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AMS Epsilon Awards for Young Scholars Programs

Paul ErdösThe Epsilon Awards for Young Scholars Programs support existing summer programs for mathematically talented high school students.The awards get their name from the word the renowned mathematician Paul Erdős (pictured at left in his youth) used to describe a child: epsilon--a word used in math to denote a small quantity.

Award Details
Awards of $2,500-$15,000 are made annually to support existing summer programs that touch hundreds of talented and highly-motivated mathematics students.  The number of programs supported each year varies.
Apply for an Epsilon grant.

Next awards (for summer 2017) 
March 2017

Most Recent Awards: 2016

The following programs were recipients of the 2016 Epsilon Awards:

  • All Girls/All Math, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Yu Jin, director
  • Baa Hozho Mathematics Camp, Kansas State University, Manhattan, David Auckly, director
  • Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Daniel Zaharopol, director
  • Camp Euclid , Online, David Gay, director
  • Canada/USA Mathcamp, Colby College, Waterville, ME, Marisa Debowsky, director
  • Florida Tech Math Circle, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Ugur G. Abdulla, director
  • GirlsGetMath@ICERM, Brown University, Providence, RI, Jill Pipher, director
  • Governor's Institute on Mathematical Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, Karen Taylor Mitchell, director
  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, Hampshire college, Amherst, MA, David C. Kelly, director
  • Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (JBA), Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, Kevin Minch, director
  • MathILy, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Sarah- Marie BelCastro, director
  • MathILy-Er, University of Washington, Seattle, Jonah Ostroff, director
  • MathPath, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, Stephen B. Maurer, director
  • Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp, Texas State University, San Marcos, Max L. Warshauer, director
  • New York Math Circle High School Summer Program, Courant Institute of New York University, New York, Kovan Pillai, director
  • PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists), Boston University, Glenn Stevens, director
  • PROTaSM (Puerto Rico Opportunities for Talented Students in Mathematics), University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Luis F. Caceres, director
  • Research Science Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Charles M. Farmer, director
  • Ross Mathematics Program, Ohio State University, Columbus, Daniel Shapiro, director
  • SigmaCamp, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, Alexander Kirillov, director
  • SMaRT (Summer Mathematics Research Training) Camp, Texas A&M, College Station, Peter Kuchment, director
  • STEM for Scholars, University of South Florida, Tampa, Manoug N. Manougian, director
  • Summer Institute for Mathematics at UW, University of Washington, Seattle, Ron Irving, director
  • Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Aryn M. DeJulis, director
  • Williams College Math Camp, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Allison M. Pacelli, director
  • Young Scholars Program, University of Chicago, ILL, Robert Fefferman, director

See all previous awards

About the Awards
In 1999 the American Mathematical Society established the Epsilon Fund endowment to help support summer mathematics programs for mathematically talented high school students.  The name for the fund was chosen in remembrance of the late Paul Erdös, who was fond of calling children "epsilons."  The goal of the program is to aid and promote programs that support and nurture mathematically talented youth in the United States, and to make these opportunities available to the broad pool of all mathematically talented high school students living in the United States.
Make a contribution to the Epsilon Fund endowment.

Photo from the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive.

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