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.
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, and the event is held in January.
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 chaos theory, cryptography, knot theory, languages and automata, projective geometry, and topology.
For more information visit the official website here.
Participation is normally restricted to about 75 students who have completed Year 11 in school
Base cost is $1,200 AUD
Students are selected on the basis of their mathematical interest, achievement, and potential, insofar as these can be assessed
One-off event, two weeks long
Each state has its own process and deadlines for selecting students; links to information about the application process for most states are available on the website