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Abhay Goel


Hometown: Portage, MI
Majors: Mathematics and Physics
Study Abroad: Budapest Semester in Mathematics
Best Adjective to Describe You: Curious

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
In mathematics, nothing is taken for granted; if you don’t understand something, you can work out the details from scratch.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
As with every department, the professors love to talk to students; get to know them! Kristen Eldred (the office coordinator) in the math department is also a lifesaver, so start up a conversation whenever you can. Otherwise, the MPC (Math and Physics Center) is a great space to work on homework or just be surrounded by other math students.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Everyone’s experience is different and valuable. Drawing from that pool of experience can make communities highly effective and powerful.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Topics in Number Theory (MATH 316) has been my favorite course thus far. It is one of our two “introduction to proofs” classes, and it gave me a deep understanding of why we prove things in mathematics, how we use a common language to do so, and learned some fun facts about counting along the way.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I enjoy applying the analytic skills necessary in math to music and art, when possible. I’m especially interested in the theory of these two domains.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
My experience is entirely research-based, having previously worked on projects with Dr. Tobochnik and Dr. Intermont.

What is your SIP?
I’m studying a generalization of the Bestvina-Brady construction of covering spaces of certain subcomplexes of n-tori with Dr. Michele Intermont. Specifically, we hope to compute the homology groups of these covers from combinatorial considerations.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I intend to attend graduate school for mathematics, specifically in algebra or algebraic number theory.

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