Gender Minorities in Topology and Related Areas Konference

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

April 13-14, 2024

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GeMTRAK (Gender Minorities in Topology and Related Areas Konference) is a weekend conference aimed at graduate students in geometry and topology in the Northeast region. We encourage participants to travel via train (although Amtrak is not required) to minimize environmental impact.

We recognize the importance ofย  encouraging and building community for underrepresented gender identities within mathematics. This conference is meant to highlight the work of mathematicians in topology and geometry from gender minority groups, explore issues related to being a gender minority within academia, and boost networking connections within the mathematics community in the Northeast region.

Speakers and Schedule

GeMTRAK will take place on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th. The full schedule will be available at a later date.

We will have two plenary speakers:

Linda Chen (Swarthmore College)

Chikako Mese (Johns Hopkins University)

Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty are invited to apply to give a 20 minute talk. Please fill out the registration form by February 1st to apply to give a talk. Talks may be expository or on current research, and should appeal to a broad audience in geometry and topology. You do not need to give a talk to register for the conference.

Registration and Funding

Please complete the registration form by April 1st, 2024, to register for this conference. If you would like to apply for funding/lodging, or apply to give a talk, please fill out the form by February 1st, 2024. We have limited funding available, and so we encourage participants to seek out other sources of funding if possible so that our funding can go to those who need it most.

The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. Although GeMTRAK is intended for gender minorities, the conference is open to all who are interested.

Directions and Lodging

The conference will take place in David Rittenhouse Laboratory (DRL) on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The street address for DRL is 209 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

If you are traveling by train, 30th Street Station is a short walk from DRL. Another option to get around in Philly is SEPTA public transit and standard fare is $2.00. There is also metered street parking available around DRL, as well as Uber and Lyft services.

The conference will have some rooms available at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, which is located at 3549 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 and within walking distance of DRL. The rooms will all have two beds, meaning you will share the room with another participant. To take advantage of this option, please fill out the Request for Funding Form linked above.

If you would prefer other lodgings, there are several hotel options in the area, such as The Study at University City and AKA University City. These lodgings will not be reimbursed.


Please contact the organizers with any questions, comments, or concerns:

Maxine Calle (callem AT

Marielle Ong (ongmari AT

Hunter Stufflebeam (hstuff AT


This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of Lisa Simonyi and the IAS Women+ and Math program, as well as the mathematics faculty at UPenn. We would especially like to thank Angela Gibney, Julia Hartmann, Mona Merling, and Yumeng Ou for their support.