SIMUW provides a carefully selected group of motivated high school students with ample opportunities to acquire a full appreciation of the nature of mathematics: its wide-ranging content, the intrinsic beauty of its ideas, the nature of mathematical argument and rigorous proof, the surprising power of mathematics within the sciences and beyond. Getting a profound understanding of the depth and beauty of mathematics can be a transforming experience for a student whatever interests the student may intend to pursue in the future, and this is the experience the Institute is designed to provide. The mathematical topics and ideas studied are accessible, yet sophisticated and challenging, allowing every student to participate fully in mathematical inquiry and to be immersed in the world of mathematics.


The program includes six intensive two-week courses taught by university professors on topics that change from year to year. In the past, students have studied methods of argument, combinatorics, hyperbolic geometry, game theory, group theory, coding theory, and much more. In addition, there are twelve guest lectures on a wide variety of subjects and in many different formats, allowing students to glimpse even more mathematical areas as well as participate in hands-on mathematical activities. When not in class, students work on problems in groups or individually, have mathematical discussions with the Teaching Assistant Counselors, and participate in social events, sports, and weekly Saturday outings. They develop many new interests and close friendships, the end of the program coming way too soon.


The SIMUW program runs from
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Participants live in a dormitory on campus during these six weeks along with the Teaching Assistant Counselors, and are expected to make participation in SIMUW a full-time commitment.


Much of the cost of operating SIMUW is funded by the donations of an anonymous donor couple. Their generosity allows us to reduce the SIMUW fee to per participant for the six weeks. We intend that anyone offered admission to SIMUW whose family cannot afford to pay the full fee will be able to attend. Financial need should not be a factor in your decision to apply.


To be eligible for admission to SIMUW, you must
  • be a resident of Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho, or Alaska
  • turn 14 years old by ,
  • complete 9th grade by June
  • complete three years of high school mathematics—including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry—by June
  • not be a high school graduate on arrival at SIMUW