Math DUG

The Math Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is a group of undergraduate students who enjoy math and want to take part in the mathematical community at Brown. We help math enthusiasts at Brown form a cohesive community and sponsor events that help to get more people interested in math. Primarily, we present accessible, fun math talks by people in the department — professors, grad students, and often undergraduates — where you can learn about some aspects of math that you don't normally see in class. These talks occur about every two weeks. The Math DUG also hosts the annual SUMS conference in the spring, an opportunity for undergraduates at Brown and from all around the Northeast to present mathematical research they've done.

You don't have to be a math concentrator, or even be taking math classes, to participate in the Math DUG - anyone who is curious about mathematics is welcome and encouraged to come!

Check out our Virtual Day on College Hill!

Upcoming DUG Events​


Recent incarnations of SUMS

Recent DUG talks

  • 4/23/20 - Dr. Alba Malaga - "Polyhedral Flat Tori'
  • 4/16/20 at 4:30pm - Professor Tom Goodwillie will give a talk titled "The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra."
  • 12/5/19 - Public lecture by Dr. Laura Taalman - "Coding and Generative Design for 3D Printing" - Foxboro Auditorium, 4-5pm
  • 11/21/19 - Professor Georgios Daskalopoulos - "Geometry and Physics" - Kassar 105, 4-5pm
  • 11/7/19 - Dr. Tom Barr - "Twisting the Keyword Length from a Vigenère Ciphertext" - Kassar 105, 4-5pm
  • 11/1/19 - Math Tea, Kassar 105, 4-5pm
  • 10/25/19 - Math Tea, Kassar 105, 4-5pm 
  • 10/24/19 - Alex McDonough (Brown University) - "An Intro to Chip-Firing" - Kassar 105, 4-5pm
  • 10/18/19 - Math Tea, Kassar 105, 4-5pm with guest Lydia Curliss, University Physical Sciences Librarian
  • 10/10/19 - Shiyue Li gave a talk titled "Yes, you CAN solve the quintics!"
  • 9/26/19 - Professor Dan Abramovich gave a talk titled "Singularities and their resolutions."
  • 9/12/19 - Professor Richard Schwartz -  "Configuration spaces of inscribed polygons."
  • 5/2/19 - Professor Richard Kenyon gave a talk titled "Enumeration of domino tilings."
  • 4/18/19 - Professor Rohini Ramadas gave a talk titled "Complex dynamics and the Mandelbrot set."
  • 3/21/19 - Professor Benoit Pausader gave a talk titled "The Uncertainty Principle."
  • 4/4/19 - Professor Melody Chan gave a talk titled "Persistent homology and barcodes."
  • 2/21/19 - Professor Jeffrey Hoffstein gave a talk titled "Quantum computer resistant digital signatures."
  • 2/6/19 - Professor Joseph Silverman gave a talk titled "Taxicabs and Sums of Two Cubes: An Excursion in Mathematics."
  • 12/11/18 - Professor Tarik Aougab gave a talk titled "Negative Curvature."
  • 11/27/18 - Professor Jose Conde Alonso gave a talk titled "Length, area and all that. What is a rectifiable curve?"
  • 11/13/18 - Professor Kathryn Mann gave a talk titled "Fixed point theorems proved by board games."
  • For more talks, please visit our archives here.


Do you...

  • Need advice about which math course to take?
  • Want us to send out an announcement about your math-related event or opportunity?
  • Want to give a talk for the DUG?
  • Have any suggestions for DUG events we should hold?
  • Want to know how to get involved with the DUG?
  • Want to know what makes math so great?

Then email us at [email protected]!

For more contact info, go here.