Laura Starkston

2020 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor, Mathematics
UC Davis

Project Title: Weinstein Manifolds

Project Description: I propose mathematical research in a rapidly growing field: symplectic geometry.  The objects of study, Weinstein manifolds, have connections to string theory, algebraic geometry, and low-dimensional topology.  I study Weinstein manifolds via fundamental building blocks of an approximating skeleton.  I will undertake key steps in the development of this program, which will have a direct impact on advancements in symplectic geometry and other fields.  This Fellowship allows me time during this pivotal pre-tenure period to complete this work by funding a course release, one graduate researcher during Summer 2021, and travel for a trimester program at lnstitut Henri Poincare.