Faculty members in the Department of Mathematics are active scholars whose research stretches across most of the mathematical sciences.
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.
Illuminating the Mathematics of Figure Skating: Bringing STEM Activities to Figure Skating Camps by Rachel Schmitz; mentored by Dr. Cheng
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 six undergraduate mathematics research conferences. The latest of them took place in April of 2019.