USTARS 2023 Connections

At the annual Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium (USTARS), we end each conference by creating a visualization for the community we built together. Traditionally, this was accomplished by writing names on the border of a chalkboard, and drawing lines between individuals who made a connection during the conference. In 2023, for the first time we had participants fill out a form indicating whom they had connected with during the event. I used the data collected from the forms to build the interactive graph below.

You can hover over the nodes in the graph to see participants' names and the number of connections they fostered during the conference. For a deeper look into an individual's connections, you can click on the node to fix the highlighted edges.