Serte Donderwinkel

I am a PhD student in the probability group in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, where I am supervised by Prof. Christina Goldschmidt. My doctoral research is supported by a Clarendon Scholarship.

I am also a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Hugh's College at the University of Oxford.

From March to August 2021, I am based at McGill, working with Prof. Louigi Addario-Berry as a Graduate Research Trainee. My visit is supported by a Bourse de Stage International of the CRM.

My research focuses on the structure of large random graphs. I have primarily worked on obtaining metric space scaling limits of random graphs. I have obtained new universality results for the (directed) configuration model. During my visit at McGill, Louigi and I try to obtain general bounds on the heights of uniform trees with a given degree sequence using a new combinatorial bijection we discovered.


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  1. Universality for the directed configuration model with random degrees: metric space convergence of the strongly connected components at criticality, with Zheneng Xie (2021) 81pp, preprint and video,

  2. Convergence of the height process of supercritical Galton-Watson forests with an application to the configuration model in the critical window (2021), 43pp, preprint


I am a tutor for all first-year courses in pure mathematics for three pairs of students at St Hugh's College. Previous teaching roles can be found on my CV.

Upcoming events

  1. CRM-PIMS Summer School in Probability, Montréal, May 2021

  2. 10th World Congress in Probability and Statistics, Seoul, July 2021, Contributed talk

  3. Junior Female Researchers in Probability, Berlin, October 2021

  4. 42nd Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Wuhan, June 2022, Invited talk

  5. MSRI Random Graphs Summer Graduate School, Berkeley, July 2022, Attending as teaching assistant