Faculty & Student Research

Faculty Research

Faculty members in the Department of Mathematics are active scholars whose research stretches across most of the mathematical sciences.


Undergraduate Student Research

Undergraduate student research in the Department of Mathematics takes on several different formats. Some undergraduate students work individually with a faculty mentor; while in other cases one faculty member may be mentoring a small group of undergraduate student researchers. Below are a few examples of recent research projects that have resulted in presentation at professional conferences and/or publications in professional journals.

  • Fixing Sets of Finite Groups by Ummul Aymen, James Della-Giustina, Jason Riley Jr., and Erin Stales; mentored by Dr. Lauderdale and Dr. Zimmerman
  • Differential Privacy of a Randomized Learning Algorithm by Julianne Nierwinski; mentored by Dr. Guingona and Dr. Kolesnikov
  • Private Machine Learning Algorithm for the Dual Class of Cross-Cutting Equivalence Relations by Avery Schweitzer and Ramon Suris-Rodriguez; mentored by Dr. Guingona and Dr. Kolesnikov
  • Modeling Crime with Stochastic Processes by Adedoyin Adegbuyi, Ryan Budahazy, Cody Stephenson, and Margaret Trimpin; mentored by Dr. Cornwell, Dr. Gluck, and Dr. O'Leary
  • Modeling Dance with Mathematics by Nicolette Colona; mentored by Dr. Corum and Dr. Kara

Our Applied Mathematics Laboratory offers also opportunities for teams of undergraduate students to work with faculty mentors on year-long applied research projects sponsored by local companies or governmental agencies. Those research experiences typically result in a written report and an official presentation to the sponsor as well as poster presentations at professional meetings. Several teams have even published their research in peer-reviewed journals.

The Department of Mathematics supports undergraduate research in a variety of other ways. For example, since 2012, the Department has co-sponsored eight undergraduate mathematics research conferences. The latest of them took place in May of 2021.