"PROMYS has done very impressive work over many years in creating an environment in Boston in which young mathematicians from all over the United States can immerse themselves in serious mathematical problems over several weeks, without distraction. It is an exciting development that PROMYS and the Clay Institute have now opened up the same opportunity in Europe."
Sir Andrew Wiles, Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford
“PROMYS is all about exploration and learning through experimentation, building the tools to ask and then tackle progressively more difficult and interesting questions. This makes the work deeply satisfying, because the results one discovers not only feel but truly are deep and meaningful mathematics."
“I think that six weeks were the right length although they felt really short and I would not have minded staying for a longer time.“
“There were plenty of counsellors, friends and professors whom I could approach for help.“
“Other math camps are far more specialised on competition math which is OK but the research perspective of PROMYS teaches mathematically far more and is more satisfying. The longer time is also better.“
“I was astonished how PROMYS had scheduled lots of talks from experts, and how we even got to talk to these brilliant mathematicians.”
“The food and accommodation was simply perfect, almost pure luxury!”
In 2013 and 2014, two very successful pilot programmes for PROMYS Europe were run: the CMI-PROMYS Scholarships and the Oxford Masterclasses. 24 CMI-PROMYS Scholars from 11 European countries immersed themselves in mathematics first for six weeks at PROMYS at Boston University and then for one week at the Oxford Masterclasses at Wadham College. The CMI-PROMYS Scholars were funded by the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI), a longstanding partner of PROMYS.
“It’s much more fulfilling to learn by making conjectures and working on their proofs than any other way. It also gives you more understanding of the results you established and how to use them."
Liam (UK) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2014
“I have learned a lot, but also I have developed a lot of skills of a bold and curious explorer.”
Polina (Russia) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2014
“The way math is approached is different to the Olympiad-focused view I’m used to. That greatly enriches my math experiences.”
Felix (Germany) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2014
“At PROMYS, you will certainly have to work hard, pushing your horizons and thinking in new ways, but the challenges presented and the environment provided is perfect for this."
Bohan (UK) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2013, returning student 2014
Oxford Masterclasses participants with Professor Alexander Ritter at Wadham College in 2014 (photo courtesy of Wadham College)
Professor Henry Cohn - Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr Vicky Neale – Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute and at Balliol College, University of Oxford
Professor Glenn Stevens - Director of PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists) and Professor of Mathematics at Boston University
Professor Nicholas Woodhouse - President of the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI); Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; and Fellow of Wadham College