Why IGERT?

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Fundamental problems in the theory of fundamental particles, quantum gravity, the science of materials, the emergence of cognition, disease epidemiology and economic forecasting all draw from a set of common mathematical concepts and techniques in geometry, complex classical and quantum systems, and probability theory.

Students trained in a variety of mathematical techniques, broadly educated in the applications of these techniques and experienced in communicating their ideas across disciplines will best be able to respond to new scientific problems whose solution requires advanced mathematics, sophisticated modeling and the management of large data sets.

To achieve this goal, the IGERT program includes hands-on experience through interdisciplinary research rotations; interdisciplinary coursework; co-advisors outside of a student's discipline; intensive NECSI-led summer institutes; an IGERT seminar series; and the opportunity for internships at the International Center for the Theoretical Sciences in Bangalore, India.

Students will also learn how to communicate their work to prospective science students and the public via lectures, the Brandeis Science Posse program and the Acton Discovery Center.