2010 Graduate Math Workshops

In December, 2010, Prof. David Stern coordinated two weeks of workshops for graduate students throughout Kenya. Invited speakers for the workshops were Bruce Bartlett (Lecturer in mathematics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Ben Davison (mathematics PHd student, Oxford), and Tom Denton (mathematics PHd student, University of California, Davis).


The invited speakers provided workshop sessions on the topics of mathematical physics, algebraic combinatorics (representation theory and crystal bases), and algebraic geometry (projective and tropical geometry) relating to their current research. Graduate students from Maseno also presented on their own research topics and engaged in discussions with the invited speakers throughout the two weeks.


Near the end of the second week, Prof. Stern and the invited speakers drove to Egerton University near Nakuru. The speakers gave brief presentations at Egerton and discussed the state of mathematics teaching and research with professors and staff. A trip to Lake Nakuru National Park and a day in Nairobi rounded out a successful trip!