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General Information and Objectives

Rensselaer's Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling (GSMM) Camp is a 4-day workshop whose aim is graduate student education and career development directed towards modern scientific problem solving. The GSMM Camp is designed to promote a broad range of problem-solving skills, including mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions. Problems are brought to the Camp by invited faculty and industry mentors. These problems are highly interdisciplinary in nature, inspired by real problems that arise in industrial applications. The work on the problems is done by graduate student teams, each with the guidance of an invited mentor, so that scientific communication is an important and integral component of the work. In this way, the GSMM Camp exposes graduate students to real-world problems of current scientific interest, and provides a valuable educational and career-enhancing experience outside the traditional academic setting.

The GSMM Camp operates hand in hand with the annual Mathematical Problems in Industry Workshop, this year to be held at the Duke University. The Camp runs during the week prior to the Workshop and the students and mentors attending the Camp are encouraged to attend the Workshop as well. Thus, the GSMM Camp provides an additional problem-solving experience for graduate students as a warm-up prior to the Workshop.


Camp Organizer and Invited Mentors

The GSMM Camp is organized by Donald Schwendeman, Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Rensselaer. Inquires can be made to the Organizer at schwed@rpi.edu or to Erin Lynch, GSMMC Coordinator, at lynche2@rpi.edu.

The invited mentors for GSMMC 2016 are

Brief descriptions of the problems (as they become available) will be posted on the GSMMC Program webpage.


Student Participation and Application Form

Graduate students, who are actively pursuing an MS or Ph.D in some area of applied mathematics, are invited to apply to GSMMC 2016. Interested students should complete the online application form and have a signed letter of recommendation emaied to the Camp Coordinator at lynche2@rpi.edu. Alternatively, the letter can also be mailed to the Camp Coordinator at the following address:

GSMMC 2016 c/o
Ms. Erin Lynch
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Graduate student support for GSMMC 2016 has been provided by the National Science Foundation. This support is limited to approximately 30 graduate students, so that an early application is appreciated and will have a greater chance of success.

The selection will be based on academic background and interests as indicated in the application form, and on the letter of recommendation provided by a faculty sponsor. Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be completed by April 29, 2016 for full consideration, and successful applicants will be notified by early to mid May (or sooner if the application arrives sooner).

Successful applicants will be registered automatically for MPI 2016 and support will be provided to attend that meeting as well.


Camp Format and Location

The GSMM Camp is an informal problem-solving workshop. On the first day of the Camp, the invited faculty mentors will present problems to the whole group. These problems, spanning a wide range of topics, are chosen to exercise and enhance the problem-solving skills of the attending graduate students. After the initial problem presentations, the graduate students break up into small groups, according to each student's problem preference, to work in teams with the help of the faculty mentors. Work on the problems proceeds in an informal setting for the remainder of the Camp. On the last day, summary presentations highlighting the work done are given by student representatives from each team.

All activities of the Camp take place on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (campus map). The initial problem presentations and the closing summary presentations will be given in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC), room 337. The work on each problem will take place in break-out rooms on the 200 level (ground floor) of the DCC. Lodging for visiting graduate students will be provided in university housing (dorms/suites) and meals will be provided for all students and mentors at the Student Union. During the Camp, students and mentors will have access to campus computing, library and recreational facilities.


MPI Organizing Committee

The GSMM Camp is part of a collaborative project, funded by NSF, consisting of the Camp and the MPI Workshop, and their associated activities. The members of the MPI Organizing Committee are

  • Donald Schwendeman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage),
  • Peter Kramer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage),
  • David Edwards, University of Delaware (email, webpage),
  • Louis Rossi, University of Delaware (email, webpage),
  • Joseph Fehribach, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage),
  • Burt Tilley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage).
  • Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage).
  • Linda Cummings, New Jersey Institute of Technology (email, webpage).
  • Richard Moore, New Jersey Institute of Technology (email, webpage).
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