Summer School for Students 2011
Since admission to the summer school is highly selective, and we
want to design the program so as to best suit the needs of the
applicants, we would like to get to know you a little better. The
following questions can be answered in various ways: as plain text
in an email, using a text processor (LaTeX, word, etc.) and
converted into a PDF file, or handwritten and scanned. Please send
us only plain text (ASCII) or PDF files!
We like to know your interest in mathematics and how it possibly
relates to other areas of your interest. Your answer can be written
in free form, but the following question provide some guidance. We
are aware that not all of them can be answered by every student;
this is perfectly okay as we intend to admit students with a
variety of backgrounds.
- Describe three mathematical problems that you find the most
- Is there a mathematical proof that impressed you because it is
beautiful or unexpected? Which one, and why?
- Describe one or two courses you have taken recently. What were
the main theorems (at most three)?
- Which mathematical books you have read/studied recently in some
depth? Specify title, authors, and topic. By your own estimate: how
well have you understood the material?
- Describe a few mathematical topics that you understand well.
Which of them would you like to investigate further?
- Specify a few mathematical topics about which you do not know
much, but which you would like to learn. Do you have any plans to
- During the last two years, did you participate in any
scientific activities, summer schools, math camps, etc.? If yes,
please describe the experience you had: what were the courses you
attended? How well did you understand the subject?
- Did you participate in any math competitions (national or
international)? If yes: which were your favorites? What are the
best results you have obtained during the last two years?
- Do you have any mathematics-related publications? Give exact
internet references or attach electronic copies.
- Participation Fee. Do you request financial support towards the
participation fee of €400? If yes, please explain. How much
can you contribute yourself? We do not want participation to be
impossible for you for financial reasons. Note that the
participation fee will need to be paid by May 30, 2011.
- Travel Support. In exceptional cases, especially for people
traveling long distance, we might be able to contribute towards
your travel expenses (in cash in Bremen). Do you require travel
- Recommendation. We request at least one, better two
recommendations from someone who can write about your mathematical
abilities and how you would do at such an international summer
school (teacher, professor, olympiad coach). This recommendation
should state who the recommender is and how well he or she knows
you. It should be sent directly to us, as an email to email@example.com
or by fax to +49-421-200-493210, and include a copy of your
Application Cover Sheet.
This recommendation must reach us by 4 May 2011!
- English Language Skills. Participants need to have a working
knowledge of English (limited support on English mathematical
terminology will be offered in selected languages). Please convince
us of your English language skills: either by proof that the
language of instruction (in the math courses) at your
school/university is English, or by scores in the TOEFL test (or
similar), or by a letter from your English teacher. This letter can
be attached to your application or be sent separately to us.
- For Legal Minors. If you are less than 18 years old or if you
are legally a minor in your country at the time of application, we
need a confirmation by a parent that they agree with your
participation: at this time, an email from them with contact
information suffices (for admitted students, we will need a
Parent Consent Form).
No rule without exception. We want to be flexible when we have
to, in exceptional cases. If there is a requirement you cannot
satisfy, please convince us why we should make an exception in your
When starting the application process, fill in the Application
Cover Sheet. You can then send in the full application by
replying to the confirmation email you receive. Please try to keep
file sizes small; a single PDF file containing all documents is
appreciated. You may also send all documents by fax to
+49-421-200-493210. The Application Cover Sheet must be sent as the
first page of any fax.
If you have questions, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone: +49-421-200-3210.
We need to receive all material by May 4, 2011. As we plan to
make our admission decisions in the days immediately after, any
information received past the deadline cannot be processed. We will
try to inform you by May 10 whether you are admitted or on the
We do not want places for participants to go unused. With your
application you state that this summer school has high priority for
you, so we will expect you to actually participate if admitted. If
you are interested in participating but are not certain about
possible conflicts, then please let us know in your application
when you will find out.
Please be prepared to supply the following information upon
notification of admission.
- Your Passport. Please scan your passport or identity card (the
page containing your personal data) and include this file as
- Special Needs. Do you have any dietary or medical needs? Any
personal information that we need to know?
- Emergency Contact. (Email and telephone, with someone who
speaks English, German, French, or Russian.)
- For Legal Minors. One of your parents will have to fill in and
sign a Parent Consent Form and attach a scan of the parent passport
or identity card.
- Health Insurance. The summer school does not provide insurance
for medical care for participants. Though the German National
Health system would attend to emergencies, it does not cover the
expenses for foreigners (with the exception of citizens of the
European Union, with the corresponding official medical
identification). Be sure you have adequate accident, health and
travel insurance from your country.