National Math Stars

National Math Stars

Are you a school?

If you’re a school or district who wants to partner with us to systematically find and support your Stars, please see our schools page.

How to Nominate

Do you know a mathematically extraordinary student who would make a great National Math Star? Tell us a bit about what makes them special and give us their contact information, and we’ll reach out to encourage them to apply.

While our application is only open January-June each year, we accept nominations year-round. If the application is currently closed, we’ll reach out to your nominated student for the next admissions cycle.

There is no cost to apply to National Math Stars and no cost to participate for those admitted to the program.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a current 2nd- or 3rd-grader (or ages 7-9, born between January 2014 and August 2017)

  • Reside in Texas (we are working on expanding to other states!)

  • Show signs of extraordinary math ability

What makes a strong Star candidate?

First, they must meet the eligibility criteria above.

Among eligible candidates, we choose National Math Stars based on two criteria: demonstrated level of math ability and need for the program.

We assess math ability on the basis of existing test scores and our own admissions assessments. We’re looking for students who not only excel on math courses or exams, but who show passion for the subject and are ready to stretch further. If a child is always asking mathematical questions, can’t get enough of STEM books and videos, or loves solving puzzles in their spare time, that could be a sign that they are a good fit for the program.

Need for the program encompasses a variety of dimensions. We’re trying to answer the question, “What will this program enable a student to do, that they wouldn’t otherwise accomplish?” We especially encourage applications from students who are low-income, first-generation, rural, or from racial demographics historically underrepresented in advanced mathematics. However, none of these is a requirement for acceptance into the program, and our application includes a chance to explain why being a National Math Star will benefit the student’s trajectory.

If you have any questions, please contact

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