Date: January 22nd 2024, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Panelists: Mehdi DagDoug, Brent Pynn, Jérôme Vétois, Eric Kolaczyk, Henri Darmon, Joel Kamnitzer

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##### 1. Intro

**Mehdi DagDoug**- Assistant Professor
- Missing data treatment in surveys
- Methodological work
- Tools: theory and simulations

**Brent Pynn**- Pure mathematization
- Algebraic geometry
- Geometry as a tool to answer questions

**Jérôme Vétois**- Theory of nonlinear elliptic PDE

**Eric Kolaczyk**- Statistics

**Henri Darmon**- Infinite sums in number theory

##### 2. What math background are you looking for in potential students?

- Mehdi:
- Some probability, some analysis.
- Two components:
- one more applied (RStudio, Python, course in stats and probability)
- one more theory (good if you have more advanced probability)

- Brent:
- His subject is one that you encounter late
- Algebraic geometry class, that he is teaching
- Abstract algebra
- Calculus, complex analysis
- Computer programming

- Jerome:
- Analysis 1 and 2, minimum
- Advanced calculus

- Eric:
- Numerical
- Know how to code in R, Python…
- But to know what you are coding, need probability and statistics 323, 324, 423 (regression analysis). These are minimal requirements & foundation for numerical work.

- Henri:
- Algebra 1-4
- Analysis 1, 2
- Programming is a big plus
- Number theory has a big experimental side to it

- Joel:
- Algebra 1, 2, 3 are helpful

##### 3. Would there be opportunities for U1 students?

- Mehdi: a bit early, maybe – depends on the background
- Brent: prioritizes senior students
- Jerome: Analysis 1 and 2

##### 4. How do we apply/obtain a position?

- Come to the office, introduce yourselves

##### 5. When doing summer research, what are the day-to-day workload and goals?

- Joel:
- Depends, by end-of-summer students should have made a good start.
- Write a paper, the beginning of it
- Meet once a week with professor.
- Meet a couple of times a week with post-doc, and then work on your own

- Henri:
- 2 or 3 students
- Weekly session with mentor
- Encouraged to interact with peers
- Expectations: learn new math (if you write a paper, great!)

- Eric:
- Group-based approach
- Milestones, don’t micro-manage
- Match undergraduate student with a post-doc
- Research office hours
- Meet as needed with mentors
- With SURA, etc. he is in department throughout the week

- Jerome:
- Meet with students once a week, more if they are stuck
- A lot of reading
- Different options, so you are not stuck on one problem
- Goals fluctuate

- Brent:
- Two students working on the same problem, communication
- Won’t dictate everything you do, self-directed work
- Develop the skill to find a way around if you get stuck