Who Am I?

Dr. Susan Cooper
Department of Mathematics
Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education
University of Nebraska - Lincoln


I began my position as Marilyn M. Hitz Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Fall 2008. I work with my research mentor Brian Harbourne. My research is motivated by the links between Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra. My work has involved topics such as determinantal schemes and enumerating semidualizing modules. I am especially interested in obtaining geometric information about a scheme in projective n-space using tools which encode algebraic invariants associated to the homogeneous ideal defining the scheme. Recently I have also been studying fat point schemes. Examples of applications come from areas such as coding theory, graph theory, and statistics.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University. My Ph.D. supervisors are A.V. Geramita and L. G. Roberts. After being awarded my Ph.D., I spent one year in the Department of Mathematics at Syracuse University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow working under the guidance of Steven Diaz. I have also spent time as an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at California Polytechnic State University.

During my first year at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, I was given the opportunity to work with middle-school teachers in the unique program Math in the Middle. This experience was incredibly rewarding and tapped into my deep passion for K-12 Mathematics Education. It was natural that I accepted my current position which is joint between the University of Nebraska--Lincoln's Department of Mathematics and the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education. I teach undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses and am involved in numerous projects in Mathematics Education funded through the NSF Math in the Middle Math Science Partnership, the University of Nebraska Math and Science Teachers for the the 21st Century Program of Excellence, and NebraskaMath.