MIT PRIMES (Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students), MIT

Program ID: 79-STEP [#681]
Program Title: PRIMES STEP
Program Type: Other
Program Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Starting Date: 2018/09/01
Application Deadline: 2018/05/31 (posted 2018/04/20)
Program Description:    

PRIMES STEP (Solve–Theorize–Explore–Prove) is your step into the world of mathematical discovery. It is a program for curious middle-schoolers who like solving challenging problems and are ready to explore advanced math topics.

The goal of our program is to use mathematics to expand the students' minds and encourage their creative thinking. We will not repeat the middle-school math curriculum. We will solve a lot of problems that are tricky, logical, fun, and might potentially be asked at a Wall Street interview.

In addition to solving problems like these, we will cover some ideas and methods for solving olympiad-style problems. We will also try to simulate the research process by inventing new problems and being the first to solve them. We will even learn an occasional magic trick. The main goal is to have fun!

The instructor is Dr. Tanya Khovanova, an active researcher in the field of recreational mathematics.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact PRIMES Admissions Assistant Jonathan Harmon at

Special Instructions for Applicants

Ignore the sections "Institution Name", "Current Position Title", and "Highest Degree Held" on the cover sheet. These are generic questions that are not relevant to the STEP program.

Please ask your teacher or another person familiar with your math background to write a letter of recommendation for you. Enter the name and email of this person on the standard cover sheet under "Reference Writer". The system will automatically email them a request for a letter.

If you have any additional supporting materials you can upload them under "Optional Supporting Materials".

Entrance Exam

Selection will be based on all components of your application and the results of the entrance test. The one-hour test will be held at MIT on June 10 at 10 am. We will email instructions in early June. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any alternative dates.  Application fee of $25 (by check payable to MIT) will be due at the entrance exam.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mathematics Department
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 2-430A
Cambridge, MA 02139

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