Welcome to NMSS
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The National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) is a program for the discovery and development of mathematically gifted
and talented students from all over Australia. It is a two-week residential summer course held each January at The
Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
Students participate in a series of lecture courses from mathematicians in a number of branches of mathematics at a
relatively advanced level. They attend tutorials under the guidance of a range of staff — postgraduate students,
mathematics teachers and academic mathematicians.
The main activity of NMSS is an in-depth study of three or four different
areas of mathematics. Each is very challenging and will extend every
student. On the other hand, the program is non-competitive and very
much hands-on. The emphasis is on doing mathematics, not just on
listening to someone else talking about it.
By the end of the two weeks, most students are amazed at how much they
have accomplished and post-school surveys indicate that the NMSS has
succeeded in raising their intellectual horizons. Almost everyone
returns home with a considerably enhanced view of their own potential.