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 2009:
- Complex analysis from a fluid dynamics perspective
Instructor: Andrew Belmonte, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Teaching Assistant: Andong He
113 McAllister Building, MWRF 10:10-11:00
- Groups and their connections to geometry
Instructor: Anatole Katok, Raymond N. Shibley Professor of Mathematics
Teaching Assistant: Vaughan Climenhaga
113 McAllister Building, MWRF 11:15-12:05pm
- Explorations in convexity
Instructor: Sergei Tabachnikov, Professor of Mathematics and MASS Director
Teaching Assistant: Pavlo Tsytsura
113 McAllister Building, MWRF 1:25-2:15
- MASS Seminar
Instructor: Sergei Tabachnikov, Professor of Mathematics, Director of MASS Program
113 McALLISTER BUILDING, Tuesday 10:10-12:05
- MASS Colloquium
Instructor: Multiple invited speakers
113 McALLISTER BUILDING, Thursday 2:30-3:30
Calendar of Events
|Arrival Day||August 22-23|
|MASS Welcome Party & Orientation||August 25|
|Classes Begin||August 24|
|Labor Day — No Classes||September 7|
|Midterm Exams||October 5 - 7|
|Thanksgiving Holiday — No Classes||November 23-29|
|Classes End||December 4|
|Final Exams||December 10 - 17|
|MASS Graduation Ceremony||December 18|
The participants are selected from applicants currently enrolled into US colleges or universities who will be juniors or seniors during this MASS session. Students who will be sophomores may be admitted in exceptional cases. All participants are expected to have demonstrated a sustained interest in mathematics and a high level of mathematical ability and to have mastered basic techniques of mathematical proof. The expected background includes a full calculus sequence, basic linear algebra, and advanced calculus or basic real analysis.
Candidates should submit:
- Application Form
- Record of Mathematics Courses
- A short essay describing their interest in mathematics
- Two letters of recommendation
- Financial disclosure form
- Transfer Protocol form
Application materials may be retrieved off the web, or requested by mail, fax, or e-mail.
Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail to
111 McAllister Building
Department of Mathematics
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-8462 / Fax:(814) 865-3735
Penn State provides fellowships for out-of-state students, reducing their tuition to the in-state level. MASS participants will receive further support, with the intention that their out-of-pocket expenses will not increase. In addition, MASS may award merit fellowships. See the Financial Information for more details.
All participants not enrolled at Penn State will be provided an opportunity to live in one of the residence halls on campus.
Students receive 16 honors credits for the courses, seminar and colloquium which should be transferable to their schools and a certificate from the MASS Program at Penn State. Additional recognition is provided through prizes for outstanding performance and for best projects.
The overall supervision of the MASS program is provided by the Scientific Advisory Board which includes senior members of Penn State's mathematics faculty, and several outstanding mathematicians from other institutions.
Flossie Dunlop is the Administrative Assistant for the MASS program.
Participants are chosen by the Selection Committee headed by a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.