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M3C Young Scholars Program

In existence since 1994, the M3C program (Mathematical Modeling at Mercy) provides academically gifted economically disadvantaged high school students the opportunity to take part in a summer long high-level mathematical modeling program. The goal of this program is to expose disadvantaged students to the opportunities available to them and encourage them to pursue careers in math and science. One hundred percent of former participants have gone on to pursue higher education (many at prestigious colleges and universities) and over 95% of former participants have gone on to major in Science or Math.  

Career Exploration Activities
  • Field trips to research centers will bring the young scholars in contact with scientists and to the environments that they work in.
  • Speakers will be invited to address the participants on career opportunities and ethical issues in science and mathematics
  • Specialists will be brought to educate the young scholars on college preparation

Real-world problems from the physical, natural and environmental sciences will be used to introduce the young scholars to the mathematical modeling process. Classroom instruction and hands-on activities in the computer and science laboratories will be supplemented by weekly visits to research centers. 

The young scholars will have opportunities to meet with the senior personnel. The scholars will use several software packages and develop completed project reports. 

Students will be exposed to research methodologies, to career options in mathematics and science and to the ethical issues facing today's scientific community.

Participants will present their projects to their peers and parents at the banquet. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Students who like math and sciences with a B or better grade average are invited to apply.



  • The U.S. Department of Education
  • The Tensor Foundation
  • Mercy College

Corporate Sponsors:

  • Philips Laboratories
  • IBM
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The goal of M3C is to attract capable students - including women and minorities - into mathematics and science by engaging them as participants in a series of activities designed to highlight mathematics and science as exciting, challenging, productive and rewarding fields of study.


There's basketball, there's volleyball, there's tennis, there's swimming, there are card games, there are board games and most important there is food . . . 

Field Work

This program is designed to allow young scholars to appreciate math and science for what they really are, and that's fun, fun, fun and highly educational too. 

New Yorkers live in the fast lane, but what is the speed of water in a lake or river. Traveling along the Hudson, these young scholars recorded the velocity of the river from mid-stream to the bank. At Bard college, these young scholars collected samples of animal life from different sections of the river to uncover the mysteries of that particular biosphere.

The young scholars' work always took them at the end of the day to the computer lab to write a report of their final analysis. However, for those problems that required not just thought but research, the young scholars found themselves working hard in the Mercy Library.


Although the young scholars are broken up into groups named after scientists, they are part of one large team and always feel free to ask for assistants from the teachers and/or student aides. 

For the final project, each group must do their best to model their problem and present the solution.