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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 2015) 
March 2015

Most Recent Awards: 2014

The following programs were recipients of the 2014 Epsilon Awards:

  • All Girls/All Math, University of Nebraska;
  • Camp Euclid, online;
  • Canada/USA Mathcamp, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR;
  • Governor's Institutes of Vermont: University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
  • KSU Mathcircle Summer Enrichment Program
    Kennesaw State University (GA)
    , Kennesaw State University
  • MathILy, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA;
  • MathPath, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA;
  • Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX;
  • Michigan Math and Science Scholars Summer Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;
  • New York Math Circle High School Summer Program, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York;
  • PROMYS, Boston University, MA;
  • PROTaSM (Puerto Rico Opportunities for Talented Students in Mathematics), University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez;
  • Research Science Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA;
  • Ross Mathematics Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH;
  • SMaRT (Summer Mathematics Research Training Camp), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX;
  • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC), Stanford University, CA;
  • Summer Program for Applied Rationality and Cognition, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA;
  • Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving, Bard College, NY;
  • UMTYMP Summer Program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;
  • We Do Math, Clemson University, Clemson, SC;
  • Williams College Math Camp (WCMC), Williams College, Williamstown, MA;
  • Young Scholars Program, University of Chicago, IL.

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.