picture of a white person with curly brown hair and glasses sitting with a black cat on their lap; the cat blocks part of the person's face


Jessamyn (rhymes with specimen) is a non-traditional fifth year undergraduate at Rutgers University. After a ten-year career in knitting and textiles, they returned to school in summer 2018 to pursue an interest in mathematics; they anticipate graduating in May 2023 with a BA in mathematics and a minor in education.

Jessamyn can leap small ottomans in a single bound. Current mathematical interests include algebraic structures, braids, knots, lattice models, and anything that might secretly be yarn; also cat theory, both feline and categorical.

Contact Jessamyn at [firstname dot lastname at rutgers.edu]

math is for everyone

I ascribe to these four axioms of mathematics, from Federico Ardila:

  • Mathematical potential is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.

  • Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering mathematical experiences.

  • Mathematics is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.

  • Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.


sock knitting during a lecture at Connecticut Summer School in Number Theory

It's winter break! You can find me at:

getting some help on my Polymath Jr. summer project in solvable lattice models