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Mathematics Education Theses and Dissertations

Theses/dissertations from 2024 2024.

New Mathematics Teachers' Goals, Orientations, and Resources that Influence Implementation of Principles Learned in Brigham Young University's Teacher Preparation Program , Caroline S. Gneiting

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

Impact of Applying Visual Design Principles to Boardwork in a Mathematics Classroom , Jennifer Rose Canizales

Practicing Mathematics Teachers' Perspectives of Public Records in Their Classrooms , Sini Nicole White Graff

Parents' Perceptions of the Importance of Teaching Mathematics: A Q-Study , Ashlynn M. Holley

Engagement in Secondary Mathematics Group Work: A Student Perspective , Rachel H. Jorgenson

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Understanding College Students' Use of Written Feedback in Mathematics , Erin Loraine Carroll

Identity Work to Teach Mathematics for Social Justice , Navy B. Dixon

Developing a Quantitative Understanding of U-Substitution in First-Semester Calculus , Leilani Camille Heaton Fonbuena

The Perception of At-Risk Students on Caring Student-Teacher Relationships and Its Impact on Their Productive Disposition , Brittany Hopper

Variational and Covariational Reasoning of Students with Disabilities , Lauren Rigby

Structural Reasoning with Rational Expressions , Dana Steinhorst

Student-Created Learning Objects for Mathematics Renewable Assignments: The Potential Value They Bring to the Broader Community , Webster Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Emotional Geographies of Beginning and Veteran Reformed Teachers in Mentor/Mentee Relationships , Emily Joan Adams

You Do Math Like a Girl: How Women Reason Mathematically Outside of Formal and School Mathematics Contexts , Katelyn C. Pyfer

Developing the Definite Integral and Accumulation Function Through Adding Up Pieces: A Hypothetical Learning Trajectory , Brinley Nichole Stevens

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Mathematical Identities of Students with Mathematics Learning Dis/abilities , Emma Lynn Holdaway

Teachers' Mathematical Meanings: Decisions for Teaching Geometric Reflections and Orientation of Figures , Porter Peterson Nielsen

Student Use of Mathematical Content Knowledge During Proof Production , Chelsey Lynn Van de Merwe

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Making Sense of the Equal Sign in Middle School Mathematics , Chelsea Lynn Dickson

Developing Understanding of the Chain Rule, Implicit Differentiation, and Related Rates: Towards a Hypothetical Learning Trajectory Rooted in Nested Multivariation , Haley Paige Jeppson

Secondary Preservice Mathematics Teachers' Curricular Reasoning , Kimber Anne Mathis

“Don’t Say Gay. We Say Dumb or Stupid”: Queering ProspectiveMathematics Teachers’ Discussions , Amy Saunders Ross

Aspects of Engaging Problem Contexts From Students' Perspectives , Tamara Kay Stark

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Addressing Pre-Service Teachers' Misconceptions About Confidence Intervals , Kiya Lynn Eliason

How Teacher Questions Affect the Development of a Potential Hybrid Space in a Classroom with Latina/o Students , Casandra Helen Job

Teacher Graphing Practices for Linear Functions in a Covariation-Based College Algebra Classroom , Konda Jo Luckau

Principles of Productivity Revealed from Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Discussions Around the Productiveness of Teacher Moves in Response to Teachable Moments , Kylie Victoria Palsky

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Curriculum Decisions and Reasoning of Middle School Teachers , Anand Mikel Bernard

Teacher Response to Instances of Student Thinking During Whole Class Discussion , Rachel Marie Bernard

Kyozaikenkyu: An In-Depth Look into Japanese Educators' Daily Planning Practices , Matthew David Melville

Analysis of Differential Equations Applications from the Coordination Class Perspective , Omar Antonio Naranjo Mayorga

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Principles of Effective Teaching Student Teachershave the Opportunity to Learn in an AlternativeStudent Teaching Structure , Danielle Rose Divis

Insight into Student Conceptions of Proof , Steven Daniel Lauzon

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Teacher Participation and Motivation inProfessional Development , Krystal A. Hill

Student Evaluation of Mathematical Explanations in anInquiry-Based Mathematics Classroom , Ashley Burgess Hulet

English Learners' Participation in Mathematical Discourse , Lindsay Marie Merrill

Mathematical Interactions between Teachers and Students in the Finnish Mathematics Classroom , Paula Jeffery Prestwich

Parents and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics , Rebecca Anne Roberts

Examining the Effects of College Algebra on Students' Mathematical Dispositions , Kevin Lee Watson

Problems Faced by Reform Oriented Novice Mathematics Teachers Utilizing a Traditional Curriculum , Tyler Joseph Winiecke

Academic and Peer Status in the Mathematical Life Stories of Students , Carol Ann Wise

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

The Effect of Students' Mathematical Beliefs on Knowledge Transfer , Kristen Adams

Language Use in Mathematics Textbooks Written in English and Spanish , Kailie Ann Bertoch

Teachers' Curricular Reasoning and MKT in the Context of Algebra and Statistics , Kolby J. Gadd

Mathematical Telling in the Context of Teacher Interventions with Collaborative Groups , Brandon Kyle Singleton

An Investigation of How Preservice Teachers Design Mathematical Tasks , Elizabeth Karen Zwahlen

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Student Understanding of Limit and Continuity at a Point: A Look into Four Potentially Problematic Conceptions , Miriam Lynne Amatangelo

Exploring the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching of Japanese Teachers , Ratu Jared R. T. Bukarau

Comparing Two Different Student Teaching Structures by Analyzing Conversations Between Student Teachers and Their Cooperating Teachers , Niccole Suzette Franc

Professional Development as a Community of Practice and Its Associated Influence on the Induction of a Beginning Mathematics Teacher , Savannah O. Steele

Types of Questions that Comprise a Teacher's Questioning Discourse in a Conceptually-Oriented Classroom , Keilani Stolk

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Student Teachers' Interactive Decisions with Respect to Student Mathematics Thinking , Jonathan J. Call

Manipulatives and the Growth of Mathematical Understanding , Stacie Joyce Gibbons

Learning Within a Computer-Assisted Instructional Environment: Effects on Multiplication Math Fact Mastery and Self-Efficacy in Elementary-Age Students , Loraine Jones Hanson

Mathematics Teacher Time Allocation , Ashley Martin Jones

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

How Student Positioning Can Lead to Failure in Inquiry-based Classrooms , Kelly Beatrice Campbell

Teachers' Decisions to Use Student Input During Class Discussion , Heather Taylor Toponce

A Conceptual Framework for Student Understanding of Logarithms , Heather Rebecca Ambler Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Growth in Students' Conceptions of Mathematical Induction , John David Gruver

Contextualized Motivation Theory (CMT): Intellectual Passion, Mathematical Need, Social Responsibility, and Personal Agency in Learning Mathematics , Janelle Marie Hart

Thinking on the Brink: Facilitating Student Teachers' Learning Through In-the-Moment Interjections , Travis L. Lemon

Understanding Teachers' Change Towards a Reform-Oriented Mathematics Classroom , Linnae Denise Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

A Comparison of Mathematical Discourse in Online and Face-to-Face Environments , Shawn D. Broderick

The Influence of Risk Taking on Student Creation of Mathematical Meaning: Contextual Risk Theory , Erin Nicole Houghtaling

Uncovering Transformative Experiences: A Case Study of the Transformations Made by one Teacher in a Mathematics Professional Development Program , Rachelle Myler Orsak

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

Student Teacher Knowledge and Its Impact on Task Design , Tenille Cannon

How Eighth-Grade Students Estimate with Fractions , Audrey Linford Hanks

Similar but Different: The Complexities of Students' Mathematical Identities , Diane Skillicorn Hill

Choose Your Words: Refining What Counts as Mathematical Discourse in Students' Negotiation of Meaning for Rate of Change of Volume , Christine Johnson

Mathematics Student Teaching in Japan: A Multi-Case Study , Allison Turley Shwalb

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Applying Toulmin's Argumentation Framework to Explanations in a Reform Oriented Mathematics Class , Jennifer Alder Brinkerhoff

