Math Alliance Events


Date: April 26, 2019 to April 28, 2019
Location: Iowa State Univeristy, Ames, Iowa

We are excited to announce that the ninth annual Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium will be hosted by Iowa State University, April 26-28, 2019. USTARS is an annual conference where students at all stages in their research present their work and form research and social support networks with other mathematicians with related research and professional interests. Presenters at USTARS give 30-minute research talks on various topics in the fields of topology and algebra. Two graduate students are chosen to give 1-hour presentations as the Distinguished Graduate Students (DGS). As this year’s Invited Faculty Speaker, Dr. Minerva Catral (Xavier University) will give the keynote address. This symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for students who have not yet chosen a research topic, or have switched areas of study, to learn about potential research topics. In addition to the student lectures, a poster session highlights undergraduate research, and an early-career faculty development workshop precedes the symposium.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

Visit us at to apply and for more information about current and past USTARS events.

Math Alliance workshop at Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Date: June 6, 2019 to June 8, 2019
Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Alliance workshop at Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA): The Alliance and IMA will be hosting a workshop on the campus of University of Minnesota, St. Paul,June 6-8, 2019.  This workshop will bring in 60 F-GAP students and their mentors to learn about opportunities for math science majors in areas outside of pure mathematics.  Mentors, be sure to nominate your students for F-GAP in a timely way so that we can bring them and you to this workshop!  Link to announcement:

Ideals, Varieties, Applications -Conference Honoring David Cox

Date: June 10, 2019 to June 14, 2019
Location: Amherst College

This is a conference to honor David Cox and his influence in several areas of Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, on occasion of his forthcoming retirement in the summer of 2019.

The theory and computation of Gröbner bases has grown to become an indispensable component of research in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Gröbner bases are used to develop intuition with explicit examples, to test conjectures, and in some cases to help create proofs. Gröbner techniques continue to make inroads in a range of applications, e.g. in computer vision , statistics and systems biology. Gröbner bases are available in excellent free software packages, such as CoCoA, SageMath, Macaulay2, and Singular, as well as in commercial algebra systems, such as Magma and Maple.

This conference will bring together graduate students and researchers at all levels to survey the state of the art in computational and combinatorial algebraic geometry. A special emphasis will be placed on illustrating how computation of Gröbner bases drives both theory and applications. In particular, speakers will cover advances in algorithms, toric varieties, Cox rings, syzygies, tropical algebraic geometry, geometric modeling, and applications to computer-aided-design (CAD).

Laurent Busé
Ana-Maria Castravet
Melody Chan
Falai Chen
Patrick Clarke
Carlos D’Andrea
Sandra di Rocco
Brendan Hassett
Milena Hering
Tony Iarrobino
Xiaohong Jia
Sheldon Katz
Sione Ma’u
Sam Payne
Tom Sederberg
Greg Smith
Ivan Soprunov
Evgenia Soprunova
Frank Sottile
Haohao Wang
Josephine Yu

*Not yet confirmed.

Registration information is available at The registration deadline for participants requesting funding is March 20th.
Hope to see you in Amherst in June!