Van C. Nguyen

Texas A&M University
Department of Mathematics, MS 3368
College Station, TX 77843-3368
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About me

In August 2014, I will receive my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University (TAMU), under supervision of Professor Sarah Witherspoon. I will then start my position as a Research Instructor (Postdoctoral Teaching Associate) at the Department of Mathematics of Northeastern University.

NOTE: After August, my email account will gradually stop working, please contact me through my new Northeastern email account.

It is my honor to receive the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Research for demonstrating excellence in research (Nov. 2013) and the 2013 L. F. Guseman Prize in Mathematics for outstanding research, teaching, and service as a graduate student (April 2013).

My non-math hobbies include cooking, traveling, and reading. I love food and love to try/cook various cuisines. It is my favorite way to expose to different cultures, people, and backgrounds; and it goes very well with my travel interest.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests



"To teach is to learn twice over." ~ Joseph Joubert
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Courses taught at Texas A&M University:

My recent teaching evaluations at Texas A&M University are available upon request.

Other teaching experience:

"In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn." ~ Phil Collins
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William Arthur Ward


I am interested in homological algebra, Hopf algebras, and representation theory. In particular, I study the structures and properties of the (Tate) cohomology and (Tate) Hochschild cohomology rings of finite dimensional Hopf algebras. Many important examples of Hopf algebras come up in different fields of mathematics. Understanding these properties will be applicable to such fields.

Recently, I am also interested in branching out of Hopf algebras into other fields, for examples, I would like to work more with Lie algebras, Gorenstein rings, Cohen-Macaulay rings, complete intersections, and combinatorial Hopf algebras.

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