|The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative is presented by Ken Ono, Asa Griggs
Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University; Expii, the open, personalized
learning platform; and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, in conjunction with IFC
Films and Pressman Film, producers of the motion picture The Man Who Knew Infinity.
The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative strives to find undiscovered
mathematicians around the world and match them with advancement opportunities.
The creators of the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative were inspired by the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a gifted mathematician and the subject of the film. In 1913, Ramanujan, a poor Hindu college dropout who was self-taught in mathematics, reached out to renowned British mathematician G.H. Hardy in his search for mathematical peers and colleagues. Hardy was so astonished by Ramanujan’s mathematical theories that he invited Ramanujan to Cambridge to study and collaborate. From the start, Ramanujan was fighting against the odds because of his poverty, his location, and the inflexibility of formal schooling. Yet with his brilliant mind, his dreams, and the support of the mathematical community, he defied those odds and went on to change the future of mathematics. Together with Hardy, Ramanujan innovated vast tracts of mathematics before returning to India in fragile health. Tragically, he died at 32, leaving three enigmatic notebooks that drive cutting-edge research to this day.
Selected individuals will be awarded Templeton-Ramanujan Scholarly Development Prizes to use for furthering their educational pursuits and development. Just as Ramanujan’s journey 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, 2017. There, they will engage with award-winning mathematicians (e.g., Fields Medalists, Cole Prize winners, Steele Prize winners, etc.) Organized by the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, the JMM is the largest annual mathematics conference in the world. Its purpose is to advance mathematical achievement, encourage research, and provide the communication necessary to progress in the field.
In the spirit of Ramanujan, up to 10 participants will be offered financial support to attend and participate in approved summer research in mathematics such as the REU in Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory at Emory University.
(*) Cover Letter which summarizes a candidate's dreams, goals, and wishes.
(*) Research statement which offers examples of a candidate's accomplishments and mathematical creativity.
(*) Two reference Letters
(*) Publication List (optional)
(*) Curriculum Vitae
(*) Academic Transcripts (unofficial ok)