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# Mathematics

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#### Merit Program for Emerging Scholars

###### Jennifer McNeilly (UIUC)

Abstract: The Merit Program at the University of Illinois has helped with the retention and recruitment of underrepresented students in STEM fields for nearly three decades. With this talk, I will briefly review the history of the program and describe how it is structured in our department. I will also describe the teaching methods used (based on Dr. Uri Treisman’s collaborative learning model) and share some examples/data to demonstrate the program’s success. The goals will be to both introduce the Merit Program to those who are unfamiliar with it and also share a few teaching and TA training ideas which could be useful in a variety of settings.

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#### Classifying spaces of bordism categories and a filtration of Thom's theory

###### Ulrike Tillmann (Oxford University)

Abstract: We describe a refinement of a theorem with Galatius, Madsen and Weiss which describes the classifying space of bordism categories. In particular this can be interpreted to give evidence for the cobordism hypothesis for invertible TQFTs.

The Tondeur Lectures in Mathematics will be held April 25-27, 2017. A reception will be held following the first lecture from 5-6 pm April 25 in 239 Altgeld Hall.