PROMYS 30th Anniversary Celebration

30th Anniversary of PROMYS: July 26 - 28, 2019

We were thrilled to celebrate PROMYS's 30th Anniversary with alumni from so many different years, locations, and occupations! Alumni and friends of the program gathered with their families to celebrate thirty years of the PROMYS community and to look ahead to the next thirty years!

Many thanks to Carrie (Heilweil) Mermelstein and other alumni who spearheaded the organization of this milestone and made it such a success!!


PROMYS 30th Anniversary Celebration
Boston University
July 26-28, 2019

Unless otherwise noted, events will be on the 2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union (GSU at 775 Commonwealth Avenue) including Saturday and Sunday talks in the Conference Auditorium.

Friday, July 26

Stone B50 (Stone Science Building at 675 Commonwealth Avenue)

3:30-4:30     MA State House free tour courtesy of alum Tommy Vitolo, Rep. 15th Norfolk District. (Email to sign up.)
4:30-5:00     Pre-Registration
5:00-5:50     Ila Varma (University of Toronto and UC San Diego, Mathematics) “Binary quadratic forms and the conjectures of Gauss”  (abstract and bio) Stone B50 (675 Commonwealth Avenue)
6:00 -           Drinks at local restaurant for anyone interested
Dinner (independently and in small groups)

Saturday, July 27

2nd Floor of GSU (unless otherwise noted)

8:45-9:45     Registration + Math Problems and Games - bagels, muffins, OJ, and coffee. Stone Lobby
9:45-10:00   Welcome from Glenn Stevens – Ziskind Lounge
10:10-11:00 Julia Mundy (Harvard University, Physics) "Designing new quantum materials at the atomic-scale" (bio) Conference Auditorium
11:10-12:00 (A) David Jao (University of Waterloo, Mathematics) “How to turn pure math into applied math: my quest for the perfect application” (abstract and bio) Conference Auditorium
(B) Family Play and Walk (we’ll provide the sidewalk chalks and bubbles!). Meet Carrie (Heilweil) Mermelstein at registration desk in Stone Lobby.
12:00-2:00   (A) Lunch (independently)
(B) Women of PROMYS (WoP) Discussion (all genders warmly welcome). Academy Room, Room 124 on 1st Floor of GSU. Lunch will be provided.
2:00-2:50     David R. H. Miller (Google) "Natural Language Understanding, Deep Learning, and the BERT Revolution" (abstract and bio) Conference Auditorium
3:30-5:00     Frisbee Match - Nickerson Field (285 Babcock Street). Alumni will lead the way from the Ziskind Lounge. In the event of rain, games will be played in the Ziskind Lounge.
5:30-6:00     Group Photo in front of Marsh Chapel (735 Commonwealth Avenue)
6:30-10:00   30th Anniversary Celebration Reception and Banquet in Metcalf Hall (2nd floor GSU), (Advance Ticket Purchase Required)

Sunday, July 28

2nd Floor of GSU (unless otherwise noted)

8:30–9:30    (A) Games, Math Problems, and PROMYS Trivia Quiz. Muffins, tea breads, OJ, and coffee. Ziskind Lounge
(B) Basketball Game - Fitness and Recreation Center (915 Commonwealth Avenue). Volunteers will leave for FitRec from GSU at 8:20
(C) Ping Pong Match - Fitness and Recreation Center (915 Commonwealth Avenue). Volunteers will leave for FitRec from GSU at 8:20
9:40-10:30  Alex Lee (Northwestern University, Law) "Perspectives on Law and Mathematics"  (abstract and bio) Conference Auditorium
10:45-12:15 Alum Career Mixer: Discuss interesting career paths with experienced alumni in a wide range of fields including Data Science, Finance, High Tech, Law, Mathematics, Physics, and Sustainability (bios). Munchies and apple cider. Metcalf Hall
12:15-             Farewells - Lemonade and brownies - Ziskind Lounge
12:30-2:30  Alum Planning Meeting: Looking Ahead - Back Court (1st Floor of GSU). (Bagels. Boxed lunches provided for alums who have given us a week’s notice.)
2:30 on:       Extended discussions and socializing with all available for such pleasures.