Conference on Strengthening Community in Research Mathematics

The Conference on Strengthening Community in Research Mathematics will take place February 17-18, 2023, in Claremont, California. There is funding available, but priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty with limited funding. If you are interested in being considered for funding, please register for SCRM 2023 by January 4, 2023. The conference is generously supported by NSF grant 2228858.


February 17 - February 18
All times in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Friday, February 17

8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Coffee and registration
Outside Rose Hills Theatre

9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Opening address
Alex Barrios, University of St. Thomas
Tyler Billingsley, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Ami Radunskaya, Pomona College
Rose Hills Theatre

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Professional Society Spotlights
MAA: Cynthia Wyels, CSU Channel Islands
NAM: Omayra Ortega, Sonoma State University
The Math Alliance: David Goldberg, Purdue University
BEAM: Jacob Castaneda, Art of Problem Solving
MSRI: Hélène Barcelo, MSRI
AWM: Ami Radunskaya, Pomona College

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Keynote address: What is the Riemann Hypothesis, and why does it matter?
Ken Ono, University of Virginia
Rose Hills Theatre

12:35 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Edmunds Ballroom

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Keynote address: Building a mathematical research community for social justice
Carrie Diaz-Eaton, Bates College
Rose Hills Theatre

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Talk for students
Mark Ward, Purdue University
Argue Auditorium (Estella 1051)

Undergraduate Research: Choosing Problems and Getting Published
Stephan Garcia, Pomona College
Emmy Noether Room (Estella 1021)

3:50 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Panel: Options after undergrad
Sofia Martinez, Purdue University
Karina Montilla Edmonds, SAP
Robin Wilson, Loyola Marymount University
Argue Auditorium (Estella 1051)

Panel: Options after grad school
Tamara Veenstra, University of Redlands
Jacob Bond, General Motors
David Goldberg, Purdue University
Cory Colbert, Washington & Lee University
Emmy Noether Room (Estella 1021)

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Networking banquet
Edmunds Ballroom

6 p.m.

Remarks by Ken Ono
Edmunds Ballroom

7:30 p.m.

Edmunds Ballroom

Saturday, February 18

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Outside Rose Hills Theatre

9 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Talk 1
Talitha Washington, Clark Atlanta University
Seaver North Auditorium

9:50 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Compositions of Belyī Maps and their Monodromy Groups
Jacob Bond, General Motors
Seaver North Auditorium

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Good abc triples and good isogeny classes of elliptic curves
Alex Barrios, University of St. Thomas
Seaver North Auditorium

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Doms Lounge

1 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

The Galois action on the exceptional curves of del Pezzo surfaces
Rachel Davis, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Rose Hills Theatre

1:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Trees and free groups
Robert Dicks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rose Hills Theatre

2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Keynote address: Arithmetic Progressions on Cur
Alejandra Alvarado, Eastern Illinois University
Rose Hills Theatre

3:40 p.m.

Rose Hills Theatre

The two-day conference will consist of a Friday session devoted to the mathematics community, with events for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The Saturday session is dedicated to uplifting researchers in number theory and algebraic geometry. The conference will strengthen the mathematical research community by gathering researchers in cutting-edge mathematics, highlighting the strategic role and importance of our professional organizations, and by disseminating successful strategies to enable mathematicians from traditionally underrepresented groups to flourish. The conference will not only enhance the flow of talent into the mathematics research community but also help upgrade the demographic reach and capabilities of the entire STEM pipeline. Amongst our invited speakers are Alejandra Alvarado, Stephan Garcia, Lily Khadjavi, Ken Ono, and Talitha Washington.

The conference will achieve its goals in several ways. General audience research talks will be in the core fields of number theory and algebraic geometry and will be designed to facilitate future collaborations while providing a supportive environment for young mathematicians from underserved backgrounds to experience the beauty and power of number theory and algebraic geometry. We will also address relevant questions that undergraduate and graduate students have about the profession with talks and panel discussions on the graduate school admission and matriculation process, navigating the mathematical discipline as a member of a currently underrepresented group, the multitude of career opportunities that one can pursue with a graduate degree in mathematics, and managing academic and nonacademic job ladders. Faculty will in turn participate in talks and panel discussions that address mentoring students from underrepresented groups and how to engage undergraduates in their research.

SCRM 2023:

  • Centering BIPOC research mathematicians
  • Workshops on career development and mentoring
  • Research talks
  • Networking opportunities
  • Spotlights on professional societies

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