Link to the previous alumni 2002-2010 reports
During the period from Fall of 2009 to Spring 2012 69 students
participated in the program:
52 students from US universities, 16 students from Canada, and 1 student
from Europe.
10 students spent two semesters in Moscow, 1 student spent three
semesters, and 1 girl took four semesters.

We obtained further information from 30 students of US universities having
participated in the program in the semesters indicated above:
3 of them are still undergraduates;
8 alumni are taking their Master's programs now,
3 of them will begin their PhD programs this fall,
18 are working on their PhD now (9 in the top-twenty universities by the
ranking of math graduate schools in mathematics),
1 is working as research analyst.
2010 is the tenth year for the Math in Moscow program. We asked our alumni
to write a couple of words on the role of Math in Moscow in their education
and its impact to their career. Below are their reports.

**Fall 2009
**

*Will Fletcher (Pomona College; junior; participated in MIM during the whole
academic year 2009/ 2010)*

It exposed me to a wide field of mathematics, and gave me an idea which
parts of mathematics I would like to enter.

*Adeel Khan (University of Maryland, Baltimore; junior; participated in MIM
during the whole academic year 2009/ 2010)*

The "Math in Moscow" program was a great opportunity for me. At the time I
was an undergraduate in UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and
I was feeling rather bored with the level and variety of mathematics courses
offered there. MiM opened my eyes to the world of modern algebra, and
helped confirm my decision to attend graduate school in mathematics. Now I
am working in algebraic geometry and using what I learned in Moscow every
day.

*Christina Lorenzo (North Central College; senior)*

The Math in Moscow program was an excellent way for me to study advanced
mathematics by leading researchers in their fields. It was an experience
that I believe helped prepare me for graduate school in mathematics and was
a great cultural experience as well.

*Austin Mack (University of North Carolina at Ashville; sophomore)*

Math in Moscow played a large role in my education. This program gave me the
opportunity to take classes in a setting I would not have been able to do at
my home university. I was introduced to a field that is not taught at my
university or many undergraduate universities in the US. This field lead me
to heading to graduate school in mathematics to further study this field.
This program played a large role in my mathematical education and I am not
sure what my future would have been without it.

*Bill Robinson (Grove City College; graduate; participated in MIM during the
whole academic year 2009/ 2010)*

I attended the Math in Moscow program immediately after graduating college
with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. The quality of education in Moscow
was excellent, with a wide variety of classes offered. I had the
opportunity to learn subjects which were not offered for my college degree,
and I matured greatly as a mathematician. When I entered graduate school,
instead of being in the bottom third of my incoming class (as I would have
been without MIM), I was in the top third and had a clear idea of what I
wanted to study. I still maintain contact with some of those I met in
Moscow, both Russian and American, and I have gained a great appreciation
for the Russian and their culture.

*Natalie Sheils (Seattle University; senior)*

MiM was a wonderful opportunity that definitely set me apart as an applicant
to graduate school. Not only did it give me the chance to see a new part of
the world where an incredible amount of mathematics is and was done, but I
learned from very smart people and was surrounded by peers who were also
interested in pursuing careers in mathematics. These relationships have
been important during my PhD work. I was able to take small classes with
wonderful professors and I'm certain I wouldn't be where I am today without
it.

**Spring 2010
**

*Blagoje Djordjevic (University of Texas at Austin; sophomore)*

Math in Moscow made a great impression on me as a mathematician and a
scientist. I went to Moscow mostly with just the mindset of a physicist but
came back with a deep appreciation for the unique challenge and artistry
involved in higher mathematics. The Russian approach to teaching was
different for me and at times hard to keep up with, but it in the end only
reinforced the respect I had for Russian scholarship. As a result of my
experience in MiM I ended up finishing a bachelors in both mathematics and
physics with a thesis topic in theoretical physics, which was heavily
influenced by my time there. My experience studying at MiM, although not
without difficulties, left an indelible impression on me and I hope that it
will continue to be available to students in the future.

*Moyang Li (Columbia University; sophomore)*

I went to Math in Moscow after my sophomore year at Columbia, when I was
trying to understand what it was about mathematics that interested me. At
Math in Moscow, instructors emphasized the intuitive, creative aspect of the
concepts and skills we were learning. Theorems were often accompanied by
imaginings of what their original inspirations might have been. Though I've
decided not to continue with mathematical studies in graduate school, Math
in Moscow inspired my interest in studying the creative, aesthetic and
narrative aspects of proofs and proof-writing, something I'm still
interested in exploring.

*Jun Yong Park (University of Minnesota; sophomore)*

Inspiration and discovery. My first progress in mathematics wouldn't have
been able if I hadn't learned topology from my study at Moscow.

