Organizing Committee
Abstract

The transition to independent learning and research is a crucial and often jarring point in every graduate student's career. This transition is even more difficult for students from marginalized groups, who often have smaller support systems and may face an actively unsupportive environment at their institution. The goal of this workshop is to support, mentor, and guide students at this crucial stage in their career.

During the workshop, mentors will guide the student participants through the (often very daunting!) experience of trying to read a paper without being an expert in the area. The participants will be broken into small working groups, each focused on a recent paper in their area of interest. Each group will be assisted throughout the week by mentors, both early career mathematicians (late stage graduate students or postdocs) and faculty members. The topics covered in this workshop will be Number Theory, Combinatorics, Commutative Algebra, and Geometry/Topology.

The professional development component of the Roots of Unity Workshop will focus on practical tools for navigating a research career, while building community and increasing access to professionals or near-peers. These will include in-person panels and activities during the workshop and follow-up (virtual) activities throughout the year to continue nurturing the community and connections.

The program is tailored to support women of color, and our strategies reflect this priority. However, if you are a graduate student in your first three years of study and believe that this workshop will benefit you, please apply. We especially encourage applications from students of color who are women, nonbinary, and/or gender fluid.

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Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • Virtual Attendee
  • Yasmin Aguillon
    University of Notre Dame
  • Renee Bell
    Lehman College
  • Christine Berkesch
    University of Minnesota
  • Tori Braun
    University of Minnesota
  • Naiomi Cameron
    Spelman College
  • Aalliyah Celestine
    Tulane University
  • Judy Chiang
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Ahmed Zawad Chowdhury
    University of Washington
  • Mallory Dolorfino
    University of Washington
  • Shalom Echalaz Alvarez
    University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Luz Grisales Gomez
    University of Washington
  • Yifan Guo
    Brown University
  • Sydney Hernandez
    UC Santa Cruz
  • Amanda Hernandez
    Brown University
  • Sujung Jo
    Brown University
  • Pooja Joshi
    Texas A&M University
  • Nikou Lei
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Haydee Lindo
    Harvey Mudd College
  • Michelle Manes
    American Institute of Mathematics
  • Devanshi Merchant
    University of Utah
  • Ava Mock
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Kelie Momo Nizegha
    Clemson University
  • Priyam Patel
    University of Utah
  • Candice Price
    Smith College
  • Porfi Rodriguez
    University at Buffalo
  • Claudia Rodriguez
    American Institute of Mathematics
  • María Sabando Alvarez
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Chandrika Sadanand
    Bowdoin College
  • Adriana Salerno
    National Science Foundation
  • Noelle Sawyer
    Southwestern University
  • Bianca Thompson
    Westminster University
  • Dalena Vien
    Bryn Mawr College
  • Bianca Viray
    University of Washington
  • Huong Vo
    Louisiana State University
  • Shanise Walker
    Clark Atlanta University
  • Ashley Wheeler
    Centre College

Workshop Schedule

Monday, June 10, 2024
  • 8:30 - 8:50 am EDT
    Check In
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 8:50 - 9:00 am EDT
    Welcome
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
    • Brendan Hassett, ICERM/Brown University
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am EDT
    Intros
    Welcome - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 10:00 - 10:30 am EDT
    Norm Setting Intro
    Welcome - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Norm Setting
    Meeting - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 12:30 - 1:45 pm EDT
    Lunch/Free Time
  • 1:45 - 2:30 pm EDT
    Tools for Mathing
    Tutorial - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Track Intros
    Meeting - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
    Track Intros
    Meeting - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 5:00 - 6:30 pm EDT
    Welcome Reception
    Reception - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Lunch/Free Time
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
    Session on belonging with Alycia Mosley Austin
    Professional Development - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
    Free Time
    Lunch/Free Time
Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • 9:00 - 10:25 am EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 10:25 - 10:30 am EDT
    Group Photo
    Group Photo (Immediately After Talk) - 11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Lunch/Free Time
  • 2:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
    Afternoon tour of American Mathematics Society HQ and publishing
    Outside Tour - AIM
Thursday, June 13, 2024
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Lunch/Free Time
  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Professional Development Session
    Professional Development - 11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
Friday, June 14, 2024
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Group Work
    Assigned Group Work Space
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT
    Lunch/Free Time
  • 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT
    Group Presentations
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm EDT
    Coffee Break
    11th Floor Collaborative Space
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm EDT
    Group Presentations
    11th Floor Lecture Hall
  • 4:30 - 5:00 pm EDT
    Full Group Wrap-Up
    Closing Remarks - 11th Floor Lecture Hall

All event times are listed in ICERM local time in Providence, RI (Eastern Daylight Time / UTC-4).

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  • Other contiguous US: $850
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  • All other locations: $1,500
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Reimbursement Deadline

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Projects

Number Theory

Renee Bell (Lehman College), Bianca Thompson (Westminster University)

More info to come

Geometry/Topology

Noelle Sawyer (Southwestern University), Chandrika Sadanand (Bowdoin College)

More info to come

Commutative Algebra

Haydee Lindo (Harvey Mudd College), Ashley Wheeler (Centre College)

More info to come

Combinatorics

Naiomi Cameron (Spelman College), Shanise Walker (Clark Atlanta University)

More info to come