Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships in Mathematics

2018 Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS for Students in India

2018 Mehta Fellows
2018 Mehta Fellows to PROMYS (Back, left to right) Neelima Borade, Professor Henry Cohn, Anupam Datta, Arya Vadnere, Professor Glenn Stevens, (Middle, left to right) Sabir Shaik, Soumen Ghosh, Adit Vishnu Pathrissery Manoj, Nilava Metya, and Siddharth Sridhar (Front, left to right) Professor Marjory Baruch, Professor Li-Mei Lim, Medha Yelimeli, Arpoitri Ghosal, Siddhant Chaudhary, Devansh Sehta, Aman Agrawal, and PROMYS alumna, Professor Ila Varma (University of California San Diego)

PROMYS was delighted to be able to award 12 Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS 2018. There were five first-year Mehta Fellows, three Returning Mehta Fellows, and four Mehta Counselors.

The Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are for mathematically talented students in India who would be financially unable to attend PROMYS without a scholarship and travel assistance. 2018 was the fourth year of the Mehta Fellowships and the 30th summer of PROMYS.  

Each Mehta Fellowship covers all costs for tuition, housing, and meals for the six weeks of PROMYS at Boston University in the United States. The Fellowships also cover roundtrip travel from India, visa application fees, and a small stipend for recommended books. 

Mehta Fellowship Sponsors: The participation of the Mehta Fellows is fully funded thanks to the generosity and vision of Nicholas Nash, Avi Nash, Phalgun Raju, the Indira Foundation and Morph.org. The Mehta Fellowships were envisioned by Nicholas Nash and Phalgun Raju in 2015 as part of the Ramanujan Project which they lead and which is funded by Morph.org which they co-founded and by The Indira Foundation. Morph.org was established "to remove barriers in some of the world's biggest challenges and shine a light on areas that are not getting attention from the traditional not-for profit sector." The Ramanujan Project is a scholarship program for exceptionally talented young mathematicians in India.

Please email promysus@bu.edu if you have any questions about the Mehta Fellowships.

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Meet the Twelve Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2018!

2018 First-Year Mehta Fellows

Arpoitri Ghosal

Arpoitri Ghosal

Arpoitri is an 18-year-old from Kolkata who will graduate from secondary school in 2019. One of the Arpoitri's projects, for which she is now filing for a patent, was selected for display in a national science fair by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). Outside mathematics, Arpoitri's interests include painting and reading literature, especially classics.

 

Anupam Datta

Anupam Datta

Anupam is an 18-year-old from Durgapur in West Bengal who graduated from secondary school in 2018. Anupam is now studying at Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) where he is working towards a BSc (Honours) in Mathematics and Computer Science.

 Medha Yelimeli Medha Yelimeli

Medha is 16 and lives in Bangalore. She will graduate secondary school in 2020. In addition to her studies in mathematics, Medha enjoys learning Nyaaya-shaastra, a branch of Indian ontology and epistemology; “Ashtaadhyaayi,” a work on Sanskrit grammar; Carnatic classical music; and yoga. 

 

Nilava Metya 

Nilava Metya

Nilava is from Howrah in West Bengal. He is 16 and is just starting 12th Standard. His current primary mathematical interests are in discrete mathematics, including number theory and combinatorics. Nilava’s interests beyond mathematics include competitive programming, reading thrillers, listening to music, watching movies, and playing basketball.

 

Siddhant Chaudhary 

Siddhant Chaudhary

Siddhant is 17 and will graduate in 2019. He lives and attends school in Delhi. Apart from mathematics, Siddhant loves programming, art, playing guitar, reading philosophical texts, watching and playing basketball, playing video games, and gathering knowledge about world affairs.

2018 Returning Mehta Fellows

The Returning Fellows participated in PROMYS 2017 and returned in 2018 for more advanced mathematics. Returning students attend the daily Number Theory lectures and also take advanced seminars. In addition, they undertake original research, write up their research in a formal paper, and present their findings to the entire PROMYS community at the end of the summer. 

Siddharth Sridhar

Siddharth Sridhar

Siddharth is 18 and is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He graduated secondary school in 2018 and will start his undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall. Siddharth undertook two advanced seminars at PROMYS this summer: Cryptography taught by PROMYS alum Professor Li-Mei Lim (Boston University) and Graph Theory taught by Professor Marjory Baruch (Syracuse University). Siddharth's research project was "Expansions of Natural Numbers and of Real Numbers" mentored by PROMYS alum Dr. Michael King (Bowdoin College).

