SMS Summer School in Probabilistic Combinatorics

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Subject: [cmath] Séminaire de mathématiques supérieures (SMS)

Séminaire de mathématiques supérieures (SMS)

June 25-July 6, 2012 / 25 juin-6 juillet 2012

Probabilistic Combinatiorics / Combinatoire probabiliste

The SMS is an annual summer school in pure and applied mathematics that takes place on the campus of the University of Montreal. The SMS brings together extremely high quality lecturers and students from all over the world. The school is targeted towards mainly advanced graduate students and it consists of roughly 12 courses of around five one-hour lectures each spread over two weeks.

Le SMS est une école d’été annuelle en mathématiques pures et appliquées qui a lieu sur le campus de l’Université de Montréal.  Le SMS réunit des conférenciers de très haut calibre et des étudiants provenant du monde entier. L’école cible principalement des étudiants gradués de niveau avancé et consiste en une série d’environ 12 cours donnés sous forme de 5 conférences d’une heure, chacune présentée sur une période de 2 semaines.

Organizing Committee / Comité d’organisation

CARP research group

Louigi Addario-Berry, McGill University

Luc Devroye, McGill University

Bruce Reed, McGill University

Confirmed speakers / Conférenciers:

Nikhil Bansal, IBM Research

Hamed Hatami, McGill University

Penny Haxell, University of Waterloo

James R. Lee, University of Washington

Colin McDiarmid, University of Oxford

Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research

Alex Scott, University of Oxford

Perla Sousi (UNiversity of Cambridge)

Prasad Tetali, Georgia Institute of Technology

Eric Vigoda, Georgia Institute of Technology

Peter Winkler, Dartmouth

Sponsors/ Organismes subventionnaires

Combinatorics, Algorithms, Randomization and Probability Group, Montreal

Canadian Mathematical Society / Société mathématique du Canada

CRM-Centre de recherches mathématiques

Fields Institute

ISM-Institut des sciences mathématiques




AARMS Summer School 2012 at Memorial University


The 11th annual Summer School of the Atlantic Association
for Research in the Mathematical Sciences
(AARMS) will be held in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics on the St. John's campus of Memorial
University of Newfoundland, from July 16 to August 10,

The summer school is intended for graduate students
and promising undergraduate students from all parts of
the world. Each participant is expected to register for
two of the courses. Each course consists of five ninety-minute
lecture sessions each week. These are graduate
courses approved by MUN and we will facilitate transfer
credit to the extent possible.

Emphasis this year is on Combinatorics and Algebra

Combinatorial Designs & Graph Decompositions,
by Darryn Bryant, University of Queensland

The Probabilistic Method and Random Graphs, by
Pawel Pralat, Ryerson University

Hopf Algebras and Applications, by Nicolas
Andruskiewitsch, University of Cordoba, and Leandro
Vendramin, University of Buenos Aires

Lie Theory, by Alberto Elduque, University of

For more information, or to express
interest in attending, send
email to or You can visit the
AARMS Web site:

2012 MSRI Summer Graduate Schools

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at Berkeley
provides support (travel and local expenses) for two
University of Toronto mathematics graduate students,
three if one of the three is female or from
a group that is underrepresented in the mathematical sciences,
to attend one of their summer graduate schools.  The five schools
are listed below.  

If you wish to be considered for nomination or you have a
student you wish to consider for nomination, please provide the
following information to Ida no later than Friday, October 28th:

Student's Name:

Student's Supervisor: 

Student's e-mail address:

Summer Graduate School of interest:

Short description as to why this school would be of importance:


This coming summer MSRI is hosting three summer graduate schools in
Berkeley, CA and co-sponsoring two additional schools at off-site locations:

Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry
June 18 - 29, 2012 at MSRI

Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures 2012:
Probabilistic Combinatorics
June 25 - July 6, 2012 in Montreal, Canada

IAS-PCMI Summer School: Geometric Group Theory
July 1 -  21, 2012 in Park City, Utah

Mathematical General Relativity
July 9 - 20, 2012 at MSRI

Model Theory
July 23 - August 3, 2012 at MSRI

For details, please visit:

We usually give preference to the more senior students, though we
may deviate from that if a particular workshop seems like a particularly
great match for some particular younger student.
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*Opportunity for Graduate Students from Canada*

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the
Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) are jointly
organizing the following industrial training event which is open
to students from all over Canada:

Mathematical Modeling in Industry - A Workshop for Graduate Students

Location/Dates: at the IMA in Minneapolis, USA on August 3-12, 2011

The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced
undergraduates with first hand experience in industrial
research. Space is limited and applications will be considered on a
competitive basis. The deadline is *April 30, 2011*. Students must
apply online, the website with full information is available at

Alejandro Adem
Director, PIMS
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CANADA/USA MATHCAMP is looking for graduate students as leaders for its 2011

July 3 to August 7, 2011
Reed College, Portland, OR

If you know anyone who may be interested, please forward this email to them.