*Changwei Zhou (Bard College; sophomore)*

I am becoming seriously interested in algebraic topology after this program.
I think I like my experience.

**Fall 2010
**

*Sen Zhao (Carleton College; junior)
*

I am grateful for the training I got at Math in Moscow. The classes offered
in the program were very rigorous which trained my ability in quantitative
reasoning. Therefore, although currently I am not working in a field of pure
math, I do benefit from the training I got at Math in Moscow.
Furthermore, Moscow is a fascinating city. My experience living there was
unforgettable. I am now more comfortable to merge into a new community. The
experience helped me a lot when I moved to Seattle.

**Spring 2011
**

*Harold Blum (Swarthmore College; junior)
*

The Math in Moscow program was essential in exposing me to fields of math
that I was unable to take courses in at my home university. It was a
formative experience for me

*Santiago Guisasola (University of Central Florida; junior)*

Some of the other students I met while attending Math in Moscow are still
great friends today. We often talk to each other about current research in a
few fields and sometimes chat for hours about mathematical ideas. Besides
this, my experience while studying in Moscow was very inspiring. It offered
me a grander view of mathematics I did not have at my home university.

*Matthew Stoffregen (University of Pittsburgh; sophomore)*

Math in Moscow was a great experience for me, and I think it has been
instrumental in my experience in math so far. The quality of math
instruction was great, and the topics presented were, I think, far beyond
those presented at almost any undergraduate institution in the US in both
sophistication and variety. I feel that the education there has made me a
much stronger student of mathematics than I would otherwise be. The topics
I first learned there directly helped me in an REU back in the US, and in
research thereafter, and I imagine will continue to help and shape my work
in the future. For me, Math In Moscow served as an introduction to
mathematics above and beyond the standard undergraduate curriculum, and made
my mathematical perspective completely different from what it had been at my
home institution. And, because of that, I'd say that most of the math I've
learned, I've learned at, or due to, Math in Moscow. Math in Moscow
inspired my decision to go to graduate school, and it was the education I
received there that made going to graduate school possible.

*Ethan Twisdale (University of Northern Colorado; senior)*

Math in Moscow was instrumental in allowing my education to take its next
step into graduate school. Many of the ways in which it helped me were
predictable; I gained confidence in my ability to succeed at the graduate
level, gained exposure to subjects not routinely taught in undergraduate
programs in the United States.
It also helped immensely in some less predictable ways. For instance, it
provided me really the only opportunity I had to work as part of a group of
strong mathematical minds. While routine in graduate school, this frequently
isn't the case in undergraduate courses, and it was helpful to have a
preview of sorts for this sort of interaction. It also taught me the sort of
time management needed for graduate school, as its classes are more reliant
upon student initiative to learn the material than undergraduate courses are
in the US.
Highly recommended for anyone considering graduate school.

*Markus Vasquez (Oklahoma State University; senior)*

Math in Moscow was a great way to bridge the gap between my undergraduate
coursework and the work that was expected of me when I started graduate
school. I think that Math in Moscow was essential to my mathematical career.

**Fall 2011
**

*Christopher Adkins (McMaster University (Ontario, Canada); junior; participated in MIM during the whole academic year 2011/2012)*

It made me switch from physics to mathematics! Made me a much better problem
solver as well.

*Jonathan Eskeldson (Universit of Oregon, sophomore)*

What I got most out of it wasn't exactly the classes, but more of the
general approach to mathematics that I learned. Oftentimes, a professor
would say something about math in general as a remark or introduction to
what they were about to introduce. After a little more thought, you'd
realize that what they just said was really significant.

*Joe Ferrara (University of California, Berkeley; senior; participated in MIM
during the whole academic year 2011/2012)*

Math in Moscow introduced me to the world of mathematics, and challenged me
in many ways. The experienced helped lead me to starting a graduate program
in mathematics starting this fall.

*Ricardo Kabila (Connecticut College; junior)*

Math in Moscow helped me affirm my interests in applied math. There is so
much about life, math, friendship and carrer path that I learned in the
program that surely will serve me well in the years to come.

*Kirill Lazebnik (State University of New York at Geneseo; senior)*

Math in Moscow was great! Students from liberal arts schools rarely have the
chance to take classes taught by research mathematicians, and it is very
important they take such classes before graduate school. Math in Moscow is
one of few programs that give such students the chance, and it is unrivaled
in its level of student-teacher interaction.
It was also my favorite semester as an undergrad!

**Spring 2012
**

*Zachary Breig (University of California, Berkeley; senior)
*

Math in Moscow was amazing training in mathematics and an important cultural
experience that will inform my future work in economics.

