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The University of Utah Math Circle

The Math Circle will not meet during the 2017-2018 academic year

In the late 90's, a small network of extracurricular programs called Math Circles gradually began to spring up in various places around the country. These programs, based partly on a model developed in Eastern Europe, focused on the process of discovery and open-ended exploration, and were designed to introduce students to the deeper kinds of mathematical thinking that are invariably absent in most standard curricula. The University of Utah Math Circle, now in its thirteenth year, is one of the best established Math Circles in the country.

In addition to encountering exciting material far beyond that treated in a regular classroom, students joining The Math Circle have the unique opportunity to interact with professional mathematicians in an informal setting. The program also features monthly contests with prizes, as well as preparation for other competitions (like the State Math Contest). Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics, and the EnergySolutions Foundation, there is no cost to participate in the Math Circle.

Meetings for the Fall 2014 semester will begin on November 19th, 2014, and will run roughly every other Wednesday from 3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education. Students who plan on attending should complete an online application form.

Please complete a Student Application Form before attending the Math Circle.

Please complete the Liability Waiver Form and bring it with you to your first Math Circle session.

2016 - 2017 Meeting Schedule

September 17 - Peter Trapa

October 15 - Sean McAfee

November 17 - Erin Linebarger



The Utah Math Circle is made possible, in part, by support from:

Math Circle is a free program for all participants. The support of individual donors is vital to continuing this program. Donated funds will go towards supplies, books, and refreshments for participants.

Your donation also shows federal agencies and private foundations the support Math Circle has in the greater Salt Lake community. Your gesture can have a big impact on Math Circle's ability to secure funding from these organizations.

Donations can be made in any amount. Donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the University of Utah's Development Office.


The best place to learn about the Math Circle community is at the website of the National Association of Math Circles. By registering for an account on the NAMC website, you will have access to a wide variety of interesting problems and other resources.

For more information about the program, please contact:

For more information, contact: 

Peter Trapa  
Math Circle Coordinator                    
Last Updated: 3/19/18