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Wolfram Summer School



When and where is the Summer School held?

The Summer School will run from July 3–22, 2022. There is a virtual, preparatory Week Zero, June 27–July 2, which has required components and will be held online. The Summer School will be held in person at Wolfram Research Headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, USA. This is intended to be an immersive experience and will have instructional, social and project-based programming seven days a week.

How old do I have to be to attend?

Students must be 18 years or older by June 20, 2022. Some exceptions may be possible.

What is the cancellation policy?

A full refund may be issued if a student provides written notification that they must cancel at least two weeks before the school begins.

What is involved in doing a project at the Summer School?

Students are each assigned a project mentor. Students and their mentors will meet with Stephen to discuss project ideas and final project assignments. Projects almost invariably involve computer experiments programmed in the Wolfram Language. At the end of the Summer School, students present their projects individually.

How are the projects at the Summer School chosen?

Projects are chosen to fit the career and educational objectives of each student. Students are encouraged to think about potential projects before the Summer School (see projects from last year for some ideas). Final projects are chosen during the first week of the Summer School, in consultation with Stephen Wolfram and with the student’s mentor.

What is Stephen Wolfram’s involvement in the Summer School?

The school is set up so that every student has an opportunity to interact with Stephen Wolfram. Stephen Wolfram usually does one or two individual meetings with each student, works on picking projects, participates in many group discussions and offers ongoing suggestions about projects. He also gives lectures on strategic topics and attends student presentations.

How long is the Summer School?

The Summer School is three weeks at the in-person location in Champaign, Illinois, USA. There is a virtual, preparatory Week Zero prior to the in-person school that also has required components.

How much does the Summer School cost?

Technical/facility fees for the three-week session will cost $500.

Is financial support available for the Summer School?

There is no stipend available. Financial aid may be approved to help pay the technical/facility fees. In the future, some additional funding may be available.

Do I need to have a computer?

Every student at the Summer School needs to possess a reliable computer. Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems are all acceptable. Built-in wireless networking capability is required. Software for computation and collaboration for the Summer School will be provided.

Do I have to be in Champaign?

Yes, you need to be in the Champaign area for the entirety of the Summer School. A limited number of virtual spots are available for students who are unable to attend in person.

Do you provide accommodation?

No, but there are numerous housing options in the area. We have listed some local options below:
Homewood Suites: $115/night, breakfast provided, king one-bedroom suite, living room with a sofa bed, a full kitchen
Holiday Inn:  $95/night, no meals, mini fridge in the room
Local Airbnb options
Sublet information for places on or near the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus

Do you provide transportation?

No, but the Wolfram Research, Inc. headquarters is highly accessible by public transportation from the surrounding area.

Do you provide food?

Due to varying schedules and dietary restrictions, meals will not be provided outside of special events.

What criteria are used for selecting students?

We’re looking for people for whom the Summer School can really make a difference and can help launch them into doing important work. We like to see evidence of an ability to carry out a project to a high level of quality.

Have any Summer School students gone on to work for Wolfram Research?

Yes, some of our most talented attendees have been offered positions at Wolfram Research.

Want to learn more?

Contact us at summer@wolfram.com.

Health and Safety

What is the Summer School’s COVID-19 policy?

Wolfram Research will be following the US Federal and State of Illinois requirements in place at the time of the event.

Wolfram Science and Tech

Who is the Science and Tech track for?

It’s intended for anyone interested in developing innovative ideas (research or business) and implementing them with technology. We expect students to be technology savvy, but they can be at various stages in their formal education or careers. We expect college and graduate students, as well as early- and mid-career individuals ready to energetically pursue innovation. We encourage entrepreneurs to apply.

What happens at the Summer School?

It’s a mixture of lectures, individual interactions with instructors and a project. Each student is expected to do a substantial research project, which will be at least the beginning of material suitable for a published paper.

What preparation is needed?

Students should have a working knowledge of the Wolfram Language, which is used as the primary tool at the Summer School. All students are strongly suggested to have read An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language by Stephen Wolfram at least once. Note that during Week Zero, we will provide students with online classes in Mathematica and the Wolfram Language.

Does the Summer School cater only to scientists?

No. Our students have also included engineers, artists and educators. What’s needed is an ability to take a rigorous scientific approach and an ability to absorb material of the type that can be explored with Wolfram technologies.

Is the Science and Tech track an incubator program?

Our goal at the Summer School is to help students learn how to develop innovative ideas and implement them with technology. We expect students will often use their knowledge in entrepreneurial business activities, and for students who are interested, mentoring on business issues will be available.

Wolfram Physics

Who is the Wolfram Physics track for?

The Physics track is aimed at students interested in working on the Wolfram Physics Project. Those interested in traditional physics are better suited for the Science and Tech track.

Wolfram Education Innovation

Who is the Education Innovation track for?

It is intended for individuals who want to make a difference in education by taking what they learn about developing educational materials and products with the Wolfram Language and helping to make programming in education accessible to everyone. This track is suited to educators, people studying education and individuals with experience in education technology.

For International Students

What language is used at the Summer School?

All instruction, workshops, exercises and homework will be provided in English.

Visa Information

Please be advised that Wolfram Research cannot intervene with any US Embassy abroad or within the US Department of State on behalf of any Summer School student. For further information, please visit this page. You can find frequently asked questions about US visas here.

Wolfram Summer School | Champaign, IL, USA | July 3 29–July 22, 2022