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2014 Summer Mathematics Institute

2014 Summer Mathematics Institute

For Bright And Gifted Pre-College Students

Program Announcement
July 7–August 15, 2014 

The Institute provides an opportunity for bright and gifted pre-college students to interact with university faculty and each other, to take some challenging math classes that earn college credit, and have fun in an academic atmosphere. Check with the Institute PHILOSOPHY

Students take two 4-credit COURSES in mathematics or statistics taught by full-time doctoral-holding FACULTY
The Summer Mathematics Institute at Oakland University is FREE to all participants. 
The Summer Mathematics Institute at Oakland University is a day camp. Check with the SCHEDULE.
Completed applications will be given full consideration if received by May 15, 2014. Refer to ADMISSION policy and APPLICATION MATERIALS (including problem set). Brochure in pdf format here. Flyer in pdf format here.

The Distinguished Colloquium Speaker: Ron Graham, Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor, University of California San Diego

Further information is available from:

Professor Eddie Cheng, Director 
Summer Mathematics Institute 
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Oakland University 
Rochester, MI 48309 - 4485 
Phone: (248) 370-4024; FAX: ( 248) 370-4184  

The Institute Director and Instructor :
Dr. Eddie Cheng is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Oakland University. He joined the faculty of Oakland University as an assistant professor in 1997, promoted to associate professor in 2001, promoted to professor in 2007 and given the rank of distinguished professor in 2011; in addition, he served as Chair of the department from 2010 to 2013. Professor Cheng graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) in 1988. During the summer of 1988, he worked as a research assistant in the Department of National Defence in British Columbia. For his graduate studies, he earned his M.Math. in 1990 and Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow and part-time lecturer in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. He is currently a member of the examination committee of the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition (MMPC), a position he held from 2001 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2012. He also served as the Director of MMPC from 2005 to 2008. MMPC is a state-wide competition given every year to thousands of high school students in Michigan. He is also a member of the editorial board and an associate editor of the journal Networks. Networks publishes material on the modelling of problems using networks, the analysis of network problems, the design of computationally efficient network algorithms, and innovative case studies of successful network applications. In addition, he is an editor of Journal of Interconnection Networks. The journal addresses all aspects of interconnection networks including their theory, analysis, design, implementation and application, and corresponding issues of communication, computing and function arising from (or applied to) a variety of multifaceted networks. His research interests include combinatorial optimization, integer programming and network analysis. He has authored and coauthored about 120 research papers. Professor Cheng has directed a number of high school students for projects that advanced to semifinals and beyond in national competitions such as Siemens Competitions and the Intel Science Talent Search. Many of these projects resulted in publications in refereed journals. He is the recipient of the 2007 Mathematical Association of America (Michigan Section) Distinguished Teaching Award and a recipient ofthe 2009 Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

The Institute Instructor :
Dr. László Lipták is Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Oakland University. He joined the faculty of Oakland University in 2003, promoted to associate professor in 2007 and promoted to professor in 2013. He participated in mathematical competitions starting from grade 3, and represented his native country, Hungary, in two of the International Mathematical Olympiads, in 1986 (Warsaw, Poland) and 1987 (Havana, Cuba), receiving silver and bronze medals, respectively. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Szeged, Hungary with honors in 1993, and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University in 1999. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow first at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada during 1999-2000, then at the University of Waterloo, Canada during 2000-2003. His research interests include combinatorial optimization, lifting-projecting methods, the stable set polytope, and interconnection networks. He has authored and coauthored about 60 research papers.