Pacific Math Alliance Conference 2019
In October of 2019, the Pacific Math Alliance (PMA) held its annual meeting at Cal State East Bay. I was one of the organizers for the conference. Faculty and students from across California, Washington, and Hawaii met in the East Bay to talk about mentoring, graduate school, industry jobs, the National Alliance and more. You can find out more about the PMA at the website: http://www.pacificmathalliance.org.
PUMP (Preparing Undergraduates through Mentorship towards PhD's).
In the summer of 2017, I worked as a teaching assistant for the PUMP program. PUMP aims to identify and prepare talented students from underrepresented groups for graduate careers in mathematics. This is a central aim for my career as well. PUMP was awarded the AMS Exemplary Program Award in 2016 and consists of an intensive one month summer school in real analysis and advanced linear algebra, as well as research conducted at the students' home institutions.
I served as a teaching assistant for PUMP 2017 during which I contributed to explanations during lectures, lead problem solving sessions, and served as a mentor and source of information on graduate school and what it means to be a mathematician.
Serving as a teaching assistant for PUMP was an absolute honor. The students were motivated and excited to learn, not only about mathematics, but also about what pursuing a PhD in mathematics entails. The relationships formed during programs like PUMP are lasting ones. This is true of the relationships between the students and the relationships between the mentors and students. I look forward to watching the careers of the 2017 PUMPkins blossom and to helping them in any way I can.
Cornell Fractals 6 Conference.
In the summer of 2017, I attended and spoke at the Fractals 6 conference at Cornel University. I spoke about result from my paper Spectral triples on the variants of the Sierpinski gasket. Here is a picture of the participants of the conference.
2016 Summer School on Fractal Geometry and Complex Dimensions.
This summer school was put on in celebration of the 60th birthday of Dr. Michel Lapidus (my PhD advisor). The conference included mini-courses on various topics: analysis on fractals, complex dimensions, and quasicrystals. There were also public lectures given by Michael Barnsley and Uta Friberg. I attended this summer school and participated in the mini-courses. I also gave a talk on how one can use operator algebras (noncommutative geometry) to define measures on fractal sets.
As an undergraduate I participated in MSRI-UP (Mathematics Sciences Research Institute, Undergraduate research Program) 2011. This is a summer research experience for undergraduates hosted at the Mathematics Sciences Research Institute high up in the hills of Berkeley, California. I credit this program with giving me the confidence and support I needed to pursue a PhD in mathematics. Among a diverse group of peers and mentor, I learned basic measure theory and financial mathematics and was given the opportunity to conduct research. Participating in MSRI-UP was a pivotal point in my career.
In the summer before I began the PhD program at UC, Riverside, I spent 6 weeks at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln participating in the pre-graduate bridge program, IMMERSE. This program was designed to prepare recent graduates for PhD programs through courses on Real Analysis and Advanced Linear Algebra.