## Junior Algebra & Geometry Seminar

### - Spring 2016 -

**TIME:** Tuesday 4:10 - 5:00 pm.

**ROOM:** 628.

**ORGANIZERS:** Timo de Wolff and Taylor Brysiewicz.

**Email:** dewolff(at)math.tamu.edu, tbrysiewicz(at)math.tamu.edu

**CONTENT:**
The talks in this seminar will be given by a (different) faculty member every week. Each will focus on a "general topic" in algebra or geometry and will be:
- easy to understand,
- accessible for a first year graduate student, and
- (almost) proof free, focussing on intuition instead.

**GOAL:** The goal of this seminar is to:
- provide graduate students with quality overviews about key topics in algebra and geometry,
- give students ideas of what they might want to explore in the future, and
- aide in making other related seminars (such as the Geometry Seminar, the Algebra & Combinatorics Seminar, or the upcoming TAGS and SLAM conferences) more accessible.

**SCHEDULE:**
**Jan 26:** Short organizational meeting.
**Feb 2:** Kevin Kordek: "What is a fundamental group and a covering space?"
**Feb 9:** Anne Shiu: "What should I know about discrete geometry?"
**Feb 16:** Timo de Wolff: "What is tropical geometry?"
**Feb 23:** Chris O'Neill: "What should I know about resolutions of ideals?"
**Mar 1:** Sarah Witherspoon "What is cohomology?"
**Mar 8:** Maurice Rojas: "What is complexity theory?"
**Mar 15:** SPRING BREAK
**Mar 22:** JM Landsberg: "What is the Hilbert scheme of points?"
**Mar 29:** Laura Matusevich: "What is a moduli space?"
**Apr 5:** Frank Sottile: "What is a toric variety?"
**Apr 12:** Greg Pearlstein: "What is an abelian variety?"
**Apr 19:** Maxson Lectures; no Junior Algebra & Geometry Seminar.
**Apr 26:** Matt Papanikolas: "Elliptic curves and arithmetic"