Organizing Committee
  • Robyn Brooks
    Boston College
  • Ty Frazier
    University of MInnesota
  • Paige Helms
    University of Washington
  • Ryan Moruzzi Jr
    California State University, East Bay
  • Anisah Nu’Man
    Spelman College
  • Christopher O'Neill
    San Diego State University
  • Javier Ronquillo Rivera
    Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics
  • Sherilyn Tamagawa
    Davidson College

The primary mission of the Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium (USTARS) is to showcase the excellent research conducted by underrepresented students studying topology and algebra. Dedicated to furthering the success of underrepresented students, USTARS seeks to broaden participation in the mathematical sciences by cultivating research and mentoring networks. USTARS is open to all people interested in the topological and algebraic fields.

A note from the organizing committee:

Applicants, for those wanting to give a talk at the conference there is an application deadline of February 26 at 11:59 pm for speakers in order to make a timely decision. We have funding from the NSA for some per diem for both days of the conference, which will also be decided from applicants who apply by the deadline. If you do receive funding, you are required to attend the entire conference.

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • Virtual Attendee
  • Nachiketa Adhikari
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jonathan Alcaraz
    University of California, Riverside
  • Jose Aranda Cuevas
    University of Iowa
  • Andrea Arauza Rivera
    Cal State East Bay
  • Shivam Bhatt
    University of Toronto
  • Robyn Brooks
    Boston College
  • Abigail Burnett
    Iowa State University
  • Maxine Calle
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Nikita Campos
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Yassin Chandran
    The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Henry Chimal-Dzul
    Ohio University
  • Shakuan Frankson
    Howard University
  • Ty Frazier
    University of MInnesota
  • Jacob Garcia
    University of California, Riverside
  • Helen Grundman
    Bryn Mawr College
  • Kimberly Hadaway
    Williams College
  • Pamela Harris
    Williams College
  • Paige Helms
    University of Washington
  • Lydia Holley
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kim Holman
    Auburn University
  • Emily Hoopes-Boyd
    Kent State University
  • Janet Huffman
    University of Kentucky
  • Erik Insko
    Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Leah Leiner
    Temple University
  • Marissa Loving
    Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
  • Brittney Marsters
    San Diego State University
  • Gage Martin
    Boston College
  • Ryan Moruzzi Jr
    California State University, East Bay
  • Mariah Moschetti
    San Diego State University
  • Evangelos Nastas
  • Anisah Nu’Man
    Spelman College
  • Christopher O'Neill
    San Diego State University
  • Ashley Pallone
    Ohio University
  • Candice Price
    Smith College
  • Sarah Pritchard
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Asiyeh Rafieipour
    Ohio University
  • Stephanie Reyes
  • Elena Rodriguez Chavez
    University of California Riverside
  • Javier Ronquillo Rivera
    Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics
  • Amanda Ruiz
    University of San Diego
  • Noelle Sawyer
    Southwestern University
  • Mohd Ibrahim Sheikh
    Pusan National University
  • Shannon Talbott
    Moravian College
  • Sherilyn Tamagawa
    Davidson College
  • Andrew Tawfeek
    Amherst College
  • Kalani Thalagoda
    University Of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Trang Tran
  • Jagerynn Verano
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Andres Vindas Melendez
    University of Kentucky
  • Brandis Whitfield
    Temple University
  • Robin Wilson
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Majed Zailaee
    Ohio University

Application Information

ICERM welcomes applications from faculty, postdocs, graduate students, industry scientists, and other researchers who wish to participate. Please fill out the application form to register for the event.

