Objective: expose graduate students in mathematics, statistics, and computational science to challenging and exciting real-world projects arising in industrial and government laboratory research. Students will gain experience in the team approach to problem solving.
Setup: Students will collaborate in teams of 5-7 on projects presented by experienced scientists and engineers from industry and government. The projects are not classroom exercises, but require fresh insight for their formulation, computation and solution. Each student team is mentored by a problem presenter and a faculty adviser.
Benefits to students: Do you think your class work reflects how you will be using mathematics and statistics on the job? Sometimes the biggest challenge is figuring out what the real problem is. In the IMSM workshop you will learn how to tackle such challenges, and as part of a team you will “proto-type” a useful approach on a tight deadline. You will also gain experience working with your teammates on putting together a presentation of your results and a written report, which can lead to a subsequent journal publication.
By providing a unique experience of how mathematics and statistics are applied outside academia, the IMSM workshop has helped many students in choosing a lucrative career in this discipline. Sometimes this help has come in the form of direct hiring by from our partner institutions, participating companies and labs. Not only does the IMSM workshop broaden the students’ horizon beyond classical graduate education, the experience also inspires students interested in academic careers by providing them with a renewed sense of excitement.
Benefits to companies: Often the student teams come up with valuable solutions to a company’s problem. Companies are encouraged to take advantage of the recruitment opportunity provided through direct contact with talented graduate students in the mathematical, statistical and computational sciences. A number of projects initially presented at the IMSM workshop have resulted in long-term collaborations of companies with students and faculty. Companies and labs tend to show continued interest in the IMSM workshop as regular and enthusiastic contributors.
Cost: Students will stay free of charge in a dormitory on NC State campus, and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Registration: Students must be registered graduate students at a U.S. university at the time of the IMSM workshop, and are requested to submit a CV, a transcript, and a statement of interest. A letter of recommendation must be submitted by the advisor. The deadline for applications has not been determined, but notifications of acceptance will be sent out shortly after the application deadline has closed.
** Planning for this program is ongoing. As more information becomes available, it will be provided. **
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