What is SIM Camp?

Summer Illinois Math (SIM) Camp is a free, week-long math day camp for middle and high school students hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics. Campers will see the creative, discovery driven side of mathematics. By showing them some of the ways mathematicians approach problems, SIM Camp hopes to encourage them to continue studying math beyond the high school level.

We will offer three camps in 2018. As in the past, SIM Camp Epsilon is for students entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018. SIM Camp Delta is now for students entering 9th or 10th grade. We are also introducing SIM Camp Omega for students entering 10th through 12th grade.

Instructor applications for Summer 2018 are open now and due January 5. These positions are open to graduate students in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics. More information is available here.

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There will be three weeks of SIM Camp in 2018.

The camp for rising 8th or 9th grade students will be June 25th to June 29th.

The camp for rising 9th and 10th grade students will be July 9th to July 13th.

The camp for rising 10thth through 12th grade students will be July 23rd to July 27th.


SIM Camp will be held in Altgeld Hall on the University of Illinois Campus at the corner of Wright Street and Green Street in Urbana.


Students attending the rising 8th and 9th grade camp must have taken a pre-algebra class, while students at the rising 9th through 12th grade camp need to have taken at least one year of algebra.

Applications will be available in early March.

About Us

Claire Merriman, director

Simone Sisneros-Thiry, assistant program coordinator

Emily Heath, program coordinator

If you have questions, please contact math-simcamp@illinois.edu.


Support is provided by:

Please consider donating to the Department of Mathematics Outreach fund, which supports our Summer Illinois Math camp and other outreach initiatives. Your support helps our department fulfill Illinois’s land grant mission.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DMS-1449269.

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