Your Visit to ICERM

ICERM Facilities
ICERM is located on the 10th & 11th floors of 121 South Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island. ICERM's business hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm during this event. See our facilities page for more info about ICERM and Brown's available facilities.
Traveling to ICERM
ICERM is located at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence's T.F. Green Airport (15 minutes south) and Boston's Logan Airport (1 hour north) are the closest airports. Providence is also on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. In-depth directions and transportation information are available on our travel page.
ICERM's special rate will soon be made available via this page for our preferred hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown. ICERM also regularly works with the Graduate Hotel and Hilton Garden Inn who both have discounted rates available. Contact before booking anything.
The only way ICERM participants should book a room is through the hotel reservation links located on this page or through links emailed to them from an ICERM email address ( ICERM never works with any conference booking vendors and never collects credit card information.
Those traveling with family who are interested in information about childcare and/or schools should contact
Technology Resources
Wireless internet access ("Brown-Guest") and wireless printing is available for all ICERM visitors. Eduroam is available for members of participating institutions. Thin clients in all offices and common areas provide open access to a web browser, SSH terminal, and printing capability. See our Technology Resources page for setup instructions and to learn about all available technology.
Discrimination and Harassment Policy
ICERM is committed to creating a safe, professional, and welcoming environment that benefits from the diversity and experiences of all its participants. Both the Brown University "Code of Conduct", "Discrimination and Workplace Harassment Policy", and "Title IX Policy" apply to all ICERM participants and staff. Participants with concerns or requests for assistance on a discrimination or harassment issue should contact the ICERM Director or Assistant Director; they are the responsible employees at ICERM under this policy.
Exploring Providence
Providence's world-renowned culinary scene provides ample options for lunch and dinner. Neighborhoods near campus, including College Hill Historic District, have many local attractions. Check out the map on our Explore Providence page to see what's near ICERM.

Visa Information

Contact for assistance.

Eligible to be reimbursed
B-1 or Visa Waiver Business (WB)
Ineligible to be reimbursed
B-2 or Visa Waiver Tourist (WT)
Already in the US?

F-1 and J-1 not sponsored by ICERM: need to obtain a letter approving reimbursement from the International Office of your home institution PRIOR to travel.

H-1B holders do not need letter of approval.

All other visas: alert ICERM staff immediately about your situation.

ICERM does not reimburse visa fees. This chart is to inform visitors whether the visa they enter the US on allows them to receive reimbursement for the items outlined in their invitation letter.

Financial Support

As this program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ICERM is required to collect your ORCID iD if you are receiving funding to attend this program. Be sure to add your ORCID iD to your Cube profile as soon as possible to avoid delaying your reimbursement.
Acceptable Costs
  • 1 roundtrip between your home institute and ICERM
  • Flights on U.S. or E.U. airlines – economy class to either Providence airport (PVD) or Boston airport (BOS)
  • Ground Transportation to and from airports and ICERM.
Unacceptable Costs
  • Flights on non-U.S. or non-E.U. airlines
  • Flights on U.K. airlines
  • Seats in economy plus, business class, or first class
  • Change ticket fees of any kind
  • Multi-use bus passes
  • Meals or incidentals
Advance Approval Required
  • Personal car travel to ICERM from outside New England
  • Multiple-destination plane ticket; does not include layovers to reach ICERM
  • Arriving or departing from ICERM more than a day before or day after the program
  • Multiple trips to ICERM
  • Rental car to/from ICERM
  • Flights on a Swiss, Japanese, or Australian airlines
  • Arriving or departing from airport other than PVD/BOS or home institution's local airport
  • 2 one-way plane tickets to create a roundtrip (often purchased from Expedia, Orbitz, etc.)
Reimbursement Requests

Request Reimbursement with Cube

Refer to the back of your ID badge for more information. Checklists are available at the front desk and in the Reimbursement section of Cube.

Reimbursement Tips
  • Scanned original receipts are required for all expenses
  • Airfare receipt must show full itinerary and payment
  • ICERM does not offer per diem or meal reimbursement
  • Allowable mileage is reimbursed at prevailing IRS Business Rate and trip documented via pdf of Google Maps result
  • Keep all documentation until you receive your reimbursement!
Reimbursement Timing

6 - 8 weeks after all documentation is sent to ICERM. All reimbursement requests are reviewed by numerous central offices at Brown who may request additional documentation.

Reimbursement Deadline

Submissions must be received within 30 days of ICERM departure to avoid applicable taxes. Submissions after thirty days will incur applicable taxes. No submissions are accepted more than six months after the program end.