John Paul Cook
Student, Dept. of Mathematics
Office: 1001 PHSC
As you can see at the
top of the page, my
name is John
Paul Cook and I am a graduate student in the Mathematics Department here at
the University of Oklahoma.
my undergraduate degree in mathematics from OU in 2006, and my
degree in mathematics from OU in 2009. I grew up
in Texas, but I've grown to love Oklahoma too.
On August 1, 2009, I married a lovely girl named Regina.
lucky to have her. We are both super-cool people.
On October 26, 2010, Regina and I were blessed with our first
baby boy we named Nicholas James. He's quite a piece of
Regina and I met as members of Alpha
Omega, National Community Service
Fraternity. It's a great group for anyone looking
involved in community service and meet lots of great
We have one dog of our own, a mischevious beagle named
Jellybean; and Regina's sister's dog, Dragon (I know, I know,
what kind of a name is that for a dog?). We let Dragon
stay on the premises as long as he submits his rent checks by
the fifth of every month.
As you have probably seen from my previous pages, I am
currently pursuing my PhD in mathematics, with an emphasis in
(Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education). My
interest is teaching and learning abstract algebra. My
goal is to finish my degree in May 2012.
My (non-mathematical) hobbies include (in no particular
Thanks for stopping by!
- Baseball: the best sport. My
favorite team is the Texas Rangers, who came dangerously
close to winning the World Series this year.
- Sports: Baseball is my favorite, but
still love playing football and basketball too. I
also follow the major Sooner sports teams,
- Camping and Backpacking. Absolutely
favorite thing to do. The past few Spring Breaks
Regina and I
have embarked on week long treks with a big group of
friends through Canyonlands
National Park (Southern Utah)
and Big Bend National Park
Texas). In 2009 we went back to the Canyonlands for
adventure in the desert. I have also been on treks
(Northeastern New Mexico), the Continental Divide
and the Ozark Mountains (Western Arkansas), not to mention
numerous weekend camping trips. If you are thinking
going on a trek of your own and need a gear list, here is a list
to get you
- Music: I play the guitar
and "dabble" in the harmonica and mandolin. Most of
the songs I
know and play are folk-country-rock-ish tunes (like Robert
Earl Keen, Randy
Band, or old-style Pat
Green), but I make a few
exceptions to please those who ask me to play "songs that
have actually heard of."
- Scouting: I have been involved with
the Boy Scouts in some
form or another
since I was 6 years old. I earned the rank of Eagle
Scout in 2001 and served as summer
camp staff at the beautiful Camp
Constantin (near Graford, TX) every summer from