Wadham hosts PROMYS Europe students 2023
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 27th July 2023
The 28 competitively selected pre-university students from around Europe, seven of whom are returning to the programme for a second time, are being hosted at Wadham College.
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford – May 2023
It is with huge sadness and a profound sense of loss that we must announce that Vicky Neale, Executive Director of PROMYS Europe, died on 3 May after a long illness.
Vicky’s passion for mathematics and deep care for her students shone through everything that she did, and never more so than during the annual PROMYS Europe summer school, to which she had a deep commitment. Vicky’s thoughtful dedication was central to the development of PROMYS Europe’s distinctive culture. She was tremendously proud of PROMYS Europe, and particularly proud of all the brilliant students and counsellors who make the programme what it is.
The Last Word, BBC Radio 4’s obituary programme, broadcast a piece on Vicky Neale by Hannah Fry on 19 May 2023. Hannah knew Vicky well and features in the Maths + Cancer podcasts that Vicky made in 2022.
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Other tributes in the media include BBC Radio 4’s More Or Less, a programme that explains – and sometimes debunks – the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life. Vicky was a regular contributor to this programme and a tribute to her was broadcast at the end of the programme on 28 May 2023.
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PROMYS Europe 2022
PROMYS Europe – September 2022
After a pandemic-induced pause and switch to an online format in 2021, 10 July 2022 saw 36 enthusiastic and high-achieving young mathematicians gather at Wadham College, Oxford, for a six-week intensive summer programme … this was a very welcome return to the in-person programme, with students able to experience living and studying in Oxford, working both at Wadham and in the Andrew Wiles Building, home of the Oxford Mathematical Institute.
Wadham hosts PROMYS Europe 2022 students
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 25th July 2022
PROMYS Europe students gather at Wadham College, Oxford for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity.
PROMYS Europe Connect 2021
PROMYS Europe – August 2021
PROMYS Europe Connect 2021 saw a group of enthusiastic and high-achieving young mathematicians gather (online) in July and August for a four-week intensive summer programme designed to give them the experience of thinking deeply about mathematics in a community of similarly mathematically excited students and staff.
PROMYS Europe on BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 Art of Now – A Mathematicians Guide to Beauty – 18th February 2020
“Mathematician Vicky Neale explores the emotional, aesthetic and creative qualities that underpin the most beautiful maths.”
Includes contributions from PROMYS Europe students.
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PROMYS Europe Celebrates its 5th Birthday
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford – 15th August 2019
“2019 sees the 5th PROMYS Europe summer school. The programme brings together enthusiastic and ambitious teenage mathematicians from across Europe, who gather in the Oxford Mathematical Institute for six weeks of intensive mathematics. [….]
Halfway through the programme, the 2019 students and undergraduate counsellors gathered with faculty, former students and counsellors, and friends of the programme, to celebrate the 5th birthday of PROMYS Europe…”
Mathematicians with PROMYS Europe
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 22nd July 2019
“Young mathematicians from across Europe have arrived at Wadham for a six week programme of problem solving, number theory, combinatorics and more.
PROMYS Europe has commenced its fifth consecutive year, welcoming 21 first time students, seven returning students and eight counsellors, seven of whom were students on the programme in the past.
“It is really nice to be with people who share my enthusiasm for maths”, said Maria, 17, from Romania, “and we get lots of great feedback on our work.””
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 9th October 2018
“Suffrage Science awards have been presented to Wadham’s Ursula Martin and Vicky Neale, who co-ordinates and runs the Wadham/PROMYS Maths summer school.
The heirloom awards, which celebrate women’s achievements in Mathematics and Computing, are presented to Ursula and Vicky by last year’s winners. [….]
Professor Dame Celia Hoyles, University College London described Dr Vicky Neale as: “An exemplary mathematics communicator. She conveys the beauty of the subject with enthusiasm and authority, bringing quite complex ideas within the grasp of everybody.”
PROMYS Europe 2018 – nurturing our mathematical future
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford – 1st August 2018
“Each summer, a group of very enthusiastic teenage mathematicians come to spend six weeks in Oxford, working intensively on mathematics. …. One of the distinctive features of the PROMYS philosophy is that the students spend most of the programme discovering mathematical ideas and making connections for themselves, thereby getting a taste for life as a practising mathematician.”
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 1st August 2018
“Feeling part of a community of mathematicians is key to the success of Wadham’s PROMYS Europe Maths Summer School, taking place over the summer.
Ellinor, 17, from Sweden, found PROMYS Europe via Google and was delighted to discover that the focus was on Number Theory.
