Math in Paris and Berlin

Dates:  June 26 – July 23, 2016
Costs:  $5300, not including airfare (subject to BOV approval) 


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 18 December 2015. Payment deadline is 31 January 2016.

Room and Board

Housing in Paris will be in a hotel with breakfast included daily.  In Berlin, students will live with host families who will provide breakfast and dinner.

Academic and Cultural Program

Students will spend approximately one week in Paris and three weeks in Berlin studying the French and German schools of mathematics and the great mathematicians from those regions.  They will take courses that fit naturally into STEM programs at VMI, one on the history of mathematics (MA331X which focuses on mathematics in Europe) and either MA311: Differential Equations or a 300 level math elective (to be determined based on cadets in the program who may have already taken MA311).  In addition, they will visit sites related to their studies, interact with professionals and citizens of France and Germany and will explore areas in and around Paris and Berlin.

Program Directors

Col. Troy Siemers is the Head of the Applied Mathematics program at VMI.  He earned his Ph. D. from the University of Virginia and previously led a summer program abroad in Lithuania.

MAJ Kyle Bantz will serve as the Program Coordinator.  Dr. Bantz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at VMI.