About Our Alumni

Where Have Our Alums Gone to College?

Over half the alumni attended Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, or Caltech as undergraduates (the other half attended one of 157 other institutions). Of the alumni for whom we know the undergraduate major, 57% majored in math with many others majoring in engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry and/or biology. (PROMYS has post-secondary school educational data on 97% of our 1398 alumni and recently updated education/career data for around 86%.) 

How Many of Our Alums Have Chosen to Acquire a Doctorate?

At least 486 alumni have, or are working on, a doctorate. This represents 56% of all old enough alumni for whom we have recently updated educational information (or 47% of all old enough alumni). Three hundred and ninety-six of the doctorates are PhD's, 357 of which are STEM PhD's. Two hundred and forty-four alums have, or are currently working on, a math PhD. Forty-six percent of alum math PhD's are from MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Princeton, or Stanford.

How Many of Our Alums are Professors?

At least one hundred and nine of the alumni are currently professors (38 are full or associate professors). Seventy-two are math professors; others are professors of computer science, physics, finance, economics, chemistry, biology, meteorology, philosophy, medicine, business and public policy, management, English, sociology, urban education, or law.  Alums teach at a great many institutions including five at MIT, three at Harvard, and seven at the University of Pennsylvania. 

What Fields Do Our Alums Enter?

At least 280 alums are currently in mathematics: this includes math graduate students, professional mathematicians in academia and/or industry, math teachers and actuaries. Many alums have entered other STEM fields such as physics. Over 265 alums are in computer science or engineering. There are also many alums in finance, consulting, medicine, and law.  Alums in all these fields speak fervently about the benefits they have received from the rigorous habits of mind they acquired at PROMYS. There are PROMYS alumni in the armed forces, writing for television, being stay-at-home parents, architects, artists, rabbis, and missionaries. There is an alum wildlife photographer, a jazz pianist, a band manager, and a journalist with the New York Times. There are, of course, many more occupations represented than are mentioned here – and our knowledge remains incomplete.  

Some PROMYS Alumni Awards and Distinctions

Below is a very partial list of some of the alum awards and distinctions of which we were aware as of 2012.   

Some High School Alum Distinctions

13 USA Mathematical Olympiad Winners (several winning multiple years)

45 Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOP) Attendees (many for multiple years) 

22 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Medals: 17 alumni winning 8 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 2 bronze medals 

3 Perfect AMC10 Scores

1 Perfect AMC12 Score 

3 US China Girls’ Math Olympiad Team Members and a bronze medal in the International China Girls’ Math Olympiad 2011

Intel Science Talent Search (Was Siemens Westinghouse Competition): One 1st Place, one 2nd Place, two 4th Places, one 5th Place, one 6th Place, one 8th Place, ten Finalists, and many additional Semi-Finalists.

Siemens Competition 2010 - 2012: Two National Finalists, six Regional Finalists, and many additional Semi-Finalists (four in 2012, for example). 

Alums have mentored other alums in prize-winning research projects including a 1st Place award in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition.

9 International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) Team Members with 2 gold medals at IPhO

2 International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) Team Members with a silver medal at IChO 

1 Winner of US Chemistry Olympiad

2 International Linguistics Olympiad Team Member and a silver medal at ILO

2 ISEF Award Grand Prizes in 2012 alone 

11 Presidential Scholars 

4 Davidson Fellows 

7 Clay Research Academy Junior Fellows 

Some Undergraduate Alum Distinctions 

8 Putnam Fellow Awards (top 5)

14 Putnam, 6th to 15th Place Awards

19 Putnam, 16th to 25th Place Awards

53 Putnam Honorable Mentions

2 International Math Competition 1st Prizes 

3 Alice Schafer Prizes

8 Alice Schafer Prize Runners Up and Honorable Mentions

1 Morgan Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Math 

12 Goldwater Scholars

5 National Science Foundation (NSF) VIGRE Fellowships for Undergraduate Research

3 All-USA College Academic First Team Members  

Some Graduate Alum Distinctions

103 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships

52 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mentions

18 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Awards 

1 Marshall Scholar 

6 Fulbright Scholars

5 Hertz Fellows

4 Churchill Fellowships for study at Cambridge University

4 Sloan Dissertation Fellows 

Some Postdoctoral or Professional Alum Distinctions

99 National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards: 29 Graduate Postdoctoral Fellowships, 58 NSF Grants, 2 PECASE Awards and 10 CAREER Awards

7 Sloan Research Fellows

6 Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Postdoctoral Fellowships

1 American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) Fellowship

5 Clay Mathematics Institute Fellowships: 4 Liftoff Fellows and one 5-year Research Fellow

Numerous named instructorships including the Lovett Instructorship at Rice and the Moore Instructorship at MIT.

Numerous alum teaching awards including the Harold M. Bacon Memorial Teaching Award from Stanford University, the Harvard Distinction in Teaching Award, and the Nikki Kose Memorial Teaching Prize from the UC Berkeley Math Department. 

Some Additional Alum Distinctions

1 Purple Heart

1 President of the Harvard Law Review

1 World Scrabble Champion

1 World Puzzle Champion 

1 Violinist who performed with Itzhak Perlman in PBS-broadcast concert at Carnegie Hall 

Tech start-ups such as the alum-founded company bought by Google 

Patent holders: many alumni (one of whom has 17 issued patents) 

The alumni have authored an estimated 1,900 peer reviewed publications, including at least 18 books (some of which are college textbooks and one of which is a poetry collection), and a very wide array of book chapters and articles.  


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