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Summer Mathematics Institute


For Bright And Gifted Pre-College Students
The Summer Mathematics Institute is a free opportunity for bright and gifted pre-college students to interact with university faculty and each other, to take some challenging math classes that earn college credit, and have fun in an academic atmosphere.

The Institute runs approximately from late June through the first week of August each summer. Students are encouraged to apply early (before the deadline of mid-May). If you are interested in applying, you may request an application by sending an email to echeng@oakland.edu, or by contacting the Institute at the following address and phone number:

Summer Mathematics Institute
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Phone: (248) 370-3430; FAX: (248) 370-4184

Further information:

The PHILOSOPHY of the Institute.
The COST ($0) to the student.
The Summer Institute 2000 Website
The Summer Institute 2001 Website
The Summer Institute 2002 Website
The Summer Institute 2003 Website
The Summer Institute 2004 Website
The Summer Institute 2005 Website
The Summer Institute 2006 Website
The Summer Institute 2007 Website
The Summer Institute 2008 Website
The Summer Institute 2009 Website
The Summer Institute 2010 Website
The Summer Institute 2011 Website
The Summer Institute 2012 Website
The Summer Institute 2013 Website
The Summer Institute 2014 Website

The Institute DIRECTOR:
Dr. Eddie Cheng is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Oakland University. He joined the faculty of Oakland University as an assistant professor in 1997, promoted to associate professor in 2001, promoted to professor in 2007 and given the rank of distinguished professor in 2011; in addition, he served as Chair of the department from 2010 to 2013. Professor Cheng graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) in 1988. During the summer of 1988, he worked as a research assistant in the Department of National Defence in British Columbia. For his graduate studies, he earned his M.Math. in 1990 and Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow and part-time lecturer in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. He is currently a member of the examination committee of the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition (MMPC), a position he held previously from 2001 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2012. He also served as the Director of MMPC from 2005 to 2008. MMPC is a state-wide competition given every year to thousands of high school students in Michigan. He is also a member of the editorial board and an associate editor of the journal Networks. Networks publishes material on the modelling of problems using networks, the analysis of network problems, the design of computationally efficient network algorithms, and innovative case studies of successful network applications. In addition, he is an editor of Journal of Interconnection Networks. The journal addresses all aspects of interconnection networks including their theory, analysis, design, implementation and application, and corresponding issues of communication, computing and function arising from (or applied to) a variety of multifaceted networks. His research interests include combinatorial optimization, integer programming and network analysis. He has authored and coauthored about 120 research papers. Professor Cheng has directed a number of high school students for projects that advanced to semifinals and beyond in national competitions such as Siemens Competitions and the Intel Science Talent Search. Many of these projects resulted in publications in refereed journals. He is the recipient of the 2007 Mathematical Association of America (Michigan Section) Distinguished Teaching Award and a recipient of the 2009 Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

The Institute PAST DIRECTOR:
Dr. Marc Lipman served as the director from 1997 to 2002. During this time he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Oakland University. He graduated from Lake Forest College in 1971 with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. He earned his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1976. From 1976 to 1989, he was a faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. During this time, he spent 1980–1981 at the Naval Research Laboratoty in Washington, D.C.. From 1989 to 1997, he was the scientific officer in charge of the four million dollar Discrete Mathematics program at the Office of Naval Research. His research interests include interconnection networks, communication network topology and sphere-of-influence graphs. He has authored and coauthored over 50 research papers. Among other things, he's taught at STAR, the residential summer camp for bright and gifted students at Purdue University. He left Oakland University to be the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at IUPU Fort Wayne.

The Institute PAST DIRECTOR:
Dr. James H. McKay was the first director (1996–1997) of the institute. He was also the chair of the department in the 1990's. He retired in 1997.

Courses offered
1996 APM 263 Discrete Mathematics MTH 372 Number Theory
1997 STA 226 Applied Statistics MTH 475 Abstract Algebra
1998 MTH 256,266 Linear Algebra with Laboratory STA 405 Probability
1999 APM 405 Linear Programming MTH 302 Introduction to Advanced Mathematical Thinking
2000 APM 405 Combinatorics: Enumeration STA 226 Applied Statistics
2001 APM 405 Introduction to Graph Theory MTH 461 General Topology
2002 MTH 256,266 Linear Algebra with Laboratory MTH 372 Number Theory with Cryptography
2003 MOR 342 Introduction to Operations Research MTH 302 Introduction to Advanced Mathematical Thinking
2004 APM 405 Combinatorics: Enumeration MTH 361 Geometric Structures
2005 APM 405 Introduction to Graph Theory STA 226 Applied Statistics
2006 MTH 275 Linear Algebra MTH 372 Number Theory with Cryptography
2007 MOR 454 Linear and Integer Optimization MTH 302 Introduction to Advanced Mathematical Thinking
2008 APM 405 Combinatorics: Enumeration MTH 462 Geometric Structures
2009 APM 405 Introduction to Graph Theory APM 367 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
2010 MTH 275 Linear Algebra MTH 472 Number Theory with Cryptography
2011 MOR 454 Linear and Integer Optimization MTH 302 Introduction to Advanced Mathematical Thinking
2012 APM 405 Combinatorics: Enumeration MTH 462 Geometric Structures
2013 APM 405 Introduction to Graph Theory APM 367 Design and Analysis of Algorithms