Residential Life

SUMaC participants work on problem sets together in a living room.

An Interactive Experience

One of SUMaC's key features is the tight integration of the residential and academic aspects of the program. We achieve this in part by having a residential team of undergraduate math majors and math graduate students. This model facilitates a setting in which students can engage in mathematical discussion over a meal or during a recreational activity. The atmosphere is one of appreciation and deep interest in mathematics, and the conversations reflect that. However, SUMaC participants also have a breadth of interests, and they enjoy their opportunity to share their experiences with others from around the world.
Stanford University Mathematics Camp participants gather in the common space in order to work together on some problems.

Housing & Dining

Trained residential staff live in Synergy House with the participants to create a safe and welcoming community. The residence has its own lounge, computer cluster, laundry facility, and common area. All rooms are equipped with an extra-long twin bed for each participant as well as window coverings, desks and chairs, bookcases, dressers, and wardrobes. In addition, wireless connectivity is available.

Rooms are assigned by gender, with male and female participants on separate floors, and typically on separate floors. SUMaC is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive, and comfortable residential environment for all participants, and gender-inclusive housing assignments can be provided.
A group of participants play chess.

Activities

The daily schedule includes a variety of recreational activities and free time in the afternoon to expand the education that takes place outside of the classroom. These activities are intended to provide participants with new skills, exercise, and community building. Activities are designed for a variety of interests and energy levels.

SUMaC has many traditions such as thematic dress-up days, ultimate Frisbee, bughouse, and the SUMaC Olympics. Evening and weekend activities include a talent show, informal musical concerts, a weekend carnival, a campfire night, a dance, and other special evening events organized by the residential staff.
Participants went to Capitola to explore the beach on a field trip.

Field Trips

Weekend excursions take participants to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the San Francisco Bay area. Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all participants.

Past field trips include: the Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences, sightseeing in San Francisco, the beach in Capitola, and hiking on Angel Island or other scenic locations.

Sample Schedule

SUMaC participants have full schedules which incorporate the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the program into each day.
8:00 am–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am–11:30 am In class (M–Th); Working on research project in groups of four or five (Fri)
11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm–3:30 pm Daily Problem Sets and individual meeting with TAs (20 to 60 minutes) to review previous day's problem sets.
3:30 pm–4:00 pm Snack break
4:00 pm–6:00 pm Recreational and Social Activities or Guest Lecture (twice a week)
6:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm–9:30 pm Free time for informal study or activities.
9:30 pm All participants return to residence
11:00 pm Lights out (on Fridays and Saturdays this may be one hour later)

Each weekend there is one field trip day and one day on which participants partake in extra activities on the Stanford campus.

Synergy House

Pre-collegiate students live at Synergy for the summer.

Historic Residence

SUMaC participants live in a historic shingle-style building that was constructed in 1908 and served as the home of the Cooksey family. The three-story building was converted into an undergraduate student residence that goes by the name Synergy. The building is made from California redwood and has a complex-gabled roof, beautiful wood floors, and some of the original ornate mantelpieces. Synergy has become an iconic image of SUMaC, and the building holds a special place in the heart of those who have made it their home during their four weeks at SUMaC.