Aman Agrawal

Aman Agrawal

Aman is from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He is 17 and just graduated from secondary school. Aman participated n two advanced seminars this summer: Graph Theory taught by Professor Marjory Baruch (Syracuse University) and Galois Theory taught by PROMYS alum Professor David Speyer (University of Michigan). Aman's research project was, "Permutation Statistics" mentored by Professor Paul Gunnells (University of Massachusetts Amherst).

Devansh Sehta

Devansh Sehta

Devansh is also from Indore and is also 17. He will graduate secondary school in 2019. Devansh undertook two advanced seminars this summer: Cryptography taught by PROMYS alum Professor Li-Mei Lim (Boston University) and Galois Theory taught by PROMYS alum Professor David Speyer (University of Michigan). Devansh's research project was "Expansions of Natural Numbers and of Real Numbers" mentored by PROMYS alum Dr. Michael King (Bowdoin College).

2018 Mehta Counselors

PROMYS is designed for the mathematical development of the counselors as well as the students. Counselors take advanced seminars and undertake their own research under the guidance of faculty and research mentors. Counselors give their three or four assigned students feedback on their daily problem set work. They provide mathematical support and enrichment for the students and mathematical enrichment for the whole PROMYS community for whom they offer additional mathematical talks and seminars

Sabir Shaik Sabir Shaik
Sabir is from Andhra Pradesh. He was a first-year Mehta Fellow in 2015, a Returning Fellow Junior Counselor in 2016, and a Mehta Counselor in 2017 and 2018. Sabir has just graduated from Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science. At PROMYS 2018, Sabir gave a counselor minicourse on "ABC Conjecture and its Consequences."
Adit Vishnu PM Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj
Adit is from Thrissur in Kerala. He is in his second year studying Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc). Adit was a first-year Mehta Fellow in 2016 and a Returning Mehta Fellow in 2017 where his PROMYS research project was “2-Torsion in Class Groups” proposed by PROMYS alum Dr. Erick Knight (University of Toronto). Adit's primary mathematical area of interest is number theory. This summer, he gave three counselor minicourses and seminars: "An Overview of the Proof of the Prime Number Theorem," "The AKS Primality Test," and "Complex Analysis." 
Arya Vadnere

Arya Vadnere
Arya is from Pune in Maharashtra and is just starting the second year of his B.Sc. (Honours) Mathematics and Computer Science at Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI). Arya was a first-year Mehta Fellow at PROMYS in 2016 and a Returning Mehta Fellow at PROMYS 2017 where his research topic was “Random Game Trees” proposed by PROMYS alum mentors Professors Daniel Jerison and Lionel Levine, both of Cornell University. This summer, Arya gave a counselor minicourse titled, "Introduction to Smooth Manifolds." Arya’s primary mathematical interests are currently manifolds, knot theory and topology. He is working towards becoming a professional mathematician.

 

Soumen Ghosh

Soumen Ghosh

Soumen is from Katwa in West Bengal. He just completed his 2nd year studying Mathematics and Statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. Soumen was a first-year Mehta Fellow in 2016, a Returning Fellow junior counselor in 2017 when his research at PROMYS was “On the Gonality Conjecture for Graphs” proposed by PROMYS alum Professor Matt Baker (Georgia Institute of Technology). Soumen also gave a minicourse to the PROMYS community titled, “Linear Algebra and Face Recognition.” This summer, Soumen mentored a first-year exploration lab, "Egyptian Fractions" and was involved with the advanced seminar on graph theory. Soumen's primary area of mathematical interest is currently statistics.

 Neelima Borade

Neelima Borade

PROMYS was also delighted to welcome back as a 2018 counselor Neelima Borade, who was a first-year Mehta Fellow at PROMYS 2016. 

 

 

Mehta Fellows with Ila Varma

Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2018 with PROMYS alumna, Professor Ila Varma (University of California San Diego)

Testimonials from Mehta Fellows

“I think I have benefitted a lot from the program. While exploring mathematics normally, you are not expected to rediscover it. But the best part about PROMYS is that you are expected to do things from scratch your own way, and rediscover facts and make conjectures, which is like doing actual research… 

The PROMYS community is very supportive. My counselor was always ready to give me time for whatever problem I had, mathematical or not mathematical. Also, PROMYS promotes a non-competitive math environment, which many math communities fail to do. I would definitely stay in touch with the people I met here… 

The depth of math at PROMYS is remarkable, wherein we write proofs in the most rigorous fashion possible, which inculcates in us a very important skill as a mathematician. Overall, it’s an experience that is one of a kind, and something that I will always remember throughout my life." Siddhant Chaudhary, 2018 Mehta Fellow

