UMTYMP Handbook: Program Description

UMTYMP provides a challenging alternative for Minnesota’s talented mathematics students in grades 6-12. The highly accelerated courses are specially designed to provide these students with an intense academic experience that will stimulate their mathematical interest and abilities. The program, offered through the University of Minnesota, School of Mathematics Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP), is partially supported by the State of Minnesota.

Students in grades 5-7 are identified and recommended as eligible for entering UMTYMP at the Algebra level. Many of these students then register to take the UMTYMP Algebra Qualifying Examination. Over 900 students test annually in February through April; of which approximately 150 are admitted to the Twin Cities and 20-25 each in Duluth and Rochester. Each year, UMTYMP enrolls over 700 students throughout the state.

The Program has two components. The two-year high school component covers the traditional high school mathematics curriculum (through Pre-calculus). The courses stress critical problem-solving skills and comprehension of important concepts. Each two-hour UMTYMP class covers the equivalent of about three weeks of regular high school mathematics content. Successful students achieve the high school Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry, and Geometry standards set by the MN Department of Education. The 3-year calculus component allows students to complete up to 12 semester credits of honors-level college calculus, covering single- and multi-variable calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Faculty members carefully develop, teach, and monitor the UMTYMP calculus curricula (syllabi, assignments and examinations), and students receive University of Minnesota credit for the calculus courses. Each successfully completed UMTYMP high school course (4 possible) and full year of UMTYMP Calculus (3 possible) is equivalent to one full year of high school credit.

Each of the five years of UMTYMP is a 33-35 week sequence held during the academic year. During this time, UMTYMP participants attend a two-hour class once a week after school. On exam weeks students may be required to come to campus twice, in order to ensure that new material is introduced at the required pace.  Small classes allow students to participate actively in class discussions, to have close contact with exceptional teachers, and to present their discoveries to peers with similar mathematical interests. Based on recent surveys, students report spending an average of 6-8 hours a week working independently on UMTYMP homework.

In addition to UMTYMP courses, MathCEP occasionally offers enrichment programs during the school year and summer for students in grades 4-12. Each year hundreds of students learn and enjoy mathematics, gain information about educational and career goals, and build positive relationships with role models in science, engineering, and mathematics.

For additional information, see www.mathcep.umn.edu/umtymp.