University of North Texas
Informal Algebra Group

The Informal Algebra Group aims to provide an environment for math graduate students at the University of North Texas to gather on a weekly basis.  The group is geared towards grad students who are focusing in algebra, however all math grad students are welcome to attend.  Our meetings are used to share with each other topics that we are researching or find interesting.  We focus on a climate of understanding, and encourage questions during presentations, as well as lively discussion.  

For more information, please email Christine Uhl (

Future Talks:

April 20, 2016 TBD TBD

Past Talks:

Spring 2016
April 13, 2016 The irreducible modules of Yokonuma-type Hecke algebras
Ojas Davé
March 30, 2016 A Brief Introduction to Enveloping Algebras Phil Puente
March 9, 2016 The partial fraction expansion of cotangent with applications James Martin
February 17, 2016 Diagonalizability of some matrices Nehemiah Kuhns
February 10, 2016 Euler Numbers for Orbifolds Christine Uhl
Fall 2015
November 4, 2015 Dickson polynomials Chelsea Drescher
October 28, 2015 An introduction to tensor products Phil Puente
October 21, 2015 Jordan normal form and rational normal form II Ojas Davé
October 14, 2015 Jordan normal form and rational normal form Ojas Davé
October 7, 2015 Conjugacy classes of wreath products II Christine Uhl
September 30, 2015 Conjugacy classes of wreath products Christine Uhl
September 23, 2015 Some representations of  Vec(R) Connor O'Dell
September 12, 2015 Virasoro Lie Algebra Nehemiah Kuhns
Spring 2015
April 15, 2015 The Numbers Game and the Word Problem Elizabeth Drellich
March 11, 2015 Semisimplicity and Extreme Basics of Representation Theory Tamara Knox
February 18, 2015 Introduction to Topological groups Ojas Davé
February 11, 2015 Representations of sl(2,C) Connor O'Dell
February 4, 2015 The Quaterions Chelsea Drescher
January 28, 2015 Clifford Algebras II Phil Puente
Fall 2014
December 1, 2014 A Short Intro to Clifford Algebras Phil Puente
October 20, 2014 Complex Reflection Groups Christine Uhl
October 13, 2014 Schur's Lemma Various
October 6, 2014 Introduction to Root Systems Part II Ojas Davé
September 29, 2014 Introduction to Root Systems Part I Ojas Davé
September 22, 2014 Homology and Cohomology: Cell Complexes II Phil Puente
September 15, 2014 Homology and Cohomology: Cell Complexes I Phil Puente
September 8, 2014 Crash Course on Lie Algebras Angela Berardinelli
Spring 2014
March 28, 2014 A Preview to the Algebra Symposium Spring 2014 Various
March 19, 2014 An Impromtu Speed Algebra Various
March 5, 2014 An Introduction to Linear Algebraic Groups, Part 2 Angela Berardinelli
February 26, 2014 What makes a group algebraic? (And other adventures in algebraic geometry!) Angela Berardinelli
February 19, 2014 Introduction to the First Fundamental Group II Ojas Davé
February 12, 2014 Introduction to the First Fundamental Group I Ojas Davé
February 5, 2014 Quivers Have Arrows Tamara Knox
January 29, 2014 Basics of Projective and Affine Spaces Phillip Puente
Fall 2013
November 7, 2013 On Finding the Irreducible Characters of a Hecke Algebra Ojas Davé
October 29, 2013 Beginning of Braids Phillip Puente
October 24, 2013 Subgroup Decoding with Complex Reflection Groups Tamara Knox
September 19, 2013 Groebner Bases Practicum Tony Jacobs
Spring 2013
March 19, 2013 Berlekamp's Switching Game on Finite Projective Planes James Martin
March 1, 2013 Mystic Reflections and Quantum Drinfeld Hecke Algebras Christine Uhl
February 1, 2013 Manifolds II Matt Dulock
January 25, 2013 Manifold Matt Dulock
Fall 2012
November 30, 2012 A Different View of Tensor Products Phillip Puente
November 16, 2012 Modular Forms Jayantha Senadheera
November 9, 2012 Tensor Products and Algebras Drew Tillis and Ojas Davé