Advisees & Advice


Post-doctoral researchers

  • Hongdi Huang, Summer 2020 - present, Rice University.
  • Former graduate student of Jason Bell.
    On the academic job market.

  • Xingting Wang, Fall 2015 - Spring 2018, Temple University.
  • Former graduate student of James Zhang.
  • Next position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Tenure Track) at Howard University.
    Current position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Tenure Track) at Louisiana State University.


Ph.D. students

  • Jacob Kesten, Summer 2023 - present, Rice U., Ph.D candidate.

  • Fernando Liu Lopez, Summer 2021 - present, Rice U., Ph.D candidate.
    Recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Mathematics, Rice U.

  • Anh-Tuong Nguyen, Summer 2019 - Fall 2023, UIUC.
    On the finance job market.
    Thesis: Coend elements of a Hopf algebra in a braided rigid monoidal category. [found here]

  • Fabio Alejandro Calderón Mateus, Fall 2020 - Summer 2023, National U. Colombia - Bogotá.
    Co-advisor: Milton Armando Reyes Villamil.
    Fulbright Fellowship to visit Rice U. for the 2021-22 AY.
    Thesis: Algebraic properties of weak quantum symmetries. [found here]
    Next position: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Universidad de los Andes to work with Cesar Galindo.

  • Harshit Yadav, Spring 2019 - Spring 2023, (UIUC transfer to) Rice University.
    Nettie S. Autrey Fellowship awarded by Rice U. to 1 grad student in Nat. Science or Eng. per year.
    Thesis: Functorial constructions of Frobenius algebras in the Drinfeld center. [found here]
    Next position: Max Wyman Asst. Prof. at U. Alberta to work with Thomas Creutzig and Terry Gannon.
  • Zachary Cline, Fall 2015 - Spring 2019, Temple University.
  • Thesis: Extending actions of Hopf algebras to actions of the Drinfel'd double. [found here]
    Next position: Visiting Assistant Professorship at Bucknell University.


Undergraduate research students

  • Amanda Hernandez, January 2021 - April 2022, Rice University.
  • Next position: Mathematics Ph.D. program at Brown University.
  • Topic: Non-counital Frobenius algebras. [paper]
  • Andrew Estornell and Matthew Wynne, April 2017 - May 2018, Temple University.
  • AE's next position: Computer Science Ph.D. program at Washington University, St. Louis.
  • MW's next position: Mathematics Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Topic: Deformations of monomial algebras. [paper]

  • Dong Bin Choi, January - December 2016, Temple University.
  • Next position: Mathematics Ph.D. program at Temple University.
  • Topic: Noncommutative Invariant Theory. [poster]

  • Daniel J. Reich, June 2014 - August 2015, Temple University.
  • Next position: Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University.
  • Topic: PI three-dimensional Sklyanin algebras. [paper]


Short-term advisees

  • Vincent Thompson (Ph.D. student at Rice U.), January 2022 - May 2023.
  • Colleen Delaney (Postdoc at Indiana U.), Spring 2020, MSRI.
  • Pablo Ocal (Ph.D. advisor: Sarah Witherspoon, Texas A&M U.), Spring 2020, MSRI.
  • Hongdi Huang (Ph.D. advisor: Jason Bell, U. Waterloo), Fall 2019, UIUC.