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 a periodic listing of *challenging problems* from various fields of mathematics, *colloquium-type lectures* by visiting and resident mathematicians, and mathematical projects involving creative use of *computers*.

The following courses will be offered in the Fall of 2001:

### Schedule

*Combinatorics*

Instructor: George Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Alexander Chindiapine

MWRF 1:25PM-2:15PM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*Geometry and Relativity: An Introduction*

Instructor: Nigel Higson, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: David Shoenthal

MWRF 10:10AM-11:00AM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*Mathematical Analysis of Fluid Flow*

Instructor: Andrew Belmonte, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Teaching Assistant: Dima Matsnev

MWRF 11:15AM-12:05PM

103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*MASS Seminar*

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

SEMINAR:

T 9:05AM- 11:00AM

LOCATION: 103 MCALLISTER BUILDING*MASS Colloquium*

Instructor: Multiple invited speakers

R 3:30PM- 4:30PM

LOCATION: 103 MCALLISTER BUILDING

### Calendar of Events

Arrival Day | 08/18 |

MASS Welcome Party & Orientation | 08/20 |

Classes Begin | 08/21 |

Labor Day Holiday | 09/03 |

Fall Break | 10/08 - 10/09 |

Midterm Exams | 10/01 - 10/05 |

Thanksgiving Holiday Classes end at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 11/21 | 11/23 - 11/24 |

Classes End | 12/07 |

Final Exams | 12/08 - 12/12 |

MASS Graduation Ceremony | 12/13 |