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!

**Time:**Fridays 12 PM - 1 PM**Room:**2-449 (For Fall 2020, Zoom)**Mailing List (subscribe or unsubscribe)****Speaker signup sheet**

Date | Speaker | Title |
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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!

**2020-2021:**Catherine Wolfram, Calder Morton-Ferguson, Alexander Ortiz**2019-2020:**Luis Kumanduri, Ethan Sussman, Roger Van Peski**2018-2019:**Robert Burklund, Greg Parker, Ruoxuan Yang**2017-2018:**Robin Elliott, Jesse Freeman, Kaavya Valiveti

**Why should I give a talk?**- It's a great chance to practice giving a talk in an informal and friendly setting;
- You can share some cool mathematics you have been thinking about recently, can be your own work or other's work;
- You get a free meal from the restaurant of your choice;
- Your fellow students will know you better;
- As the old saying goes, there's no better way to learn than to give a PuMaGraSS talk.
**What makes a good PuMaGraSS talk?**- A broad outlook of a line of research, for instance something you may have seen in lectures, seminars, or work by your advisor;
- Anything that's well-suited to pictures and visual aids rather than technical details;
- Something that everyone, especially non-experts, can get something out of. Applications and down-to-earth examples work wonders!