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Laura Schaposnik

DPhil in Mathematics, University of Oxford
Associate Professor - University of Illinois at Chicago

Supported by the NSF grant
 CAREER DMS 1749013

2022-2023 Simons Fellow

Editorial board of Geometriae Dedicata

Ene  and The Magic...

Check this new series of Children books which help children ages 1-6 build their builingual (Spanish-English) vocabulary, which I wrote in collaboration with Cecilia La Rosa (Illusytator).

Ene and the Magix Boxes - teaching vocabulary related to trades (Chefs, Artists, Carpenters). Publication date: September 1st 2021.

Ene and the Magic Tree - teaching vocabulary related to mathematics. Publication date: December 1st 2021.

Funding: I am currently supported by an NSF CAREER Award 1749013,  and during 2022-2023 I will be funded by a Simons Felloship. In 2019 I held NSF DMS 1929915 (PI, w/ L. Anderson). During 2015-2019 I was also supported by an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and by NSF DMS 1509693 and DMS 1611835 (PI). 

Editorial Board: I am in the editorial board of Geometriae Dedicata, and together witj Lara B. Anderson we edited a special volume of SIGMA on Hitchin systems and co-organized a semester long program on Hitchin systems at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics in 2019.

Visiting Possitions: I have held visiting positions at several places -- see my CV above for a full list. The most recent Visiting Associate Professorhips/memberships:


* University of Oxford, UK - Fall 2018.

* SCGP, USA - Spring 2019.

* MSRI - Fall 2019.

* MSRI - (upcoming) Fall 2022.

* University of Oxford, UK - (upcoming) Spring 2023.

I finished my DPhil in Mathematics at the University of Oxford, in January 2013, where I received a Clarendon Award. My thesis is titled "Spectral data for G-Higgs bundles", and was done under the supervision of Nigel Hitchin.

My husband James A. Unwin is a phycisist.

Our first son, Nikolay Andrew Unwin Schaposnik, was born on August 22 2018; 

Our second son, Alexander Ivan Unwin Schaposnik, was born on October 8 2020.

My brother Fidel I. Schaposnik and my father Fidel A. Schaposnik are physicists. 

My mother Patricia Massolo was a physicis. 


Sabattical 2022-2023: During 2022-2023 I will be on sabattical at MSRI and the University of Oxford.

MSRI 2022: In 2022 I will co-organize an MSRI semester on analytic and geometric aspects of gauge theories together with Laura Fredrickson, Rafe Mazzeo, Tomasz Mrowka and Thomas Walpuski.   

IHP 2022: In the summer 2022 ( COVID-19 permitting) I will be visiting IHP with S. Rayan and E. Macri as part of their research in pairs program.

June 2022: With Brian Collier we will organize a large event at UIC - Geometry (re)United.

Spring 2021: I am on maternity, with reduced duties from UIC.

MSRI 2019: During the Fall 2019 I was a Research Member at MSRI as part of the program Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics.

SCGP 2019: During Spring 2019 Lara Anderson and I organized a semester long program at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics: "Geometry and Physics of Hitchin systems".

Oxford 2018: During the Fall 2018 I was a Visiting Professor at the Mathematics Institute of the University of Oxford, and a visiting fellow at New College (whilst on maternity from UIC). 

A short story

I was born in 1985, and raised in Argentina. My mother, Patricia Massolo, was a nuclear physicist (1950-1993), and my father, Fidel A. Schaposnik, is a theoretical physicist working at the University of La Plata, UNLP (since 1995 he has been writing has a great cooking book!). I grew up with my brother, Fidel I. Schaposnik, who is now a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical physics in the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), France.

I started studying piano in 1993, and in 2003 I begun music studies (FoBa) at the Conservatory Gilardo Gilardi, the Music Conservatory of La Plata, Argentina, where I studied until 2007.

From 2004 to 2008 I was an undergraduate student at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. I obtained my degree of Licenciada en Matematica (equivalent to a Master´s degree in Maths) under the supervision of Jorge Solomin - my thesis was on a symplectic approach to Lagrangian mechanics.

From 2008 to 2012 I did my graduate studies at New College, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Nigel Hitchin. My research was in Differential and Algebraic Geometry, studying surface group representations into real forms by means of Higgs bundles and their spectral data. I graduated in 2013 with my thesis "Spectral data for G-Higgs bundles". 

From 2012 to 2013 I held my first Post-Doctoral position as a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, at Heidelberg University, Germany, working in Anna Wienhard´s Differential Geometry Research Group. My second post-doc was during 2013-2015, as a J. L. Doob Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.