Craig Larson

Craig Larson, Ph.D.


Grace E. Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave., room 4106


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Houston, 2008 [Advisers: Ermelinda DeLaVina and Klaus Kaiser; Dissertation: "Graph Theoretic Independence and Critical Independent Sets"]
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Houston, 2000

Research Interests

  • Size and structure of maximum independent sets in graphs
  • Applications of graph theory to chemistry
  • Design and use of mathematical conjecture-making programs

Select Publications

  • E. DeLaVina and C. E. Larson, A Parallel Algorithm for Computing the Critical Independence Number and Related Sets, Ars Mathematica Contemporanea 6(2) 2013, 237–245.
  • D. J. Klein and C. E. Larson, Eigenvalues of Saturated Hydrocarbons, Journal of Mathematical Chemistry 51(6) 2013, 1608–1618.
  • C. E. Larson, The Critical Independence Number and an Independence Decomposition, European Journal of Combinatorics 32(2), 2011, 294–300.
  • C. E. Larson, A Survey of Research in Automated Mathematical Conjecture-making, in Graphs and Discovery, ed. by S. Fajtlowicz, P. W. Fowler, P. Hansen, M. F. Janowitz and F. S. Roberts, DIMACS, 2005, 297–318.
  • S. Fajtlowicz and C. E. Larson, Graph-theoretic Independence as a Predictor of Fullerene Stability, Chemical-Physics Letters, 377/5-6, 2003, 485–490.


  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Mathematics Association of America (MAA)
  • Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA), Fellow

Profesional Appointments

  • VCU Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Associate Professor, 2014–present
  • VCU Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Assistant Professor, 2008–2014
  • University of Houston Department of Mathematics, Lecturer, 2000–2008


  • Fulbright Research Scholar, Ghent University (Belgium), 2013
  • VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award winner, 2013
  • Mathematics Association of America Project NExT Fellow, 2009–2010
  • University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award winner, 2006