'The Winter School Is What Led to My Firm Decision to Go to HSE'
On February 4-8 of next year, the Faculty of Mathematics is hosting a Winter School at Voronovo, a special conference centre in the Moscow region with lodging and recreational facilities.
The Schools are aimed at individuals who are thinking of applying to one of HSE’s master’s programmes and who want to get first-hand experience with what graduate study at HSE entails. This is why the educational portion of all Winter Schools includes presentations by the various faculties on their master’s programmes, as well as discussions with faculty staff.
The Winter School hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics also features various lectures and presentations. Key lecturers include the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Vladlen Timorin, who will talk about ‘Dynamics and Fractals’; International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics researcher Ian Marshall, whose topic is Music and Mathematics; another International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics researcher, Alexander Bufetof, who will discuss tessellations and Markov processes; and many more. A full list of lectures can be found on the School’s website. The Winter Schools will also host informal discussions on mathematics education around the world and current problems in mathematics.
In addition, under the guidance of their instructors, Winter School participants will be able to practice taking the entrance exams required for the faculty’s master’s programme. The School will showcase the Mathematics programme, of which Yuly Ilyashenko is the Academic Supervisor, and the Mathematical Physics programme, whose supervisor is Igor Krichever.
Arthur Gilmullin, Mathematics and Mathematical Physics Student
I found out about the School from a former participant. To be honest, if it hadn’t been for him, I would have never thought that such schools exist for people who are applying to master’s programmes. I figured it’s worth a shot. At the time, a fair number of the people I knew from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology had studied in various HSE programmes, and I already had a decent idea of what and how they taught in the faculty. Also, just talking with the faculty’s professors made a huge impression on me. They are great.
Who is the Winter School good for? For those who want to study in the Mathematics Faculty, of course. Every math faculty in the world is unique (at least in regards to their size compared with other faculties), and the Winter School allows you to get an idea of exactly what awaits you in the field.
Several participants at the School were worried they didn’t have an adequate background in mathematics. I can say you shouldn’t worry about this – those gaps in knowledge get filled in. The main thing is to want to work. I also recommend making the best use of your time at the school, and for example, not sit in your room every evening after your daily schedule is over.
I made the firm decision of going specifically to HSE while I was at the Winter School. Really, it almost dissuaded me from applying for the Mathematics and Mathematical Physics programme since I had started thinking about applying for an alternative programme in the faculty.
Of course, it’s impossible to prepare for entrance exams in the three or four days that the School takes place, but no one made this their goal. I learned about a ton of formalities like the day the Olympiad and exams take place, as well as the overall application procedure. I also did prep work for the Olympiad, which gave me a certain sense of psychological and moral support.
To learn more about other HSE Winter Schools for those applying to the university’s master’s programmes, please visit the Winter Schools’ general website.
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The HSE International Laboratory for Mirror Symmetry and Automorphic Forms, which is among several international laboratories to recently open within the Higher School of Economics, was created in December 2016 as part of the Russian government’s mega-grants program. Below, the lab’s academic supervisor, Ludmil Katzarkov, along with deputy heads Valery Gritsenko and Viktor Przyjalkowski, explain why the laboratory is fully capable of becoming a unique multidisciplinary unit dedicated to the study of mirror symmetry, automorphic forms, and number theory.
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This summer, the HSE Faculty of Mathematics moved into a new building on Usacheva Street. As part of the Open House project, two HSE students – Petr Ogarok, a second-year student in the Mathematics programme, and Anastasia Matveeva, a first-year master’s student in the Mathematics and Mathematical Physics programme – gave an excursion around the new building.
The new International Laboratory for Mirror Symmetry and Automorphic Forms will open at HSE’s Faculty of Mathematics in 2017. This project, overseen by Ludmil Katzarkov (Professor at the University of Miami), won the Fifth Mega-Grants Competition of the Government of the Russian Federation.
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Jonathan Gerhard from James Madison University spent one semester studying in Math in Moscow programme run jointly by HSE, Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education, and Independent University of Moscow. During his time in Russia Jonathan took intensive maths courses, studied the Russian language and traveled to several Russian cities.
HSE’s team has won four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the International Mathematical Competition for University Students (IMС 2016), the most representative mathematics contest for university students. The team included students from the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics.
After Turning Down Offers in New York and Berlin, Chinese Student Pursues Mathematics Training at HSE
For DaoDao Yang, a native of Dali, China, choosing a programme in mathematics came down to the decision of where he felt most challenged and most comfortable. This ultimately meant turning down offers at New York University and the Berlin Mathematical School to accept an offer from the Master’s programme at the Higher School of Economics. In an extensive interview with the HSE news service, Dao Dao recently spoke about what led him to choose HSE for his postgraduate study; his impressions of the programme, its professors and his fellow students; and his future plans.
Nicholas Howell is a PhD student at University of Oregon. He came to HSE Faculty of Mathematics on the invitation of his research advisor Vadim Vologodsky to do research during two months. In his interview Nick talks about his time in Moscow.