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Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.

Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Coad Science Building
Room 112

+ (301) 447-5562

Jonelle Hook, Ph.D., has taught in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Mount St. Mary’s University since the fall of 2010. She attended graduate school at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she earned a doctorate in mathematics.

While at the Mount, Hook has developed various mathematics courses including the Core Curriculum mathematics course, Mathematical Thinking, and an online version of Calculus I. Along with these courses, she teaches the three-course Calculus sequence, Discrete Mathematics, Number Theory, Graph Theory and Algebraic Structures. She has mentored undergraduate research and honors projects in mathematics.

Hook is a 2011 Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow of the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) and an invited participant at the 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduate Faculty hosted by the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics. Hook’s research is in graph theory with current research projects in Ramsey theory, graph labeling, and distance in graphs. In 2013, she was the honored faculty speaker at the SPARC Festival and introduced the Mount community to Ramsey theory.

Hook has been chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science department since 2021. She currently serves as academic advisor for the student chapter of the AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) and the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society. Starting in 2023, Hook is the Faculty Athletics Representative for the Mount.

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Lehigh University
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Lehigh University
  • B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Computer Science, Misericordia University

Graph Theory (Ramsey theory, graph labeling, distance in graphs)

Co-PI with Patti Kreke, Henry Luce Foundation, Clare Boothe Luce Program, Mount St. Mary’s University, Award Period 2016-2018, $174,996.

Texas State University, Research Travel Grant, San Marcos, TX, December 2012.

National Security Agency and National Science Foundation, Trends in Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Sciences Conference at the Westin O’Hare in Chicago, IL, October 2012.

American Institute of Mathematics and National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduate Faculty at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, June 2012.

Recent developments in star-critical Ramsey numbers, Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing, Springer
Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics (2024) Vol 448.

The proper diameter of a graph, Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory, 40 (2020), 107-125, with V. Coll, C. Magnant, K. McCready and K. Ryan.

Coprime and prime labelings of graphs, Journal of Integer Sequences, Volume 19 (2016), no 5, Article 16.5.8, 14pp with A. Berliner, N. Dean, A. Marr, A. Mbirika, and C. McBee.

Critical graphs for R(Pn,Pm) and the star-critical Ramsey number for paths, Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory, 35 (2015), 689-701.

Star-critical Ramsey numbers, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 159 (2011) 328-334, with Garth Isaak.

Professor Hook calculates the possibility that two people in a group of 23 would share the same birthday.