**Develop** your talent.**Realize** your potential.**Achieve** your goals.

**Develop** your talent.**Realize** your potential.**Achieve** your goals.

Do you have the spirit?

In order to honor the legacy of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Spirit of Ramanujan STEM Talent Initiative supports emerging engineers, mathematicians, and scientists who lack traditional institutional support through financial grants and mentorship opportunities.

Who we are.

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Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, University of Virginia

Vice President of the American Mathematical Society

Vice President of the American Mathematical Society

R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University

National Coach, U.S. International Mathematics Olympiad Team

Founder, Expii.com

National Coach, U.S. International Mathematics Olympiad Team

Founder, Expii.com

Curriculum Developer, Art of Problem Solving

Vice President of Production, Pressman Film

Canada Research Chair in Mathematics, University of British Columbia

The Spirit of Ramanujan logo is inspired by Ramanujan’s beautiful formula for the number 3 expressed as an **infinite nested** radical:

As is typical of many of Ramanujan’s formulas, this tidbit turns out to be a glimpse of a general phenomenon.

Apply by
March 1, 2020
to be considered
for this year’s awards

We’re here to foster your passion for math and science. Ambitious, exceptional students often need resources that don’t exist in the traditional classroom.
Although offers will be made on a rolling basis, we will give full consideration to complete applications received before March 1, 2020.

Who we are.

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Apply by

March 1, 2020

to be considered

for this year’s awards

We’re here to foster your passion for math and science. Ambitious, exceptional students often need resources that don’t exist in the traditional classroom.
Although offers will be made on a rolling basis, we will give full consideration to complete applications received by March 1, 2020.

Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, University of Virginia

Vice President of the American Mathematical Society

Vice President of the American Mathematical Society

R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University

National Coach, U.S. International Mathematics Olympiad Team

Founder, Expii.com

National Coach, U.S. International Mathematics Olympiad Team

Founder, Expii.com

Curriculum Director, Art of Problem Solving

Vice President of Production, Pressman Film

Canada Research Chair in Mathematics, University of British Columbia

The Spirit of Ramanujan logo is inspired by Ramanujan’s beautiful formula for the number 3 expressed as an **infinite nested** radical:

Recreations of Ramanujan’s handwritten letters, produced for the film *The Man Who *

Knew Infinity.

Knew Infinity.

Meet the winners.

Anand (he has no last name) is an exceptional 16-year-old high school math whiz who hails from Rajasthan, India. Anand has already published his first research paper, a study of exceptional units in algebraic number theory. With the help of online resources, he has mastered undergraduate mathematics, and he is now pursuing his research in number theory under supervision of professors at the Harish Chandra Research Institute. He will use his SOR fellowship award to buy advanced mathematics books for his research career.

AnandIndia | 2020
Ahmed is a 15-year-old who hails from Qatar. By the age of 12, he had mastered all of the advanced mathematics courses offered by his school. Since then, Ahmed has been independently studying the undergraduate and graduate mathematics curriculum using resources available on the internet. As a young child, he discovered his own formula for the sum of powers of natural numbers and hopes to pursue research in the mathematical sciences in the future. Largely self-taught, Ahmed’s performance in mathematics competitions and examinations has ranked among the best both regionally and globally. He will use the Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support his participation in the World Online Olympiad Training (WOOT) program.

Ahmed AshrafQatar | 2020
Hailing from Pune, India, Neelima is a junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taken graduate courses in algebra, number theory and complex analysis. She has already written two papers on her original research in mathematics. She will use the Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), and to study minimal permutation representations of finite groups with mathematician Ramin Takloo-Bighash.

Neelima BoradeIndia | 2020
Kaylee Chen is a 14-year-old who hails from Irmo, South Carolina. She is an accomplished pianist and violinist who also enjoys creative writing. She has gained experience through math competitions and has started to conduct her own math research. Kaylee will use the Spirit of Ramanujan Award to study number theory at the Ross Mathematics Program.

Kaylee ChenUSA | 2020
Letong (Carina) is an 18-year-old college student from China. She has taken graduate classes in different branches of mathematics, and she has been conducting original research. She is active in many sports, including competitive cheerleading, swimming, and running. Letong is excited about exploring the beauty of number theory by doing summer research in modular forms at the University of Virginia.

Letong (Carina) HongChina | 2020
Jonas is a high school senior at the Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an expert unicyclist, and a mathematics whiz. He has already published two original research papers in number theory. He will use his fellowship to support his research in algebraic number theory and class field theory at the University of Virginia.

