Hannah Larson is a senior studying mathematics at Harvard University. She was born in Seattle, Washington, but spent most of her childhood in Eugene, Oregon. Hannah fell in love with math during her junior year of high school, when she took an abstract algebra class at the University of Oregon and became involved in a research project on fusion categories with Professor Victor Ostrik (a project for which she won 4th place at the Intel Science Talent Search and a Davidson Fellowship).
Throughout college, Hannah has worked on research in number theory and algebraic geometry. During three summers spent at Professor Ken Ono’s Number Theory REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), she published seven papers, on modular forms, q-series identities, partitions, and moonshine. She will return to the program as an instructor in the summer of 2017. At Harvard, Hannah is currently working with Professor Joe Harris on her senior thesis about parameter spaces of certain lines on hypersurfaces. In January 2017, Hannah was awarded the Alice T. Schafer Prize by the Association for Women in Mathematics in recognition of her undergraduate work.
In graduate school and beyond, Hannah plans to continue research in number theory and algebraic geometry and pursue a career in academia. Having studied general relativity and quantum field theory in college, Hannah is also excited to explore connections between mathematics and other areas of science, such as physics.
Hannah is also an avid musician, playing cello with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and piano with the Harvard-Radcliffe MIHNUET (a volunteer group that performs at nursing homes and hospitals). In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, and playing soccer and ultimate frisbee in Harvard’s undergraduate intramural league.