The University Record, April 15, 2002

Camp offers fun with math and science

By Judy Steeh
News and Information Services

What are the principles of physics that make roller coasters run? Where did the stars and galaxies come from? How can you design new substances at the molecular level? What do the secret codes of the ancient Egyptians have in common with modern Internet security schemes? High school students can discover the answer to these and many other fascinating questions during an intensive summer math and science program at the University.

“What makes our program unique is the total involvement of the regular faculty in a high school program,” says Dan Burns, director of the Michigan Math and Science Scholars. “This is a great time to be involved in math and science. There are fabulous things going on and tremendously interesting careers open to young people. So that’s our goal—to get them mixing it up directly with the people who are inventing the scientific world of the future and give them an idea of what’s awaiting them in that future.”

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars [ www.math.lsa.umich.edu/mmss/] program consists of two, two-week sessions, June 30–July 13 and July 14–27. Qualified students will be admitted as their applications are received. Tuition for commuters is $750 for two weeks or $1,500 for four weeks; students who choose to stay in a residence hall on U-M’s Central Campus will pay $1,325 for two weeks or $2,650 for four weeks. A limited amount of financial aid is available.

Applications are being accepted now. For a downloadable application form and complete information, visit the program’s Web site, www.math.lsa.umich.edu/mmss/, or write to: Michigan Math and Science Scholars, Department of Mathematics, U-M, 2082 East Hall, 525 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109; or contact program coordinator Warren Noone, (734) 647-4466 or mmss@umich.edu/.

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars program is a collaboration among seven academic departments, sponsored by LS&A and administered by the Department of Mathematics at the U-M. Additional funding is provided by the American Mathematical Society, the American Chemical Society and contributions from U-M mathematics alumni.

Contact the MMSS Program Coordinator for additional funding opportunities.