In Search of Genius: Morph.org Awards 2016 Fellowships to Six Top Student Mathematicians from India

Morph.org is delighted to announce that the Ramanujan Project has awarded this year’s Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS to six exceptionally talented low-income students in India, four of whom are new fellows and two are returning fellows.

Morph.org is funding the full costs of tuition, roundtrip airfare and living expenses for the Ramanujan Project Mehta Fellows to attend PROMYS, a prestigious six-week summer mathematics programme at Boston University in the U.S. Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are awarded based on mathematical ability: the application includes a challenging problem set, and finalists are interviewed by research mathematicians who are PROMYS alumni. Applicants also need to demonstrate financial need. The pool of Fellowship applicants in 2016 was very strong. The Ramanujan Project is creating a pipeline to enable some of the most gifted young mathematicians in India to gain the depth of mathematical understanding and research experience available to participants in top mathematics summer programmes in the United States. The pipeline is already in effect: four of the six Mehta students at PROMYS 2016 are first-year Mehta Fellows and two are Returning Mehta Fellows who were first- year Fellows at PROMYS 2015.

Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2016:


Arya Vadnere is from Pune in Maharashtra. He is 17 and will be graduating from secondary school in 2017. Arya would like to become a professional mathematician. Among his favorite topics in mathematics are topology and the geometry of multiple dimensions. Arya participated in the IMO training camp in April-May 2016. Outside mathematics, Arya’s primary hobbies are reading in a wide range of genres including biography; music, both rock and instrumental; and playing table tennis.


Neelima Borade is 17 and from Pune in Maharashtra. She wants to pursue theoretical mathematics. Neelima has learnt that mathematics is not about getting the right answer; it’s about struggling with a problem and truly understanding it. She believes the best way to study mathematics is to ask the right questions and then to try to answer them. Neelima has participated in the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) training camp and other programmes and workshops. In addition to mathematics, Neelima is a voracious reader and is passionate about dancing. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She has studied both Indian and Western classical music and plays the harmonium and the violin.


Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj is from Thrissur in Kerala. He is 17, will complete his pre-university studies in 2017, and dreams of pursuing mathematics as a career. Adit credits a three-hour lecture in elementary Number Theory he attended in 2015 with opening his eyes to the vast and beautiful topics in mathematics which he has yet to explore. As a 5-year member of his school’s quiz club, Adit has secured numerous podium finishes at the state and regional level. This year, he represented his state to win the ASISC National Quiz Competition. Adit also plays chess.


Soumen Ghosh is from Katwa in West Bengal. He is 18 and has just completed his pre- university studies. Soumen has participated in the INMO Training Camp, the IMO Training Camp, and VIJYOSHI (National Science Camp). Beyond mathematics, Soumen’s interests include reading, watching football (especially EPL, LA LIGA and UEFA Champions League), and playing football and table tennis.

Returning Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2016:


Shubham Aggarwal is 18 and comes from New Delhi. He plans to commence his undergraduate studies in Mathematics at Cambridge University in the fall of 2016 and will be participating in PROMYS 2016 as a Returning Mehta Fellow. His favourite area of mathematics is Number Theory. He believes that the beauty of mathematics doesn’t lie in complex concepts or calculations, but in simple ideas used in beautiful and unexpected ways. Shubham is also adept at computer programming and attributes his proficiency at it to his hunger to solve problems. He also loves innovative technology. Shubham is a competitive table tennis player and an avid fan of the UK football club Manchester United.


Sabir Shaik is also 18. His special interests in mathematics lie in Number Theory and Geometry. He would like to join the global team of mathematicians working on unsolved mathematical problems. Sabir has just completed his first year as an undergraduate at the Chennai Mathematical Institute and will be participating in PROMYS 2016 as a Junior Counselor. Sabir represented India in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) in 2015. He comes from a remote, rural, and drought prone district of Andhra Pradesh.

About the Ramanujan Project

The Ramanujan Project is inspired by the idea of cultivating the next Srinivasa Ramanujan: the Indian mathematical genius who a century ago rose from poverty and disadvantage to worldwide acclaim and made lasting contributions to the field of mathematics. "We want to identify the most gifted young mathematicians in India and create educational opportunities for them to flourish and contribute," said Phalgun Raju, Chairman of Morph.org. "Our vision is to expand to additional emerging markets, finding the most talented young mathematicians where they live, and create an outstanding group of alumni who may become tomorrow's leaders of scientific research at the highest levels," said Nicholas Nash, co- founder of Morph.org.

“Over more than a quarter century, we have provided an environment in which exceptionally talented young people from all over the world develop mathematical habits of mind that support independence and creativity in facing unfamiliar mathematical challenges. We welcome this opportunity to work with our friends at Morph.org to develop a network of awareness and a pipeline of opportunity for the most mathematically talented low- income secondary school students in India,” said Glenn Stevens, Director of the PROMYS programme.

About Morph.org

Morph.org is a philanthropic foundation whose unique model is to ideate, fund, and build social ventures and projects in India and emerging markets through key partners. The foundation was created by Nicholas Nash and Phalgun Raju in 2015.



In Search of Genius: Morph.org Awards The 2015 Ramanujan Project Fellowships in Mathematics

Four fellows selected after rigorous screening for the PROMYS & Ross Mathematics Programs this summer
The Ramanujan Project Leader: Nicholas Nash (Co-funded by Morph.org and The Indira Foundation)


June 22, 2015 – Morph.org is delighted to announce that the Ramanujan Project has awarded Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to four exceptionally talented low-income pre-university students in India. Morph.org and the Indira Foundation are funding the full costs of tuition, roundtrip airfare and living expenses for the four Fellows to attend a prestigious six-week summer mathematics programme in the U.S.

