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         In Summer 2016, I mentored a 6-week long mathematics research program, Camp Euclid, for middle and high school students at Euclid Lab directed by David Gay of UGA.  Being both a student and a mentor is a unique experience due to the fact that it offers a collaborative research opportunity and environment for youth in a wide variety of subjects in mathematics.


     If you know of any enthusiastic and curious middle/high schoolers who love to ask "Why?'' and enjoy putting small pieces together to see the bigger picture, I strongly recommend you to get them experience this one of a kind research opportunity.


Some expository talks:



  • A geometer's attempt to study topology of manifolds: Open book decompositions, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, March 2016, USC


  • Introduction to moduli spaces of J-holomorphic curves Part I, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, September 2015, USC


  • Introduction to moduli spaces of J-holomorphic curves Part II, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, September 2015, USC


  • Conferences, summer schools, and programs for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics, USC AWM Student Chapter. Find the slides here.



Current roles:


July 22-26, 2019, ICERM, Brown University, RI


  • Math Alliance mentor, Math Alliance (The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences)

Click here for my profile.


  • Co-organizer, Northwestern Geometry&Physics seminar



In the past, I have been involved in the following events:


The session gathered early career female mathematicians (graduate students and postdocs) with leading senior female mathematicians in the field to present and showcase their research at the largest mathematics meeting in the world.


  • Reviewer: Distinguished Graduate Speakers Selection Committee, USTARS (Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium), April 2018



  • Mentor: Camp Euclid, Mathematics Research Camp, Summer 2016, Euclid Lab, Georgia


  • Mentor: Incoming PhD Students Orientation, USC, Summer 2014 and Summer 2015



These seminars aim to gather PhD students studying geometry and topology at Caltech, UCLA and USC.


One-day symposium full of research talks, a key-note address and a panel discussion for female mathematicians in the Southern California ranging from undergraduates to research faculty.


  • Board member: Charlotte's Web, USC, 2015 - 2017
    Women in mathematics group, Charlotte's Web, at USC aims to enhance mentoring and networking possibilities for women at USC and wishes to raise awareness of the contributions of women to mathematics and ensure that women mathematicians at USC have a sense that they belong in the mathematical community through our events.


  • President: USC Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), 2016 - 2017, USC
    One of the most important goals of these student chapters (81 chapters, to be exact) is to organize events (talks, luncheons) promoting gender equity by creating a supportive environment for all.




Women in Mathematics


         Why should one care about the presence of women in mathematics? Here is a potential answer to the representation/diversity issue:





















Some other useful links:


and for those who reside in Southern California:


or in Midwest:




There were two conferences in honor of Dusa's Birthday. Follow the links below for more details:

Topological and Quantitative Aspects of Symplectic Manifolds, A Conference in Honor of Dusa McDuff's 70th Birthday, March 17-20, 2016, Columbia University, NY

Symplectic Geometry and Topology: Conference in honour of Dusa McDuff, ICMS, July 25-29, 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland



Some other exciting conference announcements:

The AWM Research Symposium 2019, April 6-7, 2019, Rice University, Houston, Texas

The AWM Workshop at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10–13, 2018, San Diego, California

The AWM Workshop at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 4–7, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia

Young Women in Geometry, April 3-5, 2017, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany
AWM Research Symposium 2017, April 8–9, 2017, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA




If you are a social media lover, the following would be helpful to keep yourself informed about conferences, workshops, and summer school announcements and also questions you would like to ask a group of people with similar concerns or experiences:


Women in Geometry Topology World

European Women in Mathematics

Women in Maths

USC Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics




There are several associations and events addressing issues of gender imbalance in mathematics: one of which is a 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), together with Princeton University with the support of the NSF called Women and Math Program.


Three leading women figures in math are running this important gathering: Sun-Yung Alice Chang (Princeton), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College, Columbia), Christine Taylor (Princeton).


It was the best mathematical event that I have ever attended in the sense that I had a chance to think about how to shape an academic career hearing experiences of and consulting with accomplished female figures in my field and listening to their engaging research talks.

All ears to Dusa's expertise. Photo credit: IHES, 2015.