Cynthia Vinzant

Email: clvinzan (at)
Office: 3260 SAS Hall
Office hours: Tuesday 11:30am-12:30pm, Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm 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.


During Spring 2017, I am teaching Math 437: Applications of Algebra.
I am also running a reading course on Algorithms in Invariant Theory.

Recent and upcoming events

Research Group


Slides from Talks

Undergraduate Research Projects

Past teaching

At NC State, I have previously taught courses on Algebraic Geometry and Tropical 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.