# Craig Larson, Ph.D.

Professor

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

## Education

- 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.

## Affiliations

- 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

## Awards

- 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