Applications are closed

We have filled all available spaces for SIMUW .



SIMUW will run from , . The approximately 24 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.

    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 ;
  • but not be a high school graduate on arrival at SIMUW.

The target date for submission of the Application Form is , , with the other items due on , .
We anticipate making offers of admission around April 15, but we will accept applications until all available places are filled.
This message will be updated to inform any potential applicants when we stop accepting applications.

Much of the cost of operating SIMUW over the years has been funded by the donations of an anonymous donor couple. Through their generosity and the generosity of other donors, we are able to reduce the fee for SIMUW 2020 to per participant, well below the actual cost.

An application to SIMUW has four components: an application form, a decription of your academic record, solutions to some mathematical problems, and a letter of recommendation.

Here are more details on each of these items.

  1. APPLICATION FORM. The application form is available here. Please answer all the questions on the form and make sure that both you and one of your parents sign it.
  2. ACADEMIC RECORD. Please provide a description of the mathematical topics at the high school level that you have studied, indicating the specific textbooks used and chapters studied. Include also a copy of your official transcript, which you can obtain from your school office. If you are in a Running Start program, include a copy of your community college transcript. If you are a home-schooled student, the description of topics will suffice.
  3. MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS. A list of these problems are posted here in January each year. Once the problem set is posted it is available as a PDF file.

    Please send in legible, handwritten solutions that reflect how you thought about the problems. You may send either a physical copy of your handwritten solutions by regular mail or a suitably clear scanned version by email. Do not send just answers. We are interested in seeing how you have arrived at your conclusions. For an indication of our expectations with regard to these solutions please see our examples. To see what to expect as the complete problem set see this example.

    You will find more resources on our  

    While you are working on the problems, you may consult any books or journals, but you are not allowed to ask anyone for help. Please note that in order to be accepted to our program you do not need to solve all of the problems on the list. The important issue is that we get an idea about the way you approach them.

  4. RECOMMENDATION LETTER. A recommendation form is available as a PDF file. Please give this form to a mathematics teacher who has worked closely with you and is familiar with your ability and motivation. If you are home schooled, you may give the form to your parent or other mathematics instructor.


Please send the first three items to the address below and ask your teacher to send the completed recommendation form to this address under separate cover.