Graduate student advising

Below you will find information about my current graduate students and my graduate student advising policies and practices (keep scrolling for undergraduate advising). If you are a graduate student interested in working with me, you should do the following (items 2 and 3 below may be permuted, but item 1 should come first and item 4 last):

  1. Read this web page.
  2. Talk with one (or more) of my graduate students about what it is like to work with me.
  3. Glance through one (or more) of my recent papers to see if they look interesting to you.
  4. Stop by my office to discuss a reading course sometime on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

In general, I will not take on more than 4.0 students at a given time, where the student weight function is 1.0 for graduate students, 1.5 for postdocs, and 0.5 for undergraduate students or co-advised graduate students. I try to adhere to this limit to ensure that I have adequate time for all of my students while still maintaining my own research program and sanity.

Current graduate students

Graduate reading courses

If you are a graduate student considering working with me, then the first step is to set up a reading course. This gives us an opportunity to work together and gives you a hands-on introduction to the area in which I work. Any one of the following excellent graduate texts would be suitable for a reading course:

Combinatorics Seminar

A good way to learn about the broader area of Combinatorics is by attending the USC Combinatorics Seminar. In addition to external speakers, each semester several faculty and postdocs at USC present on their current research. Talks are generally accessible to first year graduate students.

Undergraduate student advising

Occasionally I advise strong undergraduate mathematics majors in independent research projects in Combinatorics. If you are interested in working with me, please know that this will happen only if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. I have a suitable research project available.
  2. I have not reach my 4.0 student limit (see Graduate student advising).
  3. You have taken and enjoyed Math 410, and (at least) one of Math 432 or Math 470.
  4. You stop by my office to discuss math sometime on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

Current and recent undergraduate students

Undergraduate Research Consortium Interview (2016)

This clip is from a 2016 interview with USC's Undergraduate Research Consortium about my research and how I incorporate undergraduate students into my research group. George Wang also appears in the video.

Tips for applying to graduate programs in mathematics (2014)

This clip came from a 1 hour workshop on applying to graduate school that I gave during a visit to my undergraduate alma matar, the University of Notre Dame, in 2014. While I am clearly biased, I do believe that it has some good advice for undergraduate students planning to apply to graduate programs.

Younger student advising

For children ages 4-5, I also organize the Venice Math Circle. We currently have capactity for five children, but hope to expand in the near future.