DMiR-Director’s Mathematician in Residence Program

The BSM Director’s Mathematician in Residence Program (DMiR) is conducted under the direction of the BSM North American office. The program is open to individual faculty members, as well as to research teams of two or more scholars applying jointly. Spend three weeks during the summer as the BSM Director’s Mathematician in Residence in beautiful Budapest, and enjoy a unique opportunity for professional development, networking, and collaboration with renowned Hungarian mathematicians. Gain valuable international experience, as well as a firsthand look at the BSM program and all it offers to participating undergraduate students.

The program funds travel to Hungary and housing in Budapest. Office space, internet access, and a math library will be available. In addition to providing in-country support, local BSM staff will coordinate a social program including an orientation, city tour, and welcome banquet. Faculty members accepted to the program (DMiR scholars) will be expected to be available to BSM students two to three hours per week and to give a short lecture series, targeted to BSM students, on their research area.

Applications will be accepted beginning Fall 2019 for Summer 2020. Faculty application deadline is December 1, 2019.

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Meet our BSM DMiR Scholars for Summer 2019!

Arthur Benjamin earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon and his PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins. Since 1989, he has taught at Harvey Mudd College, where he is Professor of Mathematics and past Chair. In 2000, he received the Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching by the Mathematical Association of America, and served as the MAA’s Polya Lecturer from 2006 to 2008. His research interests include combinatorics and number theory, with a special fondness for Fibonacci numbers. Many of these ideas appear in his book (co-authored with Jennifer Quinn), “Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof”, published by MAA. In 2006, that book received the Beckenbach Book Prize by the MAA.  Professors Benjamin and Quinn were the editors of Math Horizons magazine from 2004 through 2008. He is the 2017 recipient of the Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. He has created five DVD courses for The Great Courses on The Joy of Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, The Secrets of Mental Math, The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles, and his latest course on Math & Magic. He is a past winner of the American Backgammon Tour.

Dr. Benjamin is also a professional magician who performs his mixture of math and magic to audiences all over the world, including the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He has demonstrated and explained his calculating talents in his book “Secrets of Mental Math” and on numerous television and radio programs, including The Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has been featured in Scientific American, Omni, Discover, People, Esquire, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reader’s Digest. Reader’s Digest calls him “America’s Best Math Whiz.”


Aaron Abrams and James Pommersheim (team).

Aaron Abrams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Washington and Lee University. He conducts mathematical research in many areas, with interests overlapping the traditional boundaries of geometry, topology, group theory, probability, and combinatorics. In 1992 he became the first undergraduate student from UC Davis to attend the Budapest Semesters program.  He has enduring memories of strong coffee and mákos csiga, teaching Hungarians to throw a frisbee on Margit-sziget, and meeting and talking with Paul Erdös. He is excited to be returning to Budapest in summer 2019 with Jamie Pommersheim, his long-time collaborator, where the two will study triangulations of a square.


Jamie Pommersheim is the Katharine Piggott Professor of Mathematics at Reed College. Like Abrams, he also has fond memories of studying at the Budapest Semesters program in Spring 1986, during the second year of the program’s existence.  His research interests include quantum computation and toric varieties, a subject that links algebraic geometry to convex polytopes. Together with Erica Flapan and Tim Marks, he wrote the elementary number theory text Number Theory: A Lively Introduction, with Proofs, Applications, and Stories, published by Wiley in 2010.  His time in Hungary taught him never to shy away from a good problem, and he is greatly looking forward to returning to Budapest this summer. 

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