*Kevin Carlson (Indiana University, Bloomington; junior)
*

I would certainly not be where I am today, mathematically, without MiM. I
felt the program skipped me ahead on the order of three semesters relative
to the pace of my American program. When I got to Moscow I was barely toying
with the idea of pursuing math, and still had little understanding of what
such a career would entail; thus it currently looks like MiM comprised the
most professionally important semester of my undergrad.

*Ping Ngai Chung (Massachusetts Institute of Technology; sophomore)*

I was undoubtedly one of the greatest experience in my college life. I am
fascinated by the strong academic environment in the program. Academically,
the math classes are intense and of very high standard, comparable to those
offered in my home university. Also since the classes are so small, we have
much more opportunity to interact with the professors and hence have a much
better understanding of the material than in a big class. The pace is also
tailored according to our understanding. Besides, living next to the other
participants of the program, all of whom are enthusiastic math majors,
builds a good and intimate environment to learn math. Much of the learning
is done through discussions with the other students. These provide a solid
foundation for me to study more advanced mathematics when I am back to my
home university, and confirm my interest in math research.

*Jean Costello (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; junior)*

Math in Moscow gave me a broader understanding of the field of mathematics
as a whole. Because the program was small, and we shared a living space, we
were able to constantly share our ideas and experiences in mathematics. In
addition, the professors were always eager to provide new insights . They
encouraged us to be active learners in class, and small class sizes meant
that the courses were tailored to the students in them. The courses I took
through Math in Moscow gave me the background I needed for a summer REU, and
the individualized structure of the classes helped me succeed on my project.

*Jeremy Garcia (University of Northern Colorado; senior)*

Showed the demands of high level mathematics normally seen in graduate
school to undergrads.
Very challenging program helped to prepare for graduate school.

*JAdam Martinez (Arizona State University; junior)
*

It was a very good opportunity to experience thorough and challenging
mathematics classes taught in a very different manner than I was used to.
The faculty and students are among the most passionate I've worked with and
it was perhaps my most academically rigorous semester. Programs I've applied
to look very fondly upon the mention of Math in Moscow in my CV and
rightfully so. The benefits are too numerous to list.

*Ethan McCarthy (Michigan State University; senior)*

Math in Moscow was an absolutely incredible opportunity. It was quite simply
the best mathematics instruction I have ever encountered. The level of
enthusiasm and excitement put into these courses is second to none. The
quality of instruction is superb, and the style of instruction is a
thrilling opportunity to experience as an undergraduate. You are really
allowed and encouraged to explore the subject for yourself, and this left a
strong impact on me. The exercise sessions are just superb. This was
definitely the best experience I had as an undergraduate, and it made me
very excited to do mathematics. It has effected my career both in my
enthusiasm and love of math, and in preparing me extremely well for my
graduate studies.

*Joshua Wilson (St. Olaf College; junior)*

The courses at Math in Moscow offered a mathematical challenge beyond that
seen in my previous classes. Meeting that challenge built my problem solving
skills and patience, as well as giving rise to genuine collaborations with
my peers. (Of whom there were many more than usual, which was great.)

**Fall 2012
**

*Cullen McDonald (Beloit College; junior)
*

Math in Moscow was really the only opportunity I've had to take really
advanced mathematics. It allowed me to spend an entire semester just
focusing on that one aspect of my studies. It introduced me to the field of
differential geometry, in which I hope to do research after graduation.

*Aaron Schild (Princeton University; junior)*

Math in Moscow was an incredible program for me that really helped me
solidify my interest in theoretical computer science and abstract algebra. I
am planning to go to graduate school in CS with a theoretical emphasis.

*Jesse Selover (Dartmouth College; sophomore)
*

I was a Dartmouth student when I went to MiM. I applied for transfer to MIT
while I was in Russia, and believe the program contributed to my success.
MiM gave me many good friends with whom I am still in contact, and inspired
me to pursue category theory further. This has actually helped me with
computer science as well as mathematics classes at MIT. I intend to continue
with both subjects (I am still an undergraduate).

**Spring 2013
**

*Angela Kraft (Bethany Lutheran College; graduate)
*

Math in Moscow helped me prepare for grad school. It gave me more
confidence in my mathematical abilities. It also gave me the chance to
explore Moscow and experience a different culture.

*John Zanazzi (Northern Arizona University; senior)*

I cannot comment too well currently due to the fact that the semester just
ended (I participated in the program during the Spring of 2013), but the
Math in Moscow program allowed me to not only take coursework which I would
not have been able to take at my home university, but to do so while
immersing myself in an entirely different culture. Out of my four years as
an undergraduate, the semester which I spent in the Math in Moscow program
was the one which I matured the most.