The Residential JSMC is an immersive summer program for middle school students who are excited about doing mathematics. The goal of the program is to develop young students into creative and critical thinkers. We nurture students' interests and abilities to pursue higher-level math courses and degrees and careers in math, science, engineering, and many other fields.
The Residential JSMC Program is designed for students currently in 6th-8th grade. The students stay in a residence hall at Texas State University during the two weeks, and attend classes every day. Each group of four students is supervised by a camp counselor (undergraduate mentor). The program includes recreation in the afternoon, supervised study groups in the evenings, and special guest lectures.
We have a 'rolling admission' policy whereby we go over applications in three rounds. Please carefully read over the timeline below. Within each round of decisions, we will notify applicants of either an accepted or declined status, or by default your application will be deferred to the next round. In other words, if you have submitted a complete application by a certain round and do not hear from us, then by default your application has been deferred to the next round. E.g., if you submit all your materials to us before March 15, but do not receive an e-mail notification by March 30 regarding being accepted or declined, then your application has been deferred to the third round of decisions.
|Round||Submit a complete application by||Decision by (Accept/Decline/Defer)|
|Round 1||February 15||February 20|
|Round 2||March 15||March 30|
|Round 3 (Final Round)||April 15||April 20|
Total Cost: The program costs $1,200. Scholarships based on need may be available on request.
|8:00-Noon||Class (with breaks)*|
|2:00-5:00pm||Recreation and Free Time|
1. Clothing: Warm weather clothing will be appropriate for most occasions. 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 tennis or basketball shoes for use in the Student Recreation Center.
2. Laundry: Laundry facilities are available in the dorm. Please use "High Efficiency" or "HE" detergent.
3. Rooms: We are staying in a community bath dormitory on campus. Separate floors 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.
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 will be received at the Mathworks Office at (512) 245-3439, or the University Police Department (512) 245-2805.
5. Mail Service: Mail to all participants should be addressed:
c/o Mathworks, ASBS 110
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Mail should not be addressed to the dorm.
6. Personal Items: Students will want to bring toothpaste, toothbrush, bath soap, laundry soap, personal hygiene items, hangers, beach towel, alarm clock, and suntan lotion. Additionally, each student must bring a pillow, extra-long twin sized sheets, a blanket, and towels. All personal items of value should be labeled with the student's name, address, and telephone number. Insurance and records (make, model, serial number) are a recommended precaution as the Math Camp is not liable for loss, theft, or damage to personal belongings.
7. Optional Items: Students might like to bring a guitar or other portable musical instrument, binoculars, laptop, camera, board games, playing cards, Frisbees, and tennis or handball gear. No skateboards, video games, or televisions are permitted.
8. Supervision: Camp counselors (undergraduate mentors) will live in the dorm with the students. Counselors and faculty will be present at all of the program's activities.
9. Rules and Regulations: There will be NO tobacco, alcohol, or drugs used by students while attending the 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. Math Camp students will be supervised by camp counselors. 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.
10. Medical Treatment: An excellent Student Health Center is located near the LBJ Student Center should medical treatment be necessary. If your child requires attention beyond the scope of the Student Health Center or if your child is under 12 years of age, 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 Math Camp does not provide any medical insurance.
11. 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.
The following are scholarship opportunities that provide support to middle school students attending summer programs. Texas Mathworks does not explicitly endorse any of the following scholarship opportunities. These are merely provided for your information.