FGV CDMC provides opportunities for mathematics and science talents to go to university
Wellington José Leite da Silva, a 19-year-old of humble origins from Maceió, has not had an easy life, but despite this he won a silver medal at the Brazilian Public School Mathematical Olympiad. As a result of this achievement, he was invited to take FGV’s university entrance exam. After passing one of Brazil’s most fiercely contested selection processes, Wellington was able to study at FGV, thanks to its Center for the Development of Mathematics and Science (FGV CDMC).
Through FGV CDMC, Wellington is now in the third semester of an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics at the FGV School of Applied Mathematics (FGV EMAp), with a full scholarship. His plan for the future, in relation to his professional and academic life, is to work in research. “I have always loved science and I want to be able to go down this path,” he says.
He has loved mathematics since he was a child, as he always liked to play around with numbers. “I think of mathematics as a language to understand how the world works. I think it’s incredible,” he says.
Wellington, who studied at local government schools, won a silver medal at the first edition of the Brazilian Public School Mathematical Olympiad, in 2018. The following year he was invited to study at a private school with a full scholarship, and the same year CDMC gave him the opportunity to take FGV’s university entrance exam.
According to Wellington, the institution has excellent infrastructure and despite the pandemic and need for online classes, its professors and tutors are able to provide a lot of support and there are good opportunities for students. Even though the classes were shifted to online mode, Wellington has spent most of the time in Rio de Janeiro, at FGV’s expense, where he has participated in a natural language processing project led by Professor Alexandre Rademaker of FGV EMAp, at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of Social Sciences (FGV CPDOC).
The Center for the Development of Mathematics and Science (FGV CDMC) was created in 2017 in order to identify talented public school students with a special gift for learning mathematics, offering them the opportunity to take FGV’s undergraduate and graduate courses in Rio de Janeiro.
Over the last few years, FGV CDMC’s Talent Selection Project has invited students at non-selective schools who excelled in the Brazilian Public School Mathematical Olympiad, as well as a smaller number of students recommended by their school for their excellent performance, to take FGV’s university entrance exam in Rio for one of the following undergraduate courses: Applied Mathematics, Data Science and Artificial intelligence, Economics, Law, Humanities and Administration.
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