Introduction

From: Professor Gene Wayne, Director of Graduate Admissions and Professor Matthew Szczesny, Director of Graduate Studies

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at Boston University.

We are a Group I department in the ranking of the National Research Council. We offer a strong research environment in algebra, applied statistics, dynamical systems, geometry, mathematical neuroscience and biology, mathematical physics, number theory, partial differential equations, and probability, along with connections to algebraic geometry, applied probability, and differential geometry. We also offer unique interdisciplinary opportunities in biomedical engineering, experimental and computational neuroscience, mechanical engineering, and physics.  These opportunities are strengthened through our faculty members’ participation in the Program in Neuroscience, the Bioinformatics Program, the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), and the new Hariri Center for Computing.

Many of our faculty have won prestigious fellowships, such as Fulbrights, Guggenheims, and Sloans, and we have one recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award.

To apply to both our program in pure & applied mathematics or our program in probability & statistics, you submit an application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Almost all of our students begin their programs in the fall semester and almost all of our financial aid is earmarked for applicants to the PhD program.

Please note that all of your application materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate School, not to our department.

We offer a number of fellowships for new PhD students. These include the Dean’s Fellowship funded by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Teaching Fellowships are also awarded to new PhD students. The duties include leading discussion sections for a large lecture class, holding office hours, grading, and some tutoring. Each position funded by a fellowship, grant, or teaching fellowship includes tuition and fees (the number of courses varies depending on duties), as well as a stipend of $20,000 for the academic year. Moreover, in most cases, our commitment of financial support is for at least five years of graduate study, subject to your making satisfactory progress toward your degree. Also, many of our students receive two or three months of summer support funded via grants and teaching opportunities, or externally via short-term memberships in national institutes, such as the Math Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California.

Many students receiving PhDs in Mathematics or PhDs in Probability & Statistics from our department go on to find excellent academic positions or positions in private industry. Moreover, a series of our recent top PhDs have received NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

We have posted answers to a number of frequently asked questions and encourage you to visit that page. If you cannot find the answers to your questions there, please contact one of us at dga@math.bu.edu (for C. E. Wayne) or at dgs@math.bu.edu (for M. Szczesny) if you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Professor Matthew Szczesny
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Professor Gene Wayne
Director of Graduate Admissions
Department of Mathematics & Statistics