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 summer 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. BSM now offers a new faculty fellowship for three weeks during the fall or spring academic year also.
The program funds travel to Hungary and housing in Budapest. Office space, internet access, and a math library will be available. In addition to providing in-country support, local BSM staff will coordinate a social program including an orientation, city tour, and welcome banquet. 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.
SUMMER: Applications will be accepted beginning Fall 2020 for Summer 2021. Faculty application deadline is December 1, 2020.
SPRING and FALL: Rolling applications are permitted but application deadlines for faculty are December 1, 2020 for Spring 2020 and June 1, 2020 for Fall 2021.
Interested applicants should request a letter of invitation to apply by emailing BSM North American Director Kristina Garrett at email@example.com or BSM Associate Director Kathryn Ziegler-Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DMiR Scholars Summer 2020
Enrique Trevino Paul Pollock
DMiR Scholars Summer 2019
Arthur Benjamin Aaron Abrams 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 Djordje Milicevic
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 Susan Martonosi
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.