# Jessalyn Bolkema

PhD Candidate

Department of Mathematics

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

PhD Candidate

Department of Mathematics

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

I have been a graduate student at the University of Nebraska since the fall of 2012. I am an applied algebraist,
specializing in algebraic coding theory and graph theory.
My advisor is Judy Walker, and I have collaborated extensively with
my *de facto * co-advisor Katie Morrison
at the University of Northern Colorado.
I earned a BA in Math from Hope College in 2012 and an MS in Math from UNL in 2014.

jessalyn.bolkema[at]huskers.unl.edu

My current research activities are in coding theory - the mathematics of reliable communication.
In
particular, I'm working on a graph-theoretic framework for understanding polar codes, but in general, I'm excited about the interplay of graph theory,
algebraic objects, and combinatorics, especially in the context of communication or information. I'm also interested in studying (and implementing!)
best practices in undergraduate math education.

Math Club presentation on cryptography, coding theory, and code-based cryptography is here.

My not-strictly-mathematical interests include knitting, bread making, reading, running, houseplant nurturing, film photography, speaking french, and playing cello. I like hanging out in airports and hiking through the mountains. As of mid 2017, I've completed five half-marathons.

The ultimate honor of my life: there was a SET tournament at NASIT in 2014, and I emerged victorious.

My advisor won a fancy award, and someone made this nice video. (Look for me and enjoy our very photogenic research meetings!)