April 20, 2014


TORONTO, August 3, 2011 - This summer, 23 undergraduate students are spending an exciting eight weeks engaged in mathematics research at the Fields Institute, as part of the Fields-Mitacs Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP).

The Program provides funding of $100,000 to host bright young mathematicians from around the world who have been selected through an open competition. Students from Brazil, China, Hungary, Ukraine and the U.S. join their peers from across Canada to conduct original research at the Fields Institute, integrate with the Canadian mathematics community, and get a taste of graduate studies in mathematics. The Program attracts top undergraduate students to work on real mathematics problems with distinguished researchers.

Groups of students collaborate on research projects with supervisors from Canadian universities and abroad. The Institute, in particular through its Thematic Programs, has the capacity to bring together leading researchers in all areas of the mathematical sciences for an extended period of time. This pool of world-class scientists presents a unique opportunity for student training through original research.

The research projects cover a wide spectrum of mathematical sciences, ranging from geometry, analysis and graph theory to logic, computer science, mathematical finance, and mathematical medicine. For instance, students in the financial mathematics project are testing the predictive power of early warning indicators for financial crises. The end of the Program features a one-day conference at which the students will present the research they have carried out over the summer.

Besides their research activities, USRP participants are attending a variety of seminars and conferences targeted at undergraduate students, including a Fields Undergraduate Network meeting at Carleton University in Ottawa. They also have the opportunity to participate in the numerous workshops and lecture series supported by the Institute.

About the Fields Institute
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world’s leading independent mathematical research institutions. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, the Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Fields Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities, sixteen affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors.

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