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Margaret Robinson PI with Co-PIs Giuliana Davidoff, Dylan Shepardson and Jessica Sidman (Mathematics) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Collaborative Proposal: Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference 2020-2022” – with Keene and Siena Colleges. The project is for three years.

National Science Foundation


Sidman, J. and Wheeler, A. (February 2021). "Geometric Equations for Matroid Varieties." Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series A, 178. 


James Farre*, Helena Kleinschmidt*, Jessica Sidman, Audrey St. John, Stephanie Stark*, Louis Theran, Xilin Yu*. Algorithms for detecting dependencies and rigid subsystems for CAD. Computer Aided Geometric Design, 47: 130-149, 2016.
* indicates undergraduate author


Audrey Lee-St. John and Jessica Sidman. Combinatorics and the Rigidity of CAD Systems. Computer-Aided Design 45(2):473-482, 2013. (Best Paper Award, Symposium on Solid & Physical Modeling, Dijon, France, October 2012.)


With co-authors Zvi Rosen and Louis Theran, has received the Mathematical Association of America's 2021 Merten Hasse Award for expository writing for their paper “Algebraic Matroids in Action.’’


Was chosen to be the Winter 2022 Distinguished Speaker by the Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter at the University of Oregon.


Gave an invited talk, "Comprehensive review and strategic planning of a physics department: how to make it work for your program", at the April meeting of the American Physical Society in a session titled "Status of the Effective Practices for Physics Program (EP3) Project" organized by the APS Forum on Education. (April 20, 2020)