Catherine Wolfram

Hi! I am a 4th year PhD student at MIT, advised by Scott Sheffield. Before that, I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. I'm interested in various topics related to complex analysis, probability, and geometry.

Office: 2-333C

Email: wolframc at mit dot edu


  1. (with Nishant Chandgotia, Scott Sheffield) Large deviations for the 3D dimer model (2023). [arxiv] [pdf]
  2. (with Dragomir Saric, Yilin Wang) Circle homeomorphisms with square summable diamond shears (2022), submitted. [arxiv] [pdf]

Selected talks

Talks in Spring/Summer 2023: Recent or upcoming travel and conferences: Here are slides and a recording from past talks about 3D dimers:


I am not teaching during Spring 2023. In January 2023 (IAP), I was a TA for 18.02A (multivariable calculus). In Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, I was a TA for 18.600 (probability and random variables). In Summer 2022, I was a TA for a one week minicourse Loewner Energy and Large Deviations of SLEs at the Cornell Probability Summer School.

Service and outreach

  • Co-organizer and mentor for the MIT math directed reading program (DRP), a program which pairs undergraduate students at MIT with graduate students and postdocs to do a reading project over IAP about a math topic of their choice.
  • (2020-2021) Co-organizer of Pumagrass (pure math graduate student seminar), a weekly seminar for graduate students in the math department to give informal talks to their peers.
  • (2020-2021) Manager of the MIT math learning center, the peer-tutoring center run by the MIT math department.
  • (Summer 2020) Mentor for two advanced high school students at RSI.

Undergrad work

I spent two summers during undergrad at the University of Chicago math REU. The papers I wrote can be found here and here.

Some pictures