Bahar Acu

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I mentored a 6-week long mathematics research program, Camp Euclid, for middle and high school students at Euclid Lab directed by Prof. David Gay of UGA. Both being a student and a mentor is a unique experience as it offers a collaborative research opportunity and environment for youth in a wide variety of subjects in mathematics. If you know of any enthusiastic, curious middle/high schoolers who love to ask "Why?'' and enjoy putting small pieces together to see the bigger picture, I strongly recommend you to get them to experience this one of a kind research opportunity.

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Current roles:

- Steering committee member, Research Network: Women in Symplectic Geometry and Contact Topology (WiSCon)

- Math Alliance mentor, Math Alliance

(The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences)

Click here for my profile.

- Co-editor, Research Directions in Symplectic and Contact Topology, AWM-Springer

In the past, I have been involved in the following events as:

- Lead organizer: Research Collaboration Conference for Women in Symplectic Geometry and

Contact Topology (WiSCon), July 22-26, 2019, ICERM, Brown University

- Associate Editor, Proceedings of the 2019 AWM Research Symposium, AWM-Springer

- Co-organizer, ETH Junior Symplectic Geometry Seminar, Spring 2021
- Co-organizer, Northwestern Geometry&Physics seminar, 2017 - 2020
- Co-organizer, Northwestern Women in Mathematics meetings, 2018 - 2020

- Co-organizer: Special session Women in Contact and Symplectic Geometry and Topology, 2018 JMM, San Diego

The session gathered early career female mathematicians (graduate students and postdocs) with leading senior female mathematicians in the field to present and showcase their research at the largest mathematics meeting in the world.

- Reviewer: Distinguished Graduate Speakers Selection Committee, USTARS (Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium), April 2018

- Mentor: GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities for Women) Conference, October 2017, Northwestern University

- Mentor: Camp Euclid, Mathematics Research Camp, Summer 2016, Euclid Lab, Georgia

- Mentor: Incoming PhD Students Orientation, USC, Summer 2014 - Summer 2015

- Judge: Mathematical Association of America Undergraduate Student Poster Session, 2017 JMM, Atlanta, Georgia

- Organizer: Graduate Joint LA Geometry and Topology Seminar during Fall 2014-Spring 2015

These seminars aimed to gather PhD students studying geometry and topology at Caltech, UCLA and USC.

- Co-organizer: The 10th Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics in Southern California, February 2017, USC

One-day symposium full of research talks, a key-note address and a panel discussion for female mathematicians in the Southern California ranging from undergraduates to research faculty.

- Board member: Charlotte's Web, USC, 2015 - 2017

Women in mathematics group, Charlotte's Web, at USC aims to enhance mentoring and networking possibilities for women at USC and wishes to raise awareness of the contributions of women to mathematics and ensure that women mathematicians at USC have a sense that they belong in the mathematical community through our events.

- President: USC Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), 2016 - 2017, USC

One of the most important goals of these student chapters (81 chapters, to be exact) is to organize events (talks, luncheons) promoting gender equity by creating a supportive environment for all.

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Women in Mathematics

Why should one care about the representation of women in mathematics? Well, here is a potential answer:

Some other useful resources working towards bettering the diversity, equity, and inclusion issue in mathematics:

- Association for Women in Mathematics : Does your university have an AWM student chapter?
- National Association of Mathematicians: A non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with the mission and purpose of promoting excellence in mathematical sciences and the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities.
- The EDGE Program: A Program for Woman in Mathematics aiming to strengthen the ability of women students to successfully complete PhD programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community.
- Math Alliance Network: The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences (“Math Alliance”) is a community of math faculty mentors (and their mentees) providing mentorship in graduate school applications or throughout graduate school by pairing students with mentors throughout the country.
- SACNAS – Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
- Mathematically Gifted and Black
- The Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Science
- Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW): A conference for women-identified students interested in graduate school in the mathematical sciences.
- USTARS: The Annual Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium
- Women in Math Project: This website directs you to many useful resources such as grants, scholarships, events, and programs.
- Connections for Women Workshops at MSRI
- European Women in Mathematics

and for those who reside in Southern California:

- Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics in Southern California, 2020, University of California Irvine, CA
- Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics in Southern California, 2019, California State University Channel Islands
- Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics in Southern California, 2018, Pepperdine University
- Annual Symposium for Women in Mathematics in Southern California, 2017, USC

or in Midwest:

- The 7th Midwest Women in Mathematics Symposium, April 13, 2019, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

- The 6th Midwest Women in Mathematics Symposium, April 7, 2018, Purdue University, Indianapolis
- The 5th Midwest Women in Mathematics Symposium, February 25, 2017, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- The 4th Midwest Women in Mathematics Symposium, April 2, 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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There were two conferences in honor of Dusa McDuff's Birthday. Follow the links below for more details:

Topological and Quantitative Aspects of Symplectic Manifolds, A Conference in Honor of Dusa McDuff's 70th Birthday, March 17-20, 2016, Columbia University, NY

Symplectic Geometry and Topology: Conference in honor of Dusa McDuff, ICMS, July 25-29, 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland

Some other exciting conference announcements:

AWM Research Symposium 2019, April 6-7, 2019, Rice University, Houston, Texas

AWM Workshop at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10–13, 2018, San Diego, California

AWM Workshop at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 4–7, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia

Young Women in Geometry, April 3-5, 2017, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany

AWM Research Symposium 2017, April 8–9, 2017, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

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If you are a social media lover, the following would be helpful to keep yourself informed about conferences, workshops, and summer school announcements and also questions you would like to ask a group of people with similar concerns or experiences:

Association for Women in Mathematics

Women in Geometry Topology World

USC Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics

There are several associations and events addressing issues of gender imbalance in mathematics: one of which is a 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), together with Princeton University with the support of the NSF called Women and Math (WAM) Program.

Three leading women figures in math are running this important gathering: Sun-Yung Alice Chang (Princeton), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College, Columbia), Christine Taylor (Princeton).

WAM still stands to be the best mathematical event that I have ever attended. I had the chance to think about how to shape an academic career while hearing experiences of several accomplished female figures in the field of contact and symplectic geometry and listening to their engaging research talks and mini lectures.

All ears to Dusa's expertise. Photo credit: IHES, 2015.

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Some expository talks:

- Contact Geometry: A 21st Century Geometry, Undergraduate Math and Physics Seminar, September 2015, California State University, Channel Islands

- A geometer's attempt to study topology of manifolds: Open book decompositions, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, March 2016, USC

- Introduction to moduli spaces of J-holomorphic curves Part I and II, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, September 2015, USC

- Conferences, summer schools, and programs for (under)graduate women in math, April 2017, USC AWM Student Chapter. Find the slides here.