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- - WELCOME TO OUR NEW ALUMNI - -

Welcome to our 66 new alums: 57 first-year students and 9 first-year counselors!

The PROMYS alum community of former students and counselors now numbers 1604. 

Click HERE to read about our alums.

- PROMYS 2016 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty-eight first-year students and twenty-four returning students immersed themselves in challenging mathematics at PROMYS 2016. They were supported by twenty-seven counselors including three Head Counselors and four junior counselors.

Advanced Seminars at PROMYS 2016

Modular Forms: Professor David Rohrlich, Boston University

The Mathematics of Computer Graphics: Professor Marjory Baruch, Syracuse University

Geometry and Symmetry: Professor Steven Rosenberg, Boston University

Guest Lectures

The following mathematicians delivered PROMYS Guest Lectures this summer.

Keith Conrad (University of Connecticut): Impossibility by modular arithmetic
Tadashi Tokieda (Stanford University/University of Cambridge): Applying physics to mathematics
Rob Gross (Boston College): Summing It Up:  Amazon Rank 20,948
Ila Varma (Harvard and Columbia Universities): Hasse’s local-global principle 
Lionel Levine (Cornell University): The future of prediction

2016 Breakout Fellow


Professor Glenn Stevens with Barry Xu, the 2016 Breakout Fellow

PROMYS was delighted to award the 2016 Breakout Fellowship to PROMYS to Barry Xu of Alameda High School in Alameda, California. 

Terence Tao, Richard Taylor, and Jacob Lurie, recipients of the inaugural Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics, generously established the Breakout Fellowships to PROMYS in late 2014. The PROMYS alum community then matched the Breakout Fellowship donations to create and fully fund the Breakout Fellowship Endowment which will bring one Breakout Fellow to PROMYS every summer in perpetuity. 

2016 Mehta Fellowships!

(Back, left to right) Professor David Fried, Arya Vadnere,  Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj, Professor Glenn Stevens, (Front, left to right) Shubham Aggarwal,Soumen Ghosh, Sabir Shaik,and Neelima Borade

PROMYS was excited to be able to award four 2016 Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS for low-income students from India. In addition, the two 2015 Mehta Fellows returned to PROMYS this summer: Shubham Aggarwal as a Returning Fellow and Sabir Shaik, about to start his second undergraduate year at the Chennai Mathematical Institute, as a Junior Counselor.

The four new Mehta Fellows to PROMYS are Arya Vadnere from Pune, Maharashtra; Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj from Thrissur, Kerala; Neelima Borade also from Pune; and Soumen Ghosh from Katwa, West Bengal.

Without the generosity of Nicholas Nash, the Indira Foundation and Morph.org, the Mehta Fellowship sponsors, these six students, all exceptionally talented in mathematics, would have been unable to participate in PROMYS since international students are not eligible for regular need-based financial aid at PROMYS. The Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are for mathematically talented low-income students in India and cover tuition, room and board, round-trip travel from India, visa fees, and any required books.

2016 Trustee Fellowship

The PROMYS Foundation was extremely pleased to award a 2016 Trustee Fellowship to Roshan Padaki. The Trustee Fellowship is a full scholarship to PROMYS funded thanks to the generosity of the PROMYS alum community. Roshan graduated this year from Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts. This was Roshan's third summer at PROMYS.

PROMYS Europe 2016

PROMYS Europe, an offshoot of PROMYS for European students, had a highly successful first summer in 2015. The dates of PROMYS Europe 2016 are July 10 to August 20. Twenty-one first-year students, three returning students, and seven counselors have immersed themselves in PROMYS mathematics for six weeks at the University of Oxford.

PROMYS Europe is a partnership of PROMYS with the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford; the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI); and Wadham College, University of Oxford.

Thanks to independent funding from its partners and private donors, PROMYS Europe offers full and partial financial aid and, as at PROMYS, all families are asked to pay less than the full cost of participation.

PROMYS Europe 2016 participants show their countries of origin

Dr. Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute and at Balliol College, Oxford University is offering an advanced seminar as she did in 2015.

Professor Sir Andrew Wiles gave a PROMYS Europe Guest Lecture on Eliptic Curves. Additional guest lectures have been given so far this summer by Dr Jennifer Balakrishnan (University of Oxford), Thomas Bloom (University of Bristol), Professor Sarah Zerbes (University College London), and Dr. Kevin Hughes (University of Bristol).

Video and Other PROMYS News

PROMYS Video

The PROMYS video can now be viewed here on the PROMYS site. 

Footage for the video was filmed during PROMYS 2013 and during the 25th Summer of PROMYS Celebration July 5-7, 2013.

2016 PROMYS T-Shirt

PROMYSonians Group

Hai Po Sun invites all alums to join the PROMYSonians group he has created on LinkedIn.

PROMYS on Twitter

You can follow us on Twitter at @PROMYS_Program: 

Alum News

Clay Mathematics Research Fellow

Congratulations to Simion Filip (counselor 2009) on being awarded a 2016 5-year Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellowship!

David Speyer (counselor 1999 and 200, and Head Counselor 2001 and 2002) was awarded a Clay Mathematics Research Fellowship in 2005.

