Math Lessons in Ghana (MISE)


Identifying and nurturing Africa's top technical talent.



I work with the MISE program in West Africa to discover and educate the most promising STEM students in Ghana. Each year, we select hundreds of Ghanaian students from over 3000 top students around the country. We train them in advanced math and computer science. MISE alumni have gone on to win highest honors at MIT and Princeton, and achieve distinction at international math contests.

I've worked with MISE for almost a decade to bring the best math and science education to the brightest minds in Africa. If you would like to learn more or volunteer with us, email me at timothyzchu [at] gmail [dot] com!


A student and I at MISE 2012.


I partnered with MISE to organize Ghana's participation in the Olympics of mathematics, the International Math Olympiad (IMO).

Student Achievements




Roni Edwin (left) is a member of the Ghana IMO team. This photo was taken with the President of Ghana (right). In 2020, Roni became the seventh black individual in history to medal at the IMO.
MISE alum and computer scientist Jessica Quaye was named the best engineering student in all of MIT in 2020. She was selected from over a thousand MIT students from every engineering discipline.

"MISE changed my life - I would not have gotten into MIT if I did not know about MISE." - Jessica.



Alex Bechtold was named the top material science student in all of Princeton in 2020. He has studied nanomaterials at Princeton and helped improve water quality in the Dominican Republic. I trained Alex through MISE in preparation for the 2015 IMO.

Jesse Phillips works at Google, and graduated as a top student from Cornell. He organized a coding camp called CodeAfrique, reaching thousands in West Africa. I trained Jesse through MISE in preparation for the 2015 IMO.


Learn More

If you'd like to learn more or get involved, please email me at timothyzchu [at] gmail [dot] com! We are looking for volunteer math mentors, computer science mentors, research mentors, and web managers. Thank you!

You can check out the MISE website here.