Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Meet Rafael Saavedra

May 24, 2021

How did you decide to become a math major?

In high school, I became passionate about math and interested in pursuing a research career. I applied to UChicago on the strength of its math major.

Favorite math course(s) and why?

My favorite course was MATH 27400 with Prof. Schlag. Each lecture was a masterpiece of exposition. The class was fast-paced and challenging but also an absolute pleasure.

Do you have any special story to tell that reflects your experience as a math major?

I decided to come to Chicago because of Prof. Benson Farb. When I was deciding where to study, I called Prof. Farb and he told me about the undergraduate program. Two years later, I finally got the chance to take one of his classes! Prof. Farb ended up being a very close mentor of mine throughout my studies and in my process of applying to graduate school.

What are your aspirations?

My highest aspiration in life is to solve Hilbert's sixteenth problem on limit cycles in polynomial vector fields.

What are you excited about doing after graduation?

I am going to graduate school in math at Harvard.

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