MathCamp 2014

The University of Manitoba is offering its thirteenth summer camp for mathematically interested and talented grade nine and ten students. The purpose of the camp is to enable mathematically gifted students to pursue knowledge in a subject they enjoy, in an environment that encourages and fosters such pursuits. Selected participants will gain knowledge and skills, emphasizing problem solving. The camp will afford participants a chance to meet and make friends with fellow MathCamp students, students who enjoy and value the pursuit of higher learning.

Who can apply?

Students who enjoy and are good at mathematics and who will have completed the equivalent of S1 or S2 mathematics in Manitoba by June 30, 2014.

Time, Location, and Cost

The camp will be held at The University of Manitoba from Friday, August 8 to Monday, August 11. Students will stay in the University College Residence. Meals will be at St. John's College. Participants must make their own travel arrangements to and from the university. The program will commence at 10 AM on Friday and terminate at 5 PM on Monday. The cost to students is $150.00 per student.


A typical day in the life of a Mathcamper is:
  • Breakfast
  • Lecture (approximately one hour)
  • Problem solving
  • Lunch
  • Lecture (approximately one hour)
  • Problem solving
  • Sports and/or Games
  • Dinner
  • Mathematical diversions
  • Lights out

The program is delivered by mathematics professors from The University of Manitoba with assistance from mentors who are young mathematicians from our mathematics programs.

Application process

If you are interested, please complete an application. An application consists of
  1. the application form (link),
  2. a letter of recommendation (details below),
  3. solutions or partial solutions to the quiz below.

Your application must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.

Letter of Recommendation

Your application is not complete unless accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a teacher. The letter should include a phone number or email address so that we can contact your referee if we have any questions. The letter should comment on your creativity, initiative, maturity, ability to work with others, as well as your interest in mathematics and problem solving. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic problem solvers, and who will make a positive contribution to the camp.


You should attempt as many questions on the quiz (link) as you can. You are not expected to solve every problem. What is important is evidence of your reasoning. Justify your solutions. If you get stuck in a problem, give a partial solution. Be patient; there is no time limit.


Past midterms and finals are available online for most undergraduate courses. See here.

Follow this link for more information about MATH 0500 (Preparing for University Mathematics), a non-credit course designed to brush up on mathematics prior to entering first-year courses.

In an effort to help students, the Math department has put together the LevelUp program. LevelUp is a self-paced program of online modules on UMLearn (instructional videos, exercises, and quizzes) to get students refreshed on basic mathematical skills. Everything from basic number sense and fractions to Trigonometry and Logarithmic functions is covered, and students can do as little or as much as they wish to be prepared for any introductory mathematics course (or other science course requiring basic math skills).


Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 14:30, 115 Armes
Avleen Kaur
The Helmholtz-Hodge Decomposition
(Seminar series : Graduate Students)

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 15:00, 115 Armes
Negin Pasban Roozbahani
An Introduction to Ergodic Theory in the Sense of Markov Chains
(Seminar series : Graduate Students)

Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 14:30, 115 Armes
Wujie Shi
More on the Characterization of Finite Simple Groups
(Seminar series : Colloquium)