Applications

Student Application for PROMYS 2018

PROMYS is a program for pre-college students who will be at least 15 years old by the first day of the program (since this is a Boston University Housing requirement, there is, unfortunately, no flexibility on this age requirement). Students from throughout the United States participate as well as many international students. 

Admissions decisions will be based on the following criteria: an applicant’s solutions to a set of challenging problems, teacher recommendation, high school transcript, and responses regarding interest in the program. The application, teacher recommendation, and financial aid form (if applicable) may be submitted in any order. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on March 31.

If you have any questions or encounter persistent difficulties uploading your problem set solutions, transcript, or supporting financial documents, please contact us at promys@bu.edu.

Students from India or China should read below to see if they are eligible to apply for a Mehta Fellowship or a Yongren Fellowship. If eligible, applicants should follow the specific Mehta and Yongren Fellowship application instructions further down this page in place of the regular first-year student application materials.

Data submitted via the PROMYS site is encrypted and securely processed and stored.

Required Components for First-Year Student Application:

TO BE SUBMITTED BY APPLICANT

1) Problem Set Solutions. The application problems can be downloaded HERE. Please upload your solutions (as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB) with your online application. If you are handwriting your solutions, please use dark ink and wide margins so a scan of your work will be legible. Please do not send a photo/JPEG of your solutions since it is very unlikely we will be able to read these. If your PDF file is larger than 10 MB, you may need to use PDF compression software.

2) School Transcript (or report card). Please upload your transcript with your online application. This can be an unofficial copy provided to you by your school. We are not able to process transcripts which are labeled "Secured" at the top or show the symbol of a lock. If your transcript is in this encrypted format, please send us a scan or screen shot as a PDF. (Homeschooled students should please upload a description of courses and studies undertaken.)

3) Online Application HERE. You will be asked to upload your problem set solutions and school transcript with your application.  

TO BE SUBMITTED BY APPLICANT’S TEACHER.

Please note: it is the applicant's responsibility to ask one of his or her mathematics teachers to complete this form.

4) Online Teacher Recommendation Form HERE. Please ask one of your mathematics teachers to complete the form. PROMYS will not be sending a request to your teacher. We strongly encourage you to follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted in a timely manner. It can be submitted at any time before the deadline of March 31 regardless of when the application itself is submitted. 

Please note that teachers of applicants for a Mehta Fellowship or a Yongren Fellowship should submit the appropriate Mehta or Yongren Fellowship Recommendation form instead of this form. Please see the Mehta and Yongren Fellowship application information below. 

TO BE SUBMITTED BY APPLICANT’S PARENT OR GUARDIAN

5) Online Financial Aid Application. To be considered for financial aid, please have a parent or guardian complete the financial aid form HERE by the deadline of March 31. The form will ask for the upload of a supporting financial document.

Please note that parents and guardians of Mehta and Yongren applicants should submit the appropriate Mehta or Yongren Fellowship Financial Form not this Financial Aid Application. Please see the Mehta and Yongren Fellowship application information below. 

Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS for students in India

Students from India are invited to apply for a Mehta Fellowship if they would be unable to afford to attend PROMYS without financial assistance. Mehta Fellowships provide a full scholarship to PROMYS including round-trip airfare from India, tuition, room and board, visa fees, and books. Eight Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS were awarded in 2017. The application deadline for 2018 is March 31.

To apply for a Mehta Fellowship, please follow the application instructions on the Mehta Fellowships page HERE.  

Please contact promysus@bu.edu if you or your family have any questions about the Mehta Fellowship.

Yongren (永仁) Fellowships to PROMYS for low-income students in China

Thanks to funding from a generous family foundation, Yongren (永仁) Fellowships to PROMYS are available for selected pre-university students in China who could not otherwise afford to participate in PROMYS. The Yongren Fellowship provides a full scholarship to PROMYS (tuition, room and board) plus round-trip travel from China, visa application fees, and any required books.

The Yongren Fellowship is for mathematically talented pre-university students in China aged 15-19. Students who have already begun their undergraduate studies are not eligible. Applicant's command of English must be good enough for full participation in PROMYS (a TOEFL score is not required). The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

Yongren Fellowship Application Requirements:

1) Problem Set Solutions - The application problems can be downloaded HERE. Please upload your solutions (as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB) with your online application. If you are handwriting your solutions, please use dark ink and wide margins so a scan of your work will be legible. Please do not send a photo/JPEG of your solutions since it is very unlikely we will be able to read these. If your PDF file is larger than 10 MB, you may need to use PDF compression software.

2) School Transcript (or report card) - Please upload your transcript with your online application. 

3) PROMYS Application HERE - Towards the end of the application, you will be asked to state that you are applying for a Yongren Fellowship. 

4) Yongren Teacher Recommendation Form HERE to be completed by the applicant's mathematics teacher, mathematics coach, or mathematics mentor. Please note that Yongren applicants should submit the Yongren Teacher Recommendation Form, not the regular Teacher Recommendation Form. Please also note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ask his or her recommendation writer to submit this form by March 31. PROMYS will not be contacting the applicant’s teacher; and

5) Yongren Financial Form HERE to be completed by a parent or guardian (not the PROMYS Financial Aid Application which is for U.S. students). The form will ask for proof of income to be uploaded. 

Finalists for the Yongren Fellowship will be interviewed in English by Skype or telephone.

"PROMYS is a place where you experience math and understand the elegance hiding behind patterns... It's a new way of learning mathematics that is not focused on memorizing facts but on exploration and discovery." Zehong Zong, 2017 Yongren Fellow

Click here to download the 2018 Yongren Flyer.

Please contact promysus@bu.edu if you have any questions about the Yongren Fellowship.

 

PROMYS Europe

Pre-university students who are 16 or older and ordinarily resident in Europe are eligible to apply to PROMYS Europe at the University of Oxford in England. PROMYS Europe is a partnership between PROMYS and the Mathematical Institute and Wadham College at the University of Oxford, and the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI). 

Students may apply to either PROMYS or to PROMYS Europe but not both for the same summer. 

Please click HERE to visit the PROMYS Europe site.   

 

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. 

 

Please click HERE to download the PROMYS 2018 flyer