1974, with the first US team to be sent to the International Mathematical Olympiad
The MOSP is held for three to four weeks in June and/or early July.
The goal of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) is:
To provide a mathematics program for a select group of very promising students who have risen to the top on the American Mathematics Competitions.
To broaden students' view of mathematics, and better prepare them for possible participation on our International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team.
To provide in depth enrichment in important mathematical topics to stimulate their continuing interest in mathematics and help prepare them for future study of mathematics.
To coach the IMO team, selected on the basis of the USA Mathematical Olympiad and further IMO type testing, to its highest level of performance in the IMO, and to achieve an atmosphere of comradeship and cooperation among the team and other participants which brings about feelings of cooperation and pride.
Full days of classes and extensive problem sets gives students thorough preparation in several important areas of mathematics which are traditionally emphasized more in other countries than in the United States. These topics include combinatorics arguments and identities, generating functions, the Pigeonhole Principle, Ramsey's Theorems, graph theory, recurrence relations, telescoping sums and products, probability, number theory, polynomials, theory of equations, complex numbers in geometry, algorithmic proofs, combinatorial and advanced geometry, functional equations and classical inequalities.
Selection of the students for the MOSP is based on the results of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). The top 12 students are automatic selectees, and then the non-seniors from the next 15-16 highest scoring participants are chosen. Depending on available funding, AMC may invite additional groups of very promising students who have risen to the top on the American Mathematics Competitions to the MOSP.
Cost of Participation
None. All costs are suported by the American Mathematics Competitions and its sponsors.
If you have questions regarding the MOSP please contact the American Mathematics Competitions.