Participant, 2007

"The summer I spent at SIMUW was without question the best summer of my life. Never before had I had the opportunity to work with so many intelligent and motivated young individuals, and it was a truly unique and rewarding experience. The material and the professors were great and incredibly interesting, and the entire program gave me a new and invigorating view into the field of mathematics that I could never have gotten through high school courses. Living away from home for six weeks may sound like a difficult experience, but it was a great chance to develop independence and self-confidence, and it helped me grow a lot as a person in addition to being a fun and exciting new experience. My only regret with SIMUW is that I did not learn about it earlier so that I would have the opportunity to participate for a second year."
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Participant, 2007

"I participated in SIMUW in 2005, and I loved it so much I decided to return in 2006. Before SIMUW I participated in math competitions and I enjoyed it, but SIMUW was the first place where I was introduced to advanced concepts and where I truly fell in love with math. The math instruction is given by top-notch college professors who teach subjects they are passionate about. No prior knowledge is assumed, so while the topics are advanced, it is easy to follow. Outside of class, there are many activities, both organized as an entire camp and spontaneous as smaller groups. We had an iron chef competition, a trip to a baseball game and a chocolate factory, as well as pickup basketball games and board games. The people there are all smart and interesting and ready to have fun doing almost anything. I would recommend SIMUW to anyone."
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Participant, 2006

"An amazing program, not just because of the math, but also because of the community formed. I'm still in touch with many of my fellow participants from several years ago. An unforgettable experience."
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Participant, 2006

"Without a doubt, SIMUW was one of the most rewarding experience that I have ever had. People may think that math is the only thing that we do at math camp, but it is not true. The counselors organized numerous activities, and I vastly enjoyed my time at the UW. I learned a lot of abstract math that are not taught in high school, and the friendship that forms among the participants and counselors is remarkable. Also, spending 2 months at a university itself is a wonderful experience. The 6 weeks absolutely flew by, and at the end, I wish I didn't have to go home."
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Participant, 2007

"Six weeks living on campus was fun. The applicaton process meant that everyone else there liked math as much as I did; everyone was sociable, and had a common interest. The classes were interesting, and while there was homework, it wasn't busywork and was fun in and of itself. Out of all the special lectures and classes, my favorite was Professor Arms' Knot Theory class, about a subfield of topology, which should show how interesting the classes were. The group would go out to places like the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Center, and we went to go see the Imax 3d production of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The living accommodations were good. during the summer the north campus dorms are run by Conference Services, who organize the food cards and rooms. Everyone has a food card and Ian's Domain, an internet Cafe, was right inside the dorm, so we ate well. it was one of the best experiences of my life to date."
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Participant, 2007

"This program changed my 17 year old son's life, in all ways for the better. He entered the program strong in math, but a bit shy. He came out transformed into a confident, independent young man with an increased respect and appreciation for mathematics. Through this program he grew both academically and socially. It was the first time he'd ever gotten to spend time with a group of kids just like him, and they all became very close. It was one of the best experiences of his life. I have never seen him so effusive or enthusiastic about any experience. I am certain that he will remember and treasure it for the rest of his life. "
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Parent, 2007

"I was the first non-TAC to arrive, and, quite honestly, I was expecting a really nerdy group of people. I couldn't have been more wrong. The people were intelligent, yes, and they all loved math, but there was more to them than that. We could have put together a rock band, several different sports teams (including both soccer and water polo), and several theatrical productions. The best part, though, was how close-knit the community was. We all got to know each other very well, and we all made lots of good friends. It was one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and I would certainly repeat it if I had the chance."
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Participant, 2006

"SIMUW was a fantastic experience and a great way to spend my summer! I was exposed to exciting new kinds of math and was challenged to think creatively to solve intriguing problems."
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Participant, 2004

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