Robert JS McDonald

PhD Candidate, Mathematics, UConn

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Current Research Interests

Currently, I am a PhD student at the University of Connecticut. My advisor is Alvaro Lozano-Robledo. Current research interests include number theory, arithmetic geometry, elliptic curves, and Galois representations. My thesis focuses on classifying torsion subgroups of elliptic curves over function fields of genus zero and one. Recently, I have become interested in torsion subgroups of elliptic curves over function fields of hyperelliptic curves.

Research Dossier

Research Articles

  1. Torsion Subgroups of Elliptic Curves over Function Fields of Genus 0, in JNT
  2. Torsion Subgroups of Elliptic Curves over Function Fields of Genus 1 (current rough draft)

Talks Given

Seminar Talks

  • Torsion Subgroups of Elliptic Curves over Function FieldsDecember 11, 2017Number Theory Seminar, Boston University
  • ABC and Fermat for PolynomialsApril 1, 2017SIGMA Seminar, University of Connecticut
  • The Fermat Equation for PolynomialsSpring 2017Undergraduate Math Club Talk, University of Connecticut

Conference Talks

  • Torsion Subgroups of Elliptic Curves over Function FieldsMarch 20, 20182018 Automorphic Forms Workshop, Tufts University
  • Torsion Subgroups of Elliptic Curves over Function Fields of Genus 0October 14, 2017Maine-Québec Number Theory Conference, University of Maine

Conferences Attended

  • Connecticut Summer School in Number Theory (CTNT)May 2018University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Automorphic Forms WorkshopMarch 2018Tufts University, Boston, MA
  • Arizona Winter School: Iwasawa Theory March 2018University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Maine-Québec Number TheoryOctober 2017University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • MSRI Summer School: Automorphic Forms and Langlands Program July/August 2017MSRI, Berkeley, CA
  • Seventh Upstate New York Number Theory Conference May 2017Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • Arizona Winter School: Perfectoid SpacesMarch 2017University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Connecticut Summer School in Number TheoryAugust 2016University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Arizona Winter School: Arithmetic GeometryMarch 2016University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • BU/Keio University Workshop 2015 September 2015Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Elliptic Curves @ UConn May 2014University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Advanced Technological Education (ATE) 2013 Conference Fall 2013American Association of Community Colleges, Washington DC

Current Teaching (Univeristy of Connecticut)

Currently, I am lecturing two sections of Applied Linear Algebra, Course Webpage

Teaching Dossier

Teaching Experience

University of Connecticut


  • Applied Linear AlgebraFall 2018
  • Calculus for Business and EconomicsSpring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
  • BRIDGE CalculusSummer 2015

Teaching Assistant

  • CTNT Graduate AssistantSummer 2018
  • Calculus IISpring 2017
  • Calculus for Business and EconomicsSummer 2016
  • CTNT Graduate AssistantSummer 2016
  • Calculus IIFall 2015
  • Calculus ISpring 2015
  • Calculus IIFall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014
Eastern Connecticut State University

Internship in College Teaching

  • Geometry Fall 2012

Contact Information and Curriculum Vitae

Department of Mathematics
University of Connecticut
341 Mansfield Road U1009
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1009

Office: Monteith 120
Office Hours: Monday 11:15-1:15, Friday 11:15-12:15
Phone: 860.486.1283

Curriculum Vitae

About Me

I've lived in Connecticut since I was five years old, and grew up in a small town called Scotland. My highschool graduating class (for a highschool catering to three towns) was 35 students! I was used to small classes, so I chose a small liberal arts college, Eastern Connecticut State University, to complete my BS in Mathematics. I spent some time as an engineer for an international manufacturing company in Danielson, CT, and now I'm at the University of Connecticut. Currently, I'm a mathematics PhD student, graduating in the spring of 2019. I love music, and I'm a tenor in the Vernon Chorale, a small choir group in my town. I like to run, hike, read, watch anime, and play video games. I've run a few half marathons, one full marathon, a tough mudder and a rugged maniac. All of it was very fun (except the marathon)!