on April 26, 2017 on 4/26/17
“As Paczynski explored ways to study in Hungary, he learned about the FEA program through Bryan Messerly, the assistant director of study away programs within the Center for International and Cultural Education (CICE) on campus. “This is a big honor that recognizes not only Tim’s impressive academic record, but also his clear sense of purpose for his year abroad,” Messerly said. “Tim is an excellent example of how students can utilize a study abroad experience to enrich their education.”
One of the main reasons why Paczynski decided to apply for the study away program was the Hungarian culture and the challenge of the language, which is far different than anything he has studied before.
Through his research, he also discovered that mathematics programs in Hungary are different than those in the United States. There are a number of courses offered that piqued Paczynski’s interest, including abstract algebra, algebraic topology, and even a writing-intensive math class that teaches students how to structure their ideas into an understandable format. These will all prepare him for future plans, which include applying for graduate school to continue his career in mathematics.”