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 familiarizing themselves with statiscal 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 both students of all levels learn something out of participating.

The Math Prefresher has been held every summer since 1996 (with Gary King as the faculty advisor). Previous instructors include: