GSMM Camp Information
Registration Program MPI 2004

General Information and Objectives

Rensselaer's Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling (GSMM) Camp is a 4-day workshop whose aim is graduate student education and career development directed towards modern scientific problem solving. The GSMM Camp is designed to promote a broad range of problem-solving skills, including mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions. Problems will be brought to the Camp by invited faculty and industry mentors. These problems will be highly interdisciplinary in nature, inspired by real problems that arise in industrial applications. The work on the problems will be done by graduate student teams, each with the guidance of an invited mentor, so that scientific communication will be an important and integral component of the work. In this way, the GSMM Camp will expose graduate students to real-world problems of current scientific interest, and will provide a valuable educational and career-enhancing experience outside the traditional academic setting.

The GSMM Camp is designed to operate hand in hand with the annual Mathematical Problems in Industry (MPI) Workshop, this year to be held at the University of Delaware. The Camp runs during the week prior to the Workshop and the students and mentors attending the Camp are encouraged to attend the Workshop as well. In effect, the GSMM Camp provides an additional problem-solving experience for graduate students as a warm-up prior to the Workshop.

Camp Format and Location

The GSMM Camp is an informal 4-day problem-solving workshop. On the first day, the invited faculty mentors will present problems to the whole group. These problems, spanning a wide range of topics, will be chosen to exercise and enhance the problem-solving skills of the attending graduate students. After the initial problem presentations, the graduate students will break up into small groups, according to each student's problem preference, to work in teams with the help of the faculty mentors. Work on the problems will proceed in an informal setting for the remainder of the Camp. On the last day, a summary presentation highlighting the work done will be given by a student representative from each team.

All activities of the Camp will take place on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (campus map). The initial problem presentations and the closing summary presentations will be given in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC), room 337. The work on each problem will take place in break-out rooms on the ground floor of the DCC. Lodging for visiting graduate students will be provided in university housing (dorms) and meals will be provided for all students and mentors at the Student Union. During the Camp, students and mentors will have access to campus computing, library and recreational facilities.

Camp Organizer and Invited Mentors

The GSMM Camp is organized by Donald Schwendeman, professor of applied mathematics at Rensselaer. Inquires can be made to the Organizer at or to Melissa Strope, GSMMC 2004 Coordinator, at

The invited mentors for GSMMC 2004 are

A brief description of the specific problem brought by each mentor appears on the GSMMC Program web site.

Student Participation and Registration

Outstanding graduate students, who are actively pursuing an MS or Ph.D in some area of applied mathematics, are invited to apply to GSMMC 2004. Interested students should complete the online application form and have a signed letter of recommendation mailed to the following address:

GSMMC 2004 c/o
Ms. Melissa Strope
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Graduate student support for GSMMC 2004 has been provided by the National Science Foundation. This support is limited to approximately 24 graduate students, so that an early application is appreciated and will have a greater chance of success.

The selection will be based on academic background and interests as indicated in the application form, and on the letter of recommendation provided by a faculty sponsor. Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be completed by April 16, 2004 for full consideration, and successful applicants will be notified by May 3, 2004.

Succesful applicants will be registered automatically for MPI 2004 and support will be provided to attend that meeting as well.