Information for Counselors

Want to learn and share mathematics? 

Immerse yourself for six summer weeks in a richly talented mathematical community!

Counselors at ice cream party in 2017
Counselors at ice cream party at the end of PROMYS 2017


We expect to hire approximately 25 counselors, recruited from among the top undergraduate mathematics majors around the country.  Our counselors come from universities such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Caltech, UC Berkeley, Yale, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Brown University, Boston University, and UC Santa Barbara. Every summer, there are first-year counselors who are new to the program and counselors who first participated in PROMYS as high school students. There are also returning counselors. 


PROMYS 2020 ran from Sunday, July 5 to Saturday, August 15, 2020. Counselors were expected to start on July 3.


PROMYS is a residential summer program at Boston University drawing around 85 carefully selected high school mathematicians from across the country and around the world. Due to COVID-19, PROMYS ran a virtual program in 2020


Each counselor will grade the daily Number Theory problem set work of approximately four students. More importantly, counselors will be available to help students through informal discussions as questions arise. Counselors also supervise the mentored research projects of returning students. Counselors take advanced seminars and are invited to work individually with members of the faculty. Like everyone else at PROMYS, the counselors immerse themselves in mathematics. We rely on counselors to create an intense atmosphere of interaction crossing and bridging many levels of mathematical experience. Consistent with this goal, counselors and participants will be housed together on campus.

Please click here for a listing of counselor talks from 2011 - 2020.  

Please click here for testimonials by students and counselors.

Please click here to watch a video about PROMYS filmed during the summer of PROMYS 2013 and during the 25th Summer of PROMYS Celebration, July 5-7, 2013


In 2020, counselors received a six-week stipend of $3,900. Counselors also receive room and board (except in 2020 when the program was virtual). 

How to Apply

The counselor application page is here.

The application asks about courses taken in university-level mathematics, any relevant work experience, mathematical interests, and why you want to be a counselor at PROMYS. Applicants are asked to provide a college transcript and two letters of recommendation from people familiar with their mathematical background and their work in university-level mathematics. A CV is also requested. 

If you need further information about becoming a PROMYS counselor, please email the PROMYS office

International Applicants

PROMYS welcomes counselor applications from non-US citizens and from non-permanent residents. Please note, however, that you need to have permission to work in the US.

International applicants who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies at a US university on an F-1 visa are usually eligible to work as counselors in PROMYS, provided that they obtain appropriate Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you have obtained valid work authorization before you begin working at PROMYS. You may want to consult the designated school official (usually the international student advisor) at your university about the rules and procedures regarding OPT and CPT.

International applicants in the US on a J-1 visa will need to obtain appropriate Academic Training (AT) employment authorization. You should see the Responsible Officer (also usually your international student advisor) at your institution.

International applicants from universities in countries other than the US will need to apply for a J-1 visa through Boston University. Please note that a J-1 visa is usually granted only to scholars who have already obtained a post-graduate degree. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you fulfill all the requirements for obtaining a J-1 visa. We encourage you to look up the relevant laws before applying.

Financial Assistance: International applicants who need financial assistance with travel or visa costs may want to apply to the Spirit of Ramanujan Global STEM Talent Search which offers monetary grants of up to $5,000 to offset the costs of approved enrichment programs such as PROMYS. Although offers will be made on a rolling basis, Spirit of Ramanujan will give full consideration to complete applications received before March 1, 2020. 

Policy of Nondiscrimination

PROMYS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or national origin in the operation of its program or in its admissions, hiring, or financial aid decisions.