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Wonwoo Kang

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Contact Information

Coble Hall 1DCH
801 S Wright St
Champaign, IL 61801

Research Areas

PhD Student
Teaching Assistant


I am a 5th year Ph.D student. My advisor is Professor Rinat Kedem.

Research Interests

  • Cluster Algebra of Surface Type
  • Representation Theory

Research Description

My research is about finding out combinatorial interpretation of cluster algebra. I am interested in a combinatorial formula that allows for the Laurent expansion of a cluster variable within any cluster algebra originating from a punctured orbifold. The other thing I'm interested in is a combinatorial expansion formula that provide skein relations for elements within a cluster algebra derived from a punctured surface, specifically for cluster algebras of surface type.


  • Yonsei University, B.S. in Mathematics(2018)

Awards and Honors

  • Susan C. Morisato IML Scholarship, 2024
  • R.H. Schark Scholarship, 2023
  • Teaching Award Finalist, 2022-2023

Courses Taught

  • Spring 2024: Math 257, Linear Algebra with Computational Applications
  • Fall 2023: Math 285, Intro Differential Equations(Merit)
  • Spring 2023: Math 231, Calculus II(Merit)
  • Fall 2022: Math 220, Calculus(Merit)
  • Spring 2022: Math 241, Calculus III
  • Fall 2021: Math 241, Calculus III
  • Spring 2021: Math 234, Calculus for Business I
  • Spring 2020: Math 234, Calculus for Business I
  • Fall 2019: Math 115, Preparation for Calculus

Recent Publications

  • Skein relations for punctured surfaces (with E. Banaian and E. Kelley), Seminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire in the proceedings for Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics 2024, to appear