satyad18 wrote:Hello all,

I'll be attending the International Congress of Mathematicians which is in August. Can anyone suggest on how should I make the most out of it (by networking, talking to the profs & all).? And how will it affect my grad school application as a whole(lor & sop).? I'm just too excited about it, as I'll get a chance to interact with some of the best people. What do you guys think.?

Well you could write in your SOP how this experience with the famous mathematicians beefed up your already existing interest in Math, and how it would help to progress in your graduate studies. Recommendation is not something that you ask from a person with whom you spent few hours over a period of few days, no matter how much famous and eminent personality s/he is. your recommender should be able to gauge your research skills and should be able to point out your +ve traits that will prove valuable for research, which is (I think) impossible in sch a short period. Also it might give a very negative impression on you if you ask for recommendation from someone with whom you just met in a conference.

Learn from the experience and get to know about the possible fields of research in math and also the scope for research in them.