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Research Cluster 2018
In Summer 2018, I will run a research cluster on topics related to surfaces and polynomials. In particular, there will be project on mapping class groups of surfaces and on Thurston maps (branched covers of the sphere over itself), which are topological versions of polynomials.
Research Cluster 2017: Geometric Group Theory
The 2017 REU featured three projects about mapping class groups:
Participants from 2017 have been accepted to graduate school in the mathematics Ph.D. programs at Georgia Tech (four students), Wisconsin (two students), Brown, and Illinois. One student will enroll in the Masters program in data science at Harvard and one will enroll in the Ph.D. program in Computer Science at Yale. One student was accepted to the mathematics REU at Berkeley for 2018.
During the summer we also ran several professional development seminars on applying to graduate school, life as a graduate student, and making/presenting a poster.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation, the Georiga Institute College of Sciences and School of Mathematics, and the 3M Undergraduate Research Grant.
Research Group 2016: Algebraic Geometry and Geometric Group Theory
The 2016 REU did reading courses using An Invitation to Algebraic Geometry by Karen Smith and Office Hours with a Geometric Group Theorist, edited by Matt Clay and myself. We also held workshops in programming and studied research problems about automorphisms of free groups. Participants included Sarah Butchko (Indiana), Ryan Dickmann (GaTech), and Charles Wang (GaTech) and mentors included my graduate students, Justin Lanier and Shane Scott.