Research Training Group in Topology, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics


Grant description and announcement


The NSF Research Training Group Grant awarded to the LSU Department of Mathematics involves a diverse group of individuals, including faculty members and students at various educational levels. The team is led by Dr. Pramod Achar as the Principal Investigator, with the collaboration of Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Pallavi Dani, Dr. Gestur Olafsson, Dr. David Shea Vela-Vick, and Dr. Anton Zeitlin, all of whom are esteemed faculty members in the department.

Lead Investigators

Senior personnel

Former Lead Investigator

  • Daniel Sage (Now at the University at Buffalo)


Travel Funding

The RTG grant has travel funding available for graduate students in topology, representation theory, and mathematical physics who are also US citizens or permanent residents. This funding can be used for conferences, workshops, or research visits. To apply, have your advisor sent Prof. Ólafsson an email with the following information:

  • Amount requested
  • Dates of travel
  • Purpose of travel (include information about the conference/workshop, if appropriate)
  • Other funding that the student has applied for

Graduate Traineeships

Information about graduate traineeship funding will be included in this section along with how to apply for this funding



  • Math Discovery Saturdays
  • Undergraduate Mentoring Network

Postdoctoral Positions

There will be two 3-year RTG postdoctoral positions starting in August 2024. These positions include:

  • Mentoring in research, teaching and other areas professional development
  • A teaching load of one course each semester
  • A competitive 9-month salary, plus $13,000 summer salary in years 2 and 3
  • $1,500 for books, computers, or other supplies
  • Travel funding of $4,500 to $6,000 per year
Due to NSF restrictions, these positions are limited to US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Click here to apply.