Jonas IskanderUSA | 2020
Jaehyun Lee is a freshman at Seoul National University who has shown extraordinary talent in physics, mathematics, and competitive programming. His prior research includes work in applied mathematics, combinatorics, and physics. Jaehyun will use the Spirit of Ramanujan Award to obtain educational resources to further his self-study and research at the intersection of physics and mathematics.

Jaehyun LeeKorea | 2020
Rupert is a high school senior from Oregon. He is a competition mathematics whiz who has also excelled in national chemistry, computing, history and physics competitions. Furthermore, his research in environmental science is award-winning. His original research in mathematics is on the sandpile group. Rupert will use his Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to attend the Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Rupert LiUSA | 2020
Shiva is a 16-year-old from California who attends Stanford Online High School. Shiva has excelled at global and national competitions in mathematics and computer science. This budding computer scientist and mathematician appeared twice on the TV game show *Who Wants to be a Millionaire?* Beyond mathematics, Shiva enjoys live action role play (LARP) and Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Shiva will use his Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support his participation in the 2020 Awesome Math summer program.

Shiva OswalUSA | 2020
Espen is a high school freshman who teaches collegiate math topics at Berkeley Math Circle. He has co-authored several research papers in combinatorics, and he delivered lectures on his findings at professional conferences. He also presented an individual research project at the Shing-Tung Yau Science Award 2019 after having received First Prize in Mathematics at Broadcom MASTERS 2018. A Minor Planet was named “34379 Slettnes” in his honor as recognition for his mathematics talent. He will use his Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support his participation in the Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Espen SlettnesUSA | 2020
Pranay Talla is a 17-year-old from New York. In addition to excelling in competitions like USAMTS, he has completed graduate-level mathematics coursework and conducted interdisciplinary research spanning the fields of biology and mathematics. He is using his Spirit of Ramanujan award to obtain educational resources for his continued self-study and research.

Pranay TallaUSA | 2020
Alexis is a high school junior from Edina, Minnesota. She has excelled in national math competitions, and she has mastered an impressive collection of advanced topics in mathematics. She also founded a “Math Club for Girls” in the Twin Cities. Alexis will use her Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to obtain important educational resources for her continued self-study of advanced mathematics.

Alexis YiUSA | 2020
Tiger is a 12-year-old math wizard from Southern California. Qiao is extremely passionate about math. He started doing his math research at a very young age. He uses math everywhere, from showing there are only 5 regular polyhedrons to making a hyperbola from a lampshade. Qiao wants to become a mathematician like Ramanujan who can use the originality and creativity of his work to change the world. He will use the SOR award for AoPS classes.

Qiao (Tiger) ZhangUSA | 2020
Shengtong is a college sophomore who has already published several papers in combinatorics. He has excelled in competition mathematics winning an International Mathematics Olympiad gold medal and earning the title of Putnam Fellow. He will use his Spirit of Ramanujan fellowship to pursue research on the pseudorandom distribution of prime numbers with mathematician Ken Ono from University of Virginia.

Shengtong ZhangChina | 2020
Yagmur is 17 years old, and she is a promising mathematician who hails from
Istanbul, Turkey. She excels in art, creative writing, and mathematics. She will useher Spirit of Ramanujan Templeton Fellowship to study in AwesomeMath (Cornell).

Yagmur BingulTurkey | 2019
Yunseo is a high school sophomore who excels in mathematics, but also is actively
involved in her school newspaper and its athletics program. For fun she provides
statistical analyses for her school’s varsity teams. An accomplished young
mathematician, she will use her fellowship to conduct research in mathematics at
Emory University.

Yunseo ChoiKorea | 2019
Paul has been active in the Art of Problem Solving community, and he has been
conducting research in computer science. He plans to use his Spirit of Ramanujan
Fellowship to support his participation in AwesomeMath.

Paul HamrickUSA | 2019
Anna Krokhine is a 15 year old 11th grader from Toronto, Canada who plans to pursue a career in mathematics. Anna has found mathematics on her own, and she has excelled in competition mathematics. This year she was named to Team Canada for the European Girls Mathematics Olympiad, earning a bronze medal. Anna will use her Spirit of Ramanujan Templeton-Ramanujan Fellowship to support her participation in a US based research program. She is considering PROMYS and the Canada/USA MathCamp.

