2021 Math Corps Summer Camp/High School Bridge Program Application For Current 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders

Thank you for your interest in working for the Wayne State University Math Corps!

This application is for students currently in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.

You will be applying for the paid position as a TA (Teaching Assistant) or a PA (Program Assistant).  TAs and PAs will work with middle school students assisting with their mathematics as well as other activities while also engaging on their own mathematical advancement throughout the summer.  TAs and PAs will serve as role models and mentors to the younger students of the camp.

**If you are currently in 12th grade, you should complete the application for 12th graders using the link here: https://forms.wayne.edu/6000b3d8df378/

**If you are a middle/high school student currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, you can complete the application using the link here:  https://forms.wayne.edu/5fbde84e9acba/

YOU MUST COMPLETE THE WHOLE APPLICATION ONCE YOU BEGIN--you cannot save your progress and come back later.  Please read below for what you need to have before beginning the application.

Please have your High School TRANSCRIPT ready before you begin your application. The TRANSCRIPT should include grades from January/February 2021.  Please also have your Essay written and proofread before you begin.  You will be asked to type it into a text box.

Essay For RETURNING TAs/PAs: Write an essay of at least 100 words on how your experiences as a TA/PA have impacted you and influenced your decision to reapply. Please also share what you think are your strengths as a TA/PA and what you could improve from your last summer. Please include your NAME on the Essay.

Essay For NEW Applicants & TAs/PAs: Write an essay of at least 100 words on why you would like to work for and study in the WSU Math Corps and why you think you should be chosen. Please include your NAME on the Essay.

Application Deadline:

**While our deadline has passed, we are still accepting applications until all spots are filled, so please complete an application if you are interested in participating!!**

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 5, 2021 by 5PM or until all spots are filled. Returning Math Corps students will receive priority consideration provided their application is received and complete by Friday, February 26, 2021 by 5PM. You will receive notice of your position by the end of April.


General Information

The WSU Math Corps Summer Camp and High School Bridge Program is a six-week mathematics enrichment and mentoring program for students in grades 7-12, who live and/or attend public schools in the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. As of right now, camp will operate virtually utilizing Zoom and Google Classroom.  It is expected that if you received a tablet last summer, you will use that to participate this summer, we cannot provide an additional device.  We are currently not sure if we can provide a tablet for new students at time.  The program, which this year will run from Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 - Friday, August 13th, 2021, brings middle and high school students together with college students and mathematicians, to share in the teaching and learning of mathematics, in a university setting.

The Summer Camp serves students who, in the fall, will be entering the 7th or 8th grade, while the High School Bridge Program serves students who will be entering the 9th grade. High school students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade serve as paid Teaching Assistants (TA’s) and Program Assistants (PA’s).

The 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students receive instruction from University faculty and enjoy a variety of learning activities led by the college and high school students under the supervision of professional educators. The high school TA’s and PA’s serve as role models and “big brothers” or “big sisters” for the younger kids and engage in their own learning of both fundamental and advanced mathematics.

Students accepted into the program receive:

  • Supplies for the Summer
  • a Math Corps T-Shirt


For a student to be eligible, he/she must be entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2021 and must be

  • a Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park resident, currently enrolled in a public school (charter schools included) - anywhere in Michigan                                                OR
  • currently enrolled in a public school (charter schools included) in the city of Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park


Camp Dates:              Monday – Thursday, July 6th - August 13th - Fridays are optional EXCEPT July 9th & July 16th are BOTH required        

Camp Hours:             7th, 8th and 9th graders:  9:30 am – 1:30 pm 

                                  10th, 11th and 12th graders: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm          

TA/PA Registration and Orientation:  Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 pm 

Student Registration and Orientation (TAs and PAs must attend): Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. The date depends on the site to which the student is assigned.

TA/PA Training: June 28th – July 1st, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. AND July 16th, Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Optional Fridays: Friday sessions, featuring special activities will be offered each week. Weeks 2-5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attendance on Fridays is optional EXCEPT July 9th & July 16th, which are required.

Closing Ceremonies:   Friday, August 13th at 6:30 pm

High School Teaching and Program Assistantships: Teaching Assistants (TA’s) are paid stipends ranging from $600 to $960 and Program Assistants (PA’s) are paid stipends ranging from $300 to $500. The rate of pay depends on the student’s previous work, if any, in the Math Corps and on his/her level of accomplishment in mathematics.

We may partner with GDYT again this year which will increase pay but it will also require more paperwork in order to be hired and begin working.  It is IMPERATIVE to watch the email you provide in this application for updates and announcements regarding this process.  Missing a deadline could greatly affect when you get paid.

Tuition: Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of Wayne State University and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 5th, 2021, by 5PM or until all spots are filled. Returning Math Corps students will receive priority consideration provided their application is received and completed by Friday, February 26, 2021, by 5PM.  You will receive notice of your position by the end of April.

For additional information, please contact our office through email at mathcorps@wayne.edu. Program information is also available on our website at www.mathcorps.org/locations/detroit 

Fields with asterisks (*) are required.

Demographic Information

Please indicate the type of phone number entered
Have you participated in Math Corps in the past? *
If yes, indicate which grade levels
Grade you will be entering in Fall 2021 *
Last summer, we gave all students a tablet. If you are a new student applying, at this time, we cannot guarantee that we can provide a tablet this year as well. If you already received one last summer, we cannot provide another. Do you have a touchscreen tablet or touchscreen laptop that can be used during the program? *

Essay: You Only Need to write ONE of the following Essays. Write the Essay that describes your role. Either a Returning TA/PA or a New TA/PA


All TA applicants must take the Math Corps TA Diagnostic Exam, given virtually (you will need your tablet from the summer or some other device that you can write on). You will be EMAILED soon to select a date to take your Diagnostic. Dates and times available (on a first come - first served basis). The test is one hour long. For now, please select if you would prefer Weekday Evening times or a Saturday time *

Parent/Guardian Information

Please indicate the type of phone number entered *
Please indicate the type of phone number entered *

Application Submission

I certify that I am 13 years of age or older *

Please go back to double check for typos in the application. Please also make sure you have included a TRANSCRIPT, not a Report Card.