Clay Research Academy
The Academy was put on hold in 2006. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to other math programs that have similar aims to those of the Academy. CMI partners with two such programs, the PROMYS program at Boston University, and the Ross program at Ohio state Unversity.
The Clay Mathematics Research Academy, is an initiative of the Clay Mathematics Institute that aims to inspire young people with the thrill of working on the frontiers of mathematical research. If you excel at mathematics and have ever wondered what it might be like to pursue a career as a professional mathematician, our Academy is the place you have been looking for!
The Academy accepts nominations from teachers and faculty of advanced math programs as well as direct applications from high school students of at least sixteen years of age. After review, the admissions committee selects sixteen Junior Fellows to work with highly distinguished mathematicians on research-orientated programs. Junior Fellows attend an intensive eight-day seminar at the CMI headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they collaborate under the direction of an Academy Scholar and two Academy Fellows. Academy Scholars are senior research mathematicians, internationally recognized as leaders in their respective fields, while Academy Fellows are younger mathematicians, usually at the postdoctoral or graduate student level.
The pace of the Academy is intense, with mornings dedicated to guided research sessions led by Academy Scholars, and afternoon workshops with Academy Fellows. Interspersed are guest lectures, independent study periods, joint forums and field trips. The seminar concludes when Junior Fellows present their results and outline proposals for continued research.
The Academy welcomes International applicants, but proficiency in English is a prerequisite. Foreign applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview. The Academy subsidizes the costs of travel, tuition and accommodation for successful candidates. Dress code is smart/casual during the week, and professional for dinners and presentations. Breakfast and lunch are provided, but Junior Fellows should bring sufficient funds for evening meals, snacks and other expenses.