PRIMES Switzerland

PRIMES (Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science) is a free, year-long after-school research program for high school students run by the MIT mathematics department. Since 2015, NCCR SwissMAP joined the program and is offering Swiss high school students to participate in research projects under the guidance of academic mentors from the Swiss universities.

The program consists of several phases:

1. Admission. To be admitted, you should solve (some of the) entrance test problems:

English version, French version, German version.

The test problems can be quite difficult, but partial solutions or ideas of solutions can be admitted.

2. Reading and research. Once you are admitted, you will be assigned a mentor and a research topic. You will have the opportunity to discuss your project with your mentor and study independently using the resourses (books, etc.) provided by your mentor.

3. Write-up and presentation. You will then finalize your project and, with the help of your mentor, write a final paper. You will also have an opportunity to present your project at local or international student conferences.

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In 2017, a high school student supervised by Kaloyan Slavov finished his research paper that can now be found online: