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ALLEN LIN, MIT freshman studying mathematics

Major: Mathematics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2026

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Allen Lin (he/him) is a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying mathematics. He has previously conducted research in number theory, namely special values and arithmeticity of Dirichlet series, with Dr. Dominic Lanphier of Western Kentucky University. He also worked with Sarah Tammen and other members of the MIT Mathematics Department as a student researcher at the Research Science Institute, a research program held at MIT and sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education for 80 high school students, selected internationally. He has submitted his research publications to journals, and he has presented at numerous conferences. He hopes to communicate his passion for mathematics with others, change the stereotype about mathematics, and create a world where he never hears the words “I’m awful at math” again. Allen plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. Outside of mathematics, Allen volunteers at the Hardin Planetarium. His favorite reads are Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and his least favorite reads are any mathematics literature not written in LaTeX.

Past Classes

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M15209: Evaluating Infinite Series in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Provides an introduction to infinite series and methods to determine convergence or divergence. States values of well-known results from power, geometric, and Taylor series, with special examples from the Riemann zeta function $$\zeta(s)$$ and Dirichlet series $$L(s,\chi)$$.