John D. Cobb
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. in Mathematics
Honors College of Charleston
B.S. Mathematics | B.A. Chemistry | Minor Data Science
Thesis: “Quaternion-Valued KdV Solutions”. Advised by Alex Kasman.
Awarded over 5 departmental scholarships over the first three years.
Goldwater Scholar in 2017 for research in modeling the morphology of semiconducting polymers.
NDSEG Fellowship in 2019 for research on spectral graph theory and ranking algorithms.
Honors & Awards
NDSEG FellowshipAir Force Office of Scientific Research
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to ~120 U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines annually. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. The NDSEG Fellowship lasts for 3 years and pays for full tuition and all mandatory fees; a monthly stipend ($38,400 annually); a $5,000 travel budget over the Fellow’s tenure for professional development; and up to $1,200 a year in health insurance.
Phi Kappa Phi FellowshipPhi Kappa Phi
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awarded fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.
Ewa Wojcicka Mathematics AwardMathematics Department, College of Charleston
The Ewa Wojcicka Award is the College of Charlestons math departments top award, given in memory of Professor Wojcicka to a recipient showing exceptional ability, creativity and potential in mathematics.
ACS Outstanding Student in Computational ChemistryAmerican Chemical Society
The local ACS chapter of the chemistry department of the College of Charleston chooses one graduating senior.
I was the follow up candidate for the Fulbright to work at the Aflréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics in Budapest.
Outstanding PosterMAA-JMM Undergraduate Poster Session
Outstanding Poster prize were given to the top 15% student presenters in each topical category of mathematical study at the 2019 Joint Mathematical Meetings in Baltimore.
Honorable MentionCOMAP Mathematical Modeling Competition
Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is an international contest for high school students and college undergraduates. It challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. The contest attracts diverse students and faculty advisors from over 900 institutions around the world.
Scott Ward Award for Excellence in Mathematical StudiesMathematics Department, College of Charleston
Given to one student annually by the College of Charleston mathematics department.
Brewer ScholarshipChemistry Department, College of Charleston
The scholarship recipient is selected by the Faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from among the junior and senior chemistry majors who are South Carolina residents and have demonstrated ability in chemistry, are of honorable character, and show promise for future excellence.
Horatio Hughes Scholarship in MathematicsMathematics Department, College of Charleston
This scholarship, given in memory of Dr. Horatio Hughes, class of 1905 and distinguished professor of chemistry and physics at the College of Charleston, is awarded to math majors chosen each spring semester by the Department of Mathematics
Gadsden ScholarshipMathematics Department, College of Charleston
This scholarship was given in memory of Dr. Richard Gadsden by his family and is given to a rising senior in the mathematics department.
Goldwater ScholarshipBarry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. The Goldwater Scholars were selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,286 natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering students nominated by the campus representatives from among 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. Trustees awarded 240 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States.
Top 10%, Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics ContestMathematics Department, Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest
95 schools from 30 states took part in the 39th contest and there were 739 participants.
ATD Scholarship in MathematicsHonors College of Charleston
This merit scholarship is intended to recruit outstanding students to the Honors College who are interested in studying math or computer science.
Palmetto FellowsSouth Carolina Commission on Higher Education
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recognizes the most academically talented high school seniors and provides 4 years of funding.
