BA in Mathematics, 2007
I went to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota for my undergraduate degree, where I discovered that I had a particular aptitude for enumerative combinatorics and graph theory. In 2007, I graduated magna cum laude from Carleton with a BA in Mathematics.
While I was at Carleton, I had two incredible off-campus experiences studying math. The first was during the summer of 2006 at the Wabash Summer Institute in Algebra (WSIA), hosted at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. At WSIA, I studied the chromatic number zero-divisor graphs, resulting in my first publication (in an undergraduate journal).
In the fall of 2006, right after WSIA, I traveled to Budapest, Hungary to participate in the prestigious Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program (BSM), founded by Paul Erdos. My semester at BSM pushed me harder than I'd ever been pushed before. To this day, some of the most perplexing problems I've ever encountered were from my classes in Budapest.
After a year-long post-graduation teaching internship at Carleton, I went onto graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. I chose this program for its strong reputation in all areas of combinatorics, the collaborative culture among the graduate students, and, of course, for the paragliding.
My advisor at UCSD was Dr. Jeff Remmel, and my field of study was algebraic combinatorics. Before settling on a dissertation topic, I took a brief detour into a research project on parking functions with Dr. Adriano Garsia and Dr. Mike Zabrocki. In my thesis work with Dr. Remmel, I studied the distribution of certain types of patterns among the permutations and the alternating permutations. See the publication list at the bottom of this page for access to my dissertation, other papers, and a selection of talks.
Wabash Summer Institute in Algebra
Research Experience for Undergraduates, Summer 2006
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Study Abroad, Fall 2006
University of California, San Diego
PhD in Mathematics, June 2013
I've spent most of my life studying, teaching, and thinking about mathematics, inside academia and out. This page details my education in undergrad and grad school, as well as my mathematical publications.