The free interactive website Expii that focuses on math and science has presented the first round of the inaugural - The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative. It is an initiative to find undiscovered mathematicians around the world and match them with advancement opportunities. These include an round hosted on Expii through its solve feature invites people from around the works to solve creative mathematical puzzles through their smart phones. Participants in the open round will be invited to apply for further enrichment.
Educational material related to Srinivasa Ramanujan and The Man Who Knew Infinity will be offered to educational programmes worldwide. The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative is headed by Ken Ono (Emory University) with an advisory board that also includes Manjul Bhargava (Princeton University), Olga Holtz (University of California, Berkeley), Po-Shen Loh (Carnegie Mellon University) and Sujatha Ramdorai (University of British Columbia). Corporate Sponsors of the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative include Expii, Texas Instruments, Springer Publishing and Maplesoft.
Up to 20 eligible individuals will be awarded Templeton-Ramanujan Scholarly Development Prizes to use for furthering their educational pursuits and development. Just as the journey of Ramanujan was transformed by his introduction to the mathematical community, successful applicants will be invited to participate in the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, which will be held in Atlanta from January 4-7. There, they will engage with award-winning mathematicians.
The JMM is the largest annual mathematics conference in the world organised by the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Its purpose is to advance mathematical achievement, encourage research and provide the communication necessary to progress in the field. Up to 10 participants will be offered financial support to attend and participate in approved summer research in mathematics. They will receive a Templeton-Ramanujan Summer Fellows Prize to cover the summer programme expenses.
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