Speaker Series

The Stanford University Mathematical Organization hosts a weekly talk given by a professor, grad student, or visitor about undergraduate-accessible topics in pure and applied mathematics that go beyond the standard curriculum. The purpose of this series is to expose undergraduates to some topics not normally covered in the classroom, as well as to introduce them to Stanford's faculty and community. Talks will be accessible to freshmen in the 50-series.

Speaker Series is held (approximately) alternate Mondays 6:00 to 7:00pm during Winter and Spring quarters unless otherwise noted. The talks will take place in the Arrillaga Study Room this year, not the Ricker Green Room. Some of the speakers and topics are TBD, so check back for more updates!

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2018–2019 Schedule

Winter 2019

Date Speaker Talk
January 14 George Schaeffer Arithmetic Graph Theory
Note: Non-standard time!
The talk will begin at 4:30pm instead of 6:00pm.
January 28 Kannan Soundararajan Fractions!
February 14 Public Lecture Mathematics vs Dementia: The Ultimate Intellectual Folly
Note: Non-standard time and location!
The public lecture will go from 7:30 to 8:30pm in Cubberly Auditorium.
February 25 Rafe Mazzeo Canonical Metrics on Surfaces
March 11 Freddie Manners Finding Red and Blue Progressions, and Relations to Dynamical Systems
Note: Non-standard location!
The talk will take place in the Arrillaga Wellness Room, not the Arrillaga Study Room (same building).

Spring 2019

Date Speaker Talk
April 8 Jan Vondrak Stable polynomials and van der Waerden's conjecture
April 22 Brian Conrad Finite Matrix Groups Over Infinite Fields
May 6 Cancelled
May 20 Mary Wootters Fun Facts about Polynomials
May 22 Public Lecture, Moon Duchin How voting is and is not a math problem.
Note: Non-standard time and location!
The public lecture will go from 7:30 to 8:30pm in Cubberly Auditorium.
June 3 Dan Boneh Verifiable Delay Functions