Associate Professor of Mathematics
einsko (at) fgcu.edu
I received my PhD in Mathematics from the University of Iowa in the summer of 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Julianna Tymoczko. I have been a professor of mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University since the fall of 2012.
My main research interests wander around the intersection of algebraic geometry, algebraic combinatorics, discrete mathematics, and graph theory. I love working with students on research projects. It my favorite part of my job! If you are interested in working with me, just ask. You can also check out my research page for more information.
I am a firm believer in scholarly teaching, and I love my job because each new semester offers the opportunity to grow in my many roles as educator, friend, mentor, and student. I strive to incorporate innovative evidence-based pedagogical practices in my classroom, and am constantly reflecting on ways to improve my teaching. My philosophy on learning is best summed up by a quote from Confucius: "I hear, and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
“I was born to coach and empower people in the active pursuit of their passions.”
Alexander Diaz-Lopez and I are giving a crash course in algebraic combinatorics at the Online Undergraduate Resource Fair for the Advancement of Academic of Marginalized Mathematicians OURFA2M2 on December 4-5 2021.
I am speaking in the Special Session on Algebraic Combinatorics in the Southeast at the Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the AMS this November 20-21 2021. Here is a youtube video of a practice run of this talk. Slides
I am excited to collaborate in an AIM SQuaRE on "Peak and Descent Polytopes" with Federico Castillo, Anastasia Chavez, Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Laura Escobar, and Pamela Harris the week of September 20-24, 2021.
I am excited to participate in the Undergraduate Teaching of Mathematics with Open Source Texts (UTMOST) project this Spring. I attended an UTMOST workshop June 14-18 2021.
It was an honor to be nominated and awarded the Council on Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for Mathematics and Computer Science in 2021.
I enjoyed attending USTARS 2021 hosted by ICERM. I was thrilled by the job the new group of organizers did.
I will be co-organized USTARS 2020 at the University of Iowa, April 3-5. (Alas, USTARS was cancelled due to Covid-19).
I co-organized the Advancing Student Participation in Research Experiences (ASPiRE 2020) at FGCU. We were thrilled to have Alicia Prieto-Langarica as our keynote speaker.
I co-organized an AMS-MAA Special Session on Getting Started in Undergraduate Research: Topics, Tools and Open Problems with Hannah Highlander, Pamela Harris, Aaron Wootton at 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver.
I attended the Hessenberg varieties in Combinatorics, Geometry, and Representation Theory Workshop at the Banff International Research Station Nov 21-26, 2018. Slides from my talk.
My collaborators and I were selected as one of the IAS Summer Collaborators Program in July 2018. We're even on the new IAS Membership Poster.
I will be travelling to the Field of Dreams Conference in St. Louis on November 2-4, 2017. Please consider nominating your talented underrepresented students to attend if they plan to apply to graduate school in the mathematical sciences.
I was honored to speak in the University of Illinois Algebraic Geometry Seminar and to the Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) and Illinois Combinatorics Lab for Undergraduate Research Experiences (ICLUE) on October 3, 2017. Here are slides for the two talks:
Due to Hurricane Irma, I was not able to travel to AMS Sectional Meetings at Denton, TX on September 9-10 and Buffalo, NY on September 16-17. I thank the session organizers for the invitations to speak.
I co-organized the USTARS 2017 Conference at Amherst College from March 31-April 2, 2017 was a huge success!
I presented at JMM 2017 in Atlanta, GA.
Thanks to the generous support of the Seidler Benefaction Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fellowship, I worked with two FGCU undergraduates, Lucas Everham and Vince Marcantonio, on a 10 week project exploring peak sets on graphs.
Two of my student collaborators won top awards at FGCU's Research Day 2016. Karen Marino won the Dean's Award for Best Graduate Student Research Poster, and Lucas Everham won the Dean's Award for Best Undergraduate Research Poster in the Sciences.
USTARS 2016 at Sam Houston State University was held on April 15-17th 2016.
I attended and spoke at the 31st Annual SIDIM conference at the University of Puerto Rico - Humacao on March 5-6 2016.
I co-organized an AMS Special Session on Algebraic Geometry and Combinatorics at the Eastern Sectional Meeting at Rutgers University on Nov 14-15.
I was honored to be invited to speak at the SACNAS National Meeting on Oct 28-Nov 1.
This summer I attended the PREP Workshop - Implementing and Creating POGIL Activities on July 15--18 and the "Recent developments in Hessenberg varieties" workshop at the Fields Institute, July 22--24, 2015.
USTARS 2015 will be held on April 18-19 at FGCU!
I encourage all of my students to sign up and attend the third annual Advancing Student Participation in Research Experiences (ASPiRE) conference at FGCU. This year's event is February 7th 2015.
I attended the JMM in San Antonio on January 10-13 2015.
USTARS 2014 was a great success! April 11-13 at UC-Berkeley.
I attended the JMM 2014 in Baltimore.
I spoke at the UW Combinatorics Seminar Oct 2nd 2013
I attended Mathfest 2013 and the Project NExT workshop in Hartford, Connecticut from July 30-Aug 3 2013.
I spoke at the CSUSB REU July 17 2013.
The USTARS 2013 conference was April 19-21 at Purdue University. See you there!
I helped organize the first annual ASPIRE Conference here at FGCU.
I attended the Trends in Undergraduate Research in the Mathematical Sciences conference on October 26-28 2012.
I enjoyed attending the Mathematical Society of Japan's International summer school and conference on Schubert calculus 2012 this July.
I co-organized the USTARS 2011 Conference (Undderrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium). Follow the link to view an archive of the USTARS 2011 talks.
I was a graduate mentor for University of Iowa's 2011 VIGRE REU.
Project NExT 2012 Fellow - Silver12
UI Graduate College Presidential Fellowship 2006, 2010, & 2012
NSF VIGRE Fellowship 2011