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Jason McCullough

Jason McCullough

  • Associate Professor
  • Scott Hanna Faculty Fellow
  • Co-director of the Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program
I am an associate professor and Scott Hanna Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University. My research is primarily concerned with commutative and computational algebra and algebraic geometry. My advisor was Sankar Dutta. Previously I held positions at the University of California-Riverside, MSRI, and Rider University.

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452 Carver
411 Morrill Rd.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Illinois, 2009
  • M.S., Teaching of Mathematics, University of Illinois, 2008
  • B.S., Mathematics, Michigan State University, 2003
  • B.S., Computer Science, Michigan State University, 2003

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April 14 - 16, 2023: I will be giving a 3-talk lecture series at the Graduate Workshop "Syzygies and Regularity" at the University of Illinois - Chicago.  The workshop also features Dan Erman, Wenbo Niu, and Juliette Bruce.

April 30 - May 1, 2022: Christine Berkesch, Dan Erman, and I are organizing the next meeting of CA+ to occur at Iowa State University.  The meeting will be in-person.  We will be following CDC guidance on masks and distancing.  

October 30, 2021: Christine Berkesch, Dan Erman, and I are organizing the next meeting of CA+ to occur at the University of Minnesota.  The meeting will be in-person but is limited to driving participants.  We will be following CDC guidance on masks and distancing.  

October 29, 2021: Due date for ISMaRT applications for the Spring undergraduate math research projects.  I will be managing the program for the next couple years.  See here for more info.

October 9-10, 2021: Alexandra Seceleanu and I are organizing a Special Session on Commutative Algebra at the Fall Central AMS Section Meeting at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  This is now a virtual meeting.

August 2021: I have signed the Elsevier boycott and will no longer publish, referee, or do editorial work for any Elsevier Journal.

August 2021: I started as co-director of the 1-year Postbaccalaureate Certificate program at ISU with Bernard Lidický.  This is a program designed to prepare non-traditional students for entry into graduate math programs.  We especially welcome applications from under-represented minorities but the program is open to all.  Email me or Prof. Lidický for any questions.

May 2, 2021: Invited speaker at the Virtual Special Session on Commutative Algebra at the Western AMS Sectional Meeting.

March 26 and April 2, 2021: I will be giving a series of 2 talks on Rees-like algebras for the Virtual Commutative Algebra Seminar at IIT Bombay.

November 16, 2020: ISU postdoc hiring ad is up - deadline is December 15, 2020.  A MathJobs application is here, but you must also apply via the ISU link here.

July 1, 2020: I was named a Scott Hanna Faculty Fellow in the ISU Department of Mathematics.  LAS article here.

June 4, 2020: Invited virtual seminar talk for the Fellowship of the Ring - a worldwide commutative algebra seminar hosted by MSRI.

April 18-19, 2020: Iowa State will be hosting CA+, a regional commutative algebra conference, in conjunction with the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Co-organized with Christine Berkesch and Dan Erman. See our website for more info.  [Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.  Check back for future meetings.]

January 2020: Invited speaker at Special Session on Commutative Algebra at the Joint Math Meetings in Denver

November 2019: Colloquium at University of Louisiana Lafayette

March 2019: University of Wisconsin Department Colloquium

February 2019: Oberwolfach workshop

November 2018: Invited speaker at AMS Sectional Meeting at the University of Arkansas.

October 2018: Invited speaker at KUMUNU at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

July 2018: An ISU Math Matters article features my work on the Eisenbud-Goto Conjecture.

June 2018: Giulio Caviglia and I will be organizing a workshop at Banff International Research Station on New Trends in Syzygies.

March 2018: MSRI Hot Topics Workshop "The Homological Conjectures: Resolved!"

March 2017: An AMS Notices article by Irena Swanson appeared featuring my work with Irena Peeva on the Eisenbud-Goto Conjecture.