Andrei Seryi, a graduate of the NSU Physics Department, Director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, Professor at Oxford University, and member of the American Physics Society, wrote an article about the NSU Specialized Educational Scientific Center on Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (SESC) for the CERN COURIER magazine. This monthly magazine covers current events in high-energy physics and related fields around the world. Seryi’s article was included in the October issue of the Journal. The publication was devoted to the 55th anniversary of NSU SESC (formerly the Physics, Mathematics School).
In his article, the author tells the story of the famous physics and mathematics school at Novosibirsk State University that was established in 1962 with the All-Siberian Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics. After that, Academician Mikhail Lavrentiev, the founder of Akademgorodok, began searching for talented children because he was convinced that the cadres for science needed to start preparing at the school level. That is how the first physics-mathematics school appeared in the country.
Currently, there are 500 students and 260 highly qualified teachers at NSU SESC. 15,000 thousand graduates have dedicated their professional lives to science, 25% have received Candidate of Science degrees and around 500 graduates have PhDs.
It is worth noting that in August, SESC NSU entered the top 5 in the annual ranking of the best schools in Russia by RAEX (Expert RA) rating agency.