"Number theory is a vast and beautiful branch of mathematics. PROMYS is about getting the essence of Number Theory. Like the subject, the program is beautiful and aims at giving everyone a good picture of Number theory. We're taught to 'Think deeply of simple things', and discover math in our own way. One gets to see how our experience with math is what that matters the most and forms the basis for our proofs. I learnt the importance of making bold conjectures, and the role that long cumbersome yet interesting numerical examples play in it. PROMYS is a place for math lovers. Being a First Year Fellow at PROMYS will remain an unforgettable experience for me. During the six week program, I fell in love, not only with number theory but with the program itself. I don't think I can thank the Mehta sponsors enough for giving this opportunity to me." Arpoitri Ghosal, 2018 Mehta Fellow

“PROMYS enhanced my proof writing ability a lot. Also, the way my counselor graded my problem sets and gave me daily feedback was invaluable… Staying out my home, in fact my country, for 6 weeks was something I had never dreamt of, but I succeeded in doing. I believe this experience will help me a lot in college and in future. Also, I was kind of anti-social before PROMYS, but here I talked to a lot to other students and counselors, who have come from different parts of the world, not just about maths but also about their lives in general, and now I can talk to people a lot more freely… PROMYS has been the best mathematical experience of my life.Anupam Datta, 2018 Mehta Fellow

“PROMYS has helped me a lot in discovery of mathematics and build up number theory myself, with background support directing me at every step. Since the program is so intensive and so well structured, one actually feels the heavenly bliss of reasoning at every step. What seemed to be an obligation at first turned into a hobby later. This gave the feeling of a real mathematician - experimenting with numbers, conjecturing some beautiful lemmas and theorems, and proving some of them - just the way number theory had originally developed. PROMYS could stand as one of the few epitomes for education...

PROMYS actually prepares people for life, not just number theory. Science is the gem of understanding the current state of life. "Mathematics is the queen of all sciences, and number theory the queen of mathematics," says C. F. Gauss, and thus we ended up in discovering the gem of number theory. The philosophy behind conjecturing based on experimentation, and then providing crystal-clear reasoning for justification might help us understand mathematics, but is the most useful in sustaining life.” Nilava Metya, 2018 Mehta Fellow

"As a Mehta Fellow, I think I have benefited mathematically from PROMYS. 
- The six-week immersion in mathematics was very helpful to progress.
- The morning lectures were very engaging. Different approaches to solve problems were discussed.
- The problem-sets were challenging and well-designed.
- We were encouraged to think, explore, make several observations & conjectures, proving/disproving them, etc which I enjoyed a lot.
- Mathematical rigour was essential. This helped to get a better understanding.
- The daily comments/feedback on our problem sets (by our counsellors) was very helpful as they indicated to us where exactly we are going wrong, where we have to pay more attention, etc.
- Exposure through mini-lectures by the counsellors.
- The guest lectures were enriching.
- Also, I got to know that there could be totally different approaches to solve a problem (like solving a Number Theory problem using a geometric approach). This was amazing.

I feel to have benefited from being a Mehta Fellow, beyond mathematics too. I got in touch and interacted with many students, counsellors and professors from different parts of the world, who are also deeply interested in mathematics. The PROMYS community was very much welcoming and supportive. I'll definitely stay in touch with them." Medha Yelimeli, 2018 Mehta Fellow

“PROMYS is more than just a summer program - It is an experience that will change your life. The path of discovery that one follows as a student of PROMYS is unique and will change your perception of mathematics. The problem sets showed me that mathematics demands one to make bold conjectures, while also giving substantial emphasis on rigor and proofs. The opportunities to explore mathematics at PROMYS are endless. I loved the diverse community I was part of at PROMYS. The chance to interact with students and counselors from around the world is truly enjoyable. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships for giving me this wonderful experience.” Siddharth Sridhar, 2017 Mehta Fellow and 2018 Returning Mehta Fellow

"The program was collaborative not competitive, which made it unique. Everyone in PROMYS had exceptional mathematical talent and I made a ton of new friends…Watching lectures is a very ineffective way of learning. But here in PROMYS we had carefully arranged problem sets which were capable of making you discover the stuff by yourself. PROMYS provides unique perspectives and applications you won't find anywhere else." Devansh Sehta, 2017 Mehta Fellow and 2018 Returning Mehta Fellow

"The exposure, the rigour, the way of approach we learn here in unparalleled. The Number Theory lectures were world-class, and the problem sets were the heart of the enrichment of the program… I got to meet a lot of people, which I couldn't have without being a Mehta Fellow to PROMYS. I learnt their ways, thought in their shoes, and interacted outside the circle I originally had. The exposure was incredible…Definitely. PROMYS is one of the best things that has happened to me, and I am looking forward to be a part of it as long as I can." 

