Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2013-2015

In 2013 the Department of Mathematics at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga received financial support from the National Science Foundation to organize and set up a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Differential/Difference Equation Models and Number Theory for the academic years 2013-2015 (NSF Grant DMS-1261308). It was first time that the department received such funding. The aim of this NSF grant was for the department to utilize its research in differential equations, difference equations, number theory and probability theory in mentoring advanced undergraduates who are fascinated by mathematics, who enjoy solving challenging mathematical problems, who are inquisitive about what mathematicians do, and who would enjoy staying at the campus for two summer months and doing mathematics. This exciting hands-on research experience provided an excellent opportunity for many undergraduates to participate in a deeper experience in mathematics that is usually not available during the academic year. Of the twenty-four undergraduates who participated in our REU 2013-2015 programs, fifteen are currently pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics at prestigious institutions, and an additional two are pursuing the M.S. in mathematics. We are very proud of all our REU students and their accomplishments.

 

REU Summer 2013

Nine undergraduate students came to the REU Summer 2013 program to learn to do research in mathematics. Of these students, Dr. John Graef (PI) mentored

  • Mary Hill (Georgia College & State University)

and coauthored a joint paper in Differential Equations.

Dr. Lingju Kong (Co-PI) mentored

  • Alexander M. Ruys de Perez (Vanderbilt University)

  • Jacob D. Johnson (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)

  • Michael G. Ruddy (University of Tennessee at Martin)

and coauthored two joint papers in Differential Equations. Their research was presented at the 33rd Southeastern-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on September 21-22, 2013. Currently,

  • Alexander is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at Texas A&M University

  • Jacob is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California at Davis

  • Michael is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at North Carolina State University

Dr. Min Wang mentored

  • Andrew Conner (Birmingham-Southern College)

  • Claire Zajaczkowski (Gettysburg College)

and coauthored a joint paper in Differential Equations. Currently,

  • Andrew is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln

  • Claire is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at North Carolina State University

Dr. Andrew Ledoan mentored

  • Kathryn Crosby (Oral Roberts University)

  • Jordan Eliseo (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

  • David Mazowiecki (William Paterson University)

and coauthored a joint paper in Analytic Number Theory. Their research was presented at the 9th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference. Currently,

  • Kathryn works as a high school science teacher, having pursued the M.S. in Mathematics at Oklahoma State University

  • Jordan works as Software Engineer on cloud computing at International Business Machines Corporation

 

REU Summer 2014

Of the nine undergraduate students who participated in the REU Summer 2014 program, Dr. Kong mentored

  • Joshue Barrow (Southern Adventist University)

  • Robert DeYeso (University of Tennessee at Martin)

  • Frank Petronella (Baylor University)

and coauthored a joint paper in Differential Equations. Their research was presented at the 34th Southeastern-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations at the University of Memphis on October 11–12, 2014. Currently,

  • Joshua is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

  • Robert is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at North Carolina State University

  • Frank is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at Brandeis University

Dr. Wang mentored

  • Michael Ackerman (Georgia Southern Univesrity)

  • Grant Yost (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

and coauthored a joint paper in Differntial Equation. Currently,

  • Michael is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Ledoan mentored

  • Katrina Ferrier (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

  • Micah Jackson (Georgia Southern University)

  • Dhir Patel (Rutgers University)

  • Huong Tran (Georgia Institute of Technology)

and coauthored a paper in Probability Theory. As a result, Dhir and Huong presented a 20 minute report talk at the Young Mathematicians Conference at The Ohio State University (August 22-24, 2014). Katrina presented a 20 minute talk at Western Kentucky University's 34th Annual Mathematics Symposium, a research poster at the Emory University-Laney Graduate School STEM Research and Career Symposium (March 25-27, 2015), and a research poster at the 7th Annual UTC Research Day (April 14, 2015). Katrina is pursing her actuarial career at Unum Group (Portland, Maine). Currently,

  • Micah is pursuing the Ph.D. in statistics at the University of California at Irvine

  • Dhir is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at The Ohio State University

  • Huong is pursuing the Ph.D. in mathematics at Duke University

 

REU Summer 2015

Of the six undergraduate students who joined the REU Summer 2015 program, Dr. Kong mentored

  • Jacob Parsley (Tennessee Technological University)

  • Kaitlin Rizzo (Allegheny College)

  • Nicholas Russell (Marist College)

and coauthored a joint paper in Differential Equations. Their research was presented at the 35th Southeastern-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on October 10-11, 2015, as well as at the Joint Mathematics Meetings' AMS Session on Undergraduate Research in Seattle, Washington, on January 6-9, 2016. In the fall term of 2016,

  • Nicholas will pursue the Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Delaware

Dr. Ledoan mentored

  • Ethan Addison (Vanderbilt University)

  • Spencer Smith (Southwest Baptist University)

  • Richard Vrandenburgh (Tennessee Technological University)

and coauthored a paper in Probability Theory. Richard presented a research poster at the MAA Undergraduate Poster Session at the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, Washington. Spencer presented a research talk at the Eleventh MAKO Undergraduate Math Research Conference on November 14, 2015, at Missouri State University. In the fall term of 2016,

  • Ethan will pursue the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame

  • Spenser will pursue the M.S. in mathematics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City

  • Richard will pursue the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Virginia