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Deborah Chun, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
304.929.1248 Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center, Room 323J Download CV

I am a 2016-2017 Golden Bear Scholar and associate professor in and chair of the department of mathematics at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. I graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2002 with bachelor degrees in Engineering and Mathematics. I completed a Masters in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and a Masters in Mathematics at Louisiana State University in 2010. I finished my doctoral degree in mathematics at Louisiana State University in 2011. My PhD advisor, James Oxley, taught me everything I know about structural matroid theory, the topic of my dissertation. My collaborators on published or submitted papers in matroid theory include Nick BrettellRutger CampbellCarolyn ChunTara FifeKevin GraceDillon MayhewTyler MossSteve NobleJames OxleyCharles SempleDan SlilatyGeoff WhittleJoe Zhou, and Stefan van Zwam.


  1. N. Brettell, D. Chun, T. Fife, C. Semple, Matroids with a cyclic arrangement of circuits and cocircuits, (submitted).
  2. N. Brettell, R. Campbell, D. Chun, K. Grace, G. Whittle, On a generalisation of spikes, SIAM J. Discrete Mathematics, 33 (2019), 358–372.
  3. C. Chun, D. Chun, T. Moss, S. Noble, The e-Exchange basis graph and matroid connectedness, Discrete Mathematics (2019), 723–725.
  4. C. Chun, D. Chun, S. Noble, Inductive tools for connected delta-matroids and multimatroids, European Journal of Combinatorics, 63 (2017), 59–69.
  5. D. Chun, T. Moss, D. Slilaty, X. Zhou. Bicircular matroids representable over GF (4) and GF (5), Discrete Mathematics, 339 (2016) 2239–2248.
  6. C. Chun, D. Chun, D. Mayhew, and S. van Zwam, Fan-extensions in fragile matroids, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 22 (2015) 52 pages. Link to article
  7. D. Chun, T. Moss, D. Slilaty, X. Zhou, Unavoidable minors of large 4-connected bicircular matroids, Annals of Combinatorics, 19 (2015) 95–105.
  8. D. Chun, Matroids with every two elements in a 4-circuit. Ars Combinatoria, 112 (2013), 189–191. Link to manuscript
  9. D. Chun and J. Oxley, Capturing two elements in unavoidable minors of 3-connected binary matroids, Advances in Applied Mathematics, 50 (2013) 155–177.
  10. D. Chun, J. Oxley, and G. Whittle, Capturing matroid elements in unavoidable 3-connected minors, European Journal of Combinatorics, 33 (2012) 1100–1112.
  11. M. Bilinski, K. J. Choi, D. Chun, G. Ding, S. Dziobiak, R. Farnham, P. Iverson, S. Leu, L. Warshauer. Bandwidth of trees of diameter at most four. Discrete Mathematics, 312 (2012) 1947–1951.
  12. D. Chun, Deletion-contraction to form a polymatroid. Discrete Mathematics, 309 (2009) 2592–2595.
  13. D. Chun, M. Laviollette, M. Schubmehl, A Multiple Regression Model to Predict Zebra Mussel Population Growth. The UMAP Journal, 22.4 (2001) 367–383.