The National Mathematics Summer school was established under the joint educational sponsorship of The Australian National University and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers in 1969 by the late Professor A.L. (Larry) Blakers AM of the University of Western Australia. It is the oldest and most prestigious Summer School of its type in Australia, and has been attended by over 3000 students from all states and territories around Australia.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the 53rd NMSS has been revised. It will now run as a virtual school from 13 to 20 January 2021, with students participating online from their homes and with a greatly reduced registration fee. Student invitations will be sent out in October.
NMSS is a program for the discovery and development of mathematically gifted and talented high school students from all over Australia. Participation is normally restricted to about 75 students who have completed Year 11 in school.
During NMSS, students participate in a number of courses on different branches of mathematics not typically studied as part of the school curriculum. Each course is delivered in a series of lectures and small-group tutorials. Private study in the evening also gives students time to puzzle over problems and absorb what they have learned during the day.
The main course is Number Theory, which is studied in depth over the two weeks. Other courses which each run for one week vary from year to year and have in the past included:
Languages and Automata
Other aspects of the NMSS academic program include:
The Academy Lecture, presented by a member of the Australian Academy of Science at The Shine Dome.
Lectures by invited NMSS alumni.
Informal careers Q&A sessions.
Mathematical games and relay events.
During their free time each day, students may organise their own activities, whether within the college common rooms, elsewhere on campus, or in the city centre.
Activities which are organised by NMSS include:
A visit to Black Mountain Tower.
Visits to a selection of national attractions including the National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, Questacon Science Centre, National Art Gallery of Australia, and Old and New Parliament House.
A formal dinner and concert on the final night.
Accommodation and meals are provided by John XXIII College, a residential college of The Australian National University.
The cost to attend the 14 day program is ~$1300, and this cost is confirmed in the letter of offer to successful applicants. This covers tuition, accommodation, meals, social program and travel to Canberra. NMSS strives to make this as affordable as possible and is helped in no small part by many generous donations from individuals who understand the value in supporting young highly talented mathematicians in our country.
Both state and national bursaries exist to support successful applicants who otherwise may be unable to attend.
14 days program
*No dual enrollment with NYSF or ASO Summer School