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Undergraduate Summer Courses


The summer courses are a unique opportunity for students throughout the country to take a course from a top researcher in their respective field. These courses are motivated by the sad fact that the undergraduate curriculum at most major universities contains very little of "modern" (say 20th century) mathematics. These courses will bridge the gap between these graduate courses and standard undergraduate courses where the mathematics covered is more concrete but usually over 100 years old. We have chosen topics that rarely, if ever, appear in the undergraduate curriculum. A set of lecture notes will be produced for each course so that they can be repeated at other institutions.


Summer 2014

Train Tracks, Diffeomorphisms of Surfaces and Automorphisms of Free Groups
Instructor: Mladen Bestvina

Summer 2016

Birational Geometry of Complex Surfaces
Instructor: Christopher Hacon