Foreword: MASS and
REU at Penn State
University
This book starts the new collection published jointly by
Mathematical Society and the MASS (Mathematics Ad
Semesters) program as a part of the Student Mathem
series. The books in the collection will be based on le
advanced undergraduate topics courses taught at the
Penn State summer REU (Research Experience for Un
Each book will present a self-contained exposition of a
mathematical topic, often related to current research ar
to undergraduate students familiar with an equivalen
of standard college mathematics and suitable as a tex
division undergraduate course.
Started in 1996, MASS is a semester-long program
undergraduate students from across the USA. The prog
lum amounts to 16 credit hours. It includes three cor
the general areas of algebra/number theory, geometry
analysis/dynamical systems, custom designed every ye
ciplinary seminar; and a special colloquium. In additi
ticipant completes three research projects, one for eac
The participants are fully immersed in mathematics, an
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