I am a mathematics doctoral candidate at UIUC. My research interests lie primarily in model theory and its applications. I am part of the Logic group, and my advisor is Lou van den Dries.

Before coming over to Illinois, I received my undergraduate education at IIT Kanpur.

I am on the job market, seeking positions starting in the latter half of 2022, and happy to share my CV and research statement upon request.

Email: nbhard4 [at] illinois.edu


My recent work is with the algebra and model theory of valued fields, and o-minimality and its applications.


Ax-Kochen-Ersov theory for restricted analytic functions, including the induced structure on residue field and value group,
in preparation.
On the Pila-Wilkie theorem, [pdf, arXiv]
with Lou van den Dries, Expositiones Mathematicae, accepted, pending minor revisions.

This expository paper gives an account of the Pila-Wilkie counting theorem and some of its extensions and generalizations. We use semialgebraic cell decomposition to simplify part of the original proof. Included are complete treatments of a result due to Pila and Bombieri and of the o-minimal Yomdin-Gromov theorem that are used in this proof.

The additive groups of $ℤ$ and $ℚ$ with predicates for being square-free, [pdf, arXiv, DOI]
with Minh Chieu Tran, The Journal of Symbolic Logic, vol. 86 (2021), no. 4, pp. 1324-1349.
View one of our structures on a mapping of the model theory universe.

We consider the four structures $(ℤ;\mbox{Sqf}^ℤ)$, $(ℤ;<,\mbox{Sqf}^ℤ)$, $(ℚ;\mbox{Sqf}^ℚ)$, and $(ℚ;<,\mbox{Sqf}^ℚ)$ where $ℤ$ is the additive group of integers, $\mbox{Sqf}^ℤ$ is the set of $a\in ℤ$ such that $v_p(a)<2$ for every prime $p$ and corresponding $p$-adic valuation $v_p$, $ℚ$ and $\mbox{Sqf}^ℚ$ are defined likewise for rational numbers, and $<$ denotes the natural ordering on each of these domains. We prove that the second structure is model-theoretically wild while the other three structures are model-theoretically tame. Moreover, all these results can be seen as examples where number-theoretic randomness yields model-theoretic consequences.



  • Joint Mathematical Meetings 2022, [website]
    Seattle, Apr 2022.
  • AMS sectional meeting: Model Theory Special session, [website]
    Purdue University, Mar 2022.



* --> talks were recorded.


A class picture with my last batch at UIUC!


  • Math 241, Calculus III (Merit)
    Fall 2021.
  • Math 241, Calculus III
    Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2020.
  • Math 231, Calculus II
    Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
  • Math 221, Calculus I
    Fall 2018.


  • Twice ranked Excellent with Outstanding (top 10%) rating.
    On the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent a total of four times.
  • TA Mentor, Fall 2018
    Advised 5 graduate students though their first semester of teaching.
    Co-organized the annual departmental TA orientation.