Email: callem “at” sas “dot” upenn “dot” edu
I am a second year graduate student and NSF graduate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Mona Merling. I’m generally interested in algebraic topology and homotopy theory, and I also have an interest in mathematical visualization and communication.
I believe that math can and should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone. To paraphrase this post by the AMS blog Inclusion/Exclusion, we must work towards an environment in which any person who wants to be a mathematician, can. We must work against the aspects of academia and STEM that sustain an oppressive system.
- My name is pronounced “mack-SEEN eh-LEH-na CAH-shay.” I grew up in San Diego, CA, and I attended the Waldorf School of San Diego. My high school education inspired me to do a lot of art, music, and performance. (You can check out some of my art and stuff here.)
- I got a B.A. in math in 2020 from Reed College in Portland, OR. I started out as a Philosophy major, but switched to Math at the end of my second year. I worked closely with Kyle Ormsby and Angélica Osorno, and they both got me into algebraic topology. I also worked with Paul Hovda in the Philosophy department, thinking about stuff like mathematical structuralism. I was featured on What is a Reedie? where I talk a bit about myself, my undergraduate thesis, and my Reed College experience. Read my full responses here.
- My REU experience under Corey Dunn convinced me to go to math graduate school. I started my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2020.
I’ve adopted a polyhedron, called the Xinegon, which you can see here. The Xinegon has 631 siblings, with f-vector (9, 17, 10). I like that she has some triangular faces, some quadrilateral faces, and some pentagonal faces.
Upcoming Travel and Conferences
Past Travel and Conferences
- July 2021: PCMI’s “Illustrating Mathematics” Graduate Summer School; online.
- Summer 2021: Algebraic Topology Bridge Summer Workshop; online.
- April 2021: Underrepresented Students in Algebra and Topology Research Symposium (USTARS); online.
- April 2021: Graduate Student Topology and Geometry Conference (GSTGC); online.
- November 2020: Binghamton University Graduate Conference in Algebra and Topology (BUGCAT); online.
- September 2020: Cascade Topology seminar; online.
- Summer 2020: Algebraic Topology Bridge Summer Workshop; online.
- Summer 2020: Graduates Reminisce Online on Topology seminar (GROOT); online.
- January 2020: Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM); University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE.
- May 2019: Women and Mathematics (WAM); Institute for Advanced Study, NJ.
- January 2019: Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM); Baltimore, MD.
- November 2018: Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (UMS); University of Illinois at Chicago, IL.
- November 2018: Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (NUMS); Willamette University, OR.