The Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of South Ural State University combines three faculties: a Faculty of Physics, a Faculty of Chemistry and a Faculty of Mathematics, Mechanics and Computer Science. Students of the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics acquire not only fundamental knowledge, but also applied skills, and participate in interdisciplinary projects thanks to an in-depth study of related sciences within the educational process. Why is it worth choosing this Institute? Let us tell you about it.
Education and Science for Successful Career
We should note that students of the Institute not only receive fundamental knowledge in the field of physics, chemistry, mathematics and information technology, but also acquire such competencies and skills that allow them to be successfully implemented in the chosen field. The quality of education at the Institute is confirmed by the demand for graduates: programmers, business and web analysts, scientists, physicists, engineers in the field of electronics and nanoelectronics, and chemical and environmental engineering specialists. Education obtained at the Institute makes it possible to build a successful career in big companies and the opportunity to create your own business projects. The pride of the Institute are the powerful scholarly traditions of mathematicians, mechanical engineers, physicists and chemists. The results of research by the scientists at the Institute are known all over the world; it is confirmed by high citation indices, and personal invitations to foreign scientific forums. It is here that fundamental and applied world-class projects are created.
From the first year of training students of the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have the opportunity to participate in the Olympiads in competitive programming, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Preparation for the competition is carried out under the guidance of experienced teachers and instructors. The university supports active students and pays for their trips, including abroad. Students of the Institute win and become prize-winners in various all-Russian and international Olympiads and competitions, what gives them the opportunity to receive an increased scholarship.
The Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has three international research laboratories supervised by leading foreign scientists. Applied semigroup studies are being conducted in the field of fundamental mathematics in one of them; in another laboratory, multiscale modelling of multifunctional compounds including directed modification of molecular crystal structures is being carried out. The Laboratory of Molecular Electronics is developing nanomaterials for solar cells. Students also have the opportunity to try themselves in science, to be engaged in research work both in these laboratories and within scientific schools at the departments of the Institute. As a rule, such students publish their works, including in high rated journals, and include that in their student portfolio.
However, not only the human resources of the Institute make it possible to get a quality education. It is important that the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has one of the best scientific and laboratory facilities, and is also fitted with advanced equipment. It helps students to gain laboratory skills during their studies and research activities.
We should note the work of the students of the Institute in project-based learning. It is implemented in the following fields:
- 03.04.01 Applied Mathematics and Physics (“Software Package for Modelling the Behaviour of Continuous Media under Dynamic Loads” project);
- 05.04.06 Ecology and the Use of Natural Resources (“Reagent-free (Photocatalytic) Water Purification from Pollutants Resistant to Oxidation” project);
- 18.04.02. Energy and Resources Conservation Processes in Chemical Technology, Petrochemistry and Biotechnology (“Integrated Use of Water Resources” project);
- 04.04.01 Chemistry (“Modelling the Structure and Properties of Crystalline and Hybrid Nanomaterials” project).
Here, students under the guidance of experienced tutors solve complex technological and scientific problems at the request of enterprises.
In addition, interdisciplinary projects are being implemented at the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students and teachers participate in the projects of historians and engineers, journalists and ecologists, economists and physiologists: “Smart Transport” as part of a “Smart City” regional project, “Eco-Monitor”, “Virtual Museum of South Ural Writers”, “Historical Reconstruction of the City of Chelyabinsk”, “EuroFactCheck”, “Robotization of Payroll Accounting and Personnel Calculations”, and others.
Highly qualified specialists work at all departments of the Institute. Professors and associate professors manage the research work of students, young teachers help former schoolchildren to adapt to student life. The teachers of the Institute are constantly improving themselves, trying to keep up with the “trends” of modern science and technology, and offering students not “dry” excerpts from textbooks, but practice-oriented knowledge.
Fields of Study
All the fields of study of the Institute are popular among the applicants, as it is shown by the annual increase in passing grades, despite a fairly large number of state-financed places.
The number of state-financed places for the 2020/2021 academic year as per the fields of study:
- Applied Mathematics and Computer Science – 32;
- Applied Mathematics – 18;
- Mathematics and Computer Science – 25;
- Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Modelling– 18;
- Applied Mathematics and Physics – 17;
- Electronics and Nanoelectronics – 25;
- Chemistry – 25;
- Chemical Technology – 22;
- Energy and Resource Conservation Processes in Chemical Technology, Petrochemistry and Biotechnology – 22;
- Ecology and the Use of Natural Resources – 25.
