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Welcome to my personal webpage and thank you for visiting!

Currently, I am in my fourth year of the doctoral program in mathematics at LSU. I plan to graduate in May 2025. My career goal is to stay in academia, hopefully continuing research and teaching mathematics at the university level.

Education:
MS in Mathematics, May 2022, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
MS in Mathematics, December 2018, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
BS in Mathematics, May 2016, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Research

Available on the arXiv: "The Non-Orientable 4-Genus of Non-Alternating 11 Crossing Knots" arXiv link

Masters Thesis: "Using Knot Theory to Model and Analyze DNA Replication and Recombination"

Mentored Undergraduate Work:
"Non-Orientable Genus of Some Torus Knots" (Expected Spring 2024)
"Braids and Configuration Space" Fall 2023
"(1, 1)-Knots and Heegaard Floer Homology" Spring 2023

Course Projects:
"Brunnian Braids and Their Relation to Homotopy Groups of Spheres." Spring 2022.
"The Betti Numbers of the Data Set of the Work of Bob Ross." Fall 2018
"Analyzing Betti Numbers of Range Image Patches." Fall 2018.
"Analyzing Betti Numbers of the Zodiac Constellations." Fall 2018.
"The History of the Alexander Horned Sphere." Spring 2017.
"The History of i , the Imaginary Number." Spring 2017.
"The Eccentricity of Directed Graphs." Fall 2012.

Invited Talks:
AMS Sectional FSU: "Non-Orientable 4-genus of Knots"
Formal Topology Seminar (LSU): "Non-Orientable 4-genus of Knots"

Teaching

Lecturer - Texas State University:
Co-Coordinator of Math 1316 (Contemporary Mathematics) Teaching Forum
Instructor - Contemporary Mathematics
Instructor - Co-Enroll Intermediate and College Algebra
Instructor - Co-Enroll Elementary Algebra and Contemporary Mathematics

Graduate Instructional Assistant - Louisiana State University:
Instructor - Calculus
Lead TA - Business Calculus
TA - Business Calculus

Graduate Instructional Assistant - Texas State University:
TA - Calculus II
TA - Pre-Calculus
Instructor - Intermediate Algebra

Undergraduate Instructional Assistant - Texas State University
TA - Pre-Calculus

Extra

GEAUX Math LSU (new graduate student orientation)
T-shirt designer (see below for some of my designs)
Topology talk: "Brunnian Braids and Their Relation to Homotopy Groups of Spheres."
Qualifying Exam Preparation (Topology): introductory talk

Three Minute Thesis 3MT
People's Choice Award (2018)

Math in the Picture - Texas State University: winner 2017, 2018
2017: Making Mandalas with Sine and Cosine Functions
2018: The Ammonite - Golden Ratio in Nature

Rock climbing
The main background photo is the Austrian Alps from when I visited Innsbruck in January 2024
Both rock climbing photos of me were taken in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah
I am originally from Austin, TX where I learned to climb at the greenbelt.

Contact

Email: mfarr17 (at) lsu (dot) edu

Please enjoy this photo of my dog, Lucy.

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