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Hartley Rogers Jr. Prize

Rogers Prize Winners and Mentors 2020

The 2019 Rogers Prize winners with faculty advisors. From left: David Jerison, Shengtong Zhang, Yuan Yao, Jonathan Tidor, Douglas Stryker, Ao Sun, Qiuyu Ren, Yuqiu Fu, and Ankur Moitra. Photo by Slava Gerovitch.

The Hartley Rogers Jr. Prize, first given in Summer 2001, is awarded to the team or teams of an undergraduate student and graduate student mentor for best paper(s) and presentation(s) in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research. The prize was funded in honor of Professor Rogers by his family.

    2020 Judges: Haynes Miller, Nike Sun, and Zhiwei Yun

  • Kevin Chang and mentor Robert Burklund

    Towards the v_1-periodic Adams spectral sequence for the mod 2 Moore spectrum

    Kevin makes a serious contribution to stable homotopy theory, verifying a pair of 50 year old claims of the great Mark Mahowald using highly sophisticated and newly established techniques. The paper is at professional level, and in his talk he set the stage perfectly so that homotopy theorists and analysts alike could appreciate the importance and the challenge of the project, and the beauty of the result. The project was suggested by Robert Burklund.

  • Carl Schildkraut, William Zhao and mentor Chun Hong Lo

    Relating counts in different characteristics for Steiner's conic problem

    In this paper, Carl and William use modern algebraic geometry tools to reprove a famous result in enumerative geometry about tangent conics in characteristic 2. Their paper offers both geometry intuition and self-contained rigorous proof for this problem, and they succeeded in explaining why characteristic 2 is so special in this context. The project was suggested by Chun Hong Lo.

  • Hans Yu and mentor Jonathan Tidor

    Joints of varieties

    This paper carries out a remarkable generalization of the Guth-Katz joints theorem from lines to varieties. The main technical contribution is an extension of the so-called "vanishing lemma" for polynomials beyond one dimension, which he shows is a powerful tool with potentially many further applications. The project was suggested by Yufei Zhao.