UTC REU Site 2013-2015

In 2013 the Department of Mathematics at UTC received financial support from the National Science Foundation to organize and set up a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Differential/Difference Equation Models and Number Theory for 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 their research in Differential and Difference Equations (Profs. Graef, Kong, and Wang), Number Theory (Prof. Ledoan) and Probability Theory (Prof. Ledoan) to mentor 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. Below is a list of our REU students, their mentors and their current plans:

I. In 2013 Prof. John Graef (PI) mentored the following student in differential equations:

  1. Mary Hill (Georgia College & State University)

II. In 2013-2015 Prof. Lingju Kong (Co-PI) mentored the following students in differential equations:

  1. Alexander M. Ruys de Perez (Vanderbilt University) — Alexander is currently pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at Texas A&M University.

  2. Jacob D. Johnson (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) — Jacob is currently is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of California at Davis.

  3. Michael G. Ruddy (University of Tennessee at Martin)  Michael is currently is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Carolina State University.

  4. Joshua Barrow (Southern Adventist University)  Joshua is currently is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

  5. Robert DeYeso (University of Tennessee at Martin)  Robert is currently is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Carolina State University.

  6. Frank Petronella (Baylor University)  Frank is currently is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at Brandeis University.

  7. Jacob Parsley (Tennessee Technological University)

  8. Kaitlin Rizzo (Allegheny College)

  9. Nicholas Russell (Marist College)  Nicholas is currently is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Delaware.

III. In 2013-2014 Prof. Min Wang mentored the following students in differential equations:

  1. Andrew Conner (Birmingham-Southern College) — Andrew is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

  2. Claire Zajaczkowski (Gettysburg College) — Claire is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Carolina State University.

  3. Michael Ackerman (Georgia Southern University) — Michael is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at Vanderbilt University.

  4. Grant Yost (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

IV. In 2013-2015 Prof. Andrew Ledoan mentored the following students in number theory and probability theory:

  1. Kathryn Crosby (Oral Roberts University) — Kathryn pursued the M.S. in Mathematics at Oklahoma State University and worked as a high school science teacher. She currently works as a data analyst at a health insurance company.

  2. Jordan Eliseo (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) — Jordan currently works as a software engineer on cloud computing at International Business Machines Corporation.

  3. David Mazowiecki (William Paterson University)

  4. Katrina Ferrier (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) — Katrina currently works as an associate financial analyst at Unum.

  5. Micah Jackson (Georgia Southern University) — Micah is pursuing the Ph.D. in Statistics at University of California at Irvine.

  6. Dhir Patel (Rutgers University) — Dhir is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at The Ohio State University.

  7. Huong Tran (Georgia Institute of Technology) — Huong is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at Duke University.

  8. Ethan Addison (Vanderbilt University) — Ethan is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Notre Dame.

  9. Spencer Smith (Southwest Baptist University) — Spencer is pursuing the M.S. in Mathematics at University of Missouri at Kansas City.

  10. Richard Vrandenburgh (Tennessee Technological University) — Richard is pursuing the Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Virginia.

In short, the results were excellent! Of the twenty-four undergraduates who participated in our REU 2013-2015 programs, all 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. Needless to say, am very proud of our REU students. Seeing their hard work and accomplishments validates why I am here and why my colleagues and I as teachers and mentors do what what we do here at UTC.