What Are Some of the Common Traits in the Thought Processes of Undergraduate Students Capable of Creating Proof? , Karen Malina Duff

Probing for Reasons: Presentations, Questions, Phases , Kellyn Nicole Farlow

One Problem, Two Contexts , Danielle L. Gigger

The Main Challenges that a Teacher-in-Transition Faces When Teaching a High School Geometry Class , Greg Brough Henry

Discovering the Derivative Can Be "Invigorating:" Mark's Journey to Understanding Instantaneous Velocity , Charity Ann Gardner Hyer

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

How a Master Teacher Uses Questioning Within a Mathematical Discourse Community , Omel Angel Contreras

Determining High School Geometry Students' Geometric Understanding Using van Hiele Levels: Is There a Difference Between Standards-based Curriculum Students and NonStandards-based Curriculum Students? , Rebekah Loraine Genz

The Nature and Frequency of Mathematical Discussion During Lesson Study That Implemented the CMI Framework , Andrew Ray Glaze

Second Graders' Solution Strategies and Understanding of a Combination Problem , Tiffany Marie Hessing

What Does It Mean To Preservice Mathematics Teachers To Anticipate Student Responses? , Matthew M. Webb

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Fraction Multiplication and Division Image Change in Pre-Service Elementary Teachers , Jennifer J. Cluff

An Examination of the Role of Writing in Mathematics Instruction , Amy Jeppsen

Theses/Dissertations from 2004 2004

Reasoning About Motion: A Case Study , Tiffini Lynn Glaze

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

An Analysis of the Influence of Lesson Study on Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers' View of Self-As Mathematics Expert , Julie Stafford

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Most Harvard PhD dissertations from 2012 forward are available online in DASH , Harvard’s central open-access repository and are linked below. Many older dissertations can be found on ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Search which many university libraries subscribe to.

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Mathematics Education, PHD

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  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Description

Degree Awarded: PHD Mathematics Education

This transdisciplinary PhD program in mathematics education accommodates students from a variety of academic backgrounds. It provides students with a solid foundation in graduate-level mathematics as well as research skills and perspectives that enable them to incorporate mathematics into such core educational areas as:

Conducting individual and collaborative research in the learning and teaching of mathematics is an integral part of the program.

Degree Requirements

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, an oral comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation

Required Core (12 credit hours) MTE 501 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education I (3) MTE 502 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education II (3) MTE 503 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Ill (3) MTE 504 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education IV (3)

Electives (42 credit hours)

Area Courses (12 credit hours)

Research (6 credit hours) MTE 792 Research (6)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours) MTE 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information Four to five graduate-level (500 and above) elective courses from mathematics, cognitive science, psychology, educational technology, philosophy or research should be taken as approved by the advisor.

For the area courses, students are required to take four graduate-level courses from the following areas of interest: mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics. Students should see the academic unit for the approved course list.

Students should see the school's website for information about qualifier and comprehensive examinations based on math coursework.

The doctoral dissertation culminating experience consists of a dissertation prospectus, oral dissertation defense and the submission of a final revised, formatted dissertation document to the Graduate College. Dissertations are composed under chair- and committee-supervised research, including literature review, research, data collection and analysis, and writing.

When approved by the student's supervisory committee and the Graduate College, up to 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master's degree may be used for this program. If students do not have a previously awarded master's degree, the remaining coursework is made up of electives and research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in mathematics or a closely related area, with exceptionally high grades in advanced coursework in mathematics, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • statement of education and career goals
  • writing sample
  • three letters of recommendation
  • proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency.

At least two of the letters of recommendation must be from faculty.

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  • Able to complete original research in applied mathematics.
  • Able to incorporate mathematical concepts into novel teaching methods.
  • Address an original research question in mathematics education.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the doctoral program in mathematics education have opportunities in Arizona, the U.S. and internationally. Opportunities are typically at research universities and liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and education consulting firms and in roles such as:

  • faculty-track academic
  • education consultant or analyst
  • mathematics professor, instructor or researcher

Program Contact Information

If you have questions related to admission, please click here to request information and an admission specialist will reach out to you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

Mathematics Education PhD

Doctor of philosophy.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree emphasizes research competencies. The degree requires a scholarly dissertation of intellectual merit and sound research methodology. Dissertation research may include analytical studies of the process of teaching or experimental studies of the teaching-learning process, including studies of verbal learning and laboratory practice or historical studies.

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  • Points/Credits: 75
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): December 1
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines , visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Online Degree Application , including Statement of Purpose and Resume
  • Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
  • Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

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Doctoral Degrees

All candidates for the Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T., or Ph.D. degrees are expected to demonstrate both mathematics and mathematics education competencies through a series of certification examinations taken upon the completion of 60 graduate points. Certification examinations test the student’s knowledge of current research and theory in mathematics education and mathematics content. Examinations are offered once in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Courses recommended as preparation for the examinations in mathematics education include MSTM 6037,  MSTM 4019, and other mathematics education courses; Courses recommended as preparation for the examinations in mathematics are 6000- level mathematics content courses.

Students must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in at least three of the following six mathematics content areas: algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, foundations of mathematics, geometry and topology, and probability and statistics. Students may sit for the examination in mathematics content during the regular certification examination times. Alternatively, they may register for advanced content courses and, with permission of the program, sit for the content area certification examination upon completion of the course. Incoming doctoral candidates should register for MSTM 6037 Professional Seminar in Mathematics during the first year of doctoral studies.

Doctoral students whose dissertations require statistical analysis should include appropriate statistics courses in their programs. These points can be included either in the mathematics/mathematics education requirement or can be taken as research electives.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree emphasizes research competencies. The degree program requires a scholarly dissertation of intellectual merit and sound research methodology. Dissertation research may include analytical studies of the process of teaching or experimental studies of the teaching-learning process, including studies of verbal learning and laboratory practice or historical studies.

Candidates are encouraged to develop an association with a faculty member early in their studies to identify a problem area of mutual interest to plan a course of studies that leads to the competencies needed to complete dissertation research and prepare for a professional role. Further details are available in the brochures on doctoral studies and in the general descriptions of doctoral programs available from the Office of Doctoral Studies (ODS).

A program of study for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must include at least 45 points taken under Teachers College registration. In order to permit the acquisition of broad and basic scholarship, each program of study should include at least 60 points in mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, and computing. At least 35 points should be in advanced courses – including research courses (MSTM 6500 or 6501 and MSTM 7500). (Any Teachers College course at the 6000 level or above, any Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences course with a “G” prefix, any “W” course numbered above 4000, or any transferred course with a graduate-level prerequisite will be considered an advanced course.) Further, 15 points in the philosophical, psychological, and curricular foundations of education must be included in every Ph.D. degree program. Students whose dissertations require statistical analysis should include appropriate statistics courses in their programs. These points can be included either in the mathematics/mathematics education requirement or can be taken as research electives.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are required to demonstrate competency in two languages chosen from among French, German, and Russian. Students who require other languages for the preparation of their dissertation may petition the program to request one substitution. Students in mathematics may not use computer languages or statistics to satisfy the language requirement.

The Ph.D. dissertation is a scholarly study contributing new theoretical knowledge to the field and should be planned early in the program when sufficient advanced courses have been completed to permit the candidate to enroll in relevant research courses. Ph.D. dissertations in mathematics education should be (1) experimental studies in learning, (2) analytical studies in policy theory in mathematics education, or (3) other scholarly investigations of problems and issues of broad significance in the field.

The website of the Program offers a list of Topic study groups which doctoral students are recommended to join.

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Program Director : Professor Alexander Karp

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This chapter presents a critical analysis of educational research as reflected in doctoral dissertations completed during the past decade in mathematics education in the Philippines. It analyzes the published dissertations with respect to the topics in the discipline they address, the targeted participants in terms of educational level and roles of stakeholders and theoretical frameworks used to construct the research. The analysis revealed a strong emphasis on research on teaching educational goals of mathematics, teacher development, and the use of technology in teaching. The less traversed areas were the research on social goals of education, the relationship of mathematics teaching and learning in other disciplines, the equity in terms of language and access to quality mathematics education due to poverty, elementary and kindergarten mathematics, assessment, technology used in informal settings, and research areas that are informed by critical and sociopolitical perspectives. The analysis calls for the need for better articulation of the role of the theory in a dissertation and a greater diversification of theoretical stances, in particular the critical and sociopolitical perspectives that remain underutilized.

