Cynthia Vinzant

Email: clvinzan (at)
Office: 3260 SAS Hall
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday 1-2pm or by appointment

As of 2015, I am an assistant professor in the math department at North Carolina State University.

My research involves convex algebraic geometry and applications of real algebraic geometry and tropical geometry to convex optimization, in particular semidefinite programming. In 2011, I completed my Ph.D. thesis, Real Algebraic Geometry in Convex Optimization, at UC Berkeley, where my advisor was Bernd Sturmfels. I was an undergraduate at Oberlin College.

Teaching, Spring 2018

Math/CSC 416: Introduction to Combinatorics
Math 526: Algebraic Geometry

Recent and upcoming events

Research Group


Slides from Talks

Undergraduate Research Projects

Past teaching

At NC State ...

Spring 2017, Math 437: Applications of Algebra
Spring 2017, Reading course on Algorithms in Invariant Theory
Fall 2016, Math 526: Algebraic Geometry
Spring 2016, Math 591: Tropical Geometry
Fall 2015, Math 526: Algebraic Geometry

Before coming to NC State, I 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.