About Prefresher

The Math Prefresher is an opportunity for incoming graduate students in the Harvard Government Department to refresh their knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and familiarize themselves with statisical programming. 

The mathematics topics discussed include basic function and set notation, derivative and integral calculus, probability, linear algebra, and optimization. Programming topics cover important uses of R and typesetting in LaTeX. The course requires no previous knowledge of programming, and we design the course so students of all levels learn something from participating. No grades are given. No attendence is taken. But almost every incoming student attends every year, regardless of background.

The Math Prefresher has been held every summer since 1996, with Gary King as the faculty advisor, and distinguished senior graduate students as teachers: