University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D. in Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science
Studying algebraic geometry, advised by Daniel Erman and Michael Kemeny.
Honors College of Charleston B.S. Mathematics | B.A. Chemistry | Minor Data Science
Thesis: “Quaternion-Valued KdV Solutions”. Advised by Alex Kasman.
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
First Place (Early Stage)
Transcend Madison Innovation Competition
Transcend Madison Innovation Competition is the largest student run innovation competition in the US. My friend and I created arxiva over the course of a few months, a prototype website for making academic preprints on arxiv more accessible and searchable. It is built using django, docker, elasticsearch, mySQL and is automatically updated via aws.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to ~120 doctoral students annually. 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. I was selected for my proposal about using recent results in spectral graph theory to estimate how much confidence we should have in ranking algorithms.
Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi
Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one graduating candidate from among its local applicants to compete for this Society-wide award. ($8,500)
Ewa Wojcicka Mathematics Award
Math 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 Chemistry
American Chemical Society
The local ACS chapter of the chemistry department of the College of Charleston chooses one graduating senior.
Scott Ward Award for Excellence in Mathematical Studies
Math Department, College of Charleston
Given to one student annually by the College of Charleston mathematics department.
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 <5 math majors chosen each spring semester by the Department of Mathematics
Math 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.
Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation
The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. 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. I recieved it for my research modeling semiconducting polymers in solution.
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 (primarily using Apache spark) to fit the memory partitioning schemes of computer clusters, with the ultimate goal of speeding up the computation of large ranking problems.
Student Researcher at Institute on Graph Analytics and Research in Data Science
Dec 2016–May 2019
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.
Student Researcher & Mentor at College of Charleston
Sep 2015–Aug 2017
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.
Aug 2022 – Current Academic Tutor. Meet with students weekly one on one to help with college level math courses. Madison, WI
MATH 234: Calculus Functions of Several Variables
Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. University of Wisconsin-Madison
MATH 221: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. University of Wisconsin-Madison
MATH 229: Vector Calculus with Chemical Applications
Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Teaching Assistant. Presented new content and held problem sessions. College of Charleston
Service & Organization
Graduate Mentor at Undergraduate Mentoring Program
Met with a group of undergraduate math majors to give advice about how to navigate their undergrad degree, plan for grad school apps, and think about REUs and other opportunities.
Organizer at GAeL XXX
Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté, also known as GAeL, is an annual workshop organized by and for young algebraic geometers. I helped invited speakers and wrote grants for funding participants.
Math Meet Coordinator at UW Madison
Mega math meet is a math competition for over 200 middle schoolers around Wisconsin. I helped coordinate the final stage at UW Madison by writing problems, sending emails, and overseeing the process.
Organizer at UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar
Fall 2021 –
The purpose of this seminar is to learn algebraic geometry and commutative algebra by giving and listening to talks in a informal setting.
Public Service Fellow at WISCIENCE
Jan 2021–Jan 2022
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.
Mentor at First Generation Student Success
Fall 2020–Spring 2021
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.
Organizer at UW Madison Directed Reading Program
Fall 2019–Spring 2024
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.
Student Ambassador at College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics
Sep 2018–May 2019
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 groups
Volunteer Tutor at Trident Literacy Association
Oct 2015–Oct 2016
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.
($15,000) NSF conference grant DMS-2309424
Awarded to fund US participation in the 30th edition of GAeL.
($3,500) Early-career AMS-NSF-Simons-ICM Travel Grant
Awarded to fund participation in the International Congress of Mathematicians in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in July of 2022. Covers round-trip travel, Congress registration, accommodations, meals, cultural activities, and some ground transportation at the Congress site up to ~$3,500.