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This self-supported program was established within the Department of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University in 1994. The purpose of it is to offer non-credit enrichment courses in mathematics and computer science for students who are entering the 7th grade through the 12th grade. The courses are designed to provide an accelerated learning environment in a college atmosphere for high-potential students. The classes are held at George Mason University, Fairfax campus. Starting 2018, it will offer online courses. It will also offer training courses for groups of students from overseas in the near future.

For more information about this program, please contact Coordinator Dr. J. E. Lin at talentedyouth@gmail.com or call (703)973-6889.

This program has been running for 23 summers (summer 1994 - summer 2016). It is the 3rd longest running summer program for youth at Mason. It was recognized in an article Math Outreach Adds Up to Benefit Community in the Mason Spirit 2001 Winter Issue http://spirit.gmu.edu/archives/01winter/mathoutreach.html
The following is a part of the article
“Math Outreach Adds Up to Benefit Community

For the past few years, the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has been actively involved in promoting mathematics in the Northern Virginia community in a variety of ways.

Community Math Help

Does your child ever need help on a math problem that you just can't figure out? If your child is in grade three to twelve, you may be in luck. Once a month, on a Sunday afternoon, Jeng Eng Lin of George Mason's Department of Mathematical Sciences and a cadre of advanced high school and middle school students offer free math help to local students. This tutoring service began in January 1999 as a year-round math mentoring program. Middle school and high school students serve as tutors and role models to students needing a little extra guidance and help with their math homework and skills.

The program meets at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Public Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. The schedule for the spring is January 14, February 11, March 25, April 22, May 6, and June 10, from noon to 2 p.m. No advance registration is necessary; students can just drop in.

Math Enrichment Program

Lin is also the mastermind behind Mason's Math Enrichment Program. In 1994, he created the program for high-potential students in grades 6 through 12 to take courses in an accelerated learning environment in a college atmosphere during the summer. News of these classes spread so quickly that Lin began to receive inquiries about the program from as far away as Arizona. One participant from Ohio even stayed with an uncle in the area so that he could participate.

In the first year, three courses were offered to 39 students. In 1997, the program was expanded to offer courses throughout the year. By 1999, 22 courses were offered to 240 students.

The 2001 spring schedule includes Introduction to Computing with C++ Programming Language, 7th Grade Mathematics Enrichment Problems (primarily algebra and geometry), and SAT I Mathematics Preparation. These classes begin in January and some are repeated throughout the spring. The summer 2001 program offers such courses as Introduction to JavaScript/Webpage Design, Introduction to HTML/Dynamic HTML, and Introduction to Java Programming Language. The summer program begins in June.

Participants in the program have been accepted to prestigious universities around the country, including Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."