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John D. Cobb johndcobb
Research Interests: Algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and their applications to data science.



University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. in Mathematics

Madison, WI

Advisors: Daniel Erman, Michael Kemeny.


Honors College of Charleston
B.S. Mathematics | B.A. Chemistry | Minor Data Science

Charleston, SC

Awards & Grants

2023 NSF conference grant DMS-2309424 ($15,833)
Awarded to fund US participation in the 30th edition of GAeL.
2023 Exceptional Service Award, UW Madison Mathematics Department
2023 SIAM Student Travel Award ($800)
2022 Early-career AMS-NSF-Simons-ICM Travel Grant ($3,500)
2021 First Place for Early Stage ($3,500), Transcend Madison Competition
For a prototype website for making academic preprints on arXiv more accessible and searchable.
2020 AMS Graduate Student Travel Grant ($1,430), University of Wisconsin-Madison
2019 Outstanding Poster, MAA-JMM Undergraduate Poster Session
2019 Outstanding Student in Computational Chemistry, American Chemical Society
2019 Ewa Wojcicka Mathematics Award, Math Department, College of Charleston
College of Charlestons math departments top award.
2019 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship ($8,500)
2019 NDSEG Fellowship ($130,000), Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2018 Gadsden Scholarship, Math Department, College of Charleston
2018 Horatio Hughes Scholarship in Mathematics, Math Department, College of Charleston
2018 Brewer Scholarship, Chemistry Department, College of Charleston
2018 Scott Ward Award, Math Department, College of Charleston
2017 Goldwater Scholarship, Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation
The premier undergraduate award in STEM.




JMM Special Session on Recent Developments in Commutative Algebra, San Francisco, CA
JMM Special Session on Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, San Francisco, CA
Algebra Days at ASU, Tempe, AZ
AG23 Mini-Symposium on Castelnuovo-Mumford Regularity and Applications, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
AMS Special Session on Building Bridges Between Commutative Algebra and Nearby Areas, Salt Lake City, UT
AMS Contributed Paper Session on Partial Differential Equations, Baltimore, MD


GAeL XXIX, Coventry, UK
Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, Riverside, CA
Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, Fort Collins, CO
JMM Undergraduate Poster Session, Baltimore, MD


UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI
Center for Computing Sciences, Bowie, MD
UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI
UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI
UW Madison AMS Student Chapter Seminar, Madison, WI
UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI
Tresata Lunch Seminar, Charlotte, NC


Madison Math Circle, Madison, WI
Delta Beer Lab, Madison, WI
Data Science Club, Charleston, SC
Data Science Club, Charleston, SC

Teaching Experience

MATH 222: Calculus II

Fall 2023
Head Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. Create worksheets and quizzes, organize all other TA's teaching the course. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Galin Education

Aug 2022 – Sep 2023
Academic Tutor. Meet with students weekly one on one to help with college level math courses. Madison, WI

MATH 234: Calculus III

Fall 2022
Spring 2023
Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. University of Wisconsin-Madison

MATH 221: Calculus 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


Conferences & Seminars

June 2024 GAeL XXXI, Turin, Italy
July 2023 GAeL XXX, Coventry, UK
Fall 2021 – UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

Reading Groups

Spring 2023 3264 and all that, Madison, WI
Spring 2022 Positivity in Algebraic Geometry, Madison, WI
Summer 2020 Geometry of Schemes, Madison, WI
Summer 2021 The Rising Sea, Madison, WI

Service & Outreach

Graduate Mentor at Undergraduate Mentoring Program

Fall 2022 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. Madison, WI

Graduate Mentor at MXM Experimental Mathematics project

Fall 2022, Spring 2023 Directed advanced undergraduates on a computationally focused research project concerning identifiable linear compartmental models. Madison, WI

Math Meet Coordinator at UW Madison

Spring 2022 Wrote problems and planned a math competition for over 200 middle schoolers around Wisconsin. Madison, WI

Public Service Fellow at WISCIENCE

Jan 2021–Jan 2022 Met and discussed best ways to engage with the public and worked with a community partner on a web project to make arXiv easier to navigate. Madison, WI

Mentor at First Generation Student Success

Fall 2020–Spring 2021 FGSS links first-generation college students to first generation graduate and faculty mentors for monthly meetings. Madison, WI

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. Madison, WI

Volunteer Tutor at Trident Literacy Association

Oct 2015–Oct 2016 Helped weekly to prepare nontraditional students for their GED. Charleston, SC

Cofounder & Board Member at The Cancer Chase

Feb 2015–Oct 2017 Helped direct 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

Work Experience

Data Science Intern at Tresata

Jul 2017–Aug 2017

Invited by Chief Analyst Dr. Tim Chartier to rewrite prospective rankability measures (primarily using Apache spark) to fit the memory partitioning schemes of computer clusters.

Charlotte, NC

Mentor: Tim Chartier

Student Researcher at Institute on Graph Analytics and Research in Data Science

Dec 2016–May 2019

Designed algorithms to calculate suspected indicators of how ”rankable” a dataset is by virtue of its spectral properties.

Charleston, SC

Mentors: Paul Anderson, Amy Langville


Experienced: Python, Macaulay2
Familiar: Java, MySQL, PyTorch, pandas, numpy
Beginner: Scikit-learn, MATLAB, Mathematica