QuanTM Math Circle

at Emory University in Atlanta, GA

Program Dates: July 3rd - July 28th, 2017

Program Overview

In partnership with Emory's Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (or QuanTM), the QuanTM Math Circle is a four-week math summer camp at Emory University in Atlanta, GA designed to introduce high school students to the complex world of mathematics and its applications through quantitative analysis. Emory, ranked 20th out of national universities by US News and World Report, holds international prestige and is located minutes from downtown Atlanta.

High school students with a passion for math will learn and apply university-level mathematics and quantitative skills in fields such as combinatorics, number theory, probability, statistics, game theory, and more, taught at Emory by graduate students and local math educators. Over the course of the program, students develop problem-solving abilities, critical-thinking skills, and logical reasoning through engaging activities, problem sessions, mathematical games and puzzles, and research projects. Participants will also attend lectures by Emory professors and enjoy recreational trips to local science and research centers.

For the first three weeks of the program, the day will start with hands-on and inquiry-based activities and lessons taught by graduate students and instructors. In the afternoons, students will apply and extend their understanding by working and presenting solutions to problems in groups or independently. There is also time allotted every day for students to play and engage in board games and math puzzles as well as participate in math competition games. Furthermore, students will participate in special activities such as the cryptography scavenger hunt (The Tale of Two Spies: A CIA Hunt), and the Mock Casino (which teaches probability). In the fourth and final week, students choose a research topic and, in small groups, work with mentors to complete a research project in which they apply the mathematics and quantitative skills they have learned over the course of the program.

Daily Schedule


The following schedule represents a typical weekday at Math Circle:

  • 7:15AM-8:30AM: Breakfast for boarding students
  • 9:00AM-12:00PM: Class
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch at the dining hall
  • 1:00PM-4:30PM: Class
  • 4:45PM-6:00PM: Free time in dorms for boarding students
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM: Dinner for boarding students
  • 7:15PM-9:00PM: Nightly activities for boarding students
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM: Free time in dorms
  • 10:30PM: Lights out

Students are supervised by Math Circle staff at all times. From 10:30PM to 7:00AM, quiet hours are in effect, and students are not allowed to leave their dorms.


Weekends for boarding students are very different from weekdays, and include longer activities and a field trip. RAs are continuously responsible for the boarding students from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.

Saturday field trips will most likely include trips to local landmarks or state parks. Sundays are less structured: students may choose to sleep late, do laundry, or socialize under staff supervision. Afternoons and evenings include longer activities planned by the RAs.

Residential Life

Our residential program is focused on providing a fun, safe, and supervised experience for boarding students. Our Residential Assistants (RAs) provide supervision and devise a number of fun (and sometimes math-related) activities each night.


Students in the QuanTM Math Circle will be housed in on-campus dorms at Emory. One dorm room will be occupied by the students’ RA, who lives in the dorms with them for the duration of the program. Although we monitor the dormitory, students should keep their dorm rooms locked at all times.


Roommate assignments are based on the roommate survey included in the acceptance packet, and factor in age, sex, and similar interests. We will try to accommodate roommate requests, but we cannot guarantee that students will room with their desired roommate. Male students may not visit the female students’ suites and vice-versa.


Students eat all meals at the dining hall with their TAs (lunch) or RAs (dinner). Meals are served cafeteria-style and offer many different options, including vegetarian entrées. In case students get hungry after class or after evening activities, boarding students are encouraged to bring some healthy snacks to the dorm with them.

Students should bring some spending money in case of emergency; however, almost all expenses, including meals, dorms, and activities, are covered by program tuition. We recommend students bring around $150 for the duration of the program.

Lanyard and Keys

All students will be given a Math Circle lanyard with their name on it, a key to their dorm room, and a meal access card which may be stored in their lanyard. The lanyard should be worn around the student’s neck at all times; this is how we identify students and ensure that they do not lose their room keys/meal bracelets. Students will be responsible for the cost of a replacement room key or meal card if lost.

Medical Information

Students taking prescribed medication during the school year should continue to take that medication during Math Circle. Parents should send enough medication to last four weeks. Medications will be held in a separate room by the student’s RA and administered by the RA at intervals specified by the parent.


The camp is open to incoming 9th-12th graders, with exceptions made for highly gifted 8th graders. Both commuting and boarding students are welcome to apply (boarding students will be housed in dorms at Emory; see the Residential Life tab above for more information).

  • Commuting student regular tuition: $1950
  • Boarding student regular tuition: $3900
  • Algebra I credit is required; Geometry credit is preferred but not required.
  • Payments can be made in installments.
  • Application deadline: May 12th, 2017. After this, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

Please submit only one application per student. You will receive an email confirmation upon submitting. If you have any questions about the program or about the application process, please don't hesitate to ask us at contact@mathcircle.us.

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