"PROMYS is more than a math experience. It is a way of thinking. Since I joined PROMYS in 2017 as a first year, I have been compelled to think deeply of the world around me, to Re-Think of the world in a new, rigorous ways, one that is helpful and fun at the same time. I also got to know about a 100 people from different parts of the world, and stay with them these 6 weeks and have a great time.

PROMYS is a rare and unique experience, which is both incredibly helpful in life and immensely educating. The fact that it focuses on going deep instead of broad keeps it distinguished from usual math experiences. One learns to dive deep into the subject, to truly understand how we got to where we are headed to, to get to know how to think rather than what to think." Aman Agrawal, 2017 Mehta Fellow and 2018 Returning Mehta Fellow

"PROMYS has given me a new perspective to Mathematics. The lectures taught me to chase simplicity and elegance instead of complexity. The problem sets pushed me to frontiers I had never explored or even knew existed. They also showed me how mathematics was an empirical science with lots of conjectures to be made from numerical observations. The amount of mathematics I saw at PROMYS amazed me. The PROMYS community was always supportive and a place where anyone could find another with similar interests. Just as much as PROMYS has contributed to my Mathematical endeavors, it has also made a radical change in how I perceive life. PROMYS, without doubt has been one of the best six weeks of my life."

“The experience gave me a simplicity and clarity of thought that I never had before. It taught me not to be ashamed of being confused and that it is more important to ask the right questions than answering them.” Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Mehta Fellow - participating as student and counselor

As a student: "PROMYS is the best mathematical experience of mine till now...PROMYS is a place to learn maths rather than compete...Mathematics is both beautiful and rigorous at a time - this may sound crazy, but anyone who attended PROMYS will agree with that. In PROMYS, the problem sets are designed in such a way that one would keep discovering theorems on their own, as the eminent mathematicians did in earlier centuries. That provides extreme pleasure to any math-lover kid. And during the course of 6 weeks, we almost become a family. We have a lot of mathematical and non-mathematical fun together, and those make it the most exciting and rewarding summer in my life. Life just couldn't get any better than this :)."

“In PROMYS, we have fun doing serious mathematics. Here 'an answer is only worth as much as the questions it inspires' and 'the goal is to see facts as so deeply embedded in mathematics that you cannot help proving them.' I just quoted Glenn and Henry and I think that is a simple and nice description of PROMYS.” 

As a counselor: "PROMYS is an invaluable experience. It makes students think like an actual mathematician. The amount of struggle students face with the daily problem sets, or the advanced seminars, or the research projects are quite heavy, but it's always fun for them, given the environment and the people. It's been a pleasure for me to be a part of this community for the last few years, and I look forward to more of it." Soumen Ghosh, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Mehta Fellow - participating as student and counselor

As a student: "Mathematical rigor is very crucial, but very few programs or courses actually emphasize its importance sufficiently. The importance of rigor was a key thing I learnt at PROMYS. Moreover I enjoyed the experience of making your own conjectures, working your own inventory of lemmas and proving them, and building number theory from bare bones to higher theorems. The structure of the program, in which you do the problem sets on your own to discover number theory is a very beneficial one... The opportunities for learning and research at PROMYS are endless, and foremost teach you how to learn things the right way - be it number theory or anything else. The PROMYS community is really great and co-operative. This experience is truly worth a summer and more!"

“PROMYS is the perfect platform for students around the world to enhance their mathematical skills, while at the same time generating a deep understanding about what "learning math" truly means. There is no limit to the mathematics a hungry mind can learn at PROMYS. As a second year student, the assortment of advanced seminars and research were truly enlightening and fun. The counselors and the students are really great and welcoming, and I learnt a lot through the discussions we had. Every year at PROMYS changes you for the better, and I hope to continue having the PROMYS-experience for summers to come!” 