Anna KrokhineCanada | 2019
Sandra is a 20-yr-old college student from Uttar Pradesh, India who intends to pursue a career in theoretical physics. She is fascinated by phenomena which arise at the intersection of mathematics and physics as found in string theory and quantum field theory. Despite her young age, she has already published three popular books in India. She will use her SOR fellowship to support her research with Stanford physicist Shamit Kachru.

Sandra NairIndia | 2019
Rachana is an 11th grader who has already conducted original research in mathematics that she has presented at professional conferences. She plans to pursue a career in the mathematical sciences, and she plans to use her fellowship to engage in a high level research program.

Rachana MadhukaraUSA | 2019
Razzi is a 12 year old who is already taking graduate level mathematics at Florida International University. An avid computer programmer and budding mathematician, Razzi will use his Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support his participation in 2019 AwesomeMath.

Razzi MasroorUSA | 2019
Apoorva is a budding artist and mathematician who has appeared on NBC's *Genius Junior* game show. She also performs hundreds of hours of community service. She will use her Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support her participation in the 2019 Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Apoorva PanidapuUSA | 2019
Alex is a 20-year-old Romanian mathematician who is pursuing a career in number theory. Although he is only a college sophomore, he has already written 5 papers. He will use his fellowship to pursue research with Fields medalist Terry Tao and Ken Ono.

Alexandru PascadiRomania | 2019
Junyao is a college sophomore is a standout in mathematics competitions who has already conducted graduate level research in analytic number theory and combinatorics. He will use his fellowship to pursue research on the distribution of prime numbers with Stanford mathematician Jesse Thorner.

Junyao PengChina | 2019
Carl is an 18 year old math whiz from the Phillippines. He has been active participant in the Art of Problem Solving activities, and he has organized research communities in informatics and mathematics in his home country. Carl used his Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to participate in PROMYS 2019 at Boston University.

Carl QuinesPhillippines | 2019
Nathra is a freshman high school who hails from Naperville, Illinois. She is a standout vocalist, competitive tennis player, and budding mathematician. The 2018 Illinois MathCounts champion will use her Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to attend Awesome Math in 2019.

Nathra RamrajvelUSA | 2019
Moses is an extraordinary young student who excels in chess and mathematics. He is also actively involved in the wider STEM community. For example, he has been named a World Science Scholar. He has already mastered graduate-level mathematics, and he plans to use his Fellowship to participate in a high-level summer research program.

Moses Samuelson-LynnUSA | 2019
Ivy is a high school senior from La Mesa, California who is a budding chemist and mathematician. She has excelled at the national level in chemistry and mathematics competitions, and she looks forward to conducting mathematics research with a mentor in summer 2019. She will use her Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support her participation in the Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Ivy SauberanUSA | 2019
Espen is a homeschooled 8th grader who hails from Berkeley, California. He is already conducting original research in mathematics, and he is taking graduate mathematics classes at UC Berkeley. A planet was named in his honor in recognition of his research in mathematics. He will use his Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship to support his participation in the 2019 AwesomeMath summer program.

Espen SlettnesUSA | 2019
Sinar is an 11-year-old 6th grader in Lebanon who has completed all of the mathematics courses available to him at his local school. He has devoured mathematics offerings that he has found on the internet (e.g. YouTube). He is now studying graduate-level mathematics courses, and he wishes to pursue a career in the mathematical sciences. Sinar will use his Templeton-Ramanujan Fellowship to support his research with Professor Wissam Raji, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the American University of Beirut.

Sinar ZaitoLebanon | 2019
Serena is a 15-year-old math whiz from Brookings, South Dakota who has been teaching herself mathematics using resources she has found on the internet. She used the SOR award to support her participation in a summer research program in 2018.

Serena AnUSA | 2018
Ahmed is a 12-year-old student who was recently discovered by math professors at Texas A&M University (Qatar campus). His performance on Olympiad qualification problems ranks among the 2-3 best in the region for students ages 15-18. He used the SOR award to participate in the AwesomeMath program in 2018 in Arlington, Texas with fellow awardee Liu.

Ahmed AshrafQatar | 2018
Himanshu is a 19-year-old college student who has studied Ramanujan’s notebooks, unraveling some of the enigmatic entries to obtain new theories on the number theory of integer partitions. His SOR award funded a comprehensive library of advanced mathematics books that shares with his fellow classmates at the Lucknow Christian College in Uttar Pradesh.

