Parsa Kavakani

Parsa KavkaniParsa Kavkani

The University of Adelaide

Biography

I am Parsa, 18 and studying Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide.

I was born in Tehran, Iran.  I was highly interested in numbers and their relationships since early years. In Year 5, I was one of the few out of over a million students who were selected through the entrance exam to study at Allameh Helli School of Gifted and Talented Students, where I studied for the next five years.

After that, I moved to Australia with my family. Due to my strong results, I was exempted to do Year 11 as well as being awarded a scholarship to do my first year university courses while doing Year 12. I ended up receiving Merit awards for my high school mathematics from the governor of SA and achieving high distinction in all courses at university.

My research interest is pure mathematics, particularly number theory. During 2013 summer, I had a wonderful research experience in partition of integers under supervision of Dr Pedram Hekmati at Adelaide University.

As an AMSI scholar this summer, I am doing a research into Dirichlet’s Theorem of Arithmetic Progressions under supervision of Dr Hang Wang.

I am an active member of Adelaide University Mathematics Society and have been elected to serve as the Vice-President of society for academic year 2015.

I have been a private mathematics tutor to several primary school, high school and university students in order to improve their knowledge as well as their problem solving skills.

My main hobby is playing piano which I have enjoyed for over a decade. In my high school graduation ceremony, I performed Beethoven piano sonata no. 14 for an audience of 2000. Other than that, I enjoy playing chess as well as playing and watching tennis.

I also work at McDonald’s during weekends, which familiarizes me with teamwork as well as work places.

Dirichlet’s Theorem of Arithmetic Progressions and Generalisations

This project is a research into the field of analytic number theory in pure mathematics. Our project concerns distributions of prime numbers in natural numbers, a very remarkable subject relating to one of the Millennium Prize Problems: Riemann Hypothesis.  The component of the research consists of understanding fully the proof of the Dirichlet’s Theorem on distribution of primes in arithmetic progressions, some computational study of open problems generalising Dirichlet’s Theorem and a survey of some milestone work on variations of the Dirichlet’s  theorem. The research will develop further interests and analytical skills in pure mathematics.

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