Dr. Stark’s PhD was in mathematics at Tufts University. Following that, she spent a year at the Mathematics Department of the University of Haifa, and is currently at the Technion. Her research lies within low-dimensional topology and geometric group theory, a field that aims to understand the algebraic properties of infinite groups, the geometry of spaces on which groups act, and the connections between the two.
Dr. Stark is collaborating on a research project with current Zuckerman Postdoctoral Student Matthew Cordes, who will also be at the Technion this year.
Dr. Stark is dedicated to her teaching, and served as a teaching assistant at Tufts and at CIRM (Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques) in Luminy, France, as well as outside the academy, where she led Math Circles for elementary and secondary students, and volunteered at the Museum of Science in Boston.
A member of a research group she was part of comments that any time they were stuck on a problem, it was often Stark who made an interesting observation that propelled the discussion further. The many conference talks she has given are proof of the interest of the mathematical community in her work, and her publishing record is considered remarkable for a young scholar.