This is the website for GOSS, an online seminar aimed to be accessible to those with a graduate background in mathematics. Speakers and talks will span multiple areas, and attendance is open to anyone who is interested.

  • The seminar is held on Wednesdays at 3 PM EST.
  • You can find titles, abstracts, and Zoom information on the page. The meeting password is MATHGOSS.
  • To receive announcements and reminders with Zoom information each week, please join the mailing list.
  • Feel free to follow and tweet under the hashtag #mathgoss.
  • If you’re interested in being a future invited speaker, please reach out to the organizers!

Participant Information

Asking Questions

  • Speakers: participants will be comprised of a very general audience of (approximately) graduate students, so please aim for accessible talks! This is of course an extremely difficult task due to varying backgrounds, but perhaps an ideal layout might be:
    • The first 20m: understandable to a general mathematical audience, e.g. an advanced undergraduate or a first-year graduate student in a different subfield.
    • The second 20m: more specific/detailed material, but still approachable to graduate students not doing a dissertation in the subfield of the talk.
    • The final 20m: anything goes! It’s fine to touch on cutting-edge research, but ideally any advanced material here might still be understandable to (say) a graduate student working in that subfield or early post-doc working in that subfield.
  • Participants: please freely ask questions! These seminars are meant to be a positive learning experience for everyone involved, and it often happens that what one thinks is “too basic” of a question is something that others are also wondering. Talks (particularly over Zoom) also incidentally tend to be much more fun when there are conversations and people are engaged.

  • For short questions (e.g. clarifying a concept, expanding on a concept, etc) it is generally fine to politely interrupt the speaker. Time is reserved at the end of talks for longer questions (e.g. about further work, or for more specific details).

  • To ask a question, it is preferable to simply unmute yourself and ask directly.

  • We will also keep an eye on chat, so you can type questions there and the host/moderator can relay your question to the speaker.

Code of Conduct

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  • Other attendees and speakers are your friends and colleagues, so please treat them in an accordingly respectful manner! In particular, please refrain from offensive or unwelcome comments/questions/discussions.

    • This can include comments about ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, physical appearance, religion, age, body size, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, as well as anything deemed to be an insult, threat, discrimination, disruption, solicitation, or harassment of any form.
  • Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers. If you have any questions or would like to report any inappropriate behavior, please email any of the organizers.