The 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 below in his youth) used to describe a child: epsilon – a word used in math to denote a small quantity.
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.
Next Prize: For summer 2019
Nomination Period: March 2019
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Most recent awards 2018
- All Girls/All Math Summer Camp, University of Nebraska, Mikil Foss
- Baa Hózhó Math Camp, Diné College, David Auckly
- Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), Bard College and Union College, Daniel Zaharopol
- Canada/USA Mathcamp, Colorado School Of Mines, Marisa Debowsky
- GirlsGetMath@ICERM, ICERM-Brown University, Brendan Edward Hassett
- GirlsGetMath@Rochester, University of Rochester, Amanda M. Tucker (nee Beeson)
- Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, Hampshire College, David C. Kelly
- MathILy (serious Mathematics Infused with Levity), Bryn Mawr College, Sarah-Marie Belcastro
- MathILy-Er, Bowdoin College, Jonah K. Ostroff
- MathPath, Lewis & Clark College, Stephen B. Maurer
- Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp, Texas State University, Max Warshauer
- New York Math Circle High School Summer Program, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU, KovanPillai
- PROMYS-Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists, Boston University, Glenn Stevens
- PROTaSM (Puerto Rico Opportunities for Talented Students in Mathematics), University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Luis F. Caceres
- Ross Mathematics Program, Ohio State University, Daniel B. Shapiro
- Summer Institute for Math at UW (SIMUW), University of Washington, Seattle, Ron Irving
- Summer Math Program For Young Scholars, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU, Selin Kalaycioglu
- UPenn Summer Math Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Robert Strain
See previous prizes
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. Paul Erdős as a child. Photo from the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive.
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