Gauss once said: "Mathematics is the queen of the science." The charm of mathematics encourages so many people to explore in this area. With pride and joy, I had the opportunity to be part of the first academic summer camp held by the School of Mathematical Sciences and Graduate School of USTC this summer.
The Camp included academic seminars, mathematics competition and lab and campus tours. The participants came from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Jilin University, Sichuan University and many other "985 Project" universities. This one-week event allows the students to know cutting-edge mathematical research and feel the academic environment of USTC.
In the morning of July 11th, the opening ceremony was held at the conference room of the First Teaching Building. Prof. Jing Tu, Associate Dean of Graduate School delivered the welcome address. Prof. Jiayu Li, Executive Dean of School of Mathematical Sciences gave a brief introduction of the Summer Camp.
The Summer Camp included a series of seminars. Professor Jiayu Li lectured “Introduction to the geometric analysis”; Professor Wenbin Guo brought the students to explore the mysteries of mathematics. They also included “Morse theory and quantum vacuum” by Professor Hu Sen, “Theory and applications of geometric shape” by Professor Jiansong Deng, “Power system” by Professor Wen Huang, and “Introduction of discrete and finite element method” by Professor Yanfu Xu. "They used a simple and persuasive way to teach us, and thus we could appreciate the fun and charm of mathematics as well as know the new knowledge and views of mathematics." Participants mentioned to the reporter. Jun Wang, one of the participants told me: "This is my first time to visit USTC and to attend so many seminars given by well-known professors. The kindness and professionalism of the professors impressed me a lot.”
If the seminars were a “function”, then a variety of group activities such as mathematics competition, visit to the History Museum, group games, movies, discussions and award reception would be a “complex function”. In the Camp, they helped each other and learned together at the USTC. "We acted like a family, although we had not known each other at the beginning. We raced together, studied together, and played together.” Wang Yi, a student from Jilin University told the reporter.
Time flies, particularly when people have a good time. The Sumer Camp ended with the award reception. The participants were so reluctant to leave each other, but they would start a new journey with all they have harvested at the USTC.