Research Project Supervisors

Research Project Supervisors


The AIMS Master’s in Mathematical Sciences incorporates a significant research project, constituting one-third of the course’s curriculum.

The purpose of an AIMS research project is to:

  • provide students with the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with an expert supervisor on a research endeavor;
  • engage students in the comprehensive process of reviewing, comprehending, and articulating scientific or mathematical concepts;
  • optionally conduct experiments – whether computational or otherwise – and document the findings;
  • result in the creation of a scientific report.

The project involves a literature survey and exploration of cutting-edge methodologies, tailored to equip students initiating their research journey in Mathematical Sciences. Typically, it includes practical examples, potentially through computation or simulation, along with independent exploration. Ideally, the chosen topic prepares the student for further academic pursuits such as a research-based MSc or a Ph.D., or for career pathways in commerce, industry, or government sectors. Notably, several students have successfully published their research outcomes in esteemed international peer-reviewed journals during the project’s culmination, underscoring its scholarly significance.


The project phase spans three months, during which students may still be engaged in coursework initially. This initial period is designated for background reading which is essential for the project. Subsequently, upon the conclusion of coursework, students dedicate six weeks exclusively to the project. This phase involves increased interaction with the supervisor – typically weekly – and entails intensive work and report composition. While each student is assigned a tutor for support, the tutor’s role is separate from that of the supervisor.

The academic calendar for a given year typically follows this outline:

  • Project proposal submission until: end February
  • Project Start: mid March
  • Dissertation submission: 3rd week of May
  • Oral Defense: first half of June


Supervisors may be remote or based in Cameroon, with both approaches encouraged to facilitate students’ exposure to the global scientific community. Supervisors are expected to possess expertise relevant to the project’s domain, guiding students through their research endeavors and elucidating intricate concepts. Throughout the three-month research period, supervisors are expected to maintain regular interaction, promptly addressing queries and providing feedback on drafts.

The culmination of the project involves a 15 to 20-minute oral presentation followed by a discussion and question session. Supervisors are required to participate in the evaluation process, either in person or virtually via platforms like Zoom, Google Meet or Skype.

Subject to funding availability, supervisors working with at least two students may have the opportunity to visit the center and collaborate closely with their students. This initiative not only fosters mentorship but also facilitates collaboration among students sharing similar research interests.

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