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Yulia's Dream


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Yulia’s Dream is a free math enrichment and research program for exceptional high school students (grades 9-11) from Ukraine. Under this program, students would meet online once a week in small groups to study advanced math topics beyond high school curriculum or work on math research projects under the guidance of academic mentors from among MIT Math Department graduate students and MIT math majors. The instruction will be available in Ukrainian, English and Russian.

Yulia’s Dream is an initiative under PRIMES – Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The working groups at Yulia's Dream will operate similarly to those at PRIMES-USA, the remote section of PRIMES.

The deadline for applications was April 12, 2022. Applicants were asked to solve the entrance problem set (see solutions). Applications are no longer accepted.

The program started with 48 students in late May 2022. The program will work through the summer and fall of 2022, with possible extension through the spring of 2023.

Pavel Etingof, How to Succeed in Mathematical Research / Павло Етiнгоф, Як досягти успiху в математичних дослiдженнях.

Yulia’s Dream is dedicated to the memory of Yulia Zdanovska, a 21-year-old graduate of the National University of Kyiv, a silver medalist at the 2017 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad, and a teacher for the “Teach for Ukraine” program who was killed by a Russian-fired missile in her home city of Kharkiv. We hope to help other Ukrainian boys and girls fulfill her dream.

Biographical podcast about Yulia Zdanovska (in Russian and English)

Yulia's Dream in the Media:

“Yulia’s Dream” to support young, at-risk Ukrainian students of mathematics: MIT Department of Mathematics launches a free math enrichment and research program for Ukrainian high school students and refugees (MIT News, March 30, 2022)

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To support Yulia’s Dream, we need your help! Please send a check to:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
P. O. Box 412926
Boston, MA 02241-2926
Make the check out to "MIT" and in the memo field put "Yulia's Dream for PRIMES fund # 3653720."
Or, you can just click on the button below and choose "PRIMES Endowed Fund in Mathematics (3653720)" and designate your contribution “in memory of Yulia Zdanovska.”
We appreciate your support!

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With questions, please contact Yulia's Dream program coordinator Dmytro Matvieievskyi