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 2004:

### Schedule

*Finite Fields and Applications*

Instructor: Gary Mullen, Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Carl Mummert

124 POND BUILDING, MWRF 10:10-11:00*Introduction to Dynamical Systems*

Instructor: Anatole Katok, Raymond N. Shibley Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Travis Fisher

124 POND BUILDING, MWRF 11:15-12:05*Differential Geometry and Topology of Curves and Surfaces*

Instructor: Mohammad Ghomi, Visiting Associate Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Robert Yuncken

124 POND BUILDING, MWRF 1:25-2:15*MASS Seminar*

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

124 POND BUILDING, Tuesday 10:10-11:00*MASS Colloquium*

Instructor: Multiple invited speakers

122 POND BUILDING, Thursday 3:35-4:25

### Calendar of Events

Arrival Day | August 28 |

MASS Welcome Party & Orientation | August 30 |

Classes Begin | August 31 |

Labor Day Holiday | September 6 |

Study Day (No classes) | October 15 |

Midterm Exams | October 11, 12, 13 |

Thanksgiving Holiday | November 24-26 |

Classes End | December 3 |

Study Period | December 4-9 |

Final Exams | December 10, 13, 15 |

MASS Graduation Ceremony | December 16 |