A.C. COJOCARU Professor of Mathematics
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL, USA
Scientific Researcher
Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy
Bucharest, Romania


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A.C. Cojocaru is a research mathematician working in the field of number theory, with a focus on the distribution of primes in arithmetic-geometric settings such as those of elliptic curves and Drinfeld modules.

Originally from Romania, Cojocaru obtained her degrees of Bachelor's of Science (Diploma de Licenta) and Master's of Science (Diploma de Magister) in 1996 and, respectively, 1997, from the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Bucharest. She was the recipient of merit scholarships throughout her studies and of two European funded scholarships which enabled her to participate in the Mathematics Summer School at the University of Perugia, Italy, in 1995, and to study under the direction of Professor Patrick F. Smith in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1997. Upon graduating from the University of Bucharest, Cojocaru obtained her first permanent academic position in the Department of Mathematics II of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, which she held until 2002.

Between 1998-2002, Cojocaru studied as a doctoral student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. There she was mentored by Professor Ernst Kani and Professor M. Ram Murty. Her doctoral thesis, Cyclicity of elliptic curves modulo p, completed under Murty's direction, investigates properties of the reductions modulo primes of an elliptic curve.

Upon being awarded the doctoral degree (Doctor of Philosophy) in mathematics, Cojocaru held several research positions, including:
  • Member, Centre de Recherches Mathematiques in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2002);
  • Scientific Researcher, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2002-2003, 2006);
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Microsoft Research, Cryptography Group, in Redmond, Washington, USA (2003);
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, Department of Mathematics, in Princeton, New Jersey, USA (2003-2006);
  • Scientific Researcher, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, USA (2006);
  • Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany (2007, 2009);
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics in Princeton, New Jersey, USA (2010);
  • Scientific Researcher, University of Goettingen, Institute of Mathematics, in Goettingen, Germany (2012).
Since 2002, Cojocaru has been a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics "Simion Stoilov'' of the Romanian Academy, and, since 2006, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Over the past 20 years, Cojocaru has given numerous invited talks at research seminars and conferences across Asia, Europe, and North America, including plenary presentations at Journees Arithmetiques in Vilnius, Lithuania (2011) and the Central Meeting of the American Mathematical Society in Lincoln, Nebraska (2011). Other honors include: the Doctoral Prize conferred by the Canadian Mathematical Society, the University Faculty Award conferred by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Titeica Prize conferred by the Romanian Academy, and the Career Award conferred by the USA National Science Foundation (NSF).





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A.C. COJOCARU Professor of Mathematics
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL, USA
Scientific Researcher
Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy
Bucharest, Romania