Department Events

Undergraduate Events

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Math UDR Alumni Panel Event 2022

May 2, 2022

The Math Department's UDRs, Lucca Raabe and Nicole Meng, hosted seven alumni during a virtual alumni panel this spring. Jiyin Chen '20, Amy Gao '19, Andrew Lipnick '18, Susannah Miller '19, Siqing Tao '19, Brandis Whitfield '19 and Athena Xiao '20 answered the question "What can a math degree do for you"?
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Senior Honors Research Thesis Defenses

May 6, 2022

Seven seniors presented their honors research thesis in Goldsmith 300.
  • Lachlan Elam “Diffusion of dynamical networks with applications to cell biology”
    Thesis Advisor: Profs. Thomas Fai  and An Haung
  • Chami Lamelas “Vorticity-Stream Solver for Microfluidic Devices and Applications to Blood Cell Sorters” 
    Thesis Advisor: Profs. Thomas Fai and An Huang
  • Chloe Shiff “Investigating Length Control by Severing in Cytoskeletal Structures”
    Thesis Advisor: Profs. Jonathan Touboul and Jane' Kondev
  • Ashley Kamal “Spatial Coherence of Low Frequency Sound in Continental Shelf Environment”
    Thesis Advisors: Prof. Keith Merrill and Madeline Miller (MIT Lincoln Laboratory)
  • Victoria Xu “Balanced Regime of Large Neural Networks”
    Thesis Advisors: Profs. Jonathan Touboul and Thomas Fai
  • Max Cui-Stein “Symmetry Breaking in Oscillator Networks and Destabilization of Equivarient Patterns”
    Thesis Advisors: Profs. Jonathan Touboul, Paul Miller and Irv Epstein
  • E Huffman "“Non-Archimedean Geometry and the Weight-Monodromy Conjecture after Scholze”Thesis Advisor: Prof. Joël Bellaïche
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Math UDR Barbeque

April 29, 2022

The Math Department's UDRs, Lucca Raabe and Nicole Meng, and the Math Department hosted over fifty people at a barbeque in Volen Circle.
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Undergraduate Curriculum and Orientation Event

April 1, 2022

The Math Departments faculty met with math students to discuss program requirements, course selections and upcoming events
DRP pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors

February 8, 2022

Every spring semester, the Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to undertake independent study projects of various sizes and scopes over the course of the spring semester. The projects can take the form of reading and working through a mathematics text, reading research papers, or even doing research. The goal of the DRP is to enable undergraduate students to study mathematics in greater depth than is possible in a classroom, to increase interaction between undergraduates and graduates, to give undergraduates an opportunity to practice explaining mathematical ideas in conversations and in presentations, and to give graduates an opportunity to share their passion for mathematics. For questions about the program, please email

Senior Honors Thesis Defenses in Applied Mathematics

May 12, 2021

Bradley Kaplan BS ’21

  • Title: "Mathematical and Computational Analysis of Stochastic Car and Drone Sharing Network Models." Adviser: Prof. Jonathan Touboul

Ryan Xie BS ’21

Alumni Career Panel for Undergraduates

April 29, 2021

The Math Department's Undergraduate Department Representatives hosted an Alumni Career Night with three stellar alumni: Siddhi Krishna BA '12, Yitong Wang BA'14 and Elana Israel BA'18. Alexandra Martin from the Hiatt Career Center presented us with tips for job hunting.

Siddhi Krishna 
A Boston native, Siddhi Krishna graduated from Brandeis in 2012, with double majors in Math and Economics, and double minors in Computer Science and IGS. As an undergraduate, she was a Schiff Research Fellow studying behavioral economics, intending on pursuing a career in this field. After graduating, she decided to study math instead, and returned to Brandeis for a postbac/master's degree. Siddhi graduated with her PhD from Boston College in May 2020. She is currently a postdoc at Georgia Tech, and starting this Fall, she will be an NSF postdoc and a Ritt postdoc at Columbia University. Her research area is low-dimensional topology, the study of shapes and spaces of different dimensions.

Yitong Wang is a data scientist at Marcus by Goldman Sachs. With backgrounds in economics and mathematics, Yitong started her career in advertising, and developed a genuine interest in customer facing products and working with data, which led to subsequent endeavors in healthcare and eventually finance. Today, Yitong works on building advanced analytical solutions and machine learning models to achieve state of the art fraud detection, as well as exceptional customer service for millions of Apple Card customers.

Elana Israel is currently a second year PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at Syracuse University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s from Brandeis in 2018 with a double major in Math and Chemistry. Her mathematical interests lie in Algebraic Topology, specifically Knot Theory. At Brandeis, Elana assisted the Math Department as a UDR and worked in the Admissions Office, among other activities. After Brandeis, she took a gap year with City Year Americorps.

Alexandra Martin is a Hiatt Career Center advisor and a junior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in Psychology.

December 4, 2021

Mathematics Professor Kiyoshi Igusa prepared a group of Brandeis students for the 82nd Putnam Mathematics Competition, "the “preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States." The students met twice-weekly with Prof. Igusa and with graduate student Tudor Popescu to work on fun, practice Putnam problems.

Graduate Events

Open House

November 19, 2021

The Math Department hosted a Virtual Open House for students considering graduate studies in applied and pure mathematics.  The Open House focused on outreach to a diverse, talented pool of students as part of our efforts to recruit more women and BIPOC students to our PhD and Master's programs.  The program included admissions FAQs with our Director of Graduate Study, small group meetings with our faculty, and a student panel with our current PhD students.  It was an informative yet casual way for us to connect with prospective students!


Summer Prep Camp

August 17, 2021

The Summer Math Prep Camp is a workshop run by the Graduate Student Representatives to help incoming graduate students with the transition to graduate school. Advanced graduate students teach refresher courses in analysis, algebra, and topology.

PhD and MS Thesis Defenses

Graduate Thesis Defenses, 2020-2021

Tarakaram Gollamudi, PhD’21
Thesis Title: "L-ideal at irregular CM points of weight 1"
Advisor: Joël Bellaïche

Abhishek Gupta, PhD’21
Thesis Title: "Faster Markov Chain Monte Carlo Algorithms via Inflation"
Advisor: John Wilmes

Eric Hanson, PhD’21
Thesis Title:"Picture Groups and Simple Minded Collections" 
Advisor: Kiyoshi Igusa

McKee Krumpak, PhD’20
Thesis Title: "Twisted h-invariants"
Advisor: Daniel Ruberman

Duncan Levear, PhD’20
Thesis Title: "Bijections for Faces of the Shi and Catalan Arrangements" 
Advisor: Olivier Bernardi

Qing Liu, PhD’21
Thesis Title: "Dynamics and rigidity of the Morse boundary"
Advisor: Ruth Charney

Zihao Liu, MS’21
Thesis Title: "Scaled Homology and Topological Entropy"
Advisor: Kiyoshi Igusa

Anurag Rao, PhD’20
Thesis Title: "Some Problems in Uniform Diophantine Approximation"
Advisor: Dmitry Kleinbock

Mishel Skenderi, PhD’21
Thesis Title: "Some Results concerning Random Lattices and Metric Number Theory"
Advisor: Dmitry Kleinbock