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Melanie Kobras –  Low order models of storm track variability

Ed Clark –  Vectorial Variational Problems in L∞ and Applications to Data Assimilation

Katerina Christou – Modelling PDEs in Population Dynamics using Fixed and Moving Meshes  

Chiara Cecilia Maiocchi –  Unstable Periodic Orbits: a language to interpret the complexity of chaotic systems

Samuel R Harrison – Stalactite Inspired Thin Film Flow

Elena Saggioro – Causal network approaches for the study of sub-seasonal to seasonal variability and predictability

Cathie A Wells – Reformulating aircraft routing algorithms to reduce fuel burn and thus CO 2 emissions  

Jennifer E. Israelsson –  The spatial statistical distribution for multiple rainfall intensities over Ghana

Giulia Carigi –  Ergodic properties and response theory for a stochastic two-layer model of geophysical fluid dynamics

André Macedo –  Local-global principles for norms

Tsz Yan Leung  –  Weather Predictability: Some Theoretical Considerations

Jehan Alswaihli –  Iteration of Inverse Problems and Data Assimilation Techniques for Neural Field Equations

Jemima M Tabeart –  On the treatment of correlated observation errors in data assimilation

Chris Davies –  Computer Simulation Studies of Dynamics and Self-Assembly Behaviour of Charged Polymer Systems

Birzhan Ayanbayev –  Some Problems in Vectorial Calculus of Variations in L∞

Penpark Sirimark –  Mathematical Modelling of Liquid Transport in Porous Materials at Low Levels of Saturation

Adam Barker –  Path Properties of Levy Processes

Hasen Mekki Öztürk –  Spectra of Indefinite Linear Operator Pencils

Carlo Cafaro –  Information gain that convective-scale models bring to probabilistic weather forecasts

Nicola Thorn –  The boundedness and spectral properties of multiplicative Toeplitz operators

James Jackaman  – Finite element methods as geometric structure preserving algorithms

Changqiong Wang - Applications of Monte Carlo Methods in Studying Polymer Dynamics

Jack Kirk - The molecular dynamics and rheology of polymer melts near the flat surface

Hussien Ali Hussien Abugirda - Linear and Nonlinear Non-Divergence Elliptic Systems of Partial Differential Equations

Andrew Gibbs - Numerical methods for high frequency scattering by multiple obstacles (PDF-2.63MB)

Mohammad Al Azah - Fast Evaluation of Special Functions by the Modified Trapezium Rule (PDF-913KB)

Katarzyna (Kasia) Kozlowska - Riemann-Hilbert Problems and their applications in mathematical physics (PDF-1.16MB)

Anna Watkins - A Moving Mesh Finite Element Method and its Application to Population Dynamics (PDF-2.46MB)

Niall Arthurs - An Investigation of Conservative Moving-Mesh Methods for Conservation Laws (PDF-1.1MB)

Samuel Groth - Numerical and asymptotic methods for scattering by penetrable obstacles (PDF-6.29MB)

Katherine E. Howes - Accounting for Model Error in Four-Dimensional Variational Data Assimilation (PDF-2.69MB)

Jian Zhu - Multiscale Computer Simulation Studies of Entangled Branched Polymers (PDF-1.69MB)

Tommy Liu - Stochastic Resonance for a Model with Two Pathways (PDF-11.4MB)

Matthew Paul Edgington - Mathematical modelling of bacterial chemotaxis signalling pathways (PDF-9.04MB)

Anne Reinarz - Sparse space-time boundary element methods for the heat equation (PDF-1.39MB)

Adam El-Said - Conditioning of the Weak-Constraint Variational Data Assimilation Problem for Numerical Weather Prediction (PDF-2.64MB)

Nicholas Bird - A Moving-Mesh Method for High Order Nonlinear Diffusion (PDF-1.30MB)

Charlotta Jasmine Howarth - New generation finite element methods for forward seismic modelling (PDF-5,52MB)

Aldo Rota - From the classical moment problem to the realizability problem on basic semi-algebraic sets of generalized functions (PDF-1.0MB)

Sarah Lianne Cole - Truncation Error Estimates for Mesh Refinement in Lagrangian Hydrocodes (PDF-2.84MB)

Alexander J. F. Moodey - Instability and Regularization for Data Assimilation (PDF-1.32MB)

Dale Partridge - Numerical Modelling of Glaciers: Moving Meshes and Data Assimilation (PDF-3.19MB)

Joanne A. Waller - Using Observations at Different Spatial Scales in Data Assimilation for Environmental Prediction (PDF-6.75MB)

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Mark Parsons - Mathematical Modelling of Evolving Networks

Natalie L.H. Lowery - Classification methods for an ill-posed reconstruction with an application to fuel cell monitoring

David Gilbert - Analysis of large-scale atmospheric flows

Peter Spence - Free and Moving Boundary Problems in Ion Beam Dynamics (PDF-5MB)

Timothy S. Palmer - Modelling a single polymer entanglement (PDF-5.02MB)

Mohamad Shukor Talib - Dynamics of Entangled Polymer Chain in a Grid of Obstacles (PDF-2.49MB)

Cassandra A.J. Moran - Wave scattering by harbours and offshore structures

Ashley Twigger - Boundary element methods for high frequency scattering

David A. Smith - Spectral theory of ordinary and partial linear differential operators on finite intervals (PDF-1.05MB)

Stephen A. Haben - Conditioning and Preconditioning of the Minimisation Problem in Variational Data Assimilation (PDF-3.51MB)

Jing Cao - Molecular dynamics study of polymer melts (PDF-3.98MB)

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Tamsin E. Lee - Modelling time-dependent partial differential equations using a moving mesh approach based on conservation (PDF-2.17MB)

Polly J. Smith - Joint state and parameter estimation using data assimilation with application to morphodynamic modelling (PDF-3Mb)

Corinna Burkard - Three-dimensional Scattering Problems with applications to Optical Security Devices (PDF-1.85Mb)

Laura M. Stewart - Correlated observation errors in data assimilation (PDF-4.07MB)

R.D. Giddings - Mesh Movement via Optimal Transportation (PDF-29.1MbB)

G.M. Baxter - 4D-Var for high resolution, nested models with a range of scales (PDF-1.06MB)

C. Spencer - A generalization of Talbot's theorem about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

P. Jelfs - A C-property satisfying RKDG Scheme with Application to the Morphodynamic Equations (PDF-11.7MB)

L. Bennetts - Wave scattering by ice sheets of varying thickness

M. Preston - Boundary Integral Equations method for 3-D water waves

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College of Education

Overview: phd mathematics & science education.

The PhD in Education:  Curriculum and Instruction offers students opportunities to study in three major areas of concentration:  (a)  Curriculum Studies ; (b)  Literacy, Language, and Culture ; (c ) Mathematics and Science Education .  Students in this PhD program apply to and are admitted to one of these three concentrations.  These concentrations have some common elements but they also differ in a number of important ways.  Therefore, each of these concentrations is described separately.  You should refer to the description of the concentration to which you have been admitted.  You should also refer to later sections of this handbook that provide additional information about conducting dissertation research successfully.

The MSE PhD program spans P-20 mathematics and science education in urban settings in and out of schools. The focus is on developing new knowledge that improves science and mathematics education and has an impact on the communities we serve. Students engage in coursework and research experiences that guide them to view issues of learning, teaching, curriculum, assessment, and policy through sociocultural and sociopolitical lenses where equity, social justice, race, language, culture, and identity are essential considerations.

Program faculty members are widely recognized as leaders in their respective fields. They have published extensively on the educational experiences of African American and Latino learners, and bring to their research and teaching strong disciplinary education in STEM fields. They also have considerable records of mentoring and preparing scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as preparing and collaborating with P-20 science and mathematics teachers and faculty.

