Hi, I’m John Cobb

I’m a fourth year PhD student in the mathematics department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison advised by both Daniel Erman and Michael Kemeny. I am supported by a DoD NDSEG Fellowship. Details are in my CV.

My research interests are within algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Currently, I am studying things like geometric/homological perspectives on syzygies and lifting classical results to the toric setting.

John Cobb

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  • A beer featuring art about algebraic geometry research that I helped design is now being sold in Madison. Check it out.
  • I began my first year in the Mathematics PhD program at UW Madison.
  • The College Today published an article on the Scott Ward Award.
  • I won a DoD NDSEG Fellowship.
  • The College Today published an article on the Quaternionic Soliton project.
  • I won a Goldwater Scholarship.


Jul 3–7, '23 GAeL XXX, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Apr 14–16, '23 Syzygies and Regularity, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dec 5–9, '22 Birational Complexity of Algebraic Varieties, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook, NY
Nov 5–6, '22 Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA
Oct 22–23, '22 AMS Fall Western Sectional Meeting, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 19, '22 Center for Computing Sciences, Bowie, MD
Aug 10–11, '22 MAGGC 2022, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jul 24–28, '22 NDSEG Fellows Conference, Boston, MA
May 23–27, '22 GAel XXIX, Université Paris-Saclay, Paris, France
May 16–20, '22 Géometrie Algébrique en l'honneur de Claire Voisin, Institut Henri Poincare, Paris, France
Apr 30–May 1, '22 CA+ Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Apr 22–24, '22 Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO