Three-week Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

A three-week intensive program (June 11–29, 2018) at Princeton University for 25 advanced undergraduates and first year graduate students consisting of courses in low dimensional topology and symplectic geometry. Topics will include low-dimensional topology, gauge theory, and pseudo-holomorphic curves. There will be 6 courses, consisting of five lectures apiece. Daily lectures will be complemented by review and problem sessions.
There will also be two mini-conferences associated with the program, in weeks 2 and 3. 
  • Free Room and board (on-campus) will be provided from Sunday, June 10 (check-in) through Saturday, June 30th (check-out).
  • Travel reimbursement will be provided up to $500. (Only original receipts will be accepted.)




 The following three courses will take place during the  first week:
 • 4-dimensional knot theory (David Gabai)
 • Seiberg-Witten theory on four-manifolds (Francesco Lin)
 • Bordered algebras and a bigraded knot invariant (Zoltán Szabó)


The following three courses will take place during weeks two and three:
• An introduction to monopole Floer homology (Francesco Lin)
• Knot Floer homology and bordered invariants (Peter Ozsváth)
• Geometry and algebra of pseudo-holomorphic curves (John Pardon)



• Open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors and first-year graduate students.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
• Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, or disability.


Application Requirements:

Complete and submit the online application that will include the following:
• One letter of recommendation from a faculty member well-acquainted with your academic work.
• An unofficial school transcript.
• Personal statement on why you want to attend the program.

Undergraduate Application

Graduate Application


Application Deadline:

March 1, 2018 

The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation RTG (Research Training Group) in Geometry and Topology at Princeton.
For more information, please contact Jill LeClair, Program Coordinator, at