Zurich Undergraduate Colloquium
in Computational science, Mathematics And Physics

ZUCCMAP will start taking place in the 3rd week of Spring semester on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 13:00 in HG G5, with every talk followed by an apéro!
If you want to give a talk, please fill this form.

Next Talk

Tuesday, May 2nd  •  12:15  •  HG G 5

Nicolas Hotton

Beyond CLT, how wild can random eigenvalues behave?

Abstract: What happens to the eigenvalues of a symmetric matrix where the entries result from coin tosses? To answer that question we will give a gentle introduction to the field of random matrix theory. We will state a central limit theorem for the eigenvalues of symmetric matrices with rather generic random entries. We will then discuss a combinatorial proof strategy involving the method of moments.

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What is ZUCCMAP?

We run a weekly colloquium where students present topics from diverse areas in mathematics and physics.

The talks are followed by an Apéro, giving you the chance to mingle in informal atmosphere over some delicious food!

All talks are aimed at undergraduate students (from the first semester on!), so don’t let the titles scare you! Who knows, maybe you’ll find a topic for your Bachelor’s thesis or other independent work!

Next Talks

ZUCCMAP has the following talks scheduled for you during Spring 2024 semester:

Give a Talk

Giving talks is a critical part of any scientist's career and so presenting to a group of fellow students in a familiar environment, is an easy way to get started. We also hope to provide a platform for students to practice their presentation with a live audience before their thesis defense. If you’re interested in giving a talk, please fill this form.

(Note: You do not need to be an undergraduate to give a talk.)

Past Talks

You can find recordings of most of our talks on the ETH Video Portal and on YouTube.


We thank the VMP for their support. Also, we would like to thank the IT Services, the Maths Department, and the FIM, for all the exceptions they made for us. ;)


ZUCCMAP was initiated in autumn 2020 by Alexander Uhlmann, Jinghao Cao, and Silvio Barandun. Later, it has been organized by all ETH students below:

It is currently organized by Mert Unsal, Nicolas Hotton, Matthias Bonvin, and Alexandre Faroux, whom you can reach out below.