A specific feature of all the programmes in the field of information technology of the Institute is the fundamental character of knowledge provided in the field of mathematical sciences and computer technology. In addition, each field has its own “flavour”. Considerable attention is paid to the training of specialists in the skills of algorithmic design and development of computer programs to solve problems in various fields of human activity in natural sciences, technology, economics and management. So, a unique educational programme (01.03.04 Applied Mathematics) is implemented at the Institute, after which you can become a system analyst engaged in economic analysis and forecasting the risks in the world market.
The combination of fundamental mathematical education with in-depth training in programming enables graduates in the field 01.03.02 Applied Mathematics and Computer Science to master and understand new methods of security and protection of software systems, develop and justify their own solutions, and not just apply ready-made schemes. Graduates of 01.03.03 Mechanics and Mathematical Modelling, 03.03.01 Applied Mathematics and Physics gain the skills of mathematical simulation of physical processes, are able to create and apply mathematical models and software systems for a wide range of tasks in aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear energy and other high-tech industries.
Engineering fields of study of the Institute are extremely popular among employers. Students of 11.03.04 Electronics and Nanoelectronics gain knowledge in modern fields of development of electronics, as well as the use of computer and electronic technology in the automation of production and communications. Now students are offered courses in quantum electronics and quantum computing. These are those fields in physics that are the future of electronic media. The Institute (18.03.01 Chemical Technology) trains qualified personnel for enterprises of the metallurgical and energy complex, engaged in the processing of natural energy carriers and the production of metallurgical fuel, electrodes, refractory materials, structural and special carbon materials.
In the light of modern problems the humanity is facing, it is impossible not to note the filed of study 05.03.06 Ecology and Natural Resource Utilization. Graduates and students of this field are engaged into solving environmental problems in water treatment, gas and wastewater treatment, waste management, creating and introducing new effecicient technologies.
Strong Relations with Employer
“The popularity of our fields of study is confirmed by the high demand for our graduates from employers. The Institute has an Upgrade club for meeting with employers. The representatives of various companies and enterprises tell students about the competencies that employers are currently interested in, invite students for practical training, internships, and make job offers,” said Alena Zamyshlyaeva, Director of the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Every department has its own partners. The Institute’s close relationship with employers provides graduates with vacancies. Often students with good academic performance begin their professional path during their studies at the senior years of studies. Employers offer students flexible hours so that they can learn to a full extent. And this is beneficial for the employer, since he gets a specialist who is “nurtured” for his requirements and tasks.
Not Only Textbooks Create Scientific Elite
The Institute has an “Artificial Intelligence” student project bureau with the direct participation of IT companies involved in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Numerous tasks are solved within the framework of project teams: detection of defects in production, voice cloning, text synthesis, human skeletonization, behaviour analysis, intellectual search, and a number of others.
“I can state for sure that our graduates are employed according to their professions, and active students are noticed at the Olympiads and are invited to take internships and practical training in big companies such as Google, Yandex, Mail.ru,” commented Alena Zamyshlyaeva.
The Institute itself is the organizer of an individual and team championship in programming PrimeTime, an open team Olympiad in Mathematics. For many years, the “Mathematical Competition in SUSU” group has been operating, which is dedicated to contests, mathematical battles and Olympiads in mathematics. Sponsors and organisers are partner companies of the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, including 3DiVi, TapClap, CompassPlus, Fuse8, Applied Technologies, Everypixel.
Many students take actively participate in the scientific activities of the Institute, working in scientific teams. However, it should be noted that students are not only engaged in study and science. From the first years of study, they participate in the creative and sport life of the university, organize informal events such as Mister and Miss of the Institute, Pi Day, IT Carnival, New Year, and traditional professional holidays: Programmer’s Day, Mathematician's Day, Chemist's Day, Physicist's Day, Ecologist's Day. And among international students living in the dormitories, annual culinary master classes are held with the participation of the Director of the Institute.
“Students have a lot of opportunities! All they need is their willingness to participate in the life of the university,” stated Alena Zamyshlyaeva.
Students are engaged in numerous SUSU creative teams, work in construction teams and are engaged in volunteer activities. Any extracurricular activities of students are evaluated and help them to receive increased scholarships and grants.
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