Gap Year (08/2012-06/2013)

From August 2012 until February 2013 I worked as a tutor at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Sénégal. After this interned with the Global Public Policy Institute till summer 2013.

12/2012-present | Together with two friends I started the African Opportunity Network supporting gifted Africans pursuing an academic career. In November 2012, Professor Banyaga visited AIMS Sénégal to give a lecture series on Symplectic Geometry and a talk on career building for Africans. There he pointed out that many Africans have severe disadvantages when they apply for PhD positions and Master's programs just because they are unfamiliar with the Western education system. Furthermore, also many of their professors who write recommendation letters do not know what Western universities expect. Kouakep Tchapthié Yannick, one of our student, asked if there exists a support network for Africans, but we could not find a fitting project. Therefore, Kouakep, Pavel and I started the African Opportunity Network to bring African talents in contact with mentors from all over the world and to provide up to date information about the application process at most Western universities.

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09/2012-05/2013 | I started the production of an outreach video for AIMS Sénégal and the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative. Moran Pascal, Pavel Chvykov and I are working on an outreach video for AIMS in general and AIMS Sénégal in particular. The video targets at both, possible investors/supporter of AIMS and at prospective students who want to learn more about the opportunities provided by AIMS. For this, we will use a mixture of interviews and documenting footage to give a concise summary of the concept "Building Science in Africa" and an overview how the study program is structured. We already did our first interviews with representatives of the German Ministry for Education and Research that funds a faculty position in applied mathematics based at AIMS Sénégal.