Department of Mathematics of the Pennsylvania State University runs a yearly semester-long intensive program for undergraduate students seriously interested in pursuing a career in mathematical sciences. The *Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters* (MASS) program started in the Fall of 1996 and is held during the Fall semester of each year.

The principal part of the program consists of *three core courses* chosen from major areas in *Algebra/Number Theory*, *Analysis*, and *Geometry/Topology* respectively, specially designed and offered exclusively to MASS participants, and a weekly *MASS seminar*.

Additional features include a periodic listing of *challenging problems* from various fields of mathematics, *colloquium-type lectures* by visiting and resident mathematicians, and mathematical projects involving creative use of *computers*.

The following courses will be offered in the Fall of 2000:

### Schedule

*Finite Groups, Symmetry and Elements of Group Representations*

Instructor: Adrian Ocneanu, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Bob Yuncken

MWRF 1:25PM-2:15PM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*Projective and Non-Euclidean Geometry*

Instructor: Victor Nistor, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Nick Wright

MWRF 10:10AM-11:00AM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*Real and p-Adic Analysis*

Instructor: Svetlana Katok, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Travis Fisher

MWRF 11:15AM-12:05PM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*MASS Seminar*

Instructor: Sergei Tabachnikov, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Director of MASS Program

SEMINAR:

T 9:05AM- 9:55AM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING

LAB:

T 9:55AM-11:00AM

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### Calendar of Events

Arrival Day | 08/19 |

MASS Welcome Party & Orientation | 08/20 |

Classes Begin | 08/22 |

Labor Day Holiday | 09/04 |

Fall Break | 10/09 - 10/10 |

Midterm Exams (tentative) | 10/11 - 10/13 |

Thanksgiving Holiday Classes end at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 11/22 | 11/23 - 11/24 |

Classes End | 12/08 |

Final Exams | 12/11 - 12/15 |

MASS Graduation Ceremony | 12/15 |