Publications [Interactive Version]
Talks [Interactive Version]
Introduction to Boij-Söderberg Theory
Gröbner Complex of a Homogenous Ideal of a Polynomial Ring
Breather Soliton Interactions for the Quaternionic KdV Equation
Quaternion-Valued Solutions to the KdV
Investigating Rankability Using Distributed Graph Analytic Frameworks
Growth of P3HT-PCBM Nanostructures at Solvent-Solvent Interfaces
Solvent-Induced Assembly of P3HT: Controlling Organic Photovoltaic Film Morphology
Affine Transformations and Fractal Images
Singular Value Decomposition and Digital Image Processing
Investigating the Stability of P3HT Solutions Using Light Scattering and Zeta-Potential Measurements
Concentration Dependence of the Self-Assembly of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)
Student Researcher at College of Charleston
Conduct research of noncommutative soliton solutions to the nonabelian n-KdV hierarchy and KP hierarchy focusing on quaternion-valued solutions to the KdV equation.Charleston, SC
Summer Data Analyst at Tresata
Invited by Chief Analyst Dr. Tim Chartier to represent IGARDS and design efficiently stored graph theory algorithms for the rankability project. Involved rewriting prospective rankability measures to fit the memory partitioning schemes of computer clusters, with the ultimate goal of speeding up the computation of large ranking problems.Charlotte, NC
Student Researcher at Institute on Graph Analytics and Research in Data Science
Worked with a team dedicated to pursuing fundamental problems in data science. Designed algorithms to calculate suspected indicators of how ”rankable” a dataset is by virtue of its spectral properties. Created scalable approximative solutions that work across distributed systems. Invited by Dr. Tim Chartier of Davidson College to present at Tresata, a big data predictive analytics company based in Charlotte.Charleston, SC
Student Researcher & Mentor at College of Charleston
Conduct research that focuses on: solubility parameter theory, polymer assembly in the liquid phase, morphology of polymer films, synthesis of polymer-nanopartical composites using in-situ methods for the design of organic optoelectronics. Participant in HHMI Grant supporting my work as a mentor.Charleston, SC
MATH 229: Vector Calculus with Chemical Applications
MATH 295: Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
MATH 221: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Service & Organization
Public Service Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison
The 2021 cohort had 3 people in the social entrepreneurship pathway. Over the course of a year, fellows engage in a practicum working directly with a community partner on a chosen project focused on issues of public concern.Madison, WI
Mentor at First Generation Student Success
FGSS is a student organization dedicated to helping students locate resources, connect with peers and faculty, and support them along their college journey. FGSS links first-generation college students to first generation graduate and faculty mentors for monthly meetings.Madison, WI
Geometry of Schemes Reading Group at UW Madison
Organizer, Book: Geometry of Schemes by Eisenbud and Harris.Madison, WI
Organizer at UW Madison Directed Reading Program
The DRP is a math mentoring program that pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors, for a semester-long independent study project. The goal of this program is to get students excited about mathematics by giving them an out-of-the-classroom experience, usually in topics that are outside of their coursework.Madison, WI
Volunteer at AMS Fall Central Sectional
Signed in attendees to the 3-day AMS Fall central sectional meeting.Madison, WI
Student Ambassador at College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics
Select group of 9 students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and exemplar student leadership. Represent the School of Sciences and Mathematics at College of Charleston to incoming students and other interest groupsCharleston, SC
Student Vice President & Webmaster at Phi Kappa Phi
Met with board to coordinate volunteer opportunities and promote education throughout the College of Charleston campus. Helped organize events on campus for Phi Kappa Phi members. Managed the College of Charleston Chapter Phi Kappa Phi Website.Charleston, SC
Volunteer at AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
Signed in attendees to the 3-day AMS Spring southeastern sectional meeting.Charleston, SC
Volunteer at College of Charleston Math Meet
Volunteered to oversee various parts of the planned activities including judging timed sprints and signing students in.Charleston, SC
Volunteer Tutor at Trident Literacy Association
Trident literacy is a nonprofit organization that seeks to reverse the cycle of generational poverty and illiteracy. Helped weekly to prepare nontraditional students for their GED. Primarily taught topics from arithmetic, algebra, and precalculus.Charleston, SC
Cofounder & Board Member at The Cancer Chase
Helped direct the founding of The Cancer Chase, whose first project began an annual 5k run benefiting Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute. Rallied support from local businesses to raise over $15,000 annually.Fort Mill, SC
Startup Competition at CS NEST
CS NEST is a program and competition hosted by nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. They provide support to a team and myself to work on the development of arxiva, a free community resource for making research on arxiv more accessible. Arxiva won the 2021 Transcend UW startup competition for early stage projects.
Student Leader at College of Charleston Higdon Leadership Cohort
50 Applicants are selected through an application and group interview process. Engaged in networking and participate in discussion and activities including local businesses, government figures, and service organizations.
President and Founder at College of Charleston Chess Club
Organizing local tournaments and promoting chess in the CofC community.