Math Circles

What is it all about?

Are you a student in Grade 10 to 12, who is interested in Mathematics and are looking to challenge yourself? Then this is the program for you! Please have a look at our poster!

Math Circles is a FREE weekly enrichment program offered by our Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Participants will work together with professors and members of the department on interesting problems from a wide range of fields within mathematics. The sessions will be very informal and the emphasis is on developing problem solving skills while having fun exploring interesting puzzles and problems.

The sessions are designed to be fun, but at the same time will help participants develop important problem solving skills and an understanding of research techniques. These skills are important not just for mathematicians, but are applicable in many field of work/study and can be applied in many everyday situations.

Participants in the program will meet once a week. Most weeks there will be a 'theme' of a particular topic or problem, often quite different from what is encountered in the regular high school curriculum. Sometimes there will be one major question that we will work towards answering. Other weeks we will explore many related problems or a specific mathematical topic.

Most sessions will be hosted by Dr. Marina Tvalavadze but participants will also have the opportunity to meet and get to know several guest hosts from our department, including both faculty and students.

At the end of the academic year, those students with regular attendance will receive an official certificate of participation.

History of Math Circles

The Math Circles concept was developed in Moscow in the 1950s as a way to maintain the interest of bright students in mathematics. Challenging material from outside the regular curriculum, as well as preparation for problem solving competitions were seen as the key to maintaining interest. A critical component to the success of this concept was the active involvement of some of the major figures of the Moscow mathematical community. And, indeed, the Math Circles proved to be highly successful with similar groups established throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. The migration of former Soviet scientists to the West at the end of the twentieth century carried the concept to North America. (Source: Fields Institute, University of Toronto)

Dates/times and other details

Weekly sessions run on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room DH3055. The department will be providing pizza and cookies (please advise in your registration of any dietary restrictions).

The UTM Math Circles meet for 10 weeks each spring (late January to early April) and 10 weeks each fall, (late September to early December). Have a look at each tab for the exact dates.

If you have attended the UTM Math Circle in the past, you can attend again. There will be new topics, new problems and new people (both faculty and students) for you to meet!

How do I register?

If you took part in Math Circles in the past, you do not need to fill out a registration form, but you do need to send an email to Marina Tvalavadze ( to let us know that you would like to continue. There will be new topics, new problems and new people (both faculty and students) for you to meet!

If you are new to the UTM Math Circles, you should fill out a  registration form and email the signed form to Marina Tvaladze at

Registration is limited to 20 students, so register early! There will be a wait list if needed.

Students are also required to obtain a recommendation for participation from either their high school math teacher or guidance counselor. You will find a section for this on the  registration form.

Who do I ask for further information?

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us!

Yvette Ye (Undergraduate Counselor for the MCS Department)
Tel: 905-828-3801

Dr. Marina Tvalavadze (Math Circle Organizer and Lecturer in the MCS Department)
Tel: 905-828-5457