Graduates of the MSE program are well prepared to assume a variety of positions in colleges, universities, organizations, and informal educational settings to improve the mathematics and science education of children, adolescents, and adult learners through research.

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The program requires a minimum of 98 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 66 semester hours beyond the master’s degree.  These requirements include completion of a 12-hour Doctoral Studies Core, a 12-hour methodology requirement, 12 hours of the MSE program core, and 12 hours in one of the two disciplinary strands (i.e., mathematics education or science education). Students are required to pass written and oral portions of a preliminary examination and successfully defend their dissertation research.  Requirements are as follows for students who enter the program with an earned master’s degree.

  • COE Doctoral Studies Core –12 hours
  • Methodology Requirement – 12 hours
  • Mathematics and Science Education Program Core – 12 hours
  • Proseminar in Curriculum and Instruction – 2 hours
  • Mathematics  or  Science Education Specialization – 12 hours
  • Teaching Apprenticeship, Research Project, or Independent Study – 4 hours
  • Preliminary Examination – Written Portion
  • Preparation of a Dissertation Research Proposal
  • Preliminary Examination – Oral Portion
  • Dissertation Research – 12 hours (minimum)
  • Dissertation Defense

Students who enter with a bachelor’s but not a master’s degree must take up to 32 hours of additional course work (the equivalent of a master’s degree) in an area of specialization.

Doctoral Studies Core (12 hours) Heading link Copy link

All doctoral degrees in the College of Education require a core of courses that focuses on different types of research in educational settings, research design, and the analysis of educational data.  These core courses will help you develop the  minimum  skills needed to evaluate research literature and to begin your own independent research.  You are encouraged to take these core courses early in your program; however, you may take other courses in the program before completing this set of courses.

The requirements of the Doctoral Studies Core are:

  • ED 504—Urban Contexts and Educational Research (4 hours)
  • ED 505—Introduction to Educational Research: Paradigms and Processes (4 hours)
  • ED 506—Introduction to Educational Research: Designs and Analyses (4 hours)

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In addition to the Doctoral Studies Core above, you must take a minimum of three research methodology courses as described below.  Note also that you may choose or be encouraged by your faculty advisor to take additional courses in research methodology beyond these minimums in order to meet your personal scholarly and professional goals.

The Methodology Requirement includes:

  • ED 502—Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education (4 hours)
  • ED 503/EPSY 503—Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (4 hours)
  • A third methodology course selected in consultation with your advisor (4 hours)

Math and Science Concentration Program Core (12 hours) Heading link Copy link

  • CI 517 – The Sociopolitcal Context of Mathematics and Science Education (4 hours)
  • CI 518 – Race, Identity, and Agency in Mathematics and Science Education (4 hours)
  • CI 573 – Multimodality, Multiliteracies, & Science and Mathematics Education (4 hrs)

Proseminar in Curriculum and Instruction (CI 500, 2 hours) Heading link Copy link

CI 500 is designed to help you meet faculty members and be introduced to the wide range of research approaches used in the field of curriculum studies in general, including mathematics and science education.

Mathematics or Science Education Specialization (12 hours – Choose 3 Courses) Heading link Copy link

  • CI 516 – Research on Mathematics Teachers and Teaching (4 hours)
  • CI 519 — Research on the Learning of Mathematics (4 hours)
  • CI 520 – The K-12 Mathematics Curriculum: Theory, Politics, and Reform (4 hrs)
  • CI 566 – Research on Science Curriculum (4 hours)
  • CI 567 – Research on Science Teaching and Teacher Education (4 hours)
  • CI 570 – Research on Science Learning (4 hours)

Teaching Apprenticeship, Research Project, or Independent Study (CI 592, 593, or 596, 4 hours) Heading link Copy link

You should complete at least 4 hours from among the following options:

Teaching Apprenticeship (CI 592)

An apprenticeship in teaching is strongly recommended for those individuals intending to pursue a career in higher education.  The apprenticeship in teaching requires that you register for CI 592—Apprenticeship in Teacher Education and co-teach a university course under the direction of a faculty sponsor.  The course that you teach should be related to your interests and future career objectives.  A faculty member will be the instructor of record and will supervise you closely throughout the internship.  You will assume responsibility for course instruction, student interaction, and evaluation to the extent negotiated with the instructor.  In addition to this apprenticeship in teaching, you are also encouraged to seek opportunities to deliver guest lectures in other classes offered by the faculty.

Research Project (CI 593)

The research project is an important beginning experience in doing actual research in a chosen area of study.  The research project may also give you an opportunity to explore and pilot ideas for your dissertation research.  You may seek out any faculty to guide and oversee your research project.  Ideally, you would engage in all aspects of research from design through execution, analysis, and writing of results. Such work may lead to a presentation at a scholarly conference or to submission of a manuscript to a professional journal or other publication (e.g., a book chapter, journal paper, etc.).  See Section V on the possible need for IRB approval before conducting a research project. Collaborating with faculty on a larger research project may also be used to fulfill this requirement.

You should consult with your faculty advisor to determine when you are ready to embark on a research project.  You must then find a faculty member to help design and conduct the project.  This faculty member may be your program advisor or another faculty member who has particular expertise and experience to support the project.

Independent Study (CI 596)

In consultation with your advisor, and with the agreement and approval of a supervising faculty member, you may choose to register for an Independent Study (CI 596) project.   This option allows you to design, implement and analyze the results of a research problem in your area of specialization.

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You are required to submit a formal progress report each year.  These reports provide you with an opportunity to reflect on whether you are meeting your goals while allowing faculty to assess whether adequate progress is being made.  Program faculty review and discuss these reports and provide written feedback to you about whether you are meeting expectations.  Recommendations for ways to enhance or sustain your progress are a likely result of this process.  If you are not making adequate progress you may be placed on probation and given directive feedback on how to proceed.

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The purpose of the preliminary examination is to determine your readiness to undertake dissertation research.  The examination has two parts: a written portion (written prelims) that focuses primarily on your program of study, and an oral portion (oral prelims) that focuses primarily on your dissertation proposal.  Passing the preliminary examination constitutes formal admission to candidacy for the PhD.

Written prelims should be taken when you have completed your coursework, or concurrently with your last course(s).  Oral prelims should be taken after you pass the written prelims  and  have completed your dissertation proposal.  Passing the oral prelims constitutes approval of your dissertation research direction.  Before beginning your dissertation research, you must also receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) if the research involves human subjects (see Section V).

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You should begin making arrangements to take the written prelims when you have finished, or you are almost finishing, your coursework.  First, you must find a faculty member to chair your written prelims committee.  Your faculty program advisor can help with this task.  Your program advisor may serve as a your committee chair, or you may identify another Mathematics and Science Education program faculty member whose interests and expertise align more closely with your program of study and dissertation research.  You should work with the committee chair to identify and recruit at least two other members to serve on your written prelims committee. Your written prelims committee may, or may not, grow into your 5-member dissertation committee that evaluates your oral prelims, which is the defense of your dissertation proposal.  Thus, as you put together your written prelims committee, know the guidelines for the composition of the oral prelims committee, which is the same as your dissertation committee.

The chair of the written prelims committee will convene the other committee members to develop questions for the exam.  Generally, these questions ask you to integrate and apply knowledge and understandings gained from your coursework, research project, and independent readings with an eye onto your dissertation research direction.  You may choose to take the exam at the university or as a take-home assignment.  Written prelims are evaluated on a pass/fail basis.  If necessary, the entire exam or some portion can be retaken once.  After you have passed this exam, the chair will submit a form indicating this accomplishment to the College of Education Office of Student Services for inclusion in your file.

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Your coursework, research project, independent readings, and written prelims should give you a good start on planning your dissertation research.  After passing the written prelims, you must complete a proposal for your dissertation research that you will defend during your oral prelims.

Dissertation research may be developed from the many possibilities related to your area of study and from a variety of research traditions.  The process of writing a dissertation proposal is challenging, but it provides great opportunities for creative and personally rewarding work.  Students often find it helpful to draw on their studies to date and avail themselves of the advice and support of their committee chair and members, other faculty, and fellow students whenever possible. Dissertation proposals may take many forms and be of varying lengths.  The organization, content, and length of the proposal are issues that you should decide in consultation with the chair of your dissertation committee.

