Bulgarian Summer Research School Award



The award offers one student, who will not have finished his secondary education by August 2019 the opportunity to participate in the Summer Research School of the Bulgarian High School Students Institute of Mathematics and Informatics. The Summer Research School is a three week long program, held each August in Bulgaria, during which the participants have the opportunity to work on a research topic in Mathematics or Computer Science with a personal mentor.

The award is offered jointly by the Ministry of Education and Science and the High School Students Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (HSSIMI). HSSIMI is founded in 2000 by a consortium of foundations and research institutions to assist high-achieving students in the first steps of their careers, to promote inquiry in secondary education and to support citizen science initiatives. The Summer Research School is its biggest initiative, organized annually since 2001 and open to international participants since 2015. It is an intensive program for students aged 14-19, offering each participant a separate research topic in Mathematics or Computer science, resources and mentorship support. Mentors and lecturers at the summer school are graduate students and researchers from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and leading international academic institutions, such as Cambridge, ETH Zurich, Yale, MIT and others.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science (MES) is the main policy-maker and public authority responsible for the implementation of the state policy for science and research development. The ministry has the responsibility for creating a favorable environment and incentives for the development of science and research as well as implementing the commitments of the Republic of Bulgaria arising from its membership in the European Union. It is also the main organizer of the national contest "Young Talents" which selects the Bulgarian participants for EUCYS and other international forums, as part of its long-term commitment to supporting high-achieving students.