Undergraduate Research

Research & Scholarship Opportunities

Current Projects

  1. Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) Research Group
    The PDE research group meets to discuss the numerical analysis of some evolution equations. For more information contact Jianlong Han.
  2. Putnam Exam
    The William Lowell Putnam Competition is an annual national contest for undergraduates held in December. If you are interested in taking the exam, please contact Derek Hein.

Past Projects

  1. Bioinformatics Team Competes in Boston
    A group of SUU students competed in the 2007 International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston on November 3-4, 2007. Beginning last summer, the team used a kit of biological parts to build biological systems with the goal to operate them in living cells. Faculty members Colette Calmelet (math), Charlotte Pederson (biology), and Bruce Howard (chemistry) supervised the project. Well done!
    Bioinformatics competition slide show (PPT)
  2. SUU math students obtain summer internships
    In Spring 2007, faculty members Said Bahi and Jim Brandt supervised two mathematics students, Patrick Staley and Devin Wiggins, in a statistical project for a local company. Their initial work led to summer internships for both Patrick and Devin. Congratulations!
  3. Jesse Hicks presents at Vanderbilt University
    Math student Jesse Hicks, under the direction of math faculty Colette Calmelet, gave a presentation entitled "Tools in Search for Correlations in Cellular Directed Motion of Zebrafish Mesoderm" at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 30, 2007.
  4. Capstone Research Presentations
    The Math 4990 Capstone Seminar students, supervised by math faculty Colette Calmelet, presented their research projects May 4, 2007.
    --Effect of Cell Elongation and Intercalation on Cellular Adhesion by Patrick Staley
    --Tools in Search for Correlations in Cellular Directed Motion of Zebrafish Mesoderm by Jesse Hicks
    --Hispanic Migration by Nagai Hiroko
    --Sales on Ebay by Shotaro Sone
  5. Student-Faculty Scholarship Day
    Thursday, April 19, 2007, at SUU
    The following math students presented their research:
    Hiroko Nagai, Hispanic Migration in the Southwest, 10-10:15, Math faculty mentors Said Bahi and Colette Calmelet
    Abe Hunt and Jason Judd, Timetabling Problem for Southern Utah University, 10:15-10:30, Math faculty mentor Said Bahi
    Loren Goebel, A Study of the Distribution of Galactic Values Calculated from the General Doppler Equation, 10:30-10:45, Physics faculty mentor Brent Sorenson
  6. Math students present at CCIET Advisory Board Meeting
    Caroline Nielson and Toby Sorenson gave talks entitled Counting Dots and Mathematical Success, respectively, at the College of Computing, Integrated Engineering, and Technology (CCIET) Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting showcased students' achievements. More details about the meeting are contained in the Summer CIET Newsletter.
  7. Math Student Presents Research
    SUU math student Jason Judd presented his research at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), held on February 2, 2007, at the University of Utah. Jason spoke about the Influence of Density on Change in Directions of Zebra-fish Embryonic Cells.
  8. SUU Math Dept Group Theory Research Team presents at BYU
    Faculty member Eric Freden and students Caroline Nielson and Jennifer Schofield gave a colloquium at Brigham Young University on October 26, 2006.
    Title: Groups, growth, formal languages, and computer graphics
    Abstract: A growth series for a discrete metric space is a formal power series where the coefficient of x^r counts how many points in the space which are distance r from a specified origin. We use methods from analysis, computer science, and geometry to find growth series for groups and subgroups. The first presenter will exhibit a non-rational growth series for the Higman 3 group. The second presenter will introduce the Baumslag-Solitar groups and a general algorithm for computing growth series for a family of related subgroups. The third presenter will show some language theoretic results and a new algorithm that incorporates computer graphics.
  9. Congratulations for Prize Poster
    Brittany Strange was awarded a prize for Best Use of Mathematics for her poster at the MAA Joint Meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Sections, which was held April 7-8, 2006, in Grand Junction, CO.
  10. Annual Student-Faculty Scholarship/Creativity Day
    Tuesday, April 25, 2006, Sharwin Smith Theater
    Math Presentations:
    Moving Money: A Minimum Cost Flow and the Markowitz Portfolio Selection Problem
    Cortney Rodet, 1:40-1:55 pm
    Linear Algebra Applied to Nutrition
    LaRisa Ekenstam, 3:40 pm
    Numerical solution in a convolution model for phase transitions
    Dustin Gerrard and Caroline Nielson, 3:40 pm
  11. Congratulations to Student Researchers
    The following students were recognized for their research presented at the 2006 Annual Student-Faculty Scholarship/Creativity Day. They will receive a monetary award. Great job!
    Cortney Rodet: Moving Money: A Minimum Cost Flow and the Markowitz Portfolio Selection Problem. Faculty supervisor Said Bahi
    Dustin Gerrard and Caroline Nielson: Numerical solution in a convolution model for phase transitions. Faculty supervisors Jianlong Han and Sarah Brown
  12. Caroline Nielson to attend REU
    Congratulations to SUU student Caroline Nielson, who attended the Brigham Young University Summer Mathematics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) the summer of 2006.  For attending the eight-week program, she received room and board, a generous stipend, and travel money. Topics included optimization problems and graduate school preparation.
    REU listing
  13. Mathematical Association of America Meeting
    The MAA Joint Meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Sections was April 7-8, 2006, in Grand Junction, CO. Math faculty Seth Armstrong and Derek Hein attended as well as several students. Three of the students and one math faculty presented their research.
    Dustin Gerrard and Caroline Nielson: Numerical solution of a convolution model for phase transitions (April 8 12:00-12:45)
    LaRisa Ekenstam: Linear algebra connected to nutrition (April 8 12:50-1:10)
    Derek Hein: The Root Test for Absolute Convergence (April 8 12:50-1:10)
  14. Putnam Exam Results
    Congratulations to the SUU Math Club's 2005 Putnam team for ranking 113th. There were 395 institutions with teams. Also congratulations to Vishal Lama, who ranked 324 out of the 3545 who participated, and Dustin Gerrard, who ranked 819. Great job to all six SUU students who took the test. Special thanks to team captain Vishal Lama and faculty advisor Derek Hein.