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UNT Insider | July 2008 Issue | UNT's Summer Math Institute

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UNT's Summer Math Institute draws area students

From a UNT News Service press release

Nearly 60 middle and high school students participated in intensive mathematics training this summer at UNT's Summer Math Institute.

Fifty-eight students, ranging in age from 11 to 16 and mostly from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, can complete a semester's worth of Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II or pre-calculus in just three weeks. Sixteen of the participants in this year's session were returning students, and two students came from Thailand, marking the first time international students have attended the institute.

Classes, which are in July, are limited to 18 students and are taught by certified area teachers, says Wendy Boyd-Brown, director of the institute.

"Students can pace themselves, which they really enjoy," Boyd-Brown says. "It's not like a traditional classroom, which is one of the reasons it's so popular."

The students, who live on campus while taking classes, are selected based on transcripts, recommendation letters from math teachers and scores from standardized tests, such as the PSAT and SAT. They receive six hours of math instruction Monday through Friday and three hours on Saturday. At the end of their three weeks, students take comprehensive exams in their subjects. Teachers complete evaluations and write recommendations to the students' schools, noting if a student should receive academic credit. School districts decide whether to grant credit for the course.

This year, five sets of siblings, including two sets of twins, attended SMI. In past years, no more than one or two sets have attended, Boyd-Brown says.

The institute is sponsored by UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a two-year residential program that allows talented students to enroll at UNT when they would normally be high school juniors or seniors. At the end of two years, TAMS students receive at least 60 hours of college credit and the equivalent of a high school diploma.

UNT News Service press release
Sarah Bahari can be reached at sarah.bahari@unt.edu.

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July 2008

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