Primes Logo Fourteenth Annual Spring-Term PRIMES Conference, May 19, 2024

Sunday, May 19

9:15 am: Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director

9:20-10:10 am: Session 1. Mathematics, Computational Biology, and Computer Science

  • Sophia Hou, Henrick Rabinovitz, and Derek Zhao, “Gabriel’s Theorem and the Subspaces Problem” (mentor Serina Hu)
  • Elizaveta Rybnikova, “Loop Extrusion Dynamics at Chromatin Fountains” (mentor Dr. Aleksandra Galitsyna)
  • Alan Song, “Characterizing Retry Policies for Microservice Applications” (mentor Yueying (Lisa) Li)

10:20-11:05 am: Session 2. Computer Science

  • Sophia Lichterfeld, “An Analysis of the 2024 Web Monetization Landscape” (mentor Kyle Hogan)
  • Boyan Litchev, “Improved Performance for Private Information Retrieval” (mentor Simon Langowski)
  • Dongchen Zou, “Intersection Attack in a Non-uniform Setting” (mentor Simon Langowski)

11:20 am - 12:00 pm: Session 3. PRIMES STEP

  • Aria Chen, Tyler Cummins, Rishi De Francesco, Jate Greene, Alexander Meng, Tanish Parida, Anirudh Pulugurtha, Anand Swaroop, and Samuel Tsui (PRIMES STEP Junior group), “Card Tricks and Information” (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova)
  • Nikhil Byrapuram, Adam Ge, Selena Ge, Sylvia Lee, Rajarshi Mandal, Gordon Redwine, Soham Samanta, Daniel Wu, Danyang Xu, and Ray Zhao (PRIMES STEP Senior group), “Fibonacci Party Tricks” (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova)

12:30-1:40 pm: Session 4. PRIMES Circle

  • Marisa Gaetz & Mary Stelow, PRIMES Circle coordinators, Welcoming remarks
  • Ronni Chang & Paige Zhu, “Introduction to Computation Theory” (mentor Zoe Xi)
  • Mohamed Fofana Jr. & Tanesha Nixel, “Game Theory” (mentor Sam Packman)
  • Joshua Pité & Yiying Zhong, “Overview of the RSA Cryptosystem” (mentor Honglin Zhu)
  • Ayla Lin, Kelsey Liu, & Vedika Soneji, “Intersecting Parallel Lines: Projective Geometry and its Applications” (mentor Luis Modes)

1:55-2:55 pm: Session 5. PRIMES Circle

  • Nina Lee & Yurie Lee, “Introduction to Probability” (mentor Maggie Lin)
  • Youdi (Ivy) Yao & Julia Zhou, “A Special Case of Zykov’s Theorem and the Shifting Method” (mentor Tomasz Slusarczyk)
  • Nairi Davidian & Winnie Gong, “Knots, Genus, and Surfaces” (mentor Yuyuan Luo)
  • Hwiseo (Irene) Choi, Bang Tam Ngo, & Larine Ouyang, “Classification of Cyclic Subgroups with the Fundamental Theorem of Cyclic Groups” (mentor Zhao Yu Ma)

3:10-4:25 pm: Session 6. PRIMES Circle

  • Neel Chattopadhyay & Nahum Linhart, “Diophantine Equations” (mentor George Shaker)
  • Ladia Khaing & Ada Kilian, “The Szemeredi-Trotter Theorem” (mentor Paige Dote)
  • Aleah He, Bhavika Kalia, & Laurelyn Newsome, “Exploring Knot Theory: Surfaces and Summation” (mentor Carlos Á. Alvarado)
  • Quinten Jin & Emre Kocaman, “Combinatorics: An Exploration of Counting Principles and Their Applications” (mentor Sean Li)
  • Olivia Chen & Natalie Han, “The Math Behind ‘Spot It!’” (mentor Katherine Tung)


With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director Slava Gerovitch at