DMiR – Director’s Mathematician in Residence Program

The BSM Director’s Mathematician in Residence Program (DMiR) is conducted under the direction of the BSM North American office. The program is open to individual faculty members, as well as to research teams of two or more scholars applying jointly. Spend three weeks during the spring, summer, or fall as the BSM Director’s Mathematician in Residence in beautiful Budapest, and enjoy a unique opportunity for professional development, networking, and collaboration with renowned Hungarian mathematicians. Gain valuable international experience, as well as a firsthand look at the BSM program and all it offers to participating undergraduate students.

The program funds travel to Hungary and housing in Budapest. Office space, internet access, and a math library are also available. In addition to providing in-country support, local BSM staff will coordinate a social program including an orientation, city tour, and opportunities to meet with students. Faculty members accepted to the program (DMiR scholars) will be expected to be available to BSM students two to three hours per week and to give a short lecture series, targeted to BSM students, on their research area.

Faculty Application Deadlines:

SPRING: November 1st

SUMMER: December 1st

FALL: April 1st

Interested applicants should request a letter of invitation to apply by emailing BSM North American Director Kristina Garrett at [email protected] or BSM Associate Director Kathryn Ziegler-Graham at [email protected].

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DMIR Scholar Summer 2024

John Wesley Cain

John Wesley Cain is the assistant director of undergraduate studies and a senior lecturer on mathematics at Harvard University.  After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1998, he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Duke University in 2005.  As an undergraduate, he enjoyed two semesters as a student in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program.  His research is in applied mathematics, mostly involving problems at the interface of mathematics, biology, and medicine.

DMIR Scholar Spring 2024

Carl R. Yerger

Carl Yerger is a professor and former chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College.  After graduating from Harvey Mudd College in 2005, Carl took Part III of the Mathematical Tripos as a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University in 2006 and then earned a Ph.D. in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization from Georgia Tech in 2010. His mathematical interests are in structural graph theory, combinatorics, and Ramsey theory.  In addition, he has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the AMC 10/12 exam since 2017 and helps organize the Charlotte Mathematics Club.

DMIR Scholars Summer 2023

Heather M. Russell

Professor Heather M. Russell is an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Richmond. She received B.A. degrees in mathematics and computer science from Washington College in 2003 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Iowa in 2009. Before coming to Richmond, she held post-doctoral positions at Louisiana State University and University of Southern California and also taught briefly at her undergraduate alma mater.
Professor Russell’s research lies primarily at the interface of algebraic combinatorics and low-dimensional topology, and diagrammatic structures play a prominent role in her work. Professor Russell is passionate about involving students in her research and building a more inclusive math community.


Julianna Tymoczko

Julianna Tymoczko is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Smith College.  She was an undergraduate at Harvard, a graduate student at Princeton, and an NSF and Hildebrandt postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.  Before coming to Smith, she was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.  She received fellowships from the NDSEG, the Clay Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation, as well as from the NSF, and is Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. 
Professor Tymoczko’s research is at the interface of combinatorics, algebra, and geometry, in different proportions depending on the project.  She believes mathematics is a big tent that does better with more people from different backgrounds and perspectives.  She has supervised over 100 undergraduates in mathematical research projects, in addition to graduate and postdoctoral students.  Professor Tymoczko is also a co-director of the Postbaccalaureate Program at Smith College, a one-year program for  college graduates who want to pursue graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences but need additional training.


DMiR Scholar Fall 2022

Beth Malmskog

Professor Beth Malmskog from Colorado College earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and her PhD at Colorado State University.
She is currently working to develop and publish a set of 10-12 learning modules on novel applications of discrete mathematics, each with an accompanying article/interview highlighting the stories of contributors and/or larger context of the application. Her research interests include curves over finite fields, S-unit equations and applications, curves over Q with specified good reduction, automorphism groups of curves, maximal curves, coding theory, cryptography, graph theory, Latin squares, and cross-disciplinary applications of discrete mathematics, including mathematical aspects of redistricting.

DMiR Scholars Summer 2022

Enrique Trevino

Paul Pollock

Professor Enrique Treviño is a mathematician from Ciudad Juárez, México. He grew up in the border between Juárez and El Paso, Texas. He studied his Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at El Paso, graduating in 2006. He got his PhD at Dartmouth College in 2011. His thesis, worked under the direction of Carl Pomerance, concerned problems related to the least quadratic non-residue modulo a prime. Enrique is one of the coaches for the Mexican Mathematical Olympiad teams. His love for number theory started as an Olympiad competitor in High School, and it continued when he studied Topics in Number Theory at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics in the Fall of 2004 (taught by Antal Balog). The brilliance behind the proof of Dirichlet’s Theorem remains one of his favorite things to have witnessed. Enrique is an associate professor at Lake Forest College, where he has worked since 2013. His main area of research is number theory, but he also publishes short recreational mathematics articles. He also translated a book on the Cuban Mathematical Olympiads from 2001 to 2016.
Professor Paul Pollack earned his Bachelor’s degree from UGA in 2003 and his PhD from Dartmouth College in 2008. This was followed by postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois and the University of British Columbia. In 2012, he returned to UGA where he is now an Associate Professor. He works in number theory, with an emphasis on those areas of the subject influenced by the work of Paul Erdős. He is the author of two books published by the American Mathematical Society and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the American Mathematical Monthly and the International Journal of Number Theory.

