The Berkeley Math Circle

Apply to the Berkeley Math Circle- Upper (Grades 5-12)

Application Dates to Watch For:

BMC-Upper Fall 2022 (Grades 5-12) Applications now closed, except for a few late qualifying applications. Please read below.  
MTRW Fall 2022

Applications are now CLOSED.

BMC-Elementary (Grades 1-4) For more information, please click either on the link for BMC-Elementary directly to the left in the table, or in the BMC Elementary tab on the side tab 

BMC-Upper Fall 2022 application information

The BMC Staff is on vacation during the month of July and will not be able to respond to inquiries during this time until mid-August. Only students who have advanced backgrounds in Calculus or have won national math contests may apply for the remainder of the BMC-Upper spots by emailing Ryan Quan in mid-August 2022.

Program information

  • Program Dates: August 31 - December 7, 2022
  • Time: Wednesday evenings (exact times for each BMC-Upper group level are listed in the application)
  • Projected Modes:
  • ONLINE mode for Beginners I and Advanced groups. The Advanced group may have some possibility for HYBRID zoom/in-person sessions (to be decided when sessions start).
  • IN-PERSON mode for Beginners II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II groups on UCB campus.

 

The move to in-person sessions may happen at the beginning of the semester or anytime during the semester or it may not happen at all and the sessions may stay online for the whole semester; it may happen only for some BMC-Upper groups or for all Beginners II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II groups.

Students signing up for Beginners II, Intermediate I, Intermediate II must commit to attending BMC-Upper in Fall 2022  both online AND in-person sessions, regardless of when a move to in-person sessions may happen for some or all of these BMC-Upper groups. Keep in mind that, if a move to in-person classes happens for some BMC-Upper groups but not for others, siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. No refunds will be provided to families, regardless of changed personal circumstances or if sessions move between online and in-person modes.

 

Application Information

  • The application portal for BMC-Upper Fall 2022 is closed as of May 15, 2022. 
  • Beginners I, Beginners II, and Intermediate I groups are full and closed.
  • A few qualifying late applications from advanced students for Intermediate II group (in person) and Advanced group (online) shall be considered in early August 2022.
    1. If you are in 11-12th grade and have taken Calculus and/or other college-level classes, and/or if you have been in math circles before and you have won national or international math competitions, or you have some other considerable math achievements, you can apply to the Advanced group.
      • Only if you match the above criteria, you can send a description of your math background to Ryan Quan (email on the People's page) after mid-August. 
      • We will NOT be actively monitoring these emails over the summer until August 1.

MTRW Fall 2022 application now closed!

The MTRW Staff is on vacation during the month of July and will not be able to respond to inquiries during this time.

MTRW Fall 2022 Program information

Fall 2022 Dates:

  • First day of class: August 29, 2022

  • Last day of class: December 5, 2022

Note that MTRW does not have any weeks off during this time period.  In particular, we WILL meet on Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Halloween, and the Monday before Thanksgiving.  The schedule is tight in the fall, which means that we do not have space to cancel class for holidays.

  

Projected modes for Fall 2022

While we are eager to return to in-person meetings for all levels, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance, and we must also consider any logistical difficulties with scheduling groups to return to campus.  Local and campus health guidelines will be considered before making the final call.  

We will only be offering HYBRID mode for enrollment.  This means all families should be prepared for both possibilities: online sessions and in-person sessions.  As of June 2022, we anticipate that most MTRW sessions in the Fall 2022 semester will be held IN-PERSON, with occasional online sessions as needed.  This plan is contingent on compliance with local and campus health guidelines, as well as the availability of appropriate meeting spaces on campus. 

The two most likely paths for any given level are a) meeting on campus for the entire semester, or b) beginning with several weeks of online meetings before transitioning to on-campus meetings for the remainder of the semester.  That said, the move to in-person sessions may happen at the beginning of the semester or anytime during the semester or it may not happen at all and the sessions may stay online for the whole semester.  Some levels may be cleared to come back to campus while others remain online longer. 

 

Families must commit to attending online AND in-person sessions of MTRW in Fall 2022, regardless of when a move to in-person sessions may happen. Keep in mind that if a move to in-person classes happens for some MTRW groups but not for others, siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. No refunds will be provided to families, regardless of changed personal circumstances or if sessions move between online and in-person modes.

The above modes may change as the health situation and logistics change. Upon applying and enrolling for the spring semester, all families should be prepared to be online AND in-person, depending on what the conditions are. For in-person sessions, COVID vaccination proof or 3-day COVID negative testing for every session will be required from all students and adults. If UC Berkeley and/or State/County authorities require masks and other health measures, families must be prepared to satisfy these requirements. 

In-person sessions will NOT be recorded. Online sessions will be recorded, whenever feasible and agreeable with the instructor, and posted for viewing to MTRW families.

No refunds will be provided after a student is enrolled in the program for the Fall 2022 semester, regardless of what the mode of sessions is (hybrid, online, or in-person).

 

Application link

Application for MTRW Fall 2022

The application for MTRW Fall 2022 for both continuing and new applicants will be completed entirely online. A link to an online payment form will be sent to families once your student has been accepted into the program. 

  • Application deadline:  June 15, 2022

  • Applications submitted after the due date will only be considered if space remains after processing those received by the deadline.  Admission into the program is not guaranteed, even for continuing students who submit by the deadline.

  • If we admit any student who submitted an application after the deadline, there will be a  late processing fee of $25 in addition to the enrollment fees below.

  • Fees

    • 6A/7A/8A/9A: $795

    • 9A Proofs Subgroup: $265

Early application submissions are preferred. This allows us to begin reviewing applications and to make decisions promptly. 

We highly recommend that you do NOT submit the form through your phone, as the lack of options on the phone make it hard to properly fill the form, and we often receive multiple applications for the same student if submitted on the phone.

 

Application Process

  • Applications will be reviewed later this June, but we often have enough applicants to fill all levels within just a few days of opening this application portal. The selection process will be based on a timely and complete application and submitted payment through PayPal and on high academic qualifications. We may not be able to continue all MTRW Spring 2022 students.  We will select only those who have shown dedication to and growth in the program. We also expect to accept some very strong new students.

  • The enrollment fees for the Fall 2022 program will be paid AFTER the student is accepted and will be done so via PayPal. After the student is accepted, families will have 48 hours to submit the enrollment fees or risk their student being put on the waitlist for the program. 

  • In the event that any groups have space remaining after June 15th, there will be a late processing fee of $25 for any accepted students whose applications are submitted after this date.

  • Enrollment for MTRW Fall 2022 will be finalized as soon as the groups reach capacity. You must NOT contact BMC/MTRW staff with routine or non-emergency questions at any time: we do NOT reply to such email inquiries as we do NOT have the resources to answer questions from many hundreds of families on email. Instead, wait until the BMC and MTRW restart in the fall and you can ask us or other families in person.