
Melissa ShermanBennett

Department of Mathematics
Harvard University

Office: 425b Science Center
Email: m_shermanbennett@berkeley.edu


Info
I'm a fourth year PhD student at UC Berkeley, currently visiting Harvard University. My interests run towards cluster algebras, total positivity, and the structure of the totally nonnegative Grassmannian.
CV
Recent & Upcoming Activities
 July 15, 2019: FPSAC 2019, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
 July 913, 2019: SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry, Bern, Switzerland
 July 15Sep 15, 2019: Visiting MPI MiS, Liepzig, Germany
 Nov 1113, 2019: Buildings, Varieties and Applications, MPI MiS, Liepzig, Germany
Papers & Projects
 Cluster structures in Schubert varieties in the Grassmannian (with Khrystyna Serhiyenko and Lauren Williams). Proc. Lond. Math. Soc. (6) 119 (2019) 16941744. arXiv:1902.00807 .
 Combinatorics of Xvariables in finite type cluster algebras. J. Combin. Theory Ser. A , 165 (2019), 273298. arXiv:1803.02492 .
 Large induced acyclic and outerplanar subgraphs of low treewidth planar graphs
(with Cora Borradaile and Hung Viet Le). Graphs and Combinatorics (2017), 33, no. 6, 16211634, 2017.
arXiv:1711.00212.
 Chromatic Ramsey number of hypergraphs (with Andras Gyarfas and Alex Riasanovsky). Discrete Mathematics 340 (2017), 373378.
arXiv:1509.00551.
 On groups and their graphs. My undergraduate senior thesis, focusing on some connections between
finite groups and their Cayley graphs. Includes results on colorings of Cayley graphs that respect certain
subgroups of their automorphism groups.
Talk Slides
Seminars
I coorganized the
Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar (TACOS) with Mario Sanchez in Spring 2018 on Coxeter groups and related topics.
Teaching