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Colin Starr

Professor of Mathematics

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Address
Ford Hall 213
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6419
503-370-6977 (Fax)

Education

PhD in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 1998.

MS in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 1995.

BS in Physics and Mathematics (double major), Linfield College, 1993.

Bio

I attended Linfield College, where I earned a BS double-majoring in math and physics (with a minor in music). In my senior year, I fell in love with abstract algebra and decided to pursue a career in mathematics. After 5 years in Kentucky for my MS and Ph.D. (mathematics), I taught in Texas for five years at Stephen F. Austin State University. When the opportunity arose to come home to Oregon, I jumped at it, and I have been at Willamette since 2003. My wife and I have been married for nearly 29 years and have two delightful kids. I love reading, music, college sports, and, of course, doing mathematics with fun people! My most memorable adventures include rafting down the upper Gauley River in West Virginia (in Class V+ conditions!), visiting Thailand with my wife in 2005 (pre-children!), and raising two children (ongoing...).

Research

Most of my research is in the area of Graph Theory these days, although I also work with matroids and other interesting things that come my way. Mostly, I love working with students and colleagues on whatever I can!

Courses

Multivariable Calculus (MATH 249)

Linear Algebra (MATH 253)

Graph Theory (MATH 376)

College Colloquium, Topic: The Silmarillion (IDS 101)

Number Theory (MATH 356)

Awards

Presidential Discretionary Fund grant to create tutor-training materials for mathematics tutors, with Drs. Erin McNicholas and Kathryn Nyman (2016).

Willamette University

Mathematics Department

Address
Ford Hall
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6077 voice
503-370-6977 fax