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Samir Canning

Email: srcannin at ucsd dot edu
Office: AP&M 5760

My name is Samir Canning. I am a fourth year Ph.D student in the department of mathematics at the University of California San Diego. My advisor is Elham Izadi. Before moving to California, I got my B.A. in mathematics at Columbia University. Here is my CV.

I work in algebraic geometry. Specifically, I am currently interested in intersection theory on moduli spaces, especially those related to the moduli space of curves. My previous work was on the dimension of the variety of lines on a Fano complete intersection.

Papers and Preprints


The webpage for the UCSD Algebraic Geometry Seminar is here.

This semester I'm co-organizing the American Graduate Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar (AGSAGS) with Roberto Albesiano, Lena Ji, Jennifer Li and Aline Zanardini.

I organize the student learning algebraic geometry seminar at UCSD.

In Summer 2020, the topic was Geometric Invariant Theory.

In Spring 2020, we continued studying the Moduli Space of Curves.

In Winter 2020, the topic is Moduli of Curves.

In Fall 2018, the topic is Abelian Varieties. See here.

In Spring 2018, the topic was surfaces. See here.

In Winter 2018, the topic was the dimension theory of Noetherian rings. See here.


I was the president of the Mathematics Graduate Student Council at UCSD from the beginning of the 2018 academic year until the end of the 2019 academic year.

Before the pandemic, I volunteered to tutor refugee students at a local school with San Diego Refugee Tutoring. Let me know if you're interested in joining me.

In Spring 2018, I led five undergraduates through a course on algebraic curves as a part of UCSD's RTG in Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, and Number Theory.


I am currently one of the two Senior Teaching Assistants, and last year I was one of the Junior Teaching Assistants. This means that I help coordinate the course Math 500, which is an introduction to teaching for graduate students, and help handle TA related matters for the department. I was a teaching assistant for the following courses.
  1. Academic Year 2020-2021, Senior Teaching Assistant
  2. Academic Year 2019-2020, Junior Teaching Assistant
  3. Fall 2018, 109 Mathematical Reasoning
  4. Spring 2018, 20E Vector Calculus
  5. Winter 2018, 103B Abstract Algebra II
  6. Fall 2017, 18 Linear Algebra
  7. Spring 2017, Representation Theory of Finite Groups (Columbia)
  8. Fall 2016, Introduction to Modern Analysis I (Columbia)
  9. Summer 2016, Calculus II (Columbia)
  10. Summer 2016, Calculus III (Columbia)
  11. Spring 2016, Introduction to Higher Mathematics (Columbia)
  12. Fall 2015, Introduction to Modern Analysis I (Columbia)
  13. Summer 2015, Introduction to Modern Analysis I (Columbia)