Grant: $2,349,360 - National Science Foundation - Jun. 17, 2009
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Award Description: In the interdisciplinary area of geometry, topology and operator algebras, we will establish two new seminars of different formats. The `hot topics seminar' will invite faculty, postdocs, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students, who together will learn a current research topic of broad interest. The `joint research seminar' will unify research talks of the geometry, topology and operator algebra groups in the mathematics department. In addition, we shall organize annual week-long summer workshops for graduate students and postdocs giving intensive training in a current research topic, as well as 2-week summer workshops for promising undergraduates that will be advertised as 'Invitation to research at Cal'. Three upper division course in geometry and topology will be offered yearly, as well as freshman seminars. The freshman seminars are limited to 8 students and introduce them to elementary topics such as knot theory while encouraging them to pursue mathematics in future years. The three courses are, and have been, excellent recruiting tools for getting talented students into graduate school in these subjects.
Project Description: The Principal Investigators are running a weekly seminar for graduate students, post docs, and faculty, on the subject of the Research Training Grant, namely, geometry, topology and operator algebras. One Principal Investigator is giving a weekly seminar on curent research into broken fibrations on smooth, orientable 4-dimensional manifolds. One Principal Investigator is giving an introductory, weekly seminar on 3-dimensional manifolds. A graduate student, (holder of a Graduate Student Researcher on the Research Training Grant), is teaching a course for undergraduates, titled Math 191, in whch the students meet in small groups with this Graduate Student Researcher to conduct research on problems which are expected to write a final report in journal article format, possibly for submission for publication.
Infrastructure Description: N/A
Jobs Summary: Jobs for 7 Graduate Student Researchers was created, each GSR works .4950 per month. UC is not able to support all of its graduate students, so the ARRA money will either help some graduate students stay in school in order to finish their PhD's, or, if they had been teaching instead, the GSR will help them by allowing them to devote more of their energy to their research rather than to teaching. (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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