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 2003:

### Schedule

*Number Theory with Applications to Communication Networks*

Instructor: Winnie Li, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Kimberly Schneider

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING, MWRF 11:15-12:05*Topological Dynamics*

Instructor: Bryna Kra, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Ilie Ugarcovici

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING, MWRF 10:10-11:00*Geometry and Relativity: An Introduction*

Instructor: John Roe, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Bob Yuncken

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING, MWRF 1:25-2:15*MASS Seminar*

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

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING, Tuesday 10:10-11:00*MASS Colloquium*

Instructor: Multiple invited speakers

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING, Thursday 3:35-4:25

### Calendar of Events

Arrival Day | August 28 |

MASS Welcome Party & Orientation | September 2 |

Classes Begin | September 2 |

Midterm Exams | October 13-17 |

Thanksgiving Holiday Classes end at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday | November 26-28 |

Classes End | December 5 |

Study Period | December 8-11 |

Final Exams | December 12, 15, 17 |

MASS Graduation Ceremony | December 18 |