Himanshu BajpaiIndia | 2018
Derek is an 11-year-old math whiz who lives in San Diego. Confirming his prodigious performance on the expii website, Derek has become a leading figure in the Art of Problem Solving online forum. His dream is to represent the US in the International Mathematics Olympiad. He used the SOR award to support his participation in AwesomeMath in 2018 in Arlington, Texas with fellow awardee Ashraf.

Derek LiuUSA | 2018
Luke is a 14-year-old homeschooled math whiz who has mastered undergraduate mathematics courses by the age of 9. His dream is to become a mathematician or President of the United States. He used his SOR award to buy advanced mathematics books to help launch his research career.

Luke RobitailleUSA | 2018
Espen is a 12-year-old homeschooled math whiz who exhibited extraordinary talent as a 4-year-old by counting the number of configurations of shadows that could be produced by flipping light switches in his home. Using resources he has found on the internet, he has already mastered the standard undergraduate mathematics curriculum. He used the SOR award to participate in the Canada-USA Mathcamp in 2018.

Espen SlettnesUSA | 2018
Adit, a 19-year-old undergraduate, entered the Indian Institute for Science in Bengaluru having already completed the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. He has been conducting research on elliptic curves with the faculty at IIS. SOR is excited to offer him the opportunity to develop his ideas with the Number Theory Research Group at Emory University in 2019 where he will work with Professor Ono.

Adit VishnuIndia | 2018
Bishoy Adel, 17, has been studying advanced math on his own since he was 13. He has mastered graduate-level mathematics in Galois theory and hopes to become one of Egypt’s leading mathematicians. Bishoy's Spirit of Ramanujan Award supported his participation in the Modern Mathematics program in Bremen, Germany.

Bishoy AdelEgypt | 2017
Kendall Clark is a tenth grader at the Park School in Baltimore, Maryland. Kendall excels in her mathematics classes while also finding time for soccer and theatre. She used her Spirit of Ramanujan Award to pursue research in applied mathematics.

Kendall ClarkUSA | 2017
Dean Cureton is a seventh grader in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with his fellow winner Catherine Yeo, Dean used the Spirit of Ramanujan Award to support his research on elliptic curves and the Riemann Hypothesis for polynomials arising from algebraic number theory.

Dean CuretonUSA | 2017
Sanath Devalapurkar is a 17-year-old talent from India. He has taught himself algebraic topology and cryptography, and he is an expert computer programmer. He used his Spirit of Ramanujan Award to pursue research in arithmetic geometry with NSF CAREER award winner David Zureick-Brown.

Sanath DevalapurkarINDIA | 2017
Martin Irungu is a 17-year-old math genius from Nairobi, Kenya. Irungu has taught himself an extraordinary amount of graduate-level mathematics on his own. He used his Spirit of Ramanujan Award to support his participation in the 2017 Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Societies in Atlanta. Martin plans to pursue his mathematics degrees in the U.S.

Martin IrunguKENYA | 2017
Ishwar Karthik is a 14-year-old math genius from Qatar. As a 10-year-old, he discovered his own formulas for the digits of Pi. Ishwar used his Spirit of Ramanujan Award to support his participation in the 2017 Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Societies in Atlanta. He also used it to support his participation in AwesomeMath 2017, an elite program for exceptionally gifted mathematics students.

Ishwar KarthikQATAR | 2017
Catherine Yeo is a 15-year-old from California who attends Stanford Online High School. Along with fellow winner Dean Cureton, Catherine used the Spirit of Ramanujan Award to support her research on elliptic curves and the Riemann Hypothesis for polynomials arising from algebraic number theory.

Catherine YeoUSA | 2017
Weitao Zhu is an exceptional Chinese national who has already published original research on tilings of the hyperbolic plane. Largely self-taught, she has become an expert in many areas of advanced mathematics. She used the Spirit of Ramanujan Award to support her research in the mathematics and physics related to moonshine theory.

Weitao ZhuCHINA | 2017
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“I have not trodden through a conventional university course, but I am striking out a new path for myself.”

Srinivasa Ramanujan

The Spirit of Ramanujan Talent Initiative is headed by Ken Ono, the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society and the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia. He served as an associate producer and mathematical consultant for *The Man Who Knew Infinity*, a feature film about the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

From time to time, creative fireballs burst onto the scene propelling human thought forward. What if Ramanujan had not reached out to, or been taken seriously by Hardy? Like SETI, constantly listening for signals of alien intelligence, we as a global civilization must scan our cities, towns, and villages for the next Ramanujans.

Samples from Ramanujan’s last letter to his mentor, G. H. Hardy.