When you and your committee chair agree that the dissertation proposal is ready for review and approval, you will work with the chair to distribute the proposal to members of your oral prelims committee (see below under Oral Prelims section) and schedule the defense of your proposal.  The proposal should be distributed to committee members for review at least three weeks before the scheduled date.  It is strongly recommended that a draft of the IRB application is included in the proposal.  As a rule, you should not submit your application to the IRB before the oral prelims are completed because committees may make recommendations for changing research protocols during the exam (i.e., proposal defense).  See Section V for information about IRB requirements and procedures.

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The oral prelims are a hearing on the dissertation proposal with the primary function to assess and approve the dissertation research proposal.

Although the oral prelims committee can be later changed if needed, it should generally be expected to serve also as your dissertation committee and formed accordingly.  The dissertation committee should consist of five members including your chair who must be a Mathematics and Science Education program faculty. At least three members, including the chair, must be UIC faculty who are full members of the Graduate College.  Tenured or tenure-track faculty are usually full members of the Graduate College; clinical and visiting faculty generally are not.  Links to a listing of full members are available on the Graduate College website: .  At least two committee members must be tenured faculty in the College of Education (i.e., associate professors or professors).  Also, at least two members must be Mathematics and Science Education program faculty.  The Graduate College also requires that a member is from outside the Program (see Section IV).  You should work with your oral prelims committee chair to identify and recruit at least four other members (possibly including any who have served on your written prelims committee) to serve on your oral prelims committee.

In order to formally constitute the oral prelims committee, you must submit to the Graduate College a Committee Recommendation Form.  This form may be obtained from the Graduate College’s website: .    At the same time, you should ask the College of Education Office of Student Services (3145 EPASW) for a degree checklist (see Section IV).  A list of the courses taken is available through the my.UIC portal:  . You must return the completed degree checklist with the signed Committee Recommendation Form to the College of Education Office of Student Services.   The completed form must be signed by the committee chair and submitted to the College of Education   Office of Student Services at least three weeks before the date of the examination.   Before submitting this form, you must be sure that the faculty members identified to serve on the committee have agreed to serve.  If you want to include a committee member who is  not  on the faculty at UIC or is  not  a member of the UIC Graduate College, the Graduate College must approve that member.  This approval process is initiated when the Committee Recommendation Form is submitted to the College of Education Office of Student Services.  A copy of the potential committee member’s full current curriculum vitae must be submitted with the Committee Recommendation Form.

The oral prelims are evaluated on a pass-fail basis.  If two or more members of the oral prelims committee assign a failing grade, the student fails the exam. Students who fail are sometimes asked to do additional work on or to revise their dissertation proposal before their committee gives final approval.  Even if the committee does not fail a student, it may require that the student make particular changes in the dissertation proposal before the proposal is approved.

Passing the oral prelims signifies that committee members have given their approval for you to carry out your proposed dissertation research.  Once you have reached this point, you must submit the final version of the IRB application for approval (see Section V).  Before an application is submitted to the IRB, you must have it reviewed and signed by the committee chair and the chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

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After passing the oral prelims and receiving approval from the IRB, you may begin your dissertation research.  You must register for a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit during the time you conduct and write up your study.  After registering for the minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit, if you have passed both the written and oral prelims, you may petition the Graduate College to be permitted to register for 0 (zero) hours of dissertation credit.  If permission is granted, you may continue to register for 0 hours if you continue to make satisfactory progress and are within the time limits for completion of the degree.  Note that even if you are eligible and successfully petition the Graduate College to register for 0 hours, you still  must  register  for 0 hours each semester until you have successfully defended the dissertation (although you do not need to register for 0 credits for the summer session unless the defense will be held during the summer).

The Graduate College makes an exception to the above registration requirement if the defense will occur during the late registration period for a term; in those cases, a doctoral defense will be allowed without student registration in that term.  This is assuming that you were registered the previous term, or the previous spring term in the instance of a fall defense (which should be the case since, as stated above, continuous registration is required).  The late registration period is the official first ten days of any fall or spring semester and the first five days of the summer term.  If you defend after the 10 th  day (5 th  in summer) you must be registered.

If you hold a fellowship, assistantship and/or tuition waiver, and do not resign from it, then registration is mandatory for the number of hours required to hold the award or assistantship.  If you hold a student visa, you probably do not have to register if you leave the country by the 10 th  day (5 th  in summer), although this should be verified with Office of International Services.

This (late period registration defense) exception does not affect the registration requirement to take the Preliminary Examination, or the general requirement of continuous registration from Preliminary Examination to defense.  Failure to register continuously may result in being administratively dropped from the program.  You should refer to Section IV for important additional information about constituting a dissertation committee and conducting dissertation research.

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When nearing the end of dissertation research, you should begin to plan your dissertation defense with your dissertation committee chair.  See Section IV for specific information about organizing and scheduling a dissertation defense and filing all the paperwork required before the defense can be conducted.

According to Graduate College regulations, at least one year must pass between completing the oral prelims and the dissertation defense.  If you fail to complete all program requirements, including the dissertation defense, within five years of passing the oral prelims, you must retake them.

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Dissertations and Placements 2010-Present

Kimoi Kemboi Thesis: Full exceptional collections of vector bundles on linear GIT quotients Advisor: Daniel Halpern-Leistner First Position: Postdoc at the Institution for Advanced Study and Princeton

Max Lipton Thesis: Dynamical Systems in Pure Mathematics Advisor: Steven Strogatz First Position: NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elise McMahon Thesis: A simplicial set approach to computing the group homology of some orthogonal subgroups of the discrete group  Advisor: Inna Zakharevich First Position: Senior Research Scientist at Two Six Technologies

Peter Uttenthal Thesis: Density of Selmer Ranks in Families of Even Galois Representations Advisor: Ravi Kumar Ramakrishna First Position: Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University

Liu Yun Thesis: Towers of Borel Fibrations and Generalized Quasi-Invariants Advisor: Yuri Berest First Position: Postdoc at Indiana University Bloomington

Romin Abdolahzadi Thesis: Anabelian model theory Advisor: Anil Nerode First Position: Quantitative Analyst, A.R.T. Advisors, LLC

Hannah Cairns Thesis: Abelian processes, and how they go to sleep Advisor: Lionel Levine First Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Shiping Cao Thesis: Topics in scaling limits on some Sierpinski carpet type fractals Advisor: Robert Strichartz (Laurent Saloff-Coste in last semester) First Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Washington

Andres Fernandes Herrero Thesis: On the boundedness of the moduli of logarithmic connections Advisor: Nicolas Templier First Position: Ritt Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Max Hallgren Thesis: Ricci Flow with a Lower Bound on Ricci Curvature Advisor: Xiaodong Cao First Position: NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rutgers University

Gautam Krishnan Thesis: Degenerate series representations for symplectic groups Advisor: Dan Barbasch First Position: Hill Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Feng Liang Thesis: Mixing time and limit shapes of Abelian networks Advisor: Lionel Levine

David Mehrle Thesis: Commutative and Homological Algebra of Incomplete Tambara Functors Advisor: Inna Zakharevich First Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky

Itamar Sales de Oliveira Thesis: A new approach to the Fourier extension problem for the paraboloid Advisor: Camil Muscalu First Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Nantes Université

Brandon Shapiro Thesis: Shape Independent Category Theory Advisor: Inna Zakharevich First Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Topos Institute

Ayah Almousa Thesis: Combinatorial characterizations of polarizations of powers of the graded maximal ideal Advisor: Irena Peeva First position: RTG Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota

Jose Bastidas Thesis: Species and hyperplane arrangements Advisor: Marcelo Aguiar First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Université du Québec à Montréal

Zaoli Chen Thesis: Clustered Behaviors of Extreme Values Advisor: Gennady Samorodnitsky First Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of and Statistics, University of Ottawa

Ivan Geffner Thesis: Implementing Mediators with Cheap Talk Advisor: Joe Halpern First Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Ryan McDermott Thesis: Phase Transitions and Near-Critical Phenomena in the Abelian Sandpile Model Advisor: Lionel Levine

