Student Research Projects

Students find research opportunities in a number of ways. Funding is available for undergraduate projects in mathematics. It is advisable to express your interest in summer projects as early as possible in the spring. Some students start with an independent study and continue with a stipend for summer research. The first step is to contact a potential project supervisor. Grant opportunities for undergraduate students will be posted on this page in 2019.

Summer 2018 projects

Eyerusalem Lastname

Eyerusalem Abebe

"Analysis of graphical models using sheaves"
Supervisor: Michael Robinson


Jacqueline Adams

"Macrophages and Iron Phenotypes in Cancer"
Supervisor: Julia Chifman


Casey Aguilar-Gervase

"Gene interactions, order perturbations and algorithms"
Supervisor: Kristina Crona


Tonia Bell

"Gene interactions, rank orders and hyperplane arrangements"
Supervisor: Kristina Crona


Payal Dudhedia

"Antibiotic resistance, order perturbations and cube graphs"
Supervisor: Kristina Crona


Mario Ego-Aguirre

"Slices of Pi"
Supervior: Kenneth Ward


Robby Green

"Acoustic simulation and experiments of percussive musical instruments"
Supervisor: Michael Robinson


Joe Kelly

"Acoustic simulation and experiments of percussive musical instruments"
Supervisor: Michael Robinson


Fangfei Lan

"Acoustic simulation and experiments of percussive instruments"
Supervisor: Michael Robinson

Moriah Lastname

Moriah Mitchell

"Involvement of iron in cell cycle"
Supervisor: Julia Chifman

Metin Lastname

Metin Toksoz-Exley

"Biological Networks and Generative Graphs"
Supervisor: Michael Robinsson


Greg Young

"Acoustic simulation and experiments of percussive musical instruments"
Supervisor: Michael Robinson

Meet a Researcher Tonia Bell

  • Why did you want to do a research project?
    I wanted to do a research project so that I could take what I learned in the classroom and see how it applies to real life situations. Seeing what you study theoretically apply in reality is a very rewarding experience that makes all the hours spent studying feel worthwhile.
  • What do you research?
    I researched additivity in biological systems. Since any organism will adapt to better fit its surroundings, one can look at the genome and observe where mutations occur. Additive systems are those in which mutations contribute to fitness independently. By using weight vectors and hyperplane arrangements, we were able to find all rank orders of genotypes that could be compatible with additive fitness in four locus systems. We used our results for analyzing malaria drug resistance.
  • What’s the most difficult aspect of your research?
    One of the most challenging aspects of this research is that it is a long term project, and you may not see how what you have done contributes to the whole. Since gratification was not immediate and some research questions took a long time to solve, it was important to keep myself motivated.
  • And the most fun?
    The best part of my research was how independent it often was. Being given a problem and choosing how to solve it felt like a puzzle, and helped me to be a more critical problem solver.
  • How is the experience preparing you for the future?
    This experience has helped me understand the many ways that mathematics can be applied in life, and got me to consider what I would like to do with my degree when I graduate. It also improved my ability to look at a problem and create a plan to solve it step by step, which applies not only to mathematics but all fields of research.