My previous post is only to name drop HCSSiM
into the other summer math programs.
My "list" of top math summer programs would be (alphabetically): HCSSiM Mathcamp PROMYS Ross SUMaC.
Eh well I'm sure MOSP is taught by numerous IMO gold medalists and RSI is taught by famous professors and Nobel Prize winners. |
Oh yeah, MOSP has 100% USAMO Qualifiers
Well, that's a dirty trick. I reference MOSP, because of its greater stance; I never claim that HCSSiM is an equal alternative to MOSP or RSI; one should also note that each of these three programs has different goals, so comparing them is fallacious.
But seriously though, I've heard great things about HCSSiM, but I don't think it's really as top-notch as the other camps. To be honest, the math looked a bit easy, and the USAMO isn't that hard to qualify for.
XxAzurewrathxX, that assertion is dubious for two reasons; first, you have not been to HCSSiM, and, second, the HCSSiM application and other math program applicatiosn are of similar difficulty.
Since HCSSiM only releases its application to applicants, it would seem you have not applied. I would guess that you have only seen the sample problems posted. Beside that point, everyone I met at HCSSiM had little trouble with the application, but most ran into difficulty at the program. Paraphrasing an HCSSiM 05 alumnus and future Yale 10, "I felt so smart after finishing the application; now, that's anything but the case."
When I was looking into summer programs, I looked into Mathcamp, HCSSiM, and PROMYS; SUMaC's deadline had passed, but I did look at the application. All four applications were of similar difficulty.
The few students, to whom I have spoken to, who have done HCSSiM in addition to other programs (Mathcamp / PROMYS) held that HCSSiM is just as enriching, if not more so.
But, if you don't believe me, ask Emily Riehl
HCSSiM alum, Harvard 06, and Intel STS Winner. (She came in third, and her field was math.) Daniel Ullman
, previously the lead editor of the Problems Section of the American Mathematical Monthly and the DC Director of the 2001 IMO, gave our last prime time lecture.
I reference these alums, because HCSSiM stimulated both of them, as they heartily assested.