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[Adam at Chicago] I was a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago for six years. I received my M.S. degree in 1992, and my Ph.D. at the August 1997 convocation. I was supported as a Lecturer in Mathematics and McCormick Fellow, and my dissertation research was conducted with faculty adviser Sid Webster. My teaching career at Chicago was four years (thirteen quarters) of lecturing Calculus (131-2-3, 151-2-3) and Pre-Calculus ("Essential Mathematics" 101-2-3), preceded by a training year as a College Fellow for Honors Calculus (161-2-3). During some of these classes, I supervised undergraduate Junior Tutors. I was a reader for Differential Topology, Differential Geometry, and Algebraic Topology, and I also volunteered with the Young Scholars Program.

While at Chicago, I gave several talks in the complex analysis, geometric topology, and Pizza seminars, and was invited to speak on "Steiner Surfaces as Projections of the Real Veronese Variety," at the Computer Science Department Colloquium, Purdue University, August 1996. I also attended several conferences, including the workshop "Schubert Varieties; Geometry, Algebra and Combinatorics," at Oberwolfach, March 31 - April 5, 1997.

Some of my old tests are available for viewing as postscript files. One of the questions begins: "A frog..."

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[Steve wins at Checkers on the Diag] I received my B.S. with Distinction and High Honors in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in May 1991, after living in Ann Arbor for four years. I was President of The Society of Physics Students, and active in the Undergraduate Math Club. I was employed as a grader for Calculus, Linear Algebra, Complex Variables, and Transformation Groups in Geometry, in addition to various other odd jobs. My Honors thesis, A Classification of Quadratically Parametrized Maps of the Real Projective Plane, was the result of a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates project, and then independent study, with Prof. Art Schwartz. Our research led to a joint paper on Steiner Surfaces.
  • 1988: William J. Branstrom freshman prize
  • 1989: Edwin Wilkinson Miller prize, undergraduate mathematics
  • 1989: Natural science sophomore honors award
  • 1991: Addison-Wesley book award, undergraduate physics
  • 1991: Induction into Sigma Pi Sigma honor society for physics
  • re-typeset version of my B.S. thesis: .PDF 37 pages + 10 Figures.

My activity with the Society of Physics Students included on-campus science outreach programming in cooperation with CRV. The "Trickle Down Physics" program was later described in an article by S. D. Ikeda, "Physics Rules!" in the University of Michigan publication LSAmagazine, Spring 1994.

I graduated from St. Johns High School in 1987. Also that year, I won second prize in a National High School Essay Contest sponsored by the United Nations Association - USA. From 1983 to 1987 (and continuing after), I did volunteer work with Community Resource Volunteers (CRV).

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