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Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:05 am
by stardust
Is anyone considering or will be attending Cambridge? If so, which program and did you get funding?
I guess what I really want to know is, is the year long program in Cambridge worth attending?

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:20 pm
by drken
indeed, i'll be going to cambridge next year for the Part III Maths. i didn't get funding from cambridge or any of the british scholarships, but i did win an NSF, so i'm going to use the first year of that to fund my studies for the Part III. i'm really looking forward to it!

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:14 am
by Helio
the holy math tripos.... if had only been accepted three years ago

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 10:01 pm
by stardust
@drken
Didn't you have to write a proposal for the NSF of what you will be working
on and researching? Are they really letting you give American funding to the
UK?

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 11:53 pm
by jdhooghe
part 3 maths?

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:15 am
by stardust
NSF reimburses you for the Cost of Education up to a maximum of $10,500 per fellowship year.
So, it may mean that you are still paying something for the part III tripos, no?

It may even mean paying about the same amount by the time the conversion is done. Is that really funding when you have to pay 10K yourself to apply a
paid for $10K? I suppose its better than nothing.

I'm surprised the NSF doesn't pay in full.

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 7:44 pm
by Helio
jdhooghe wrote:part 3 maths?


The Cambridge and Oxford math and science majors are based a tripos. Basically in the UK you only have three years to finish your bachelor degree because they don't have any general requirements. Part 3 is the last and hardest part, it is basically the whole grail of undergrad mathematics education in the UK

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 12:13 am
by will
the whole grail, eh?

... And here I've spent all these years just lookin' fer the holy part.

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 1:31 am
by jdhooghe
No general education must be sooooo nice

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 4:18 am
by drken
@stardust:

NSF fellowship = $30,000 stipend + $10,500 for cost-of-education

you can use it abroad (read through the documentation on their website -- note that this is not true for the NDSEG fellowship)

i did indeed write a proposal for what i would be working on when i applied for the scholarship, but after winning the scholarship i just submitted a "change of plan" or something like that, which was then approved by the NSF. so i guess yeah, they are "letting [me] give American funding to the UK", lol

the stipend + cost-of-education actually adds up to almost the exact cost of the part III (modulo minor deviations due to living expenses, etc.)

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:07 pm
by Helio
jdhooghe wrote:No general education must be sooooo nice


Well if you change majors you have to start over. think about that. there is no real space to take "fun" classes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_ ... cal_Tripos

will wrote:the whole grail, eh?

... And here I've spent all these years just lookin' fer the holy part.


i talked to a cambridge prof about his time tin teh tripos and he was talking about like it was is goal in life to get through it

Re: Cambridge anyone?

Posted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:46 am
by stardust
Is the pgre part of the NSF application? Just curious how deeply the pgre can screw us :)