## Welcome to the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics!

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) is one of the six National Centers of Excellence in the Basic Sciences (NCOE), created on March 23, 1983 by Presidential Decree No. 1416 through Executive Order No. 889, to help advance science and technology in the country, and specifically, to strengthen and broaden the national capability to train scientific leaders and conduct research in the basic sciences.

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## IMSP Welcomes New Freshmen

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) held a virtual orientation on September 10, 2021, to formally welcome its new freshmen and to introduce them with the people and services of the Institute. This is the second time that an event of this kind was done via an online platform, last year’s being the first. There were over 300 participants including the 178 new students of the undergraduate programs offered by IMSP namely BS Applied Mathematics, BS Applied Physics, BS Mathematics, and BS Mathematics and Science Teaching (MST).

## IMSP Adopt-a-Student Program

On behalf of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP), Dr. Editha Jose would like to express her sincerest gratitude to all donors who made the Program possible. In its first implementation during the AY 2020-2021, the program was able to help a total of 67 students.

Likewise, the beneficiaries express their gratitude to the donors:

*“The assistance they gave to acquire the instruments I needed for my laboratory courses helped my family by lifting the cost of it from their shoulders.**“*

*“Mapalad po ako na bukas palad na nag-abot ng kamay at puso ang mga taong nasa likod ng IMSP [adopt program]” *

## Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante – Recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist Award

Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante is a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Award which is annually given by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). He is recognized by NAST for his outstanding work in the field of applied mathematics, particularly in the mathematical modeling of complex biological and social systems.

Currently, he plays a major role in the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team as well as serving as the consultant for COVID-19 modelling and data analytics of various organizations like Asian Development Bank, United Nations Population Fund, Zuellig Family Foundation, L4H-Philippine Society of the Public Health Physicians, and Province of Bataan. His research studies were covered by different news agencies such as CNN, ANC, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Rappler, ONE News, Philippine Star, Business Mirror, DZRH, and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.

## Former President of Mathematical Association of America Headlines UP System GE Conversation on ‘Mathematics for Human Flourishing’

Dr. Francis Su, a former president of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and currently a professor at Harvey Mudd College in California, delivered his inspirational talk last May 4, 2021 in a webinar hosted by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP), in partnership with UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA).

Dr. Su is an expert in geometry, topology, combinatorics, and game theory. He is well known for his popular speeches and features in Quanta, Wired, and the New York Times. His speech delivered to MAA spawned his Yale University Press book *Mathematics for Human Flourishing*, the recipient of the 2021 Euler Book Prize. His book included reflections with Christopher Jackson, a person who was incarcerated for his involvement with armed robberies and studied math on his own in prison.

## IMSP Alumnus Talks About Financial Literacy for the 2021 IMSP NCOE Celebration

“Sit back, relax, and be a millionaire.” – ECJose

We often put “planning for the future” as one of our least priorities because of the uncertainties the pandemic has caused. However, amidst all these, opportunities arise. One way we can capitalize on this economic downturn is to invest through stocks and funds, which, unfortunately, most Filipinos are still unfamiliar with. As part of the institute’s goal towards financial literacy, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) invited Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez III to conduct a webinar on “Successful Investing with Mutual Funds: Theory and Practice” last March 26, 2021 as part of the celebration of IMSP’s 38th Anniversary as a National Center of Excellence (NCOE) in the country.

## Celebrating IMSP’s 38th Anniversary as one of the National Centers of Excellence (NCOEs)

“The future is uncertain, but we can always prepare by equipping ourselves of the fundamentals; science and technology are considered fundamentals.” – Dr. Editha C. Jose

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) began its weeklong celebration of its 38th anniversary as one of the six National Center of Excellence (NCOE) in the Basic Sciences in the country with a two-part symposium on March 22, 2021.

## IMSP holds its first Student-Alumni-Faculty Forum

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) held the first IMSP Student Alumni Faculty Forum (IMSP SAFF 2020) last November 16, 2020. The forum was virtually attended by over 100 IMSP students, alumni, faculty members, students and teachers from science- and math-oriented high schools. For its first year, the theme of the event was “Flexing the Role of Math and Physics in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

According to Dr. Editha C. Jose, the IMSP director, the objective of this forum is to build a student, alumni, and faculty network by creating opportunities specifically to encourage collaborations and linkages among them. She also mentioned that, in this forum, students will be able to know future career opportunities in the field from the plenary talks of four distinguished alumni. FULL STORY

## IMSP's Graduate Programs

The graduate programs of IMSP are designed to deepen the understanding of students in Mathematics and/or Physics and develop their skills in performing advanced research.

**New! PhD Applied Math Program**

In a unanimous vote, the Ph. D. Applied Mathematics program was approved by the UP Board of Regents in its 1353^{rd} Meeting held online. This is also a monumental day for the UP System since this is the first and only doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics in the country.

The goal of the Ph. D. AMAT program is to produce innovative problem solvers, combining advanced-level mathematical science and domain knowledge to help address local and global challenges. Students will be trained in formulating multifaceted solutions to complex interdisciplinary problems, which will involve data analytics and informatics as well as design and future thinking. FULL STORY

**New! MS Physics Program**

The UP Board of Regents (BOR) in their 1351^{st} meeting last May 21, 2020 approved the institution of the Master of Science in Physics program that was put forward by the Physics Division, Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP). The institute will be offering the new graduate program starting the 1^{st} Semester AY 2020-2021. This is the first MS Physics program to be offered in the CALABARZON region. FULL STORY

**Newly Revised! MS Math Program**

The Master of Science in Mathematics (MS Math) is designed for those who wanted to pursue advanced knowledge in mathematics and with the intent to go to the academe, industry research, college teaching, and related fields. Students of the program are trained to acquire the mastery of mathematics and intellectual independence. The main feature of the revised MS Math program is the inclusion of three tracks: (1) Pure Mathematics, (2) Applied Mathematics, and (3) Mathematics Education. FULL STORY

## UP Scientist Awardees from the IMSP

Three professors from the Physics Division, IMSP were conferred the 2019-2021 UP Scientist 1 awards under the UP Scientific Productivity System program of the University. One faculty member, Dr. Marvin A. Albao, retained his designation while the other two, Dr. Marvin U. Herrera and Dr. Darwin B. Putungan joined the list of awardees for the first time. FULL STORY

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