talia blum

I am a senior at MIT studying pure math. I am also a visual artist.
contact: [firstname][lastinitial] [at] mit [dot] edu


In the summer of 2020, I was a participant in the UVA REU in Number Theory under the mentorship of Ken Ono. We studied class numbers, torsion subgroups, and quadratic twists of elliptic curves.

In the summer of 2019, I was a participant in the Summer@ICERM REU under the mentorship of John Doyle, Trevor Hyde, and Max Weinreich. We studied discrete dynamical systems generated by multiple rational maps.


  1. (with C. Choi, A. Hoey, J. Iskander, K. Lakein, T.C. Martinez) On Class Numbers, Torsion Subgroups, and Quadratic Twists of Elliptic Curves, submitted. 2020. arXiv.


I have presented at:

I also attended WoMAN Up!, a graduate school preparation workshop at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019.


I am co-organizer and co-chair of the MIT Council for Math Majors (CoMM).
I am co-president of the MIT Undergraduate Society of Women in Mathematics (USWIM).
I am a mentor at Girls' Angle, a math circle for middle school girls.
In spring 2016, I volunteered at the National Museum of Mathematics (MOMATH).


I mostly paint and draw, and occasionally make dresses out of trash. You can currently see my work in the MIT tunnels, the 18.900 lecture notes, the 2020 and 2021 JMM Mathematical Art Exhibitions, and on REU t-shirts and brass rats.

My portfolio is here.

about me

When I'm not doing math, you can find me painting, rock climbing, swimming, running, hiking, baking, reading, or lamenting the climate.

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