Aleksandra Niepla Thesis:  Iterated Fractional Integrals and Applications to Fourier Integrals with Rational Symbol Advisor: Camil Muscalu First Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

Dylan Peifer Thesis: Reinforcement Learning in Buchberger's Algorithm Advisor: Michael Stillman First Position: Quantitative Researcher, Susquehanna International Group

Rakvi Thesis: A Classification of Genus 0 Modular Curves with Rational Points Advisor: David Zywina First Position: Hans Rademacher Instructor, University of Pennsylvania

Ana Smaranda Sandu Thesis: Knowledge of counterfactuals Advisor: Anil Nerode First Position: Instructor in Science Laboratory, Computer Science Department, Wellesley College

Maru Sarazola Thesis: Constructing K-theory spectra from algebraic structures with a class of acyclic objects Advisor: Inna Zakharevich First Position: J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Abigail Turner Thesis: L2 Minimal Algorithms Advisor: Steven Strogatz

Yuwen Wang Thesis: Long-jump random walks on finite groups Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First Position: Postdoc, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Beihui Yuan Thesis:  Applications of commutative algebra to spline theory and string theory Advisor: Michael Stillman First Position: Research Fellow, Swansea University

Elliot Cartee Thesis: Topics in Optimal Control and Game Theory Advisor: Alexander Vladimirsky First Position: L.E. Dickson Instructor, Department of , University of Chicago

Frederik de Keersmaeker Thesis: Displaceability in Symplectic Geometry Advisor: Tara Holm First Position: Consultant, Addestino Innovation Management

Lila Greco Thesis: Locally Markov Walks and Branching Processes Advisor: Lionel Levine First Position: Actuarial Assistant, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Benjamin Hoffman Thesis: Polytopes And Hamiltonian Geometry: Stacks, Toric Degenerations, And Partial Advisor: Reyer Sjamaar First Position: Teaching Associate, Department of , Cornell University

Daoji Huang Thesis: A Bruhat Atlas on the Wonderful Compactification of PS O(2 n )/ SO (2 n -1) and A Kazhdan-Lusztig Atlas on G/P Advisor: Allen Knutson First Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota

Pak-Hin Li Thesis: A Hopf Algebra from Preprojective Modules Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: Associate, Goldman Sachs

Anwesh Ray Thesis: Lifting Reducible Galois Representations Advisor: Ravi Ramakrishna First Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia

Avery St. Dizier Thesis: Combinatorics of Schubert Polynomials Advisor: Karola Meszaros First Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shihao Xiong Thesis: Forcing Axioms For Sigma-Closed Posets And Their Consequences Advisor: Justin Moore First Position: Algorithm Developer, Hudson River Trading

Swee Hong Chan Thesis: Nonhalting abelian networks Advisor: Lionel Levine First Position: Hedrick Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA

Joseph Gallagher Thesis: On conjectures related to character varieties of knots and Jones polynomials Advisor: Yuri Berest First Position: Data Scientist, Capital One

Jun Le Goh Thesis: Measuring the Relative Complexity of Mathematical Constructions and Theorems Advisor: Richard Shore First Position: Van Vleck Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Qi Hou Thesis: Rough Hypoellipticity for Local Weak Solutions to the Heat Equation in Dirichlet Spaces Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of , Cornell University

Jingbo Liu Thesis: Heat kernel estimate of the Schrodinger operator in uniform domains Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First Position: Data Scientist,

Ian Pendleton Thesis:  The Fundamental Group, Homology, and Cohomology of Toric Origami 4-Manifolds Advisor: Tara Holm

Amin Saied Thesis: Stable representation theory of categories and applications to families of (bi)modules over symmetric groups Advisor: Martin Kassabov First Position: Data Scientist, Microsoft

Yujia Zhai Thesis:  Study of bi-parameter flag paraproducts and bi-parameter stopping-time algorithms Advisor: Camil Muscalu First Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Université de Nantes 

Tair Akhmejanov Thesis: Growth Diagrams from Polygons in the Affine Grassmannian Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: Arthur J. Krener Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis

James Barnes Thesis:  The Theory of the Hyperarithmetic Degrees Advisor: Richard Shore First position: Visiting Lecturer, Wellesley College

Jeffrey Bergfalk Thesis:  Dimensions of ordinals: set theory, homology theory, and the first omega alephs Advisor: Justin Moore Postdoctoral Associate, UNAM - National Autonomous University of Mexico

TaoRan Chen Thesis: The Inverse Deformation Problem Advisor: Ravi Ramakrishna

Sergio Da Silva Thesis: On the Gorensteinization of Schubert varieties via boundary divisors Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) postdoctoral fellowship, University of Manitoba

Eduard Einstein Thesis:  Hierarchies for relatively hyperbolic compact special cube complexes Advisor: Jason Manning First position: Research Assistant Professor (Postdoc), University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)

Balázs Elek Thesis:  Toric surfaces with Kazhdan-Lusztig atlases Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Kelsey Houston-Edwards Thesis:  Discrete Heat Kernel Estimates in Inner Uniform Domains Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First position: Professor of Math and Science Communication, Olin College

My Huynh Thesis:  The Gromov Width of Symplectic Cuts of Symplectic Manifolds. Advisor: Tara Holm First position: Applied Mathematician, Applied Research Associates Inc., Raleigh NC.

Hossein Lamei Ramandi Thesis: On the minimality of non-σ-scattered orders Advisor: Justin Moore First position:  Postdoctoral Associate at UFT (University Toronto)

Christine McMeekin Thesis: A density of ramified primes Advisor: Ravi Ramakrishna First position: Researcher at Max Planck Institute

Aliaksandr Patotski Thesis:  Derived characters of Lie representations and Chern-Simons forms Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Data Scientist, Microsoft

Ahmad Rafiqi Thesis:  On dilatations of surface automorphisms Advisor: John Hubbard First position: Postdoctoral Associate, Sao Palo, Brazil

Ying-Ying Tran Thesis:  Computably enumerable boolean algebras Advisor: Anil Nerode First position: Quantitative Researcher

Drew Zemke Thesis:  Surfaces in Three- and Four-Dimensional Topology Advisor: Jason Manning First position: Preceptor in , Harvard University

Heung Shan Theodore Hui Thesis: A Radical Characterization of Abelian Varieties  Advisor: David Zywina First position: Quantitative Researcher, Eastmore Group

Daniel Miller Thesis: Counterexamples related to the Sato–Tate conjecture Advisor: Ravi Ramakrishna First position: Data Scientist, Microsoft

Lihai Qian Thesis: Rigidity on Einstein manifolds and shrinking Ricci solitons in high dimensions Advisor: Xiaodong Cao First position: Quantitative Associate, Wells Fargo

Valente Ramirez Garcia Luna Thesis: Quadratic vector fields on the complex plane: rigidity and analytic invariants Advisor: Yulij Ilyashenko First position: Lebesgue Post-doc Fellow, Institut de Recherche Mathématique de Rennes

Iian Smythe Thesis: Set theory in infinite-dimensional vector spaces Advisor: Justin Moore First position: Hill Assistant Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Zhexiu Tu Thesis: Topological representations of matroids and the cd-index Advisor: Edward Swartz First position: Visiting Professor - Centre College, Kentucky

Wai-kit Yeung Thesis: Representation homology and knot contact homology Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Zorn postdoctoral fellow, Indiana University

Lucien Clavier Thesis: Non-affine horocycle orbit closures on strata of translation surfaces: new examples Advisor: John Smillie First position: Consultant in Capital Markets, Financial Risk at Deloitte Luxembourg

Voula Collins Thesis: Crystal branching for non-Levi subgroups and a puzzle formula for the equivariant cohomology of the cotangent bundle on projective space Advisor: Allen Knutson FIrst position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Connecticut

Pok Wai Fong Thesis: Smoothness Properties of symbols, Calderón Commutators and Generalizations Advisor: Camil Muscalu First position: Quantitative researcher, Two Sigma