Alum using mathematics in Yankees analytics

Interesting New York Times article about Michael Fishman (PROMYS 1996): “Solving the Yankee Equation, One Number at a Time.”

Fellows of the American Mathematical Society

The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.

The 2016 Class of the Fellows of the AMS includes the following:

Joachin Krieger (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL) for contributions to nonlinear hyperbolic equations. Joachin attended PROMYS as a counselor in 1997 and 1998;

Patrica Hersh (North Carolina State University) for contributions to algebraic and topological combinatorics, and for service to the mathematical community. Patricia attended PROMYS as a counselor in 1991 and 1992; and

Glenn Stevens (Boston University) for contributions to the theory of p-adic modular forms and for service to the mathematical community.

1st Place: Romanian Master of Mathematics contest

Congratulations to Calvin Lee and the rest of the U.S. Team for winning First Place in the 2016 Romanian Master of Mathematics competition!

Two alums awarded 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Rina Foygel Barber and Elena Fuchs on their 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships.

Rina is Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Chicago.

Elena is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 

 

Alums at 2015 Siemens Competition

Congratulations to the 2015 Siemens Competition Semifinalists: Arthur Dennis, Brian Zhao, Kathryn Zhao, Kenz Kallal, Roshni Sahoo, Sagar Maheshwari, Seung Hwan (Sonny) An, and Vanshika Jain!

Kenz and Sonny are also Regional Finalists!

Who Wants to be a Mathematician!

Congratulations to Karthik Karnik – National Finalist in the AMS contest Who Wants to Be a Mathematician! 

 

Leonid Petrov awarded Moscow Math Society Prize

Congratulations to Leonid Petrov, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia. Leonid has been awarded the 2015 Moscow Mathematical Society Prize for his series of works, “Combinatorics of Branching Graphs and Probabilistic Models.” 

Congratulations to the following PROMYSonians!

Shyam Narayanan and Jack Gurev: Winner and Honorable Mention on the 2015 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).

Stefan Colton, winner of the 2015 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Karl Menger Memorial Second Award for his ISEF project, “Solution to the Realization Problem for Two Element Delta Sets.”

Clara Ding: Silver Medal winner and member of the French team at the 2015 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

Shyam Narayanan (Silver Medal for U.S.), Jack Gurev (Bronze Medal for U.S.), Calvin Lee (Bronze Medal for U.S.) and Sabir Shaik (Bronze Medal for India) for their participation in the 2015 Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad (APMO). Sabir is a PROMYS 2015 Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellow.

Art Waeterschoot (Gold Medal on Belgian team), Wassim Trabelsi (Silver Medal on French team), Wouter Andriessen (HM on Belgian team), and Clara Ding (on French team) in the 2015 Benelux Mathematical Olympiad (BxMO).

Alice Schafer Prize!

Congratulations to Sheela Devadas: Winner of the 2015 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics.

Pie Charts of Where Alums Acquired Their Degrees

Interested in seeing at which institutions fellow alums have acquired their undergraduate and graduate degrees over the first 23 years of the program?  There are pie charts on the forums, under college-related and grad-school-related topics. 

There is also a pie chart of where alums have worked on their Math Ph.D.s.
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    PROMYS T-Shirts

    Annual PROMYS T-Shirts - Photos

    Here's the T-shirt from 1989, the first year of the program. 

    Click HERE for photos of the T-shirts from the years 1989 through 2016.

    Here are the front and the back of the 20 Years of PROMYS Celebration T-shirt from 2009.

    New PROMYS 25th Summer Celebration T-Shirt

    Front of 25th Summer Celebration T-Shirt

    Front of 25th Summer Celebration T-Shirt

    Back of the 25th Summer Celebration T-Shirt

    Back of 25th Summer Celebration T-Shirt

    Some Alum Resources

    Abhinav Kumar's "Topics in Algebraic Geometry"

    This is a graduate course at MIT available free of charge through MIT's OpenCourseWare. (As taught in Spring 2008 - License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA).

    Professor Kumar was a counselor at PROMYS in 1999.

    Abhinav Kumar's Topics in Algebraic Number Theory

    This is a graduate course at MIT available free of charge through MIT's OpenCourseWare.  (As taught in Spring 2010 - License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA).

    Professor Kumar was a counselor at PROMYS in 1999.

    Want to hear some PROMYS alum jazz?

    Malcolm Campbell, jazz pianist and composer, was a student at PROMYS in 2003 and 2004.

    Henry Cohn's Article on Scholarly Publishing

    Alum and PROMYS instructor and research mentor Henry Cohn’s April 2012 article (with Douglas N. Arnold) on the future of scholarly publishing: Mathematicians Take a Stand:

    Alum TEDx Talk: "To Think Deeply of Simple Things"

    Hirsh Jain was invited to give a TEDx talk, in November at The York School, for students "Taking On the World."  Hirsh titled his talk: "To Think Deeply of Simple Things."  
     
    Hirsh writes, "This talk is based on what I've learned at three summers at the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists.  This program, held at Boston University every summer, has fostered my growth as not only a mathematician, but as an intellectual, to an unbelievable extent.  Being able to conduct research and to take a creative approach to math has enabled me to see the way that structure and beauty come together to elicit a true understanding of numbers."

    Here's his video:


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