[ugrads] Fwd: [NExT] Please Share: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education

Daniel Kosmas dkosmas at hawk.iit.edu
Thu Sep 14 09:51:42 CDT 2017

Hi all,

As Dr. Pelsmajer said, I attended Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)
last Fall, and I can attest to it being a phenomenal experience. A couple
notes for those interested:

1) Any BSM student can take any number of BSME courses as part of BSM

2) Any BSME student can take one BSM course as part of BSME, so you can
still make progress on your Applied Math degree in this program. Since BSM
is an older program with stronger foundation, they restrict the number of
BSM courses a BSME students can take, so people aren't applying to BSME
just to take BSM courses, since it's not a competitive.

3) There's a three week trial period for classes, so you can sit in on any
classes you may be interested. I think I went to seven different classes at
first, then narrowed it down to five by time for registration. Also,
registration is more flexible than it is at IIT since you can audit or drop
a course at any time after registration without it reflecting on your
transcript. I also did this, since 5 advanced classes proved to be too much
for me with other things I was doing, like preparing for the GRE, applying
to a fellowship, and just enjoying being in Europe.

If you're interested in either program, you can reach out to me at this
email (dkosmas at hawk.iit.edu) or my grad email (kosmad at rpi.edu), and I'd be
happy to talk to you about my experience with the program and answer any
questions you may have.


On Sep 14, 2017 9:52 AM, "Michael Pelsmajer" <pelsmajer at iit.edu> wrote:

You may have heard of Budapest Semester in Mathematics, an amazing math
experience, which IIT students have done in the past (most recently, Dan
Kosmas '17).  If that sounds interesting, google it and talk to me, too.

Below I copy an announcement about a similar program in Math Education, for
a semester or for the summer.  Happy to discuss this with anyone, too.

Best wishes,
Michael J. Pelsmajer, Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Applied Mathematics
Director of Undergraduate Studies for Applied Math
John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 208A
Department of Applied Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL 60616

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Dear Colleague,

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) is a semester-long
study-abroad program (in Budapest, Hungary) in mathematics education. At
BSME, students explore the *Hungarian approach* to learning and teaching,
in which a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving,
mathematical creativity, and communication. BSME is in its third year, and
we hope to keep attracting talented and enthusiastic students from all over
the country.

BSME welcomes undergraduates and recent graduates who are (1) currently
pursuing secondary mathematics teaching license at their home institutions,
(2) planning to pursue other paths to mathematics licensure, or (3) simply
curious about learning and teaching of mathematics. And BSME courses are
designed so that credits will be transferable to American colleges and
universities, with transcripts issued by St. Olaf College.

Starting in 2018, we're also starting a new 6-week summer program called
Summer at BSME. Please see our website (bsmeducation.com) for more details.

Please share this opportunity with students who would benefit by
participating in BSME. We are currently accepting applications for Spring
2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters, as well as for summer session
2018. Admission is rolling, with the Spring 2018 applications due November
1. More information can be found at bsmeducation.com. Please feel free to
contact me with any questions.

Best wishes,

Ryota Matsuura
North American Director, BSME
matsuura at bsmeducation.com

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