Tom Kern Thesis: Nonstandard models of the weak second order theory of one successor Advisor: Anil Nerode First position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Robert Kesler Thesis: Unbounded multilinear multipliers adapted to large subspaces and estimates for degenerate simplex operators Advisor: Camil Muscalu First position: Postdoctoral Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Yao Liu Thesis: Riesz Distributions Assiciated to Dunkl Operators Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Scott Messick Thesis: Continuous atomata, compactness, and Young measures Advisor: Anil Nerode First position: Start-up

Aaron Palmer Thesis: Incompressibility and Global Injectivity in Second-Gradient Non-Linear Elasticity Advisor: Timothy J. Healey First position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of British Columbia 

Kristen Pueschel Thesis: On Residual Properties of Groups and Dehn Functions for Mapping Tori of Right Angled Artin Groups Advisor: Timothy Riley First position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arkansas

Chenxi Wu Thesis: Translation surfaces: saddle connections, triangles, and covering constructions. Advisor: John Smillie First position: Postdoctoral Associate, Max Planck Institute of

David Belanger Thesis: Sets, Models, And Proofs: Topics In The Theory Of Recursive Functions Advisor: Richard A. Shore First position: Research Fellow, National University of Singapore

Cristina Benea Thesis: Vector-Valued Extensions for Singular Bilinear Operators and Applications Advisor: Camil Muscalu First position: University of Nantes, France

Kai Fong Ernest Chong Thesis: Face Vectors and Hilbert Functions Advisor: Edward Swartz First position: Research Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

Laura Escobar Vega Thesis: Brick Varieties and Toric Matrix Schubert Varieties Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: J. L. Doob Research Assistant Professor at UIUC

Joeun Jung Thesis: Iterated trilinear fourier integrals with arbitrary symbols Advisor: Camil Muscalu First position: Researcher, PARC (PDE and Functional Analysis Research Center) of Seoul National University

Yasemin Kara Thesis: The laplacian on hyperbolic Riemann surfaces and Maass forms Advisor: John H. Hubbard Part Time Instructor, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Bahcesehir University

Chor Hang Lam Thesis: Homological Stability Of Diffeomorphism Groups Of 3-Manifolds Advisor: Allen Hatcher

Yash Lodha Thesis: Finiteness Properties And Piecewise Projective Homeomorphisms Advisor: Justin Moore and Timothy Riley First position: Postdoctoral fellow at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland

Radoslav Zlatev Thesis: Examples of Implicitization of Hypersurfaces through Syzygies Advisor: Michael E. Stillman First position: Associate, Credit Strats, Goldman Sachs

Margarita Amchislavska Thesis: The geometry of generalized Lamplighter groups Advisor: Timothy Riley First position: Department of Defense

Hyungryul Baik Thesis: Laminations on the circle and hyperbolic geometry Advisor: John H. Hubbard First position: Postdoctoral Associate, Bonn University

Adam Bjorndahl Thesis: Language-based games Advisor: Anil Nerode and Joseph Halpern First position: Tenure Track Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Philosophy

Youssef El Fassy Fihry Thesis: Graded Cherednik Algebra And Quasi-Invariant Differential Forms Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Software Developer, Microsoft

Chikwong Fok Thesis: The Real K-theory of compact Lie groups Advisor: Reyer Sjamaar First position: Postdoctoral fellow in the National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Taiwan

Kathryn Lindsey Thesis: Families Of Dynamical Systems Associated To Translation Surfaces Advisor: John Smillie First position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Chicago

Andrew Marshall Thesis: On configuration spaces of graphs Advisor: Allan Hatcher First position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Robyn Miller Thesis: Symbolic Dynamics Of Billiard Flow In Isosceles Triangles Advisor: John Smillie First position: Postdoctoral Researcher at Mind Research Network

Diana Ojeda Aristizabal Thesis: Ramsey theory and the geometry of Banach spaces Advisor: Justin Moore First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Hung Tran Thesis: Aspects of the Ricci flow Advisor: Xiaodong Cao First position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California at Irvine

Baris Ugurcan Thesis: LPLP-Estimates And Polyharmonic Boundary Value Problems On The Sierpinski Gasket And Gaussian Free Fields On High Dimensional Sierpinski Carpet Graphs Advisor: Robert S. Strichartz First position: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario

Anna Bertiger Thesis: The Combinatorics and Geometry of the Orbits of the Symplectic Group on Flags in Complex Affine Space Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: University of Waterloo, Postdoctoral Fellow

Mariya Bessonov Thesis: Probabilistic Models for Population Dynamics Advisor: Richard Durrett First position: CUNY City Tech, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Igors Gorbovickis Thesis: Some Problems from Complex Dynamical Systems and Combinatorial Geometry Advisor: Yulij Ilyashenko First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Marisa Hughes Thesis: Quotients of Spheres by Linear Actions of Abelian Groups Advisor: Edward Swartz First position: Visiting Professor, Hamilton College

Kristine Jones Thesis: Generic Initial Ideals of Locally Cohen-Macaulay Space Curves Advisor: Michael E. Stillman First position: Software Developer, Microsoft

Shisen Luo Thesis: Hard Lefschetz Property of Hamiltonian GKM Manifolds Advisor: Tara Holm First position: Associate, Goldman Sachs

Peter Luthy Thesis: Bi-parameter Maximal Multilinear Operators Advisor: Camil Muscalu First position: Chauvenet Postdoctoral Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis 

Remus Radu Thesis: Topological models for hyperbolic and semi-parabolic complex Hénon maps Advisor: John H. Hubbard First position: Milnor Lecturer, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Stony Brook University

Jenna Rajchgot Thesis: Compatibly Split Subvarieties of the Hilbert Scheme of Points in the Plane Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: Research member at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (fall 2012); postdoc at the University of Michigan

Raluca Tanase Thesis: Hénon maps, discrete groups and continuity of Julia sets Advisor: John H. Hubbard First position: Milnor Lecturer, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Stony Brook University

Ka Yue Wong Thesis: Dixmier Algebras on Complex Classical Nilpotent Orbits and their Representation Theories Advisor: Dan M. Barbasch First position: Postdoctoral fellow at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tianyi Zheng Thesis: Random walks on some classes of solvable groups Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First position: Postdoctoral Associate, Stanford University

Juan Alonso Thesis: Graphs of Free Groups and their Measure Equivalence Advisor: Karen Vogtmann First position: Postdoc at Uruguay University

Jason Anema Thesis: Counting Spanning Trees on Fractal Graphs Advisor: Robert S. Strichartz First position: Visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Cornell University

Saúl Blanco Rodríguez Thesis: Shortest Path Poset of Bruhat Intervals and the Completecd-Index Advisor: Louis Billera First position: Visiting assistant professor of mathematics at DePaul University

Fatima Mahmood Thesis: Jacobi Structures and Differential Forms on Contact Quotients Advisor: Reyer Sjamaar First position: Visiting assistant professor at University of Rochester

Philipp Meerkamp Thesis: Singular Hopf Bifurcation Advisor: John M. Guckenheimer First position: Financial software engineer at Bloomberg LP

Milena Pabiniak Thesis: Hamiltonian Torus Actions in Equivariant Cohomology and Symplectic Topology Advisor: Tara Holm First position: Postdoctoral associate at the University of Toronto

Peter Samuelson Thesis: Kauffman Bracket Skein Modules and the Quantum Torus Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Postdoctoral associate at the University of Toronto

Mihai Bailesteanu  Thesis: The Heat Equation under the Ricci Flow Advisor: Xiaodong Cao First position: Visiting assistant professor at the University of Rochester

Owen Baker  Thesis:  The Jacobian Map on Outer Space Advisor: Karen Vogtmann First position: Postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University

Jennifer Biermann  Thesis: Free Resolutions of Monomial Ideals Advisor: Irena Peeva First position: Postdoctoral fellow at Lakehead University

Mingzhong Cai  Thesis: Elements of Classical Recursion Theory: Degree-Theoretic Properties and Combinatorial Properties Advisor: Richard A. Shore First position: Van Vleck visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Ri-Xiang Chen  Thesis: Hilbert Functions and Free Resolutions Advisor: Irena Peeva First position: Instructor at Shantou University in Guangdong, China

