Sarah Cotter

PhD: Univeristy of Notre Dame - 2012


Advisor:  Sergei Starchenko
Research Area:  Logic
Year Started:  2007

For more information see Sarah Cotter's Personal Page

Research Interests:

Sarah Cotter's research is in VC-minimality.  VC-minimality is a generalization of other notions of well-behavedness, such as o-minimality and strong minimality, but its relationship to classes such as stable theories and NIP theories is not fully understood.  Currently, Sarah is using combinatorial methods to explore how VC-minimality relates to intersections of definable families and to various notions of dividing in types.

Courses Taught:

  • Fall 2010: Instructor for Beginning Logic
  • Fall 2009: TA for Multivariable Calculus
  • Fall 2008: TA for Multivariable Calculus

Talks Given:

  • On the existence of finite transversals.  Notre Dame Combinatorics and Logic seminar, March 2010. 
  • Variations on a theme of Helly.  Notre Dame Graduate Student Seminar, October 2009.
  • Goodstein's Theorem and Incompleteness.  Notre Dame Graduate Student Seminar, April 2008.

Meetings Attended:

  • AMS MRC on Model Theory of Fields, June 19-25, 2010.
  • Graduate Student Conference in Logic - University of Wisconsin-Madison - May 1-2, 2010.
  • Midwest Model Theory Day - University of Illinois-Chicago - April 13, 2010.
  • Career Options for Underrepresented Groups in Mathematical Sciences - Institute for Mathematics and its
  • Applications, University of Minnesota - March 25-27, 2010.
  • ASL 2010 North American Annual Meeting - Washington, D.C. - March 17-20, 2010.
  • Midwest Model Theory Day - University of Illinois-Chicago - February 16, 2010.
  • Workshop on Finiteness Problems in Dynamical Systems - Fields Institute, University of Toronto - June 22-26, 2009.

Other Activities:

  • Spent the Spring 2009 semester at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada for their Thematic Program on o-minimal structures and Real Analytic Geometry.