Camp Euclid - A Mathematics Research Camp

Difficulty Level: U N K N O W N

Meet and Collaborate Online

Camp Euclid is a mind-tingling mathematics research program for youth. Participants will encounter solution-defying math problems (which have never been solved before). Mull over and grapple with tantalizingly difficult math problems within a circle of fellow researchers . . . .

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Program Description

Your Group

You must be <= 19-years-old, to participate. Before camp begins, you will be assigned to a small group of fellow participants - your research group. Friends may request to be assigned to the same group during the pre-registration process.

The Mentors

Camp mentors are pre-PhD and post-graduate mathematicians; each mentor is an active researcher. Your group will be co-mentored by at least one doctorate level mentor and two graduate/undergraduate level mentors.

History

Our first camp was in the summer of 2010.

Location

Camp participants meet and collaborate online.

You may participate from virtually anywhere!

Time Commitment

The camp is 6-weeks-long, with 4 hours per week of seminar meetings, plus 6+ hours per week of thinking, writing and informal collaboration.

Activities

You will investigate unsolved problems in mathematics.

As a group, you will choose a few initial research topics (under the tutelage of your mentors) during the first week of camp. Afterwards, your topics may evolve as your research progresses . . . .

You will

  • make conjectures and try to prove them;
  • alter your conjectures and try to prove those;
  • explore examples;
  • try to construct counter-examples;
  • try to prove special cases;
  • try to prove more general cases; and
  • exercise your analytical skills, communication and writing skills, concentration, acuity, intuition and creativity.

In the process, you will gain practical experience with constructing mathematical proofs while exploring/creating the topics which arise.

Visit U N S O L V E D :, our wiki about unsolved problems in mathematics,

for examples of research topics - but the possibilities are endless . . . .

Click here for some tips on doing mathematics research.

The Camp Seminar

Your group will meet regularly with your mentors in a virtual meeting room - a time to brainstorm together and to "talk math" :)

Your Research Journal

You will keep a personal journal of your work (problems, questions, ideas, guesses, examples, mathematical soliloquies, what you'd like to be able to show, sketches of proofs, etc.).

The Camp Blog

You will share your mathematical musings on the camp blog.

The Camp Wiki

Your group will work together to document your group's discoveries on the camp wiki.

Participant Testimonials

See below to learn how past participants describe Camp Euclid!

Technical Requirements and Details

You will need a broadband-connected computer with a web cam and a headset microphone to log in to the camp's online meeting rooms.

Our online meeting and collaboration tools are very user-friendly.

The Camp's Virtual Research Environment

During seminar and other ad hoc camp meetings, your group will

  • video/audio/text chat;
  • share electronic documents (e.g. image files, pdf's, links, etc.);
  • create/edit documents collaboratively; and
  • brainstorm on collaborative sketchpads.

Between online meetings, you will collaborate via the blog and wiki.

Details

Summer '15 Dates

Jun. 22 - Jul. 31, 2015

Fall '14 - Spring '15 Dates

Oct. 10 - Nov. 21, 2014 & Jan. 23 - Mar. 6, 2015

Weekly Schedule

During pre-registration, groups will be assigned and meeting times scheduled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition is $1250. Our grant program enables students to participate irrespective of financial need.

Grants and Scholarships

Admission/Scheduling is need-blind.

During pre-registration, after being assigned to a group, every student accepted to Camp Euclid may apply for scholarships and need-based tuition waivers, if any. Euclid Lab is a nonprofit, publicly supported 501(c)(3). Tuition and financial aid funds may vary per camp.

How to Apply

Apply by the second to last Monday before camp begins!

Click here for details on how to apply + for Camp Euclid.

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. - C. F. Gauss

Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all. - Hypatia

Participant Testimonials