The principal part of the program consists of three courses chosen from major areas in Algebra / Number Theory, Analysis, and Geometry / Topology, specially designed and offered exclusively to MASS participants. Each course features three lectures per week, a weekly recitation session conducted by a MASS teaching assistant, weekly homework assignments, a written midterm exam and an oral final exam.
In the fall of 2014, the students will be able to choose one of the following two options:
- The three courses;
- Two of the three courses and a research project.
The program also includes a weekly interdisciplinary seminar that helps to unify all other activities and MASS Colloquium, a weekly lecture series by visiting and resident mathematicians.
The following courses will be offered in the Fall of 2014:
- Finite Fields and Applications
Instructor: Gary Mullen, Professor of Mathematics
Teaching Assistant: Daniel Droz
113 McAllister Building, MWRF 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
- Affine and Projective Geometries
Instructor: Yakov Pesin, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
Teaching Assistant: Alena Erchenko
113 McAllister Building, MTWF 1:25 - 2:15 p.m.
- An Introduction to Dynamical Systems
Instructor: Victoria Sadovskaya, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Teaching Assistant: Kurt Vinhage
113 McAllister Building, MWRF 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
- MASS Seminar
Instructor: Victoria Sadovskaya, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Interim MASS Director
113 McAllister Building, Tuesday 10:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
- MASS Colloquium
Instructor: Multiple invited speakers
114 McAllister Building, Thursday 1:25 - 2:25 p.m.
Calendar of Events
|Arrival Day||August 24|
|MASS Orientation||August 25, 9:30 a.m.|
|Classes Begin||August 25|
|Labor Day — No Classes||September 1|
|Midterm Exams||October 6, 7, 8|
|Thanksgiving Holiday — No Classes||November 23-29|
|Classes End||December 5|
|Study Days||December 6-11|
|Final Exams||December 12, 15, 17|
|MASS Graduation Ceremony||December 18, 10 a.m.|
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
The deadline for MASS applications is Friday, April 4, 2014.
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.