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(Sept. 5, 2002, Gazette)

Math summer school comes to Memorial


This summer the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) hosted a summer school, the first of its kind in Canada. Due to its great success, there is every expectation that it will become an annual event in this region.

Twenty-two students, mostly graduate students, from China, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, registered for two intensive graduate courses. There were four courses for them to choose from including: algebra, taught by Professor Cesar Polcino Milies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; fractal geometry, by Kathryn Hare, University of Waterloo; graph theory, by Jason Brown of Dalhousie University; and differential equations, by Sue Ann Campbell, University of Waterloo and Penny Davies, University of Strathclyde.

The goals of the school, which is modelled after a school in Perugia, Italy, now in its 32nd year, are “to provide young researchers with basic training in mathematics and its applications, to encourage strong undergraduates to continue their studies at the graduate level, to attract bright minds to Atlantic Canada and to raise the profile of mathematics and mathematical research in this region,” said Dr. Edgar Goodaire, Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The school has been supported by Memorial, Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick, as well as by the three Canadian mathematical institutes, the Centre de Recherches de Mathématique de Montréal, the Fields Institute in Toronto, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Vancouver.

Justin Hatt is one of the students who participated in this year’s school. For him the program was a huge success. “I was able to meet some of my fellow math ‘colleagues’ not just from Canada, but from all over the world,” said Mr. Hatt. “Furthermore, being an undergraduate student from Lakehead University, I was able to find out just how prepared I will have to be for when I enter the master’s program in mathematics

Responding to the success of this year’s summer school, Dr. Goodaire said, “We are very encouraged by these votes of confidence and by the obvious enthusiasm of the participating students, all of which bode well for future schools.”