The Mehta Fellowships were awarded based on mathematical ability: the application included a challenging problem set. Applicants also needed to demonstrate financial need. The pool of Fellowship applicants was very strong indeed.

Sabir Shaik of Andhra Pradesh and Shubham Aggarwal of New Delhi have been awarded Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS at Boston University. Sabir Shaik is 17 years old. His special interests in mathematics lie in Number Theory and Geometry. Sabir represented India in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) in March 2015. He would like to join the global team of mathematicians working on unsolved mathematical problems. Sabir comes from Darsi, a rural, and drought prone district of Andhra Pradesh.

Shubham Aggarwal is also 17. His favourite area of mathematics is Number Theory. He believes that the beauty of mathematics doesn't lie in complex concepts or calculations, but in simple ideas used in beautiful and unexpected ways. Shubham is also adept at computer programming and attributes his proficiency at it to his hunger to solve problems. He also loves innovative technology. Shubham is a competitive table tennis player and an avid fan of the UK football club Manchester United.

Deepesh Singhal and Shravan Patankar, both of Pune, Maharashtra, have been awarded Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to the Ross Program at Ohio State University. Deepesh Singhal is 16 years old and passionate about mathematics. He would like to be a research mathematician. His interests include novels based on mathematics, listening to music, playing cricket, and competitive skating. Like Sabir, Deepesh was on the Indian team in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) in March, 2015.

Shravan Patankar, who is 17, says one reason he loves mathematics is that it can sometimes communicate “emotions” and because “the Eureka moment when you get the solution after blood, sweat and tears is amazing.” Shravan is eager for a deeply challenging summer of mathematics and also hopes to gain a community and lots of friends. Shravan’s teacher says he has delivered lectures at school in Geometry and Number Theory and informally teaches mathematics to other students. Shravan is also interested in cognitive science and likes to discuss philosophy.

The Ramanujan Project is inspired by the idea of cultivating the next Srinivasa Ramanujan: the Indian mathematical genius who rose from poverty and disadvantage a century ago to worldwide acclaim and made lasting contributions to the field of mathematics.

"We want to identify the most gifted young mathematicians in India and create educational opportunities for them to flourish and contribute," said Phalgun Raju, Chairman of Morph.org. "Our vision is to expand to additional emerging markets, finding the most talented young mathematicians where they live, and create an outstanding group of alumni who may become tomorrow's leaders of scientific research at the highest levels," said Nicholas Nash, who envisioned and is leading the Ramanujan Project and is co-founder of Morph.org.

About Morph.org

Morph.org is a philanthropic foundation whose unique model is to ideate, fund, and build social ventures and projects in India and emerging markets through key partners. The foundation was created by Phalgun Raju and Nicholas Nash in 2015.

THE RAMANUJAN PROJECT 2015 U.S. SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

Deadlines April 15, 2015 (extended) for PROMYS Program & May 1, 2015 for Ross Program
The Ramanujan Project Leader: Nicholas Nash (Co-funded by Morph.org and The Indira Foundation)


March 24, 2015 – Morph.Org, a new foundation focused on global social change through innovation and building social ventures, has announced The Ramanujan Project, a scholarship programme for exceptionally talented young mathematicians in India.

This project is inspired by the idea of finding the next Srinivasa Ramanujan: the Indian mathematical genius who rose from poverty and disadvantage a century ago to worldwide acclaim and make lasting contributions to the field of mathematics. These summer scholarships will create unique educational opportunities in the US for today’s mathematical prodigies in India. “We want to identify the most gifted young mathematicians in India to help cultivate them and create opportunities for them to flourish and contribute, through a merit-based process and demonstrated need,” according to Phalgun Raju, Chairman of Morph.Org.

“Our vision in creating these fellowships is to build toward expanding to other emerging markets, finding the most talented young mathematicians where they live, and creating an outstanding group of alumni who may become tomorrow’s leaders of scientific research at the highest levels,” said Nicholas Nash, who envisioned The Ramanujan Project and is the Co-founder of Morph.org.

Morph.org has partnered with two of the most respected pre-university mathematics summer programmes in the United States, PROMYS at Boston University and the Ross Program at Ohio State. Each offers an intensive 6-week summer immersion in mathematics, with admission decisions based solely on mathematical ability through an online admissions process that includes a challenging problem set.

Under this new scholarship programme, called the Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships, Morph.Org and the Indira Foundation will co-fund the full costs of travel, tuition, and living expenses for six weeks for four students in India each year, two at Ross and two at PROMYS. The Mehta Fellows must earn admission to one of the two programmes and must have demonstrated financial need.

“Over more than a quarter century, we have provided an environment in which exceptionally talented young people from all over the world develop mathematical habits of mind that support independence and creativity in facing unfamiliar mathematical challenges. We welcome this opportunity to work with our friends at Morph.org to develop a network of awareness and a pipeline of opportunity for the most mathematically talented low-income secondary school students in India,” said Glenn Stevens, Director of the PROMYS programme.

“For many years we have helped bright young students discover for themselves the power of abstract mathematical ideas: they consider unfamiliar questions, develop methods of solution, and justify every answer. We are pleased to join Morph.org in offering this opportunity to mathematically talented students in India,” said Daniel Shapiro, Director of the Ross Program.

Applications are available from each programme’s website and are due by April 1, 2015 and May 1, 2015 for PROMYS and Ross, respectively.


Apply to Promys Program   Apply to Ross Program