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Preparing for your Residential Camp Application

Acceptance to the Residential Junior Summer Math Camp is based on the applications we receive from each applicant. In order for your application to be reviewed, it must be fully completed. To be classified as complete it must have the following components:

  • Essay-written by the applicant
  • Transcript from your school- this does not have to be an official transcript
  • Teacher Recommendation- Preferably from your math teacher/coach

Once all components are submitted to Mathworks, your application will be sent to the committee. Depending on the date of completion, applicants are placed into rounds. There are a total of three rounds during the application process.  For further information on the rounds please click here.  

Before you enter the application page, please have your essay and transcript ready to upload. Also, please notify your teacher/coach to submit to request a letter of recommendation. The link can be found here, as well as on the Residential information page. 


Candidates should provide a well-written, one-page essay that includes the following points:

  • Where does mathematics fit into your special interests?
  • Describe any extra mathematics activities in which you have participated.
  • Describe your long-term goals and ambitions.
  • What do you hope to gain from this summer experience?

Please have your essay in a PDF or Word document format to be uploaded when you begin the application process.  If you have any questions about the writing prompt please feel free to contact our office, 512-245-3439.

Teacher Recommendation

Every applicant is responsible for notifying their teacher that they need a recommendation. Please give your recommending teacher enough notice to write and send a letter. Mathworks is not responsible for contacting your teacher. We do request that you send in your application before your teacher recommendation is sent to us. If we do receive your recommendation first we will try to the best of our abilities to match up the application with the recommendation letter. However, if you know that your recommendation has been sent before you submit your application please notify us. This will make it faster for us to attach all the documents to your application. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us, 512-245-3439. Click here to access the teacher recommendation letter.