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 school in the city of Detroit.  The program, which this year will run from July 8th – August 16th, 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 program is housed in two separate sites on Wayne State’s campus.


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:

  • a light breakfast daily
  • lunch every Thursday
  • school supplies
  • a calculator (in their first year of the program)
  • bus tickets, if needed
  • a Math Corps t-shirt
  • access to WSU facilities such as libraries and computer labs



For a student to be eligible, he/she must be entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2019

and must be

  • a Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park resident, currently enrolled in a public school (charter schools included) – anywhere in Michigan


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



Camp Dates:             

Monday – Thursday, July 8 – August 16


Camp Hours:            

7th, 8th and 9th graders:  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

10th, 11th and 12th graders: 9:00 am – 3:15 pm          


Student Registration and Orientation (TAs and PAs must attend):

Students assigned to Site 1: Thursday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m.

Students assigned to Site 2: Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 p.m


Optional Fridays: 

Friday sessions, featuring special activities will be offered each week.

Weeks 1-5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Attendance on Fridays is optional.


Closing Ceremonies:  

Friday, August 16th at 6:30 pm



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


How to Apply

1) Online application (preferred). Complete the application at


2) Paper application. Complete the application (bottom of this page) and mail it or drop it off at this address:

The WSU Math Corps

Department of Mathematics

Wayne State University

Faculty/Administration Building, Room 1311

Detroit, MI  48202


Faxes will not be accepted.


Note:  Schools or teachers may submit their students’ applications as a group.


Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8th or until all spots are filled.


Returning Math Corps students will receive priority consideration provided their application is received by   5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15th.


Selected students will be notified by Friday, April 19th.



High School Teaching and Program Assistantships – Additional Information

Diagnostic Exam

All applicants for the Teaching Assistant (TA) position must take a diagnostic exam to complete their application. The test is one hour long. Testing dates, times, and locations are listed below:


Location: State Hall Rm. 334 – 5143 Cass Ave. Detroit, MI 48202 (All weekend testing sessions.)

Saturday, February 9, 9:00 am

Saturday, February 16, 9:00 am

Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am

Saturday, March 2, 1:00pm 

Saturday, February 9, 1:00pm

Saturday, February 16, 1:00pm

Saturday, February 23, 1:00 pm


Location: Faculty/Administration Building Rm. 1311 – 656 W. Kirby. Detroit, MI 48202 (All weekday testing sessions.)


Tuesday, February 19, 6:00pm

Thursday, February 21, 6:00 pm


If you need an alternate day and time to take your diagnostic exam, please contact the main office at 313-577-2609.



Teaching Assistants are paid stipends ranging from $600 to $960 while Program Assistants 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.


Additional Dates

In additional to all general camp dates listed, TAs/PAs must attend the following dates:


TA/PA Registration and Orientation:

Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30pm


TA/PA Training:

June 24th – 27th, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

July 12th, Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.