Friday, 12 May 2023 18:58

Yulia’s Dream Virtual Conference

Everyone is cordially invited to the First Annual Yulia’s Dream Virtual Conference on May 14-15, 2023!

Yulia’s Dream is a free remote mathematics enrichment and research program for exceptional high school students from Ukraine. It was established in March 2022 as an initiative under PRIMES (Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students) at the Mathematics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yulia’s Dream is dedicated to the memory of Yulia Zdanovska, a 21-year-old graduate of the National University of Kyiv, a winner of the 2017 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad, and a teacher for the “Teach for Ukraine” program who was killed by a Russian-fired missile in her home city of Kharkiv. We hope to help other Ukrainian boys and girls fulfill her dream.

The conference program is appended below and can be viewed here:

The conference will feature presentations of group research projects and expository talks by reading groups. It will conclude with a special session organized by the International Centre for Mathematics in Ukraine (ICMU), including a lecture by Prof. Maryna Viazovska, the 2022 Fields Medalist from Ukraine.

Zoom webinar link:
Passcode: 562389

We look forward to seeing you virtually this weekend!

Best regards,

Prof. Pavel Etingof
Chief Research Advisor

Dr. Slava Gerovitch
Program Director

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Sunday, May 14

9:00 am (Boston) [16:00 (Kyiv)]: Welcoming Remarks

  • Prof. Pavel Etingof, Yulia's Dream Chief Research Advisor

  • Dr. Slava Gerovitch, Yulia's Dream Program Director

9:15-11:10 am (Boston) [16:15-18:10 (Kyiv)]: Session 1

  • Ivan Bortnovskyi, Vadym Pashkovskyi, and Ihor Pylaiev, “Exploration of Grothendieck-Teichmueller (GT) shadows for the dihedral poset” (mentor Prof. Vasily Dolgushev, Temple University)

  • Yehor Avdieiev, “Affine standard Lyndon words” (mentor Prof. Alexander Tsymbaliuk, Purdue University)

  • Vladyslav Tysiachnyi, Viktor Makozyuk, and Dmytro Antonovych, “Matching of frames in open Jacobi diagrams and chord diagrams spaces” (mentor Dr. Mykola Semenyakin, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)

  • Martin Leshko, Alexander Borodin, and Marina Spektrova, “Combinatorial Hikita Conjecture” (mentor Dr. Andrei Ionov, Boston College)

  • Glib Dmytriiev, Masha Matsiiako, and Pavlo Shekhet, “Lagrange’s Theorem” (mentor Dr. Vanya Yakovlev)

  • Ivan Balashov and Maksym Torianyk, “Knots and Reidemeister Theorem” (mentor Roman Krutowski, University of California, Los Angeles)

Monday, May 15

9:00-10:50 am (Boston) [16:00-17:50 (Kyiv)]: Session 2

  • Constantine Bulavenko and Yaroslav Molybog, “Distinguishing Knots: The Jones Polynomial and Integer Invariants” (mentor Julius Baldauf, MIT)

  • Dmytro Kulish, Yaroslav Ibragimov, and Dang Minh Kong, “The Generalized Stokes' Theorem and its Applications” (mentor Kyrylo Muliarchyk, University of Texas at Austin)

  • Volodymyr Chub, Maksym Petrenko, and Stanislav Surmylo, “Riemann integral in higher dimensions” (mentor Maksym Chaudkhari, University of Texas at Austin)

  • Semen Andriets and Borys Holikov, “Partial orderings of minors in the positive Grassmannian” (mentor Yelena Mandelshtam, University of California, Berkeley)

  • Severyn Khomych, Nazar Korniichuk, and Kostiantyn Molokanov, “The Pak-Postnikov and Naruse skew hook length formulas: A new proof” (mentor Prof. Darij Grinberg, Drexel University)

11:00 am (Boston) [18:00 (Kyiv)]: Session 3

  • Prof. Andrey Gogolev (Ohio State University), Welcome from the International Centre for Mathematics in Ukraine (ICMU)

  • Prof. Maryna Viazovska (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; winner of the Fields Medal 2022), “The story of almost impossible Leech lattice”



With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director Slava Gerovitch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.