Summer Math Camp 2020

This year's focus

This year’s Math Camp will focus on combinatorial problems around the Sierpinski gasket (pictured below) and similar fractal shapes. Questions of this kind come up in seemingly unrelated areas such as the analysis of the classical “Towers of Hanoi” game and statistical physics. There is a nice interplay of several branches of mathematics, including analysis, combinatorics, geometry and probability.

Sierpinski gasket

Prerequisites

Potential candidates are expected to have background knowledge in basic calculus and linear algebra. Some knowledge of combinatorics and probability or programming skills are helpful, but not required. Any undergraduate student who satisfies these prerequisites can apply for participation in the Summer Math Camp. The application should consist of:

  1. A CV of the applicant. The CV should specify all relevant information, such as (but not limited to) all courses the applicant has finished in the past (including the grade obtained), and all courses the applicant is currently following.
  2. A letter of motivation written by the applicant.

For the accepted student, the camp is free of charge and upon completion the student will be provided with a one-time payment of 12 000 SEK. We can accept 4-6 participants, and we will only accept students we believe will be able to complete the course.

Selection process

All applications will be reviewed by the Organisation Committee. The organisers may, if needed, interview the potential candidates. The applications should be sent to Stephan Wagner (stephan.wagner@math.uu.se) no later than the 6th of March 2020. The accepted students will be announced in early April, with all interviews conducted during March.

Contact

Fabian Burghart 

Stephan Wagner

Last modified: 2021-04-22