AMS Student Chapter of IUPUI

In this website we will share the info about the activities of the AMS student chapter of IUPUI.

Fall 2017

Mini Courses

1. Introduction to Category Theory Through Algebra and Topology , by : Virgil Chan, IUPUI.

Abstract : Modern mathematics are often formulated in terms of categorical theoretic languages. An advantage of this formulation is that some complicated concepts can be understood in terms of commutative diagrams; and theorems can be stated in a short and elegant way. I will introduce the basics of category theory, with motivations and examples from algebra (as covered in MATH 553) and topology (as covered in MATH 572).

Lecture Notes: here


  1. Samuel Eilenberg and Saunders MacLane. "General Theory of Natural Equivalances". In: Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 58.2 (1945), pages 231--294. URL:
  2. Paul G. Goerss and John F. Jardine. Simplicial Homotopy Theory. Modern Birkhäuser Classics. Birkhäuser, 2010.
  3. Lars Hesselholt. Lecture Notes for Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry II. URL:
  4. Sauders Mac Lane. Categories for the Working Mathematician. 2nd edition. Graduate Texts in Mathematics 5. Springer, 1998.

Spring 2017

"Solutions of the cubic Fermat equation in algebraic number fields"

Part II

by : Professor Patrick Morton

Abstract : I will discuss my work in trying to prove that the cubic Fermat equation x^3 + y^3 = z^3 has nontrivial solutions in every quadratic field K=Q(sqrt(-d)) in which -d < 0 and d = 2 (mod 3). This was conjectured by Aigner in 1955, but is still an open problem. I will show how to find solutions in a large number of these quadratic fields (at least 50% of them) using modular functions and Galois theory. In particular, I will show how these techniques lead to the solution

(-4+29sqrt(-17))^3 + (-4-29sqrt(-17))^3 = 70^3

in the field K = Q(sqrt(-17)).

Below you can view the notes that the talks are based upon.

Tuesday, April 25th

12:00 pm at LD018

MortonGrad student talk.pdf

Special Workshop

Here you can view\download the slides of the workshop :

Day 1:


Day 2:


Special Announcement

HTML Workshop

By: Michel Tavares

The AMS graduate student chapter of IUPUI announces an special workshop on HTML programming. This workshop consists of three sessions on 17th, 19th and 21st of April 2017. The goal of the workshop would be to help each participant to have a personal website written by him\herself at the end of the workshop. The workshop will be held at UL1130 (Library Computer Instruction Room) at 4:30 p.m. on each of the dates mentioned above. The outline of the topics discussed in the workshop is given below

Day 1 (Monday April 17)

· Web Development

o Introduction


o Introduction

o Attributes

o Elements

o Tags

o Paragraphs

o Headings

o Lists

o Links

o Styles

o Text Formatting

o Images

o Tables

o Forms

Day 2 (Wednesday April 19)

· Cascading Style Sheets

o Introduction

o Colors

o Backgrounds

o Tables

o Lists

o Position

o Transitions

o Animations

· JavaScript - Part I

o Introduction

o Syntax

o Variables

o Operators

o Strings/Arrays

Day 3(Friday April 21)

· JavaScript - Part II

o Loops

o Functions

o Events

o Objects

· Miscellaneous Topics

o Responsive Web Design

o Frameworks (JQuery, etc.)

o Browser Testing

Attending the workshop(including the refreshments served at the end of each session) is totally free for IUPUI students but due to the limited space(~30 participants), our plan is to choose the participants based on the first RSVPs that we receive. So if you would like to attend the workshop please an email to and include your name/department in the body of your email, also include the date(s) that you might not be able to attend the workshop.

Note that this invitation will be sent to most departments in the school of science, so make sure to RSVP as soon as you decide to attend the workshop.

