Contact:

Pronouns: He/Him
richard.wong[at]math.utexas.edu
PMA 11.142

Department of Mathematics
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712

About me:

I am a sixth year mathematics Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, where I graduated in 2015 with highest honors in mathematics and a minor in cognitive science.

My research interests are in computations in (equivariant, stable) homotopy theory. Click here for a non-technical overview of what that means. For example, I have been thinking a lot about the modular representation theory of finite groups and the stable module category, and I use homotopy-theoretic tools called spectral sequences to compute Picard groups (aka endotrivial modules!).

Teaching and communicating mathematics is an important part of my mathematical identity, and I value the impact that I have as an educator. It is for this reason that I am committed to anti-racist teaching - what this means to me is inclusive and equitable teaching that affirms and empowers students. If you're new to these ideas, send me an email - I'm happy to have a conversation with you!

I plan to be on the job market this year.

Fall 2020

I am the Instructor of Record for M 371E, Learning Assistant Experience in Mathematics. This course is a hands-on experience in how to effectively teach and support students in the learning of mathematics. In addition to classroom training, students work as Calculus tutors in CalcLab, a program for students enrolled in calculus courses at UT the chance to work with classmates and receive help from tutors.

I also run CalcLab, a program for students enrolled in calculus courses at UT the chance to work with classmates and receive help from TAs.

I am also helping organize the Mathematicians of Color Alliance of Texas. MoCAT is a student-run organization open to anyone interested in promoting the mathematical development and achievements of underrepresented groups. Our goal is to create a community of undergraduate and graduate math students of color through social events, mentoring, and tutoring to recruit, retain, support, and empower underrepresented students within the field of math.

Summer 2020

Over the summer, I am again organizing a series of Summer Minicourses, along with Desmond Coles, Arun Debray, and Zachary Gardner. This summer, we have transitioned the minicourses to an online format, serving over 300 participants worldwide. For more details, please the Summer Minicourse website.

I will be teaching a mini-course on spectral sequence computations with Arun Debray from Aug 10-15.

Spring 2020

I was the Instructor of Record for M 371E, Learning Assistant Experience in Mathematics. This course is a hands-on experience in how to effectively teach and support students in the learning of mathematics. In addition to classroom training, students work as Calculus tutors in CalcLab, a program for students enrolled in calculus courses at UT the chance to work with classmates and receive help from tutors.

I also ran CalcLab for the Spring 2020 semester, and transitioned the program to an online format through Zoom.