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Undergraduate Summer School in the Center for Mathematics at Notre Dame

Introduction to topological invariants in low dimensions
May 21 - 26, 2012

This week-long summer school will consist of lectures and group problem solving activities aimed at introducing undergraduates to basic ideas from low-dimensional topology.  Topology is the mathematical study of shapes, and low-dimensional topology is the study of shapes that we can (or almost can) "see".  Central objects of study are knots (like those tied by scouts) and surfaces (like the "edge" of a donut).  In addition to introducing students to basic objects in low-dimensional topology, the program will seek to inspire participants with a glimpse of recent developments at the frontier of research in this area.  The instructors will be:

Margaret Doig (Indiana University)
Joshua Greene (Boston University)
Matthew Hedden (Michigan State University)