“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. ” -- Albert Einstein

About Me

I grew up on Vashon Island, just off of Seattle, Washington. Having not had my fill of island life, I decided to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo for undergrad. After starting in Astronomy and Physics, I fell in love with the underlying Mathematics and changed majors. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a summer program or REU during each of my summers as an undergrad. After freshman year I was a participant in the inaugural year of PURE Math where I studied Sandpile groups on bipartite graphs. During the summer after my sophomore year I went to Oxford, Ohio to participate in SUMSRI. At SUMSRI I learned about graph theory and did a little research in tournament theory. The third summer of undergrad I went to Rutgers University to join their math department REU where I studied polynomial knot invariants. The summer after I graduated, I was able to participate in the IMMERSE program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I attended two classes during IMMERSE, one on applied analysis and the other on commutative algebra.

In my short career as a mathematician, I have been able to attend and/or present at numerous national conferences. I have been to the last four SACNAS National Conferences, as well as JMM and an AMS Sectional Meeting. In 2012 I attended the Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures Conference at the Centre De Recherches Mathématiques in Montreal. I have presented posters and given talks on Tournament Theory, Abelian Sandpile Groups, Knot Theory, Lie Groups, and Fractal Geometry.

In the spring of 2016 I was awarded the Henry L. Alder Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the UCD math department. I also attended the 2016 Summer School on Fractal Geometry and Complex Dimensions at Cal Poly SLO. During the second summer session I taught MAT 16A.

During the summer of 2017 I passed my qualifying exam, and turned in my thesis in the summer of 2019. I have since moved to Tucson and am an instructor at the University of Arizona. I am excited for what this next chapter will bring and being able to focus on teaching.

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Tynan Lazarus
Email: tlazarus (at) math (dot) arizona (dot) edu
Office: MATH 505
Address: 617 N. Santa Rita Ave
P.O. Box 210089
Tucson, AZ 85721-0089