Melissa A. Dennison

Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
e-mail: masimmon at
Office: 155 Altgeld Hall

Curriculum Vitae

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During my time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses in several different styles. I have been the primary instructor for 9 different courses in 14 semesters, and I've taught in 4 different styles, including traditional lecture, Calculus & Mathematica, Merit Workshop, and web courses. Click here to read my Teaching Statement. More information about the courses I've taught can be found below:

Courses and Links:

Awards and Achievements:

  • 2008 LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Teacher Scholar Certificate, May 2008
  • 2007 Brahana TA Instructional Award, Mathematics Department
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, May 2004
  • MS in Teaching of Mathematics, UIUC, May 2004

  • Research

    My main research interests lie in number theory. Although my dissertation research has focused on combinatorial number theory, I have also spent time studying topics in number theory, analytic number theory, and analysis. Additionally, my research is tied to generating functions and graph theory. I am currently working under the direction of Professor Bruce Reznick. For more information about my research, click here.


    I live in Urbana with my husband, Brad, and our daughter Kajsa Isabel. We have two cats named Alameda and Snickers.

    Women's Seminar

    The mission of the Seminar for Women in Mathematics is to provide a relaxed, supportive and stress-free environment in which women graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, postdocs and faculty in the department can interact. It also provides a place where women may give talks and discuss mathematics at a level accessible to all graduate students.