Cynthia Vinzant

Email: vinzant (at)
Office: 1846 East Hall
Office Phone: (734) 936-4824
Research Statement

I'm a Hildebrandt assistant professor and NSF postdoc in the math department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My research involves convex algebraic geometry and applications of real algebraic geometry and tropical geometry to convex optimization, in particular semidefinite programming. I recently finished my Ph.D. thesis, Real Algebraic Geometry in Convex Optimization, at UC Berkeley, where my advisor was Bernd Sturmfels.


Slides from Talks

Undergraduate Research Projects


This semester (Fall 2013) I am not teaching any courses. In the past, I have taught Math Math 216 (Differential Equations), Math 217 (Linear Algebra) and Math 115 (Calc. I) at Michigan, as well as Math 1B (Calc. II) at Berkeley.

I'm also a former staff member (2006, 2007) of the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, a summer program for mathematically inclined high school students.