Denise Dawson  Thesis: Complete Reducibility in Euclidean Twin Buildings Advisor: Kenneth S. Brown First position: Assistant professor of mathematics at Charleston Southern University

George Khachatryan Thesis: Derived Representation Schemes and Non-commutative Geometry Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Reasoning Mind

Samuel Kolins  Thesis: Face Vectors of Subdivision of Balls Advisor: Edward Swartz First position: Assistant professor at Lebanon Valley College

Victor Kostyuk Thesis: Outer Space for Two-Dimensional RAAGs and Fixed Point Sets of Finite Subgroups Advisor: Karen Vogtmann First position: Knowledge engineering at Reasoning Mind

Ho Hon Leung  Thesis: K-Theory of Weight Varieties and Divided Difference Operators in Equivariant KK-Theory Advisor: Reyer Sjamaar First position: Assistant professor at the Canadian University of Dubai

Benjamin Lundell  Thesis: Selmer Groups and Ranks of Hecke Rings Advisor: Ravi Ramakrishna First position: Acting assistant professor at the University of Washington

Eyvindur Ari Palsson  Thesis: Lp Estimates for a Singular Integral Operator Motivated by Calderón’s Second Commutator Advisor: Camil Muscalu First position: Visiting assistant professor at the University of Rochester

Paul Shafer  Thesis: On the Complexity of Mathematical Problems: Medvedev Degrees and Reverse Advisor: Richard A. Shore First position: Lecturer at Appalachian State University

Michelle Snider  Thesis: Affine Patches on Positroid Varieties and Affine Pipe Dreams Advisor: Allen Knutson First position: Government consulting job in Maryland

Santi Tasena Thesis: Heat Kernel Analysis on Weighted Dirichlet Spaces Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First position: Lecturer professor at Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Russ Thompson  Thesis: Random Walks and Subgroup Geometry Advisor: Laurent Saloff-Coste First position: Postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Gwyneth Whieldon Thesis: Betti Numbers of Stanley-Reisner Ideals Advisor: Michael E. Stillman First position: Assistant professor of mathematics at Hood College

Andrew Cameron Thesis: Estimates for Solutions of Elliptic Partial Differential Equations with Explicit Constants and Aspects of the Finite Element Method for Second-Order Equations Advisor: Alfred H. Schatz First position: Adjunct instructor of mathematics at Tompkins Cortland Community College

Timothy Goldberg Thesis: Hamiltonian Actions in Integral Kähler and Generalized Complex Geometry Advisor: Reyer Sjamaar First position: Visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Gregory Muller Thesis: The Projective Geometry of Differential Operators Advisor: Yuri Berest First position: Assistant professor at Louisiana State University 

Matthew Noonan Thesis: Geometric Backlund transofrmation in homogeneous spaces Advisor: John H. Hubbard

Sergio Pulido Niño Thesis: Financial Markets with Short Sales Prohibition Advisor: Philip E. Protter First position: Postdoctoral associate in applied probability and finance at Carnegie Mellon University

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Theses/projects/dissertations from 2023 2023.


An Exposition of the Curvature of Warped Product Manifolds , Angelina Bisson

Jackknife Empirical Likelihood Tests for Equality of Generalized Lorenz Curves , Anton Butenko


Statistical Analysis of Health Habits for Incoming College Students , Wendy Isamara Lizarraga Noriega

Reverse Mathematics of Ramsey's Theorem , Nikolay Maslov

Distance Correlation Based Feature Selection in Random Forest , Jose Munoz-Lopez

Constructing Hyperbolic Polygons in the Poincaré Disk , Akram Zakaria Samweil


Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2022 2022


The Examination of the Arithmetic Surface (3, 5) Over Q , Rachel J. Arguelles

Error Terms for the Trapezoid, Midpoint, and Simpson's Rules , Jessica E. Coen

de Rham Cohomology, Homotopy Invariance and the Mayer-Vietoris Sequence , Stacey Elizabeth Cox

Symmetric Generation , Ana Gonzalez


Simple Groups and Related Topics , Simrandeep Kaur

Homomorphic Images and Related Topics , Alejandro Martinez



Verifying Sudoku Puzzles , Chelsea Schweer


Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Non-Abelian Finite Simple Groups as Homomorphic Images , Sandra Bahena

Matroids Determinable by Two Partial Representations , Aurora Calderon Dojaquez


Symmetric Presentation of Finite Groups, and Related Topics , Marina Michelle Duchesne


A Study in Applications of Continued Fractions , Karen Lynn Parrish

Partial Representations for Ternary Matroids , Ebony Perez

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Sum of Cubes of the First n Integers , Obiamaka L. Agu

Permutation and Monomial Progenitors , Crystal Diaz

Tile Based Self-Assembly of the Rook's Graph , Ernesto Gonzalez

Research In Short Term Actuarial Modeling , Elijah Howells

Hyperbolic Triangle Groups , Sergey Katykhin

Exploring Matroid Minors , Jonathan Lara Tejeda


Modeling the Spread of Measles , Alexandria Le Beau

Symmetric Presentations and Related Topics , Mayra McGrath

Minimal Surfaces and The Weierstrass-Enneper Representation , Evan Snyder


Excluded minors for nearly-paving matroids , Vanessa Natalie Vega

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Fuchsian Groups , Bob Anaya

Tribonacci Convolution Triangle , Rosa Davila


Analogues Between Leibniz's Harmonic Triangle and Pascal's Arithmetic Triangle , Lacey Taylor James

Geodesics on Generalized Plane Wave Manifolds , Moises Pena

Algebraic Methods for Proving Geometric Theorems , Lynn Redman

Pascal's Triangle, Pascal's Pyramid, and the Trinomial Triangle , Antonio Saucedo Jr.



Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2018 2018


Monomial Progenitors and Related Topics , Madai Obaid Alnominy

Progenitors Involving Simple Groups , Nicholas R. Andujo

Simple Groups, Progenitors, and Related Topics , Angelica Baccari

Exploring Flag Matroids and Duality , Zachary Garcia

Images of Permutation and Monomial Progenitors , Shirley Marina Juan


Progenitors, Symmetric Presentations, and Related Topics , Joana Viridiana Luna

Symmetric Presentations, Representations, and Related Topics , Adam Manriquez

Toroidal Embeddings and Desingularization , LEON NGUYEN


Tutte-Equivalent Matroids , Maria Margarita Rocha

Symmetric Presentations and Double Coset Enumeration , Charles Seager


Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Investigation of Finite Groups Through Progenitors , Charles Baccari


Making Models with Bayes , Pilar Olid

An Introduction to Lie Algebra , Amanda Renee Talley



Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Upset Paths and 2-Majority Tournaments , Rana Ali Alshaikh

Regular Round Matroids , Svetlana Borissova



Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities on a Number Line , Melinda A. Curtis



LIFE EXPECTANCY , Ali R. Hassanzadah


A Dual Fano, and Dual Non-Fano Matroidal Network , Stephen Lee Johnson

Mathematical Reasoning and the Inductive Process: An Examination of The Law of Quadratic Reciprocity , Nitish Mittal

The Kauffman Bracket and Genus of Alternating Links , Bryan M. Nguyen

Probabilistic Methods In Information Theory , Erik W. Pachas


Indicators of Future Mathematics Proficiency: Literature Review & Synthesis , Claudia Preciado

Ádám's Conjecture and Arc Reversal Problems , Claudio D. Salas


The Evolution of Cryptology , Gwendolyn Rae Souza

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2015 2015


Homomorphic Images And Related Topics , Kevin J. Baccari

Geometric Constructions from an Algebraic Perspective , Betzabe Bojorquez

Discovering and Applying Geometric Transformations: Transformations to Show Congruence and Similarity , Tamara V. Bonn

Symmetric Presentations and Generation , Dustin J. Grindstaff



Simple Groups and Related Topics , Manal Abdulkarim Marouf Ms.

Elliptic Curves , Trinity Mecklenburg

A Fundamental Unit of O_K , Susana L. Munoz


Unique Prime Factorization of Ideals in the Ring of Algebraic Integers of an Imaginary Quadratic Number Field , Nolberto Rezola


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