Her extraordinary mathematical ability has meant that despite the fact she is still at school, she shadows a student at the University of Stockholm and follows a maths programme there. “I think Oxford is so cool – so many famous mathematicians are here and everyone is a good teacher. And it’s really nice to be spending time with a community of mathematicians,” she said.”
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 25 July 2017
“A group of 28 promising young mathematicians, representing more than 15 European countries, have gathered at Wadham to talk maths for six weeks.
They are taking part in PROMYS Europe, a six week residential maths programme designed to encourage mathematically ambitious students who are at least 16 to explore the creative world of mathematics. Participants tackle fundamental mathematical questions within a richly stimulating and supportive community of fellow first-year students, returning students, undergraduate counsellors, research mentors, faculty, and visiting mathematicians.”
Summer (School) Time in Oxford and the Livin’ is Mathematical
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford – 29 July 2016
“This summer, about 200 teenagers will take part in mathematical summer schools hosted by Oxford Mathematics in the Mathematical Institute. Here is their story.
First to arrive were the 24 students from 15 countries across Europe who are taking part in PROMYS Europe.”
Excellence in maths
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 20 July 2016
“An international group of 24 young people representing some 15 countries has gathered at Wadham for a summer of maths.
Aged between 16 and 19, each of the participants in the six week PROMYS summer programme shares not only a passion for mathematics, but also a talent for the subject.
Wadham College Sub Warden and Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute, Nicholas Woodhouse commented: “They are an extraordinarily bright group of secondary school students from all over Europe. The quality of applications to the programme was extremely high.””
Making Maths Work
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 5 August, 2015
“Promising young mathematicians from across Europe have gathered at Wadham to talk maths for six weeks in a programme funded by the Clay Mathematics Institute and Wadham donors.
Taking part in the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists, PROMYS Europe, the students, aged 16 to 18, have been carefully selected for their ability and potential in maths.
Mentoring the students are five counsellors, some of whom are former PROMYS participants from the maths summer schools held at Wadham and in Boston in previous years.”
Latymer Link – February 2015
Written by 2014 CMI-PROMYS Scholar Joshua Garfinkel
“Early in 2014, I heard about an opportunity being offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute for twelve students from across Europe to participate in the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS), a six week programme run at the University of Boston for high schoolers with a passion for mathematics.”
Maths with the Masters
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 14 August, 2014
“A presentation by Wadham Emeritus Fellow Sir Roger Penrose was a highlight of a Maths Masterclass for talented European school students at Wadham.
The week-long residential class gives bright secondary school students, aged between 16 and 18, the opportunity to spend a week in Wadham College learning mathematics through a mixture of lectures and tutorials, and discovering what life as an Oxford student would be like.”
A Celebration of the Mathematical Work of Glenn Stevens
Conference on p-adic Variation in Number Theory (Glennfest), 2-6 June, 2014
Professor Barry Mazur (Harvard University)
“What a great idea to have this conference celebrating the mathematical work of Glenn Stevens!”
FLAME: Journal of Mandoulides School, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 2014
Written by alumnus and 2013 CMI-PROMYS Scholar Spyros Koutroulis
“I have always believed that mathematics provides the prism through which one understands the world, as well as a means to understand oneself and express one’s feelings. Mathematicians experience the challenge of solving a problem fueled with the same excitement and anticipation as the members of a band, about to perform live, in front of a crowd for the first time.”
Oxford Workshop on Developing Exceptional Talent in Mathematics
Clay Mathematics Institute Annual Report, 2013
“The workshop brought together invitees from the US and Europe to share their extensive experience, accumulated wisdom, questions and sometimes divergent opinions relating to the identification, encouragement, and training of exceptionally gifted young mathematicians.”
Developing Exceptional Talent in Maths
Wadham College, University of Oxford – 22 August, 2013
“Wadham welcomed twelve young mathematicians, aged between 16 and 18, to a week-long mathematics masterclass this August.
This inaugural masterclass gave talented young European secondary school students the opportunity to spend a week in Wadham College learning mathematics through a mixture of lectures and tutorials, and discovering what life as an Oxford student would be like.”
CMI-PROMYS International Alliance
Clay Mathematics Institute Annual Report, 2013
“The CMI-PROMYS International Alliance launched in 2013 with a successful summer program that extended and strengthened the longstanding partnership of the Clay Mathematics Institute and the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS). The goals of the first year were to build a bridge from PROMYS at Boston University to the Oxford Masterclasses in the UK, and to establish the foundations on which to create, in Europe, a sister program to PROMYS.”