WOMP 2017

(Last updated Aug 24, 2017)
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Talks and forums take place in Eckhart 206. Talks (excluding research talks and forums) will consist of a half-hour lecture followed by a half hour problem session per one hour.

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Week 1

Sep 10
Pre-WOMP brunch
Ronno Das and Eric Stubley

Check your email for location and more information!
Sep 11
Welcome and Tour of Hyde Park

Ronno Das and Eric Stubley

Meet in E206.
Linear Algebra

Mathilde Gerbelli-Gauthier and Zana Tran

  • diagonalizable matrices
  • classification of modules over PIDs
  • Jordan canonical form
Sep 12
Category Theory

Minh-Tam Trinh

  • functors and natural transformations
  • adjoints
  • Yoneda lemma
  • representable functors
Representation Theory

Claudio Gonzáles

  • Maschke's theorem
  • orthogonality of characters
  • computing character tables
Improv games in the Barn

Claudio Gonzáles

First years only
Sep 13
Forum on Life in Chicago

Ronno Das

Covering Spaces and Fundamental Groups

MurphyKate Montee and Foling Zou

  • lifting criterion
  • covering actions and deck groups
  • Van Kampen's theorem
  • computing fundamental groups
  • Galois correspondence of covers
Dinner at Medici

Ronno Das

For more information, see the Medici website and map. Meet in the first year office at , or at the restaurant at .
Sep 14
Commutative Algebra

Owen Barrett

  • prime ideals
  • localization
  • affine/projective varieties
  • Nullstellensatz
problems and solutions
Real Analysis

Stephen Cameron

  • Taylor series
  • Stone–Weierstrass theorem
  • Arzelà–Ascoli theorem
  • Bounded variation and almost everywhere differentiability
Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago

Owen Barrett

Meet at the #6 bus stop at Stony Island and 57th Drive. Admission is free with UChicago student ID. Bus fare is $2.25 each way if you pay cash, and $2 with a Ventra card. See the museum website for more information.
Sep 15
Galois Theory

Bingjin Liu

  • irreducible polynomials
  • Galois correspondence
Number Theory

Nazerke Bakytzhan

  • Dedekind domains and rings of integers
  • class number
Research talks round 1

  • Paul Apisa (advisor: Alex Eskin)
  • Yordanka Kovacheva (advisor: Madhav Nori)
  • Jeff Manning (advisor: Matthew Emerton)
Bowling at Seven Ten Lanes

Noah Taylor

Meet at Seven Ten Lanes, near 55th and Ellis.
Hyde Park Bar Crawl

Noah Taylor

After dinner at Seven Ten Lanes, the bar crawl starts at Jimmy's. To participate in the bar crawl, you must have a photo id with age, usually a driver's license, a passport or a US state ID. It must be valid, and it must say that you are at least 21 years old.
Sep 16
Hyde Park Farmer's Market

Eric Stubley

Meet in the first year office at and bring cash if you want to buy produce and snacks!
Fall Poker Tournament Spectacular

Reid Harris

The tournament will start at . (Don't be late!) For those interested, come at for an explanation of the rules. Cheat sheets will be provided.
We will order dinner for all those interested. Please bring a little cash for food if you want it.

Week 2

Sep 17
Day off. Have fun!
Sep 18
Multilinear Algebra and Differential Forms

Boming Jia and Drew Moore

  • exterior powers
  • differential forms
  • exterior derivative
  • deRham complex
  • integration on manifolds
  • Stokes' theorem
Functional Analysis

Xiaodong Chen

  • Banach spaces
  • Hahn–Banach theorem
  • Lp spaces, Hölder’s inequality
Hilbert Spaces

Daniel Campos

  • Riesz representation theorem
  • Parseval’s identity
  • Fourier series
Class photo

On the front steps of Eckhart Hall that lead out to the quad.
Department orientation with faculty
Bonfire at the Point

Santiago Chaves Aguilar and Kiho Park

Meet at Promontory Point.
Sep 19
Manifolds and Differential Topology

Nir Gadish

  • tangent spaces and tangent bundle
  • inverse and implicit function theorems
  • regular values, submersion theorem
  • Sard's theorem
Physical Sciences Division Welcome Breakfast

Meet in the quadrangle behind Eckhardt Research Center
Graduate Orientation
Begins on the main quad with a bagpipe-led procession to Rockefeller Chapel. There's also lunch at . See the UChicago Grad website for more information. Register on eventbrite.
Graduate Student Social

From the website: "toast to the year ahead with fellow grad students on the Midway, hosted by Graduate Council"
Sep 20
Complex Analysis

Brian Chung

  • Cauchy–Riemann equations
  • power series and Laurent series
  • Möbius transformations
  • Liouville's theorem
  • Riemann mapping theorem
Department Picnic

The department is generously organizing a picnic to welcome everyone to the new school year! On the main quad. RSVP to Andrea Rosalez.
Faculty Open House

Faculty and Dickson participants
Faculty Office Hours
Laci Babai Ry 164 2–5
Frank Calegari E 226 2–4
Matthew Emerton Ry 360 F 2–4
Benson Farb Ry 356 2–3:30
Denis Hirschfeldt Ry 359 B 2–5
Greg Lawler E 415 2–5
Maryanthe Malliaris E 406 2–4
Peter May E 314 2–5
André Neves E 408 A 2–3
Alexander Razborov Ry 257 E 2–5
Charles Smart E 224 2–4
Panagiotis Souganidis E 208 B 4–5
Dickson (postdoc) Office Hours
Chris Henderson E 228 2–5
Jacek Jendrej E 309 2–4
Board Game Night

Dylan Quintana

Meet in the first-year office for board and card games.
Sep 21
Measure Theory and Probability

Peter Morfe

  • σ-algebras and measures
  • Lebesgue integration
  • Fubini–Tonelli theorem
  • Radon–Nikodym theorem and conditional expectation
Metrics, Connection and Curvature

Joe Chen

  • Gaussian curvature
  • Levi–Civita connection
  • parallel transport
Lunch with AWM

MurphyKate Montee

First years only. Meet in the first-year office (E27). Partially sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).
Dinner in Chinatown

Hana Jia Kong

Please RSVP here. Meet at at 55th and University or at at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, 2342 S Wentworth Ave. We will take the 55 bus and then the red line to chinatown.
North Side Bar Crawl

Karl Schaefer

The first bar is the Map Room at 1949 N Hoyne Ave. Meet there at . To participate in the bar crawl, you must have a photo id with age, usually a driver's license, a passport or a US state ID. It must be valid, and it must say that you are at least 21 years old.
Sep 22
Forum on the First-Year Program

Brian Chung
Research talks round 2

  • Nir Gadish (advisor: Benson Farb)
  • Margaret Nichols (advisor: Danny Calegari)
  • Ben Seeger (advisor: Panagiotis Souganidis)
Barbecue on the Quad

Nat Mayer

The second years are also generously organizing a picnic to welcome everyone to the new school year! On the main quad. Plan to stick around for the introductions and the scavenger hunt.
Sep 23
Walk Downtown for Dinner

Boming Jia, Peter Morfe and Sarah Reitzes

Meet in the first-year office (or at the Point at ) for a lakeside walk downtown to Giordano's Pizza at 223 W Jackson Blvd. We will reach the restaurant at around .
Sep 24
Nothing planned. Classes begin Monday!