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Master’s Thesis Competition – Applied Mathematics

The Hugo Steinhaus Centre, acting on behalf of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, is working with BNY Mellon to organise an inaugural competition for the best master’s thesis on financial services in the field of applied mathematics - with BNY Mellon Science as the lead financial sponsor. 

Theses entered for this competition should refer to any topic in applied mathematics, using maths to solve any current financial mathematics or financial engineering problem. Rating criteria includes:

  • Original concept
  • Mathematical correctness
  • Practical application of the suggested solution


The competition is open to Master’s students at Polish Universities who graduated in 2017 or will graduate in 2018. Applications should be submitted in English or, if in Polish, must be accompanied by a full English translation. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of leading academics and finance professionals from both The Hugo Steinhaus Centre and BNY Mellon to determine three finalists.

Competition Prizes

The top three finalists will be announced during a special ceremony in November 2018. Subject to the rules of the competition, awards are as follows:

• 1st place: 15,000 PLN
• 2nd place: 10,000 PLN
• 3rd place: 5,000 PLN

How to Submit Your Thesis

The rules of the competition and instructions for how to submit your Master's Thesis are accessible from the related content section.  All information provided on this website is subject to such rules.

About BNY Mellon Science

BNY Mellon Science represents the strategic centre of excellence for quantitative and analytical work focused on risk management across BNY Mellon globally, delivering valuable insight and risk quantification across the firm. BNY Mellon Science comprises a motivated and engaged team of professionals with expertise in financial industry practices and regulation.  The team works closely with colleagues across BNY Mellon to support modelling and data analytics for the firm’s capital adequacy, market risk and enterprise risk activities, alongside quantitative support for the annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) Stress Test.

Competition Organisers

The organisers of the competition are jointly i) The Hugo Steinhaus Centre, acting on behalf of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, and ii) BNY Mellon (Poland) Sp. z o.o.