PuMaGraSS is a friendly graduate student seminar that takes place every Friday during the semester and includes (free!) lunch. Every week features a casual talk by a graduate student from our department on an exciting mathematical topic.

Although there is a "pure" in the name of the seminar, we also welcome talks on combinatorics, probability theory, dynamical systems and more!



MIT Events Calendar
Date Speaker Title
Sep. 25, 2020 Ethan Sussman What is a Quantum Field Theory?
Oct. 2, 2020 Yan Sheng Ang Computing fractal dimension: McMullen's eigenvalue algorithm
Oct. 9, 2020 Jonathan Tidor Roth's Theorem in F_3^n
Oct. 16, 2020 Elia Portnoy Knot Distortions
Oct. 23, 2020 Alexey Balitskiy On the isometric conjecture of Banach, which might not hold for dimension 133
Oct. 30, 2020 Anlong Chua Positive polynomials and sums of squares
Nov 6, 2020 Andrey Khesin What is the configuration space of a cockroach?
Nov 13, 2020 Pu Yu The KPZ equations & their applications
Nov 20, 2020 Robin Elliott Auction Theory
Dec 4, 2020 Roger Van Peski TBD


It is a tradition that three second year PhD students run PuMaGraSS. It is a fantastic experience!

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