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 *colloquium-type lectures* by visiting and resident mathematicians and mathematical research projects.

The following courses will be offered in the Fall of 2002:

### Schedule

*Elements of Fractal Geometry and Dynamics*

Instructor: Yakov Pesin, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Danijela Damjanovic

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*Number Theory with a Tilt at Elliptic Curves*

Instructor: Dale Brownawell, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Arsen Elkin

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*Intuitive Topology*

Instructor: Sergei Tabachnikov, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Dan Genin

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*MASS Seminar*

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

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*MASS Colloquium*

Instructor: Multiple invited speakers

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING

### Calendar of Events

Arrival Day | 08/24 |

MASS Welcome Party & Orientation | 08/26 |

Classes Begin | 08/27 |

Labor Day Holiday | 09/02 |

Midterm Exams | 10/07-10/12 |

Fall Break | 10/14-10/15 |

Thanksgiving Holiday Classes end at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 11/27 | 11/28-11/29 |

Classes End | 12/06 |

Study Period | 12/09-12/12 |

Final Exams | 12/13, 16, 18 |

MASS Graduation Ceremony | 12/19 |