DMiR Scholars Summer 2019

Arthur Benjamin

Aaron Abrams

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Jamie Pommersheim                             











Professor Arthur Benjamin earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon and his PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins. Since 1989, he has taught at Harvey Mudd College, where he is Professor of Mathematics and past Chair. In 2000, he received the Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching by the Mathematical Association of America, and served as the MAA’s Polya Lecturer from 2006 to 2008. His research interests include combinatorics and number theory, with a special fondness for Fibonacci numbers.

Professor Aaron Abrams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Washington and Lee University. He conducts mathematical research in many areas, with interests overlapping the traditional boundaries of geometry, topology, group theory, probability, and combinatorics. In 1992 he became the first undergraduate student from UC Davis to attend the Budapest Semesters program.  He is excited to be returning to Budapest with Jamie Pommersheim, his long-time collaborator, where the two will study triangulations of a square.

Professor Jamie Pommersheim is the Katharine Piggott Professor of Mathematics at Reed College. Like Abrams, he also has fond memories of studying at the Budapest Semesters program in Spring 1986, during the second year of the program’s existence.  His research interests include quantum computation and toric varieties, a subject that links algebraic geometry to convex polytopes.

DMiR Scholars Summer 2018

Elizabeth Milicevic

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Professor Elizabeth Milićević, Haverford College explores interactions between modern methods in algebraic geometry, algebraic combinatorics, and representation theory. In particular, she is interested in answering geometric and topological questions about algebraic varieties such as (affine) Grassmannians and flag varieties, and affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties using the methods of algebraic combinatorics, combinatorial representation theory, and even geometric group theory. Related interests include the study of the partially ordered set of Newton polygons associated to elements in the affine Weyl group, the Peterson isomorphism relating quantum and affine Schubert calculus, and various affine Hecke algebras.

Professor Djordje Milićević, Bryn Mawr College. I am an analyst and a number theorist. My research is concerned with analysis on arithmetic manifolds, automorphic forms, L-functions, and analytic number theory. I study arithmetic objects using tools from spectral analysis, representation theory, analytic number theory, and p-adic analysis. A Ph.D. graduate of Princeton University, I have taught and done research at the University of Michigan, Amherst College, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, and the University of Melbourne in Australia

DMiR Scholars Summer 2017

Gizem Karaali

Stephan Garcia

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Professor Gizem Karaali is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, where she graduated with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics (Boğaziçi University, 1997). She earned her mathematics PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. After a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she moved on to Pomona College in 2006, where she is now an associate professor of mathematics. This job, together with her work on the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, the Mathematical Intelligencer, and Numeracy, keeps her quite busy and happy. When she is not Professor Karaali, she enjoys discovering new places and new books, walking alone and with friends, and cooking with her two young children. She is simultaneously thrilled by and terrified of the possibility that some day her poetry in Turkish will find a reader other than herself.

Professor Stephan Ramon Garcia grew up in San Jose, California before attending U.C. Berkeley for his B.A. and Ph.D.  He worked at U.C. Santa Barbara for three years before moving to Pomona College in 2006.  He is the author of several books and over seventy-five research articles in operator theory, complex analysis, matrix analysis, number theory, discrete geometry, and other fields.  He has coauthored over two dozen articles with students, including two papers in the Notices of the AMS and one that was selected to appear in “The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2015”.  He is on the editorial boards of Proceedings of the AMS, Involve, American Mathematical Monthly, and Annals of Functional Analysis.  Garcia received three NSF research grants as principal investigator and five teaching awards from three different institutions.  He was twice nominated by Pomona College for the CASE US Professors of the Year Award.

Professor Susan Martonosi graduated with a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in 1999.  She then spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching high school mathematics (in French!) in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.  When she returned, she began pursuing her Ph.D. in Operations Research at MIT, which she received in 2005.  The focus of her research was operations research models to improve aviation security.  She joined the mathematics faculty of Harvey Mudd College in 2005. Her research has included disruption of terrorist networks using tools from graph theory and network optimization, homeland security using tools from game theory, interventions against malaria using tools from differential equations and integer optimization, pediatric vaccine pricing using tools from game theory, and recently, sports analytics.  In addition to her teaching and research, she has held administrative roles in the HMC Clinic program, in which student teams complete capstone projects for industrial sponsors.

DMiR Scholars Summer 2016

Alissa Crans

Andrew Beveridge









Professor Alissa Crans’ interests are in algebra, particularly in higher dimensional Lie algebras and their relationships with topology as well as relationships between mathematics and music, and broadening participation in mathematics. She joined the Loyola Marymount University faculty in 2004. Dr. Crans received her Ph.D. and M.S. from UC Riverside in 2004 and 2000, respectively, and her B.S. degree from the University of Redlands in 1999. She joined the LMU faculty in 2004.

Professor Andrew Beveridge, Macalester College, studies random processes on graphs. He is particularly interested in random walks on graphs as well as network structures generated by random processes. He is also interested in games that involve both randomness and strategy. He has led summer undergraduate research groups at Carnegie Mellon University and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota. He has also taught at MathPath, an advanced summer camp for junior high school students who love math.