Community

PROMYS has been sustained and enriched over the past 25 years by a belief that math is a deeply human activity best experienced within a richly interacting and mutually supportive community of learners including high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and research mathematicians.  For six summer weeks, over one hundred mathematicians wrestle joyfully with math. Often for the first time in their lives, talented young people tackle math that is beyond their immediate grasp; are exposed to math which is beautiful and daunting; are held to exacting standards of rigor and precision; meet others with the same level of talent and passion; and learn, not just as students, but as scientists.  PROMYS is non-competitive and students learn from each other.  

The advanced students and counselors help create a deeply rich mathematical environment for each other and for the first-year students by offering seminars, minicourses, and lectures to augment those of the faculty and of the guest lecturers.  Similarly, it is crucial that the PROMYS students witness older students, counselors, and adult professionals engaging actively, intensely, collaboratively, and joyfully in creative mathematical endeavors. PROMYS proves to participants that many of the pervasive math stereotypes are inaccurate. They see for themselves that math is a creative and collaborative enterprise, that mathematicians can be engaging and happy, that there is a vibrant community they can choose to join, that math need not be a solitary activity, and that members of the community give each other social and intellectual support. Many alumni have told us that this exposure revolutionized their attitude towards having a career in math.  They say they came first for the math, and they returned for the people. 

PROMYS Community in the Summer of 2014

65 First-Year Students

30 Returning Students

26 Counselors

Hanna Astephan – University of Michigan
Uthsav Chitra –  Brown University
Amelie Dougherty – University of Pennsylvania
Matilde Gerbelli-Gauthier - McGill University (Head Counselor)
Michael Greenberg - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Vineet Gupta  (Junior Counselor) – Stanford University
Petru Hlihor – Oxford University
Robert Huben - Hamilton College (Head Counselor)
Zhaorong Jin – Caltech
Lucas Mann – Humboldt University, Berlin
Jason Marsh – University of Connecticut
Akhil Mathew – Harvard University
Erin McCloskey – Brown University
David Mehrle – Carnegie Mellon University
Samuel Mundy - University of New Mexico
Zhicheng Qiao – Duke University
Tomer Reiter - Carnegie Mellon University (Head Counselor)
Sandy Riasonovsky - University of Pennsylvania
Raffael Singer – Oxford University
Elena Slobodyan - Princeton University
Joseph Stahl - Boston University
Henry Swanson – Caltech
Yingying Wang – University of California, Santa Barbara
Chen Xie – University of Waterloo
Dylan Yott - Boston University
Wentong Zhang (Junior Counselor) – Harvard University

Research Mentors

Professor Laurent Berger (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Dr. Henry Cohn (Microsoft Research)
Professor Keith Conrad (University of Connecticut)
Professor Paul Gunnells (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Dr. Jonathan Hanke
Dr. Victor Rotger (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona)

Faculty

Professor Glenn Stevens (Boston University)
- Director of PROMYS since 1989
Professor Marjory Baruch (Syracuse University)
Erick Knight (Harvard) - Research Coordinator
Professor David Fried (Boston University)
Professor David Geraghty (Boston College)
Professor Steven Rosenberg (Boston University)
Professor Caleb Shor (Western New England University)
- Director of PROMYS for Teachers
Dr. Al Cuoco (Distinguished Scholar at Education Development Center)
- Associate Director and Co-Founder of PROMYS for Teachers
Professor Carol Findell (Boston University) - PROMYS for Teachers

21 Teachers in the PROMYS for Teachers program

11 Teacher Counselors in the PROMYS for Teachers program

Brendan Ferullo (Framingham High School, Framingham, MA)
Tanya Finkelstein (Diamond Middle School, Lexington, MA)
Ben Fischer (Boston University PhD program)
John Gilling (Seacoast High School, Revere, MA)
Kate Harney (Lawrence High School, Lawrence, MA)
Keith Hilles-Pilant (Math for America-Boston)
Brian Infante (Gann Academy, Waltham, MA)
Allen Olsen (Lexington High School, Lexington, MA)
Christopher Robinson (The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN)
Ander Steele (University of Calgary)
Tim Westfield (Boston College High School, Boston, MA)

Visiting Mathematicians and Alumni

 

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