Explore Math Programs for High School Students

Explore Math brings together motivated graduate, undergraduate and high school students. The academic year Explore Math programs are run by graduate students who design workshops that allow participating students to share the process of mathematical research, discovery, and problem solving.

COSMOS - Summer

The California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) at UC Davis is a rigorous, four week residential program for talented and motivated students in grades 9-12 (extraordinary 8th grade students may also attend). COSMOS students enroll in short courses that are designed to introduce students to subjects not traditionally offered in high school. Courses will be offered in Optical Science, Robotics, Earth Science, Mathematics, and more.

Visit the COSMOS web site for more information, including details on how to apply.

Math Modeling Experience - Fall

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS join us on Saturdays to learn about mathematical models and to apply creative problem-solving skills to real-world scenarios. The MME culminates in the COMAP High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling in November.

UNDERGRADUATES learn about math modeling by working with the high school students, and by working on their own problems during a seminar course, inspired by the current research faculty members from across campus, who visit our class as guest lecturers. For undergraduates, the MME culminates in the collegiate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, held in February.

Math Circle - Winter

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS are introduced to a smorgasbord of interesting mathematics during Math Circle workshops. Previous topics include graph theory, game theory, and cryptography. High school students discuss material and work on problems with graduate students and undergraduates during weekly sessions.

UNDERGRADUATES gain experience communicating interesting mathematics with students by assisting with the workshops and designing a junior-high school lesson inspired by Math Circle sessions. They meet with the graduate students instructors in a weekly seminar to discuss mathematical content and pedagogy.

Northern California ARML Preparation Program - Spring

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS train for the American Regions Math League at our weekly Thursday sessions. ARML is the World Series of mathematics competitions. The competition consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question, an individual round, two relay rounds and a super relay.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS conduct workshops on problem solving methods useful for ARML contests. They are coached on these techniques by the graduate student instructors.