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Teaching and Service Jeffrey Meier

Teaching at UGA

If you are a student in one of my MATH 1113 classes, please visit the Math 1113 Homepage or log in to eLearning Commons for course details.

Directed Reading Programs

In the fall of 2017, I created a Directed Reading Program in the UGA Math Department. Directed Reading Programs pair enthusiastic undergraduate math students with graduate student mentors in semester-long learning partnerships. Graduate students gain mentoring experience, and undergraduate participants have the opportunity to learn interesting math that would normally fall outside the department curriculum. The UGA Math Department DRP is supported by my current NSF grant: FRG: Trisections - New Directions in Low-Dimensional Topology.

Before coming to UGA, I was involved with DRP programs at Indiana University and UT Austin. In the fall of 2015, fellow postdoc Corrin Clarkson and I started a Directed Reading Program for the IU math department. As a graduate student, I was a mentor in the UT Mathematics Department's Directed Reading Program. In this program graduate students lead undergraduate students in an independent study of the undergraduate's choosing. Over two years, I worked with three different students who completed readings in low-dimensional topology, knot theory, and algebraic topology.

Teaching at Indiana University

In 2015, I taught two upper division math courses to pre-service K-12 teachers using the guided inquiry methodology. For an idea of my philosophy regarding teaching and mathematics education, please see my Teaching Statement.

Undergraduate Mentoring

In the summers of 2015 and 2016, I participated as a mentor in the IU Research Experience for Undergraduates, supervising a project relating the braid group to the study of knotted surfaces in four-space via bridge trisections and a project concerned with constructing irreducible knotted Klein bottles in four-space.

In the summer of 2016, I participated in the Indiana University Minority Serving Institutions STEM Initiative, which is a partnership between IU and a collection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities aimed at increasing the number of African American graduate students, scholars, and professionals in the STEM disciplines.

I also participated in UT Austin's Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship program (IE). This program is similar to the DRP, but is university-wide and targets underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students to increase graduate school awareness and preparation.

Conferences

In April 2018, I co-organized an AMS Sectional Meeting Special Session on Trisections at Northeastern University, in Boston, MA.

In February 2018, I organized the first Winter Trisectors Meeting, which took place at the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA.

I was a co-organizer for the Trisections and Low-Dimensional Topology, which took place at the American Institute of Mathematics, in San Jose, CA in March 2017.

I was a co-organizer for the Conference on 4-manifolds and knot concordance, which took place at the Max Plank Institute in Bonn, Germany in October 2016.

I was a co-organizer for the 12th edition of the Graduate Student Topology and Geometry Conference, which took place at UT Austin in February 2014.

In February 2013, I co-organized the first annual Texas Topology and Geometry (TexTAG) Undergraduate Conference.

Talks