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I am currently a 4th year at North Dakota State University pursuing my PhD as a research assistant under Professor Jessica Striker. I recently completed a masters in mathematics at the University of California, Davis under the advisement of Professor Erik Carlsson with a thesis titled, "Further work on a conjecture on Stanley-Reisner rings."​ Previous to my masters work, I studied TQFTs and ribbon graphs with Motohico Mulase at Max Plank Institute of Mathematics, Bonn. I am also on the FPSAC 2024 organizing committee.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UMN) where I did research in commutative and combinatorial algebra with Vic Reiner. My first undergraduate degree was in Vocal Performance at UMN. The time between degrees was spent living in Berlin, Germany, where I studied opera with Professor Norma Sharp at Hanns-Eisler Musik Hochschule. Following my time in Europe, I completed a coding bootcamp at General Assembly, NYC.



I am a 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

You can download my CV here! (not updated)


  • I am a founding (and current) moderator of the new Graduate Students in Combinatorics Discord (GSCD). If you would like an invite to the discord, feel free to email me for an invite link.

  • I was a cofounder of the Directed Reading Program at UC Davis.

CONTACT: ashleigh.adams (at) ndsu (dot) edu

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North Dakota State University

    PhD, Mathematics (Current)

    Advisor: Jessica Striker

University of California - Davis

    Master of Arts, Mathematics 

    Thesis advisor: Erik Carlsson

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Bachelor of Music Performance: Vocal Performance

    Undergraduate Voice Teacher: John David DeHaan

    Bachelor of Arts: Mathematics

    Undergraduate Advisor: Vic Reiner



Fun Fact #1: I speak both English and German.

Fun Fact #2: I play violin and piano as well as sing opera.

Fun Fact #3: I used to be an alpine ski racer (2x state champ).

Fun Fact #4: I am a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Fun Fact #5: I won the US Congressional Young Artists Award and had a watercolor painting of Prague hang in the US Congress building for a year.

Fun Fact #6: I have danced Lindy Hop in 15 different countries.

Fun Fact #7: Cheese is amazing.

Fun Fact #8: I single handedly caused the gulf shrimp shortage of 2017 (or so my family tells me.)

Fun Fact #9: I drink far too much coffee.

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