*"Becoming a mentor at Mathcamp was the single best professional choice I
made in grad school. I say this not because it was truckloads of fun, a
pleasant break from the research routine, and the start of some wonderful
friendships, though it was all that and more. The simple joy of working with
amazingly bright and talented high school students each summer renewed my
passion for mathematics when it sagged at the end of the academic year, and
reminded me why it was worth while to keep working through all of the doubts
and difficulties on the way to my thesis.*

*At Mathcamp, I learned to give lectures that are entertaining as well as
precise and informative. No seminar audience asks tougher questions than
Mathcampers. Once you can hold the attention and respect of twenty
Mathcampers for a full hour on a sunny summer afternoon, you have nothing to
fear from any seminar or colloquium audience in the country."
* *--Sam Payne, Assistant Professor at Yale and former Mathcamp mentor*

This summer, we invite you to:

* Be a leader in a vibrant community of talented and enthusiastic
high-school students and energetic faculty.
* Teach and learn what most interests you, in an atmosphere of freedom and
* Be a friend and mentor to 110 marvelous kids.
* Be an architect of an experience that those 110 kids will cherish for

The goal of Canada/USA Mathcamp is to provide an environment where talented
high-school students can interact with world-class mathematicians, explore
advanced topics in mathematics, sharpen their problem-solving skills, and
find a true intellectual peer group. The students, mostly between the ages
of 15 and 18, with a few exceptions as young as 13, come from all over the
United States, Canada, and the world. They are taught for the full five
weeks by graduate students and professors from the continent's top colleges
and universities, and a number of researchers are invited to give guest
lectures or lecture series. (This year we'll have John Conway, Avi
Wigderson, Moon Duchin, Sarah Koch, Jim Belk, Allan Adams, and Rebecca Saxe,
among others.)

We are looking for graduate students in pure and applied mathematics and
closely related disciplines who love (and are good at) both math and
teaching, and who share our enthusiasm for mentoring bright students. The
role of the graduate student mentors at Mathcamp is not a typical one: they
are not only active teachers and counselors, but are the camp's primary
leaders and organizers, helping to set the tone for the entire program.
There is no set curriculum: each mentor conceives and plans his or her own
classes. Beyond academics, mentors help to cultivate the rich life of the
camp by planning activities, setting camp policy, and serving as residential
counselors -- essentially running the camp.

The ideal candidate for this job must be ready to think of her- or himself
as a partner, not an employee. We seek interesting and creative
personalities to help bring the camp alive (and make it an exciting place to
work). Mentors must be willing to take responsibility and display immediate
initiative when the situation demands it; but they must also be good at
communicating and working with others to achieve broader goals. Flexibility
and tolerance for a certain degree of chaos are a must. Since women and
minority students often face a shortage of role models in mathematics, we
are especially eager to recruit mentors from these groups.

We may also be interested in hiring one mentor with experience in
Olympiad-level problem solving as a problem-solving instructor. As with
every mentor, this instructorship includes the opportunity to design and
teach classes in topics of interest (but, for this special position, with an
orientation towards problem solving when possible). Additionally, the
problem-solving instructor creates and coordinates the weekly team
problem-solving competition.

If you think you may be interested in being a Mathcamp mentor this summer,
please contact Eric Wofsey ( for more information
about the job and how to apply. If you are interested in being a problem
solving instructor, please specify this in your email. Equal consideration
will be given to all applications received by Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Thanks for your interest in Mathcamp!

- Eric Wofsey ( for the Mathcamp 2011 Hiring

P.S. For more details about the camp, see our website:


Commitment to Nondiscrimination

The Mathematics Foundation of America does not discriminate on the basis of
gender, race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital
status, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational
programs, admissions policies, employment practices, financial aid, or any
other programs. At Canada/USA Mathcamp, we strive to create a diverse
community that welcomes students and faculty from all backgrounds; we feel
that this diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

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GNAMPA-ERC Summer School

A Summer School in Calculus of Variations and PDEs will be held
in Ischia at Continental Terme Hotel
June 13-18, 2010

Invited Lecturers:

Luis Caffarelli, University of Texas at Austin
Regularity theory for quasilinear and fully nonlinear equations

Vicent Caselles, University Pompeu Fabra
The total variation model in image processing

Neil Trudinger, Australian National University
Regularity of weal solutions of Monge-Amper type equations and

Cedric Villani, Ecole Norm. Sup. Lyon
Smooth and nonsmooth geometrical aspects of optimal transport

Graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply
for financial support.

The application form for financial support and all information about
the school can be found on the website:

Organizers: Luigi Ambrosio, Nicola Fusco