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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Student Scientific Activities
The Bolyai Institute supports the early scientific work of mathematically gifted students by providing tutoring, mentoring and by participation in the national network of competitions/conferences organized by the Council of National Scientific Students’ Associations (OTDT). Motivated students have the opportunity to do research in areas of expertise of faculty members of the Institute. Traditionally, such early scientific activity is strongly encouraged and it is considered an integral part of one's mathematical career. The national organization  Council of National Scientific Students’ Associations organizes the nationwide National Conference of Scientific Students’ Associations (OTDK), where students may present their research findings. The Conference awards various prizes which carry great prestige in the Hungarian mathematical community. Students may enter the competition with a paper which is carefully peer reviewed and presented as a conference talk. A committee consisting of experts of the particular subject area decides the ranking by taking into acount both the written evaluations and the speaker's perfomance. The Bolyai Insitute has always been one of the most active mathematical centres in Hungary including the number of students winning prizes at the Conference.

For the most outstandig achievements at the national Conference, the OTDT awards the “Pro Scientia Gold Medal” for participating students. For a lifetime of successful mentoring and support of scientific student activities the OTDT award the “Master Professor” medal for professors. In 2005, Professor Sándor Csörgő of the Bolyai Institute received the Master Professor Medal for his continued and very successfull support of talented students.   

The XXVIIIth National Conference of Scientific Students’ Associations (OTDK) was organized at the University of Szeged in the spring of 2007. Our students won the following prizes.

First Prize:
Péter Kevei (supervisor: Prof. Sándor Csörgő)
Péter Varjú (supervisor: Prof. Vilmos Totik)
Viktor Vígh (supervisors: Profs. K. Böröczky Jr. and Ferenc Fodor.)

Second Prize:
Gergely Ambrus (supervisors: Profs. András Bezdek and Ferenc Fodor)
Anna Pósfai (supervisor: Prof. Sándor Csörgő)
Gabriella Vas (supervisor: Prof. Tibor Krisztin)

The detailed prize list of the Conference is available here.

Péter Kevei and Péter Varjú received the Pro Scientia Gold Medal from the OTDT as well.