WOMP 2018

(Last updated Aug 24, 2018)
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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.

*The schedule down below is provisional, please check back for the final version nearer to the beginning of WOMP.

Week 1

16 Sep
Pre-WOMP brunch

Claudio Gonzáles

Shiva, Claudio and Dylan are going to kindly host the welcome brunch at their place (5635 S. Dorchester Avenue, Apt 1). Non-first years please sign up here.
Sep 17
Welcome and Tour of Hyde Park

Peter Morfe and Yulun Wang

Meet in front of Eckhart.
Linear Algebra

Ishan Banerjee and Griffin Wang

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

Colin Aitken

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

Pallav Goyal

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

Claudio Gonzáles

First years only.
Dinner at Medici

Yulun Wang

For more information, see the Medici website and map. Meet in the first year office at , or at the restaurant at .
19 Sep
Forum on Life in Chicago

Peter Morfe

Real Analysis

Alan Chang

  • Taylor series
  • Stone–Weierstrass theorem
  • Arzelà–Ascoli theorem
  • Bounded variation and almost everywhere differentiability
Commutative Algebra

Zana Tran

  • prime ideals
  • localization
  • affine/projective varieties
  • Nullstellensatz
20 Sep
Covering Spaces and Fundamental Groups

Joe Chen and Ronno Das

  • lifting criterion
  • covering actions and deck groups
  • Van Kampen's theorem
  • computing fundamental groups
  • Galois correspondence of covers
Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago

Ishan Banerjee

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. See the museum website for more information.
21 Sep
Galois Theory

Eric Stubley

  • irreducible polynomials
  • Galois correspondence
Manifolds and Differential Topology

Adan Medrano

  • tangent spaces and tangent bundle
  • inverse and implicit function theorems
  • regular values, submersion theorem
  • Sard's theorem
Research talks round 1

  • Stephen Cameron (advisor: Luis Silvestre)
  • Olivier Martin (advisor: Alexander Beilinson)
  • Minh-Tam Trinh (advisor: Bảo Châu Ngô)
Afternoon Tea with AWM

MurphyKate Montee

First years only. Meet in the main Quad outside Eckhart if weather permits, otherwise in the Barn. Sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).
Bowling at Seven Ten Lanes

Nat Mayer

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

Nat Mayer

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.
22 Sep
Hyde Park Farmer's Market

Sarah Reitzes

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 punctually at at Francisc, Stephen, Reid and Drew's flat (5205 South Kimbark Avenue). 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

23 Sep
Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry

Billy Lee

Meet in the museum lobby at 13:00. Admission is free with UChicago student ID. See the museum website for more information. The museum will close at 17:30.
24 Sep
Multilinear Algebra and Differential Forms

Jon Dewitt and Reid Harris

  • exterior powers
  • differential forms
  • exterior derivative
  • deRham complex
  • integration on manifolds
  • Stokes' theorem
Measure Theory and Probability

Peter Morfe

  • σ-algebras and measures
  • Lebesgue integration
  • Fubini–Tonelli theorem
  • Radon–Nikodym theorem and conditional expectation
Forum on the First-Year Program

Peter Morfe
Bonfire at the Point

Peter Morfe

Meet at Promontory Point.
25 Sep
Number Theory

Billy Lee

  • Dedekind domains and rings of integers
  • class number
Physical Sciences Division Welcome Breakfast

Meet on the North quadrangle behind William Eckhardt Research Center, or in the ERC Atrium if it rains.
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"
26 Sep
Complex Analysis

Xiaodong Chen

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

Daniel Campos

  • Riesz representation theorem
  • Parseval’s identity
  • Fourier series
Research talks round 2

  • Tim Black (advisor: László Babai)
  • Ben Seeger (advisor: Panagiotis Souganidis)
  • Margaret Nichols (advisor: Danny Calegari)
Board Game Night

Dylan Quintana

Meet in the first-year office for board and card games.
27 Sep
Functional Analysis

Yucheng Deng

  • Banach spaces
  • Hahn–Banach theorem
  • Lp spaces, Hölder’s inequality
Metrics, Connection and Curvature

Kiho Park

  • Gaussian curvature
  • Levi–Civita connection
  • parallel transport
Department orientation with faculty

Meet in Eckhart 202.
Class photo

On the front steps of Eckhart Hall that lead out to the quad.
Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention Meeting

Amie Wilkinson

In Eckhart 202.
Dinner in Chinatown

Bingjin Liu

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

Peter Morfe

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.
28 Sep
Departmental Welcome Lunch

The Math Department will be hosting a welcome lunch in the Barn. Non-first-years please RSVP to Andrea Rosalez.
Faculty Open House

Faculty and Dickson participants
Faculty Office Hours
Laci Babai Crerar 242 2–5
Guillaume Bal Jones 120B 2-4
Marianna Csornyei Ry 362A 2–3
Matt Emerton Ry 360F 2-5
Alex Eskin E 412A 2-4
Chenjie Fan E 330 2–4
Benson Farb Ry 356 2–4
Kasia Jankiewicz Ry 350 2-3
Greg Lawler Eckhart Tea Room 2-4
Brian Lawrence E 333 2-3
Akhil Mathew E 326 2-4
Sasha Razborov Crerar 242 2–5
Takis Souganidis Ry 360G 2-5
Barbecue on the Quad

Billy Lee

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.
29 Sep
Walk Downtown for Dinner

Ishan Banerjee

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 .
30 Sep
Nothing planned. Classes begin Monday!