## PRIMES: Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students

*In mathematics you don't understand things, you just get used to them.- John von Neumann*

**PRIMES** is a free, year-long after-school research program
for high school students. PRIMES includes three
sections:** MIT PRIMES**,** **** PRIMES-USA**,
and** ****
PRIMES Circle.**

** MIT PRIMES **
offers

**research**projects and guided reading to students living within driving distance from Boston. Program participants work with MIT researchers on exciting unsolved problems in mathematics, computer science, and computational biology.

**PRIMES-USA**
is a distance mentoring math **research** section for high
school juniors from across the United States (outside of
Greater Boston).

**PRIMES Circle** is a math
**enrichment** section for sophomores and juniors from public
high schools of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

####
Congratulations to the PRIMES-USA
student
**Ritesh Ragavender**,
the winner of
the
First Prize in the mathematical sciences and of the
Third Special Award from the AMS at 2014 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) !!!

**Fourth Annual
PRIMES Conference, May 17-18, 2014**

**Presentation slides are posted
online**

Message from PRIMES Chief Research Advisor Pavel Etingof

Welcome to PRIMES!

Mathematics is a unique and wonderful way of life. The goal of PRIMES is to allow high school students to discover the beauty of being a research mathematician, so that more of them choose mathematical research as their profession. In this program you will learn, through a first-hand experience, how mathematicians ask and answer questions, look for patterns and form conjectures, discuss their work and collaborate with each other, read and write mathematical texts, make and correct mistakes, feel frustrated and elated, give talks, and use sophisticated computer systems. You will also be able to discover how mathematics can be applied to real life problems, for example, in molecular biology (in particular, in cancer research). And hopefully you will experience the unforgettable thrill of proving a new theorem or solving a previously unsolved problem! This will develop into a lifelong passion for mathematics. I promise.

We look forward to receiving your application!

For more detail, see

*Q&A with the Chief Research Advisor*

*How to
Succeed in Mathematical Research*

*
World-class research … in the 10th grade* (MIT News
Office)

*MIT
PRIMES: Priming Talented Teens* (Integral
2011, MIT Math
Department Newsletter)

#### PRIMES opens a new math enrichment section, PRIMES Circle, dedicated to serving students from urban public high schools of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville

**See
welcome message from PRIMES
Circle Program Coordinator, Dr. Chelsea Walton**

**To sustain PRIMES, we need your help! Please
choose the designation "****PRIMES FUND IN
MATHEMATICS** **( 3895820)". We appreciate your support!**

**Contact**

**With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director
Dr. Slava Gerovitch at****
primes@math.mit.edu **