SIM Camp FAQ

Please consider donating to the Department of Mathematics Outreach fund, which supports our Summer Illinois Math camp and other outreach initiatives. Your support helps our department fulfill Illinois’s land grant mission.

For campers and parents:

(For Virtual SIM Camp in summer 2020 and 2021) How do I join the Zoom meetings for camp?

The links to the Zoom meetings can be found on the schedule page. The password for the Zoom meeting has been emailed to campers, parents, and guardians.

Is SIM Camp running this summer?

Yes! We are tentatively planning to run SIM Camp in person this summer.

What are the dates for SIM Camp 2022?

SIM Camp Epsilon will run from Monday, June 6th to Friday, June 10th. Camp Delta will run from Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th.

Do I need to register to reserve a spot for (the online version of) SIM Camp?

All students must first apply to SIM Camp, and if accepted, will then need to complete an online registration form to reserve their spots.

When will we hear about acceptances?

We will not consider applications until April 30th, and we will start sending decisions soon after. We will continue accepting applications until all camps are full. 

How much does SIM Camp cost?

SIM Camp is $200/student. Need-based scholarships are available, so please do not let the cost of camp discourage you from applying! Tuition helps us cover some of our staff costs and supply kit fees, and also reserves your space at camp.

Who is the target audience for SIM Camp?
 
All mathematically curious students meeting the appropriate grade and age requirement are welcome to apply! We especially encourage gender and racial minorities typically underrepresented in STEM to apply!
 

Do I need to be on math team to enjoy SIM Camp?

No! While some of the topics will be similar to some competition math, most of it will be different. The problems that we do in camp can be open ended, and often have more than one solution. Campers are encouraged to spend a lot of time working in groups, and having different perspectives helps solve problems better!

Do I need to have good grades in math class to participate in SIM Camp?

No. SIM Camp is for students who are enthusiastic about math, and this does not always mean getting good grades. If you like making sense of ideas, looking for patterns, and figuring out why things work, SIM Camp is for you!

Is SIM Camp a good place to get tutoring or get ahead in school over the summer?

SIM Camp is not a tutoring program or summer school. It is an opportunity to play with fun mathematical ideas that are not usually covered in school.

What supplies do I need for SIM Camp?

Pen or pencil and paper are always helpful, and additional information about supplies will be updated closer to the start of camp.

What if I need accommodations in order to participate in SIM Camp?

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in SIM Camp, please contact the SIM Camp Staff at math-simcamp@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

General

When is SIM Camp?

SIM Camp Epsilon (for rising 8th-10th graders) and SIM Camp Delta (for rising 10th-12th graders) will each run for one week, Monday through Friday, during Summer 2022. SIM Camp hours have historically been from 9am-4:15pm CDT, with lectures, activities, and plenty of breaks for lunch and relaxing.

Who runs SIM Camp?

SIM Camp is run by graduates students in the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics. The courses are developed and run by graduate students and undergraduate assistant instructors.

How is SIM Camp funded?

We are funded by grants from Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. We also receive support from the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics and the Department of Mathematics Outreach fund, with in-kind support from the Illinois Geometry Lab and the University of Illinois student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics. For 2022, SIM Camp is also supported by camper tuition.

If you interested in supporting SIM Camp, please consider donating to the Department of Mathematics Outreach fund, which supports our Camp and other outreach initiatives. Your support helps our department fulfill Illinois's land grant mission.

For instructors and assistant instructors:

Do you provide housing?

We do not provide housing. In the past, instructors and assistants have either already had an apartment on campus for the summer, have sub-let one, or have stayed with a friend.

Can I take a class/have another job during this time?

The University does not allow anyone registered for at least 3 credit hours to work more than 28 hours a week.

We expect assistant instructors to work 9-5 during the weeks of employment. For instructors, we expect you to be available 9-5 during the weeks you are planning and teaching, and for 4 hours a day during pedagogy training. 

Can international students work? What if I'm on fellowship?

International students are welcome! We will also work with students on fellowship, but it is your responsibility to know the rules of your fellowship. For example, some fellowships might view Camp as fulfillment of a teaching or service requirement, but you would be paid by the fellowship. Others might require you defer the fellowship for the summer, and some might not allow it.

Can I teach a course that has been previously taught?

We want campers to be able to come back year after year. Let us know if you want to learn more about teaching previous courses. You can find a list of previous courses on the previous summers page.

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Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DMS-1449269.

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