The Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) is an intensive multi-summer program for high school students who are excited about doing mathematics-- the goal of the program is to develop talented youth of all backgrounds by an immersive and in-depth experience in an unique learning environment. Students develop important skills for future degrees and careers in math, science, engineering, and many other fields.
The HSMC courses nurture
Students are taught by university faculty, mentored by undergraduate counselors, and share the joy of exploring mathematics with their peers.
To support the "Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship" for the Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC), donate here. Thanks to a new match challenge pledged by the Kodosky Foundation, every donation to the Endowed Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar.
The HSMC tuition fee is $2,945 for students who can afford it, but this amount only covers 80% of the true per-student cost of conducting the program. We rely on the generous support of alumni, parents, and other thoughtful donors to provide mathematical opportunities to all interested students.
|9:50-10:50am||Honors Seminar||Research Projects|
|10:55-Noon||Guest Speakers||Research Projects|
|12:45-1:45pm||Problem Session/Mathematica Lab||Combinatorics||Analysis II|
|1:50-2:50pm||Problem Session/Mathematica Lab||Analysis I||Abstract Algebra|
|3:00-5:00pm||Recreation and Free Time|
Students who have gone through the HSMC's first-year program and are returning have the opportunity to conduct original math research projects in a team that can be submitted to various contests. The Honors Summer Math Camp has a strong record of producing award-winning research projects. In 2009, a team from the HSMC won first place at the national level of the Siemens Competition, sharing a $100,000 college scholarship.
From 2001-2010, students' team entries have achieved the following in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology:
A full listing of HSMC research papers and results in the Siemens Competition is given here.
Student projects have also received awards in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, as well as publications in scholarly journals.
1. Clothing: Warm weather clothing will be appropriate for most occasions. Texas is hot in the summer! This includes casual and sports wear, such as shorts, swimsuits, cut-offs, and sneakers or hiking shoes for the weekend excursions. Some people also enjoy wearing a sweater in air-conditioned buildings. Finally, an umbrella or other rain gear may prove helpful in the event of rain. Note: Please bring non-marking athletics shoes for use in the University's Student Recreation Center. Please also bring at least one set of formal/semi-formal wear.
2. Laundry: laundry machines are available in the Texas State University residence halls. Please use high-efficiency (HE) detergent.
3. Rooms: We are staying in a dormitory on campus. Separate sides of the dorm are provided for male and female students. The dorm is air-conditioned, complete with a lounge suitable for relaxing and small-group discussions, a small recreation area, and study rooms on the first floor. Counselors and students will be provided with access cards and room keys. There is a $40 charge for a lost key. If Internet access is desired, students should bring their own Ethernet cords.
4. Telephone Service: Each dorm room is equipped with a telephone line. Students need to bring their own telephone to plug into the line if they want a phone in their room. We recommend that students bring a calling card or cell phone. Emergency messages only will be received at the Mathworks Office at (512) 245-3439, or the University Police Department (512) 245-2805.
5. Mail Service: Please address mail to
c/o Mathworks, ASB South 110
601 University Dr.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666
6. Personal Items: Students will want to bring the following
Bed sheets (extra-long twin size)
Pillow and blanket
Formal wear (dress clothes)
Laundry detergent and drier sheets
Personal hygiene items
Reusable water bottle
Students might like to bring a laptop, guitar or other portable musical instrument, binoculars, camera, board games, playing cards, Frisbees, and tennis or racquetball gear.
No skateboards or televisions are permitted.
7. Supervision: Fifteen to sixteen undergraduate mentors (counselors) will live in the dorm with the students. Counselors and faculty will be present at all of the program's activities.
8. Rules and Regulations: There will NO tobacco, alcohol, or drugs used by students while attending the Texas Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp. Prompt class attendance and proper behavior will be expected from all students. Students will be allowed to leave campus only with written parental approval in advance, specifying date, time, and destination. Texas Mathworks Math Camp personnel will supervise all students. Students are expected to follow all campus rules and regulations and to respect university property and facilities. Parents will be billed for any damage caused by their children's negligence. Students not following rules or not participating in classes will be sent home immediately after parents/guardians are notified of their impending arrival.
9. Medical Treatment: An excellent Student Health Center is located near the library should medical treatment be necessary. Should your child require attention beyond the scope of the Student Health Center, the Central Texas Medical Center is a brief 5-10 minute ride from campus. Students are responsible for the cost of treatment provided by the Student Health Center. Parents must sign the Medical History Forms, which should either be returned with your acceptance letter or returned when you arrive. Note: The Texas Mathworks Math Camp does not provide any medical insurance.
10. Religious Services: There are several churches near campus. If you wish for your child to attend services, please let us know and we will make arrangements.
11. Absences: Participants are required to attend for the full duration of the program and participate in all planned activities. We strongly discourage overnight absences, as this takes away from the experiences of doing mathematics with peers and faculty. Parents are welcome to visit for a day and take their student out to lunch or dinner, but we discourage longer absences.