Buena Vista University Student to Study Mathematics in Budapest

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Student will be the first from Buena Vista University to attend the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics study-abroad program; she will live and study in Budapest, Hungary, during spring 2015 semester.

BVU student Kelsey Mitchell will study mathematics in Budapest, Hungary, in 2015

BVU student Kelsey Mitchell will study mathematics in Budapest, Hungary, in 2015

Kelsey’s selection for this program demonstrates how hard work, innate ability and a high-quality academic program can combine to produce a powerful, world-class educational opportunity.

Buena Vista University (BVU) student Kelsey Mitchell, a senior mathematics major from Decorah, will be participating in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) academic program during the spring 2015 semester. This is the first time a BVU student has participated in the program.

The BSM program is located in Budapest, Hungary, and is a study-abroad program for American and Canadian undergraduate students who are studying mathematics. Along with mathematics, students also have the opportunity to experience the general culture of Hungary.

The BSM instructors are members of Eötvös University, the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the three institutions known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. The courses are taught in English, and most instructors have some experience teaching in North America.

“Hungary boasts an amazingly rich tradition in science and mathematics. To study mathematics in the country that has given the world the likes of John von Neumann, Edward Teller, George Pólya, Eugene Wigner and Paul Erdős should be a truly remarkable experience,” said Benjamin B. Donath, associate professor of mathematics and computer science and dean of BVU’s School of Science. “Kelsey’s selection for this program demonstrates how hard work, innate ability and a high-quality academic program can combine to produce a powerful, world-class educational opportunity.”

Students from more than 170 colleges and universities have participated in the program since it began in 1985, with some schools sending students more than once. BSM only accepts 55 to 65 students each semester.

Classes are held on the College International campus of the Technical University Budapest. The semester program runs for 14 weeks, and during that time, Mitchell will live in a furnished apartment near the university that she will rent and share with other BSM students.

“I am excited to learn all I can from the instructors at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. I am also excited to experience another culture, meet new people, and hopefully do some traveling,” said Mitchell. “The opportunity to study math, in English, in another country and all of the support and encouragement BVU has given me for travel made applying for this program a very easy decision. I have been working toward this for almost four years, and I am unbelievably excited it is becoming a reality.”

Mitchell plans to graduate from BVU in May and attend graduate school to continue her study of mathematics.

For more information regarding the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, visit http://www.budapestsemesters.com.

About Buena Vista University
Founded in 1891, Buena Vista University offers 43 majors and 15 pre-professional programs that blend liberal arts with real-world applications, preparing students for lifelong success. Its quality academic programs, faculty, facilities, and technology result in 97 percent of BVU’s recent graduates being employed or enrolled in graduate/professional schools within six months of graduation, based on a 98 percent survey response rate. Generous merit and need-based financial aid programs, and support for academic travel, research, and internships, make BVU an affordable option for all students and, combined with its academic programs, has led U.S. News & World Report to rank BVU as the third best value school among Midwest Regional Colleges and to an A-rating from Standard & Poor’s.

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