As a counselor: Every summer at PROMYS is a completely different and enriching experience. And this keeps challenging you, motivating you mathematically, and introducing you to some of the best people around the world interested in mathematics. PROMYS is much more than a place to learn number theory; it's a philosophy. And this philosophy has helped me learn and appreciate cool math, and this philosophy is what makes people keep coming back to PROMYS. I met many of the top students and undergraduates from around the world, and our interactions have been very informative and motivating. I hope to continue being a part of the PROMYS programme in summers to come! Arya Vadnere, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Mehta Fellow - participating as student and counselor

"PROMYS was a refreshing take on learning mathematics that was so different from the routine competition maths that most people have done before. The program opened new doors for me. I feel lucky to be part of a community where everyone is so dedicated towards doing mathematics. It was great being surrounded by people as excited by the subject as I was. I am extremely grateful to all the sponsors for the excellent 6 weeks." Neelima Borade, 2016 Mehta Fellow and 2018 counselor

“PROMYS has been the most mathematically intense experience of my life…Be it my roommate, my counsellor or any other person in general, it didn't feel like I was talking to people from different countries around the world. It felt like everyone there was just like me, a simple guy who loves math…  it’s the most fun I've ever had. I'm very grateful to Morph.org and the PROMYS Foundation for giving me this wonderful opportunity of exploring the beautiful subject that is mathematics." Shubham Aggarwal, 2015 and 2016 Mehta Fellow 

"As a student: I have grown up doing competitive math for Olympiads. When I came to PROMYS 2015 as a first year, it showed me a new way of learning mathematics. PROMYS helped me to understand, how to build our own mathematics. PROMYS made me to ask questions, and the numerical problems are designed in a way to develop and investigate conjectures. PROMYS helped me understand how to approach a research problem. It showed the importance of numerical data which is helpful to see beautiful patterns behind them. 

As a counselor: Every summer is a unique experience at PROMYS. When I'm a student, sometimes I ask counselors for the solution of some problems, and they never revealed the solution. Later, with struggle, I solved some of them. Being a counselor, I understood the deep reason behind it. After working with my students, witnessing the unique way of learning math and finding their own paths by themselves to become a mathematician amazed me." Sabir Shaik, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Mehta Fellow - participating as student and counselor

Click HERE for a Times of India article about Soumen Ghosh's 2016 Mehta Fellowship.

Click HERE to link to "A Wizard of Maths," a profile of 2015 Mehta Fellow Sabir Shaik and the Ramanujan Project published by the Deccan Chronicle on August 18, 2015.

Please click HERE for the 2018 Mehta Fellowship flyer.

First-Year Mehta Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

1) Indian citizen and/or Indian resident between 15 and 19 years of age (inclusive) at the start of PROMYS.
2) Student at high school/secondary school in India in grades 9 - 12 (9th or 10th standard, +1, +2, or PUC). Sixth form college and home-schooled students are also eligible. Students who are already attending university are not eligible;
3) Financially unable to attend PROMYS without a scholarship and assistance with travel expenses;
4) Talented in mathematics and interested in working hard to solve challenging mathematical problems;
5) Proficient in English: Able to participate fully in mathematical discussions held entirely in English.

Mehta Fellowship Notes

1)  PROMYS lectures, discussions, and problem sets are in English; participants should possess English language skills which are strong enough to enable full participation.
2)  For some students, school attendance dates will conflict with PROMYS participation dates. PROMYS is happy to assist students in explaining to their schools the academic advantages of participation in the program.
3)  The mathematical material that students tackle at PROMYS is very challenging, and participants are expected to enjoy working intensively in mathematics; but students do not need to have taken any advanced or accelerated mathematics courses to thrive at PROMYS.
4)  PROMYS is a co-educational program. Male and female students are supervised and supported by same gender counselors and sleep in gender-separated areas of Boston University campus housing. 
5)  Many domestic students at PROMYS receive full or partial need-based financial aid. Mehta Fellows receive full scholarships.
6)  Although the majority of PROMYS students and counselors are from the United States, there are always a number of international students and counselors as well.  Over the past 30 years, there have been students and counselors from at least 48 different countries - including India. 
7)  Mehta Fellows will be provided with bed linens and towels during the program. 
8)  Laptops are not needed at PROMYS. Students who wish to do so may use Boston University desktop computers at no charge.  
9)  PROMYS students eat their meals in a cafeteria at Boston University. Vegetarian options are always available.
10) As is explained on our For International Students page, students at PROMYS need a visitor's visa, not a student visa (F-1).

Please Explore the PROMYS Site. The following pages may be of particular interest:

Overview of the Program
Program Goals
A Typical Day
Frequently Asked Questions - Read about community activities, safety procedures, alum involvement and more.
Testimonials - Read what other students have to say about their experiences at PROMYS
Community - Read about the faculty and the PROMYS community
About our Alumni
For International Students

Here is a video of the PROMYS program filmed during PROMYS 2013 and during the 25th Summer of PROMYS Celebration, July 5-7, 2013.

 

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