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College of Arts and Sciences

Jack Cook

Class of 2020

 Jack Cook

Hometown: Denville, NJ

What is your College Scholar project?
My project focuses on the overlap between Mathematics and Psychology. More specifically, I aim to develop a model for Olfactory Sensory Processing and integration using analytical methods such as, Lie Theory, Differential and Riemannian Geometry, and Algebraic Topology. Currently, olfaction is poorly understood at a computational level specifically when it comes to Blind Sources. This model will provide some sort of answer to how to attack this question as well as introducing rigorous mathematical method into Psychology. Most importantly, I wish to understand the general geometric principles which underpin neural processes and relate these to symmetries in the abstract sense. 

In addition to this project, I am also a member of the CPL lab headed by Dr. Thomas Cleland and Dr. Christiane Linster where we investigate the olfactory system using biological, chemical, and physical methods as well as simulation. Thom and I work closely on topics similar to my project. 

What are your most important extra-curricular activities? 
My most important extra-curricular activities are bowling, golfing, and playing the cello. I am a Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow for bowling and a Dexter All American. I also spend a profound amount of time reading. 

Have you attended any interesting summer internships or programs?
I have attended the Summer Pre-College Program at Harvard University where I took courses such as Multivariable Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra. I intent to continue research over the summer in the math department here at Cornell in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research. 

What do you dream of doing after graduation?
After graduation I intent to become a Professor and do research whilst teaching. Most likely I will pursue a Ph. D in Mathematics and possibly an advanced degree in Psychology.