
This
directory is intended to catalog resources on the Web of possible use
to mathematically motivated students, their parents and teachers.
The directory is maintained by Kiran Kedlaya
(kedlaya[at]math[dot]mit[dot]edu). Please contact me directly with
comments about broken links or suggested new links.
Contents
A "math circle" is a group of students and adults who get together periodically
to explore mathematics in an informal, extracurricular setting. The phenomenon
seems to have begun in the Soviet Union (as described in the book Mathematical
Circles, by Fomin, Genkin, and Itenberg), but has since been brought
to America by a wave of expatriate Russian mathematicians.
A similar function is often served by the practice meetings of
teams for the
ARML competition.
However, math circles usually involve deeper exploration
and less emphasis on competitions.
Math circles, as well as other programs that do not strictly follow the
"circle" protocol but operate in a similar spirit,
are actually pretty widespread; if you live in an at all populated
area of the US (especially near a major university), there probably
is one near you. (More links to such programs would be most appreciated!)
This section is out of my expertise, so I could use suggestions for useful links. Many of these links were harvested from this site.
Beware that "national" sometimes means US, sometimes Canada, sometimes both. For international contests, see the AMC Problem Directory and/or the IOI Secretariat. These
are competitions in which students submit research projects that they
have been working on for some time beforehand. Usually these projects
are done either in collaboration with, or at least at the suggestion
of, a mentor; the RSI
program specializes in connecting students with mentors and projects,
but you may be able to find one on your own simply by getting in touch
with, say, someone at your local university. A number of these programs are supported by the American Mathematical
Society Epsilon Fund, which is actively seeking contributions to build an endowment. The AMS also maintains a directory of summer math programs more comprehensive than this one.
