About the Math Circle

Meetings start on October 3rd and will be every Monday.

The UCI Math Circle brings together faculty and graduate students from UCI and high school and middle school students from Orange County, in a journey to explore the beauty of mathematics, and promote mathematical creativity. If you are interested in learning some new mathematics, enjoy the challenge of a good math problem, want to enhance your problem solving capabilities and refine your logical thinking skills, please join our meetings.

In 2022-23, the UCI Math Circle will only offer one level. However, the activities explored during each session can be understood at many different levels. They are accessible so that beginners can make observations and experiment mathematically, but deep enough to challenge the most advanced math students. At the end of each session, students will be given challenge questions so that they can continue their explorations on their own after they leave.

In addition, we will host several mathematical competitions for the participants of the UCI Math Circle (the AMC 8/10/12 and the Tournament of the Towns). Please see the COMPETITIONS page for more information on these two competitions and how to register.

Common Core

The curriculum developed by the UCI Math Circle aligns perfectly with the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice outlined by the State Common Core. During our afternoon of mathematical investigations, students are engaged in hard mathematical tasks that promote abstract reasoning and critical thinking. We train students in persevering in their search for a precise mathematical answer, and encourage them to discuss solutions with their peers through logical explanations. The depth of content of our mathematical activities and the high complexity of the thinking processes required to accomplish them make the UCI Math Circle particularly suitable for GATE children.

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Session Format

All meetings will run online, through zoom. After a common introduction, students will be placed in breakout rooms to continue the mathematical investigations in small groups, led by UCI graduate and undergraduate students. We aim to create a friendly and highly engaging learning environment in our math circle. Therefore, we strongly encourage participants to make every effort to keep their video on during the meetings and participate actively in the mathematical discussions. We will be working on fun and interesting open math investigations. Every idea matters!

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Supporting our program

The UCI Math Circle needs your support. There are several ways parents and educators can be involved. Please visit the JOIN OUR CIRCLE page and follow the instructions for Parent and Educator Involvement. Please contact us if you would like any additional materials.

The UCI math faculty and graduate students run the program on a volunteer basis with limited resources. To keep the UCI Math Circle running, we are kindly encouraging donations from families of participating students. The suggested amount of donation is $160 per student per quarter (roughly $20 per lesson), but we are grateful for whatever you can give.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible. For help or questions, please e-mail us at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is it for?

The UCI Math Circle welcomes every student who is passionate about mathematics and is willing to actively engage in open-ended math explorations. Most students in the program are middle school or high school students.

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Is There More?

Strong students looking for more opportunities to engage in high level mathematical content are invited to join the Cal State Fullerton Mathematical Circle. More info in this flyer.

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How to apply?

Click the JOIN OUR CIRCLE tab and follow the instructions for student registration. Please make sure to have your parents sign the media release form prior to the start of the first meeting (as indicated in the JOIN OUR CIRCLE page).

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How often do we meet?

We will meet Monday evenings (6:30-7:30pm) starting on October 3. We will meet almost every week until November 28. Meetings will resume in January. Please check the calendar for up-to-date meeting information. Although missing an occasional meeting is not crucial to the success of the program, students are expected to attend regularly.

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Where is it located?

All sessions will be conducted virtually over Zoom.

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