MSRI-UP 2017: Solving Systems of Polynomial Equations
In 2017, MSRI-UP focused on Solving Systems of Polynomial Equations, a topic at the heart of almost every computational problem in the physical and life sciences. We will pay special attention to complexity issues, highlighting connections with tropical geometry, number theory, and the P vs. NP problem. The research program was led by Prof. J. Maurice Rojas of Texas A&M University.
Students who have had a linear algebra course and a course in which they have had to write proofs were eligible to apply. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for MSRI-UP regardless of funding. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
During the summer, each of the 18 student participants will:
- participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of Dr. Luis Garcia-Puente of Sam Houston State University, a post-doc and two graduate students
- complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRI-UP students
- give a presentation and write a technical report on his/her research project
- attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researches in their fields
- attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences and
- learn techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships
- receive a $3100 stipend, lodging, meals and round trip travel to Berkeley, CA.
After the summer, each student will:
- have an opportunity to attend a national mathematics or science conference where students will present their research
- be part of a network of mentors that will provide continuous advice in the long term as the student makes progress in his/her studies
- be contacted regarding future research opportunities