Q. MOSP #1. What are the rules about eligibility for MOSP regarding citizenship?
A. Generally speaking, if a student has been attending a high school in the United States for more than one year (e.g. is not specifically an exchange student in the US for a year or less) and has a sufficiently high score on the USAMO or USAJMO, then the student is eligible for the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. See the USA(J)MO Teachers' Manual, Section VIII, page 6 for more specifics.
Q. MOSP #2. What do the color groups at MOSP mean?
A. We invite high-scoring Olympiad participants in certain categories to the MOSP. The color groups are an organizational device for the AMC office to make sure we have all the categories invited and filled. Once here, using the instructors' experience and best judgment the instructors will assign students to whatever class or activity they think will benefit the student most,. There are no rigid classifications or immutable categories. Students may be instructed to mix or match by grades, experience, or MOSP test scores according to the purposes of the instructors. Daily class composition may change, even several times, over the course of 3 weeks.
Q. MOSP #3. What are the criteria for invitation to MOSP?
A. The criteria for invitation to 2011 MOSP are:
Q. MOSP #4. How will the qualifications for China Girl's Math Olympiad (CGMO) proceed?
A. Pending firm commitment of funding for the additional participation at MOSP, the plan is to select about 8 to 10 high-scoring young women from both the USAMO and the USAJMO to invite to MOSP. These will be determined in addition to invitations to young women from the USAMO Winners, the non-senior USAMO Honorable Mentions,and high scoring 9th and 10th graders from the USAMO and USAJMO according to previously published criteria. (Note that this is the same number of young women that were invited from the USAMO to MOSP the past couple of years, again assuming available funding.)
However until we have some experience comparing scores from the USAMO and the USAJMO we are not going to commit to firm numbers of participants from either contest or firm score criteria from either contest. MOSP instructors, USAMO and USAJMO graders, and the USA(J)MO committee will jointly make the determination, considering quality of written solutions, difficulty of problems solved, difficulty of problems attempted, comparison with all USA(J)MO scores and all available other scores (AMC 10, AMC 12, AIME) in order to find and train the best possible team. The selection process will be done with Student ID Numbers only, so selection will be blind with respect to name, school, region, etc.
Performance at MOSP, mostly based on the MOSP weekly tests, among all the young women at MOSP will determine the actual team that goes to the CGMO.
Q. MOSP #5. What will the selection process be for the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team?
A. Selection of the 6 team members and 2 alternates for the USA team for the International Mathematical Olympiad will be based on a combination of the following criteria:
Note that the 12-18 students attending 2011 MOSP and scoring the highest on the TSTST at MOSP will NOT need to qualify for the 2012 USAMO by taking the 2012 AMC 12 and 2012 AIME combination. That is, there will be “automatic qualification” for USAMO by virtue of 12-18 TSTST high scores. However, failure to take the AMC 12 and or AIME or a low score on either without adequate explanation will put a student at a competitive disadvantage in step 6.
These changes are made for the following reasons:
This spreads the selection criteria over several Olympiad-level contests, so that a single day’s performance is less likely to affect a strong competitor adversely.