Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium
Saturday, November 2, 2019
University of Illinois at Chicago

Organized by David Dumas, Julius Ross, Christof Sparber, and Kevin Tucker
This page is about the 2019 symposium.

For the latest symposium information see the UMS home page.

About the symposium

The Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at UIC is an annual one-day meeting focusing on undergraduate mathematical research and education. The meeting features invited lectures by mathematical researchers, as well as contributed lectures and posters by undergraduates on their own research projects.

UMS 2019 Poster (PDF)

Download the symposium poster (designed by Jānis Lazovskis)

Plenary lectures

Transit and parking

The UIC campus is served by the CTA blue line train (UIC-Halsted stop) and many CTA bus lines. Those driving may use any of the UIC visitor parking lots. Take a ticket and we can give you a sticker that allows you to exit.


Lectures are held in Lecture Center F4. Plenary lectures are 50 minutes and student lectures 20 minutes.

Registration, lunch, and breaks will all be held in Science and Engineering Offices (SEO) room 300. A catered lunch of sandwiches and salads is provided for all symposium participants.

The main symposium events are all held on Saturday, November 2. We are also offering an optional Friday afternoon poster showing at the UIC math department's weekly tea.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, November 1
4:00 - 5:00pm Optional: UMS posters can be displayed at UIC math department tea in SEO 300
Saturday, November 2
8:15 - 8:50am Sign-in and coffee in SEO 300
Morning session — Plenary Lectures — Lecture Center F4
9:00am Will Perkins - Sphere packings, spherical codes, and hard spheres in high dimensions
10:00am Benoit Charbonneau - The dodecaplex and wonders of the fourth dimension
11:00am Eloísa Grifo - Symbolic powers and a story of algebra vs geometry
12:00pm Lunch in SEO 300
Afternoon Session 1 — Student lectures — Lecture Center F4
1:00pm Mary Stelow - Complexity of S-Adic Sequences Associated with Some Multidimensional Continued Fractions
1:25pm Kelly Chen - Unusual Topographical Features of Laplacian Eigenfunctions
1:50pm Talia Blum - Unlikely Intersections and Portraits of Dynamical Semigroups
2:15pm Coffee break
Afternoon session 2 — Student lectures — Lecture Center F4
2:45pm Alexandra Newlon - The Fibonacci Quilt Game
3:10pm Julinda Mujo - Smocked Metric Spaces and their Tangent Cones
3:35pm Dylan King - The Distribution of Missing Sums in Correlated Sumsets
4:00 - 5:30pm Poster Session


UMS is supported in part by the following grants from the National Science Foundation: NSF RTG 1246844, DMS 1348092 CAREER.


Julius Ross (juliusro@uic.edu)