The COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to impose extensive travel restrictions and quarantines. As one consequence, the Ross/Asia session in China was cancelled.
If quarantine restrictions are removed by June, then the Ross Program
will run with two in-person, six-week sessions:
Ross/Ohio: Sunday June 21 through Friday July 31, 2020.
Ross/Indiana: Sunday June 28 through Friday August 7, 2020.
If quarantines and travel restrictions continue into June, then we hope to create Ross-Online, providing remote versions of Ross Program courses. The Number Theory course will be available to students who have been accepted by the Ross Admissions Committee. That course cannot be as deep and intensive as the in-person experience, but online participants will at least get a taste of the Ross style of inquiry-based learning.
Further details will be emailed to accepted participants. We hope that the Admissions Committee will start making acceptance decisions in early April.
The Ross Program is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.
Dr. Arnold Ross founded this multi-level program at Notre Dame University in 1957. Its growth was then spurred by the launch of the Sputnik satellite and the subsequent surge of interest in science education. Arnold Ross’s Program has run every summer since then, associated mostly with Ohio State University from 1964 through 2018. In 2019 the Program moved to Ohio Dominican University.
Our central goal has always been to instruct bright young students in the art of mathematical thinking and to inspire them to discover for themselves that abstract ideas are valuable and important. First year participants take the basic course in number theory. For most students, this is the first time they are asked to consider entirely new questions, to develop methods that they have not seen before, and to justify every answer.
The value of a mathematics education lies not only in obtaining proficiency in computational tasks, but also in building a foundation for critical thinking. Students who have never asked why things work the way they do are not prepared to lead the way to future scientific innovation. It is precisely this independence of thought and questioning attitude that the Ross Program strives to nurture.
Ross Program in China.
We are disappointed that the 2020 Ross/Asia program might be cancelled.
We are working to find a location within the USA to replace Ross/Asia.
Ambitious pre-college students with interests in mathematics and science are invited
to apply. First-year students range in age from 15 to 18 years old.
(In rare cases, younger or older students are accepted.) Admission decisions are based
on several criteria, including: school transcripts; teacher recommendations;
essays concerning the applicant’s interests and goals; and the applicant’s work on some challenging math problems. Undergraduate math majors and math graduate students are invited to apply to be a Ross Counselor.
NOTE. The Ross Program cannot accommodate students who must arrive more than two days after the start of classes.
Costs and Financial Aid
Fees for the residential program are determined by the cost of five or six weeks of room and board,
as well as the cost of hiring instructors and counselors. For the in-person, six-week session,
the 2020 Program Fee will be $5000.
Fees for the online program need to cover costs for developing the new courses, and for hiring instructors and counselors. That fee level has not yet been decided.
NOTE: Financial aid is available. Accepted applicants are encouraged to apply if their families have some financial need. We hope to be able to provide enough support to enable every accepted applicant to attend this great Program.
Each January, the Ross Program application is posted on the to apply page.
In March, The Ross Admissions Committee starts the admissions process.
The final application deadline is April 1.
HOWEVER: Spaces fill up quickly so it’s best to apply well before that deadline.
The Ross Program admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
Ross Program Support
The Ross Program is supported in several ways. Partners in this mathematical enterprise include:
Several other excellent summer mathematics programs are listed on the AMS mathcamps webpage. Two of them, PROMYS at Boston University, and the Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University, are very close in spirit to the Ross Program since they are run by Ross alumni.