Best regrads,

Roozbeh Gharakhloo


AMS graduate student chapter of IUPUI

Faculty research talks :

"Spray Geometry"

by: Professor Zhongmin Shen

Abstract: A spray on a manifold can be viewed as a collection of systems of second order ODEs. The solutions are called the geodesics of the spray. A spray can also be viewed as a collections of parametric curves (called geodesics) in the manifold with the following properties: 1) for every tangent vector v at a point p, there is a unique geodesic c(t) with c(0)=p, c’(0)=v; 2) for any geodesic c(t) and any positive number k > 0, c(kt) is still a geodesic. No distance measure is associated with the spray. Every Rieannian metric determines a spray. In this talk, I will introduce, curvatures for sprays and discuss their geometric meaning. Basic knowledge on manifolds, vector fields, differential forms on manifold are required.

Thursday, April 20th

12:00 pm at LD018

2-Contact Embeddings in Dimension Three , by : Professor Olguta Buse

Abstract: In joint work with D. Gay, we introduce the concepts of capacity and shape for a three dimensional contact manifold relative to a transversal knot. We will explain the connection with the existing literature and provide our main computation for the shape in the case of lens spaces L(p,q). The main tool used here are rational surgeries which will be explained through their toric interpretations based on the continuous fraction expansions of p/q. We will discuss possible parallels with the study of ellipsoid embeddings in four dimensions.

3- Quantum integrable models, what mathematics are they about?, by : Professor Vitaly Tarasov

Abstract : After a brief gentle introduction into quantum mechanics and integrability, I will try to explain what kind of problems in linear algebra, representation theory (it is "in between" abstract algebra and linear algerba), combinatorics, complex analysis, etc. arise under the umbrella of quantum integrable models. I hope to keep the content within general mathematical background, but it would be useful to know in advance the basic idea of a tensor product.

4- Rigidity Results in Symmetric Spaces, by : Seongjun Choi (Purdue University)

Abstract : Symmetric spaces are types of Riemannian manifolds with special symmetry feature that allows Lie-theoretic characterization. In this talk, I will briefly survey rigidity results on both real rank 1 case and higher rank cases, starting with Mostow rigidity theorem and Margulis' superrgidity, and then move toward on volume entropy rigidity.

Fall 2016

Faculty research talks :

  1. Untangling the double twist, by professor Daniel Ramras

Abstract : It has long been known to mathematicians and physicists that while one full turn of an object in 3-space causes tangling, two full turns can be untangled. Physical demonstrations of this fact include Dirac's belt trick and the Indonesian candle dance. Mathematically, this is a topological feature of the rotation group SO(3). In this talk, we will explore a geometrically defined untangling procedure, leading to interesting conclusions about the minimum complexity of untanglings. Along the way, we'll see quaternions, degrees of continuous mappings, and animations of our geometric untangling. This is based on joint work with David Pengelley.

Mini Courses

1. On the Theory of Partial Differential Equations in Sobolev Spaces , by : Andrei Prokhorov, IUPUI.

Abstract : The goal of these talks is to give a short introduction in the theory of differential operators acting in Sobolev spaces. The goal is to prove the theorems of Fredholm for elliptic differential operator of second order with Dirichlet boundary condition. On the first part of the course we plan to give the review of Sobolev spaces and prove the Rellich theorem about compactness of embedding of Sobolev spaces for bounded domains. Then we will show the Fredholm theorem for compact operators in Hilbert space and in the last part we will apply it to the elliptic differential operator of second order with Dirichlet boundary condition.


a) M. S. Birman, M. Z. Solomjak, Spectral theory of self-adjoint operators in Hilbert space, 1987, D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordecht, Holland.

b) O. A. Ladyzhenskaya, The boundary value problems of mathematical physics, 1985, Springer-Verlag New-York Inc.

2. Grassmannians, Positroid Strata, and Total Positivity , by : Chris Fraser. IUPUI.

Abstract : The Grassmannian Gr(k,n) is the projective algebraic variety that parameterizes k-dimensional subspace of a fixed n-dimensional vector space. It has a stratification given by special subvarieties known as positroid varieties. The combinatorics encoding this stratification is rich and elegant. I will give an examples-based introduction to the positroid stratification, touching on connections with total positivity, cluster structures, and physics (scattering amplitudes and the amplituhedron).

Some useful notes :



Qualifying Exam workshops

  1. Complex Analysis, by : Andrei Prokhorov
  2. Real Analysis, by : Michael Pilla
  3. Topology, by : Ahmad Barhoumi