When and where will the camp be held?
The camp is entirely online and its lectures will be held on July 3-4. 10-11, 17-18. There will be a few optional social/non-academic events on weekdays, but most events will be on these 3 weekends.
Who can apply to Monsoon Math?
Students who have not yet started at a university as of July 4, 2021 can apply.
Is there a cost to attending the camp?
No. The camp is free-of-cost. However, you need to have a good internet connection for video/audio calls.
What is a typical day at the Monsoon Math Camp like?
A typical day at Monsoon Math is centered around 5 to 6 scheduled 50 minute classes, of which each student attends 3 to 4 of their choosing, guided by JCs. There will also be an end-of-day learning debrief and group problem solving session.
What is the material offered at camp?
Instructors offer courses in a variety of mathematical topics going beyond those found in school and university curricula. The Courses page lists some of last year’s topics. Note that we will have more introductory-level courses this year.
What activities do you have planned outside of lectures?
- Sessions introducing participants to other mathematical opportunities they can explore in the future.
- Guest lectures and Q&A sessions with well-known Indian mathematicians as well as industry figures in math-related fields. (In 2020, our academia panel saw the ICM invited speaker Prof. Mahesh Kakde talk about his relationship with pop math when growing up.)
- A "dx-colloquium,” where participants try to give short talks on fun and exciting pieces of math.
- Ad hoc initiatives, like a “problem-solving relay race.”
- Game nights, Mafia sessions, skribbl.io sessions, etc
How much of a time commitment will the camp be?
We anticipate students attending 3-4 hours of lecture on each camp day. Realistically, students end up spending about 6 hours in total doing camp related activities.
Should I apply to Monsoon if I don’t know [X]?
Yes. Monsoon Math is looking for students with an appetite for higher mathematics, a desire to fill the nooks and crannies of their understanding, and a commitment to collaborative learning. The application problems are in fact geared towards finding students who are willing to grapple with completely unfamiliar ideas and use them in new contexts. We want to admit students with many different backgrounds and amounts of exposure to mathematics.
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