I enjoy applying explicit combinatorial methods to number theoretic problems. I have worked on projects relating to finite geometry, arithmetic statistics, arithmetic geometry, and network design. My projects often involve coding in Sage, Magma, or Mathematica. Common themes in my research include counting rational points on varieties and studying the behavior of functions of the form f(p) as the prime p varies.


See my CV for previous talks/conferences.


Published Papers:


Interdisciplinary Papers:

  • K. Lakhotia, M. Besta, L. Monroe, K. Isham, P. Iff, T. Hoefler, F. Petrini. “PolarFly: A Cost-Effective and Flexible Low-Diameter Topology”, Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (Supercomputing’22), accepted.


Submitted Papers:

  • K. Isham, An algorithm to count the number of caps in P^3(F_q), submitted.

  • K. Isham, Is the number of subrings of index p^e in Z^n a polynomial in p?, submitted.

  • M. I. de Frutos-Fernández, S. Garai, K. Isham, T. Murayama, and G. Smith, Rational Linear Subspaces of Hypersurfaces over Finite Fields, submitted.

  • K. Isham and L. Monroe, Arithmetic of idempotents in Z/mZ, submitted.

  • K. Isham and L. Monroe, On the structure induced by power sequences of (Z/mZ, *), submitted.


Current Projects:

  • (with several authors) The number of 10-arcs in a projective plane is nonquasipolynomial.

  • (with Nathan Kaplan) On the proportion of subrings in Z^n with corank at most k

  • Understanding the behavior of 8-arcs in P^3(F_q)


Upcoming Talks:


  • Skidmore Alumni Panel on Graduate School, October 20.
  • UCI Alumni Talk (postponed to Fall 2022), virtual


Other Research Experiences:

I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during the summer of 2019 via funding by the NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI).

I am currently a Guest Scientist at LANL.