Research Experiences for Undergraduates 20132015
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 20132015 (NSF Grant DMS1261308). 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 handson 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 twentyfour undergraduates who participated in our REU 20132015 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, Prof. John Graef (PI) mentored

Mary Hill (Georgia College & State University)
and coauthored a joint paper in Differential Equations.
Prof. Lingju Kong (CoPI) 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 SoutheasternAtlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on September 2122, 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
Prof. Min Wang mentored

Andrew Conner (BirminghamSouthern 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
Prof. 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, Prof. Kong mentored

Joshua 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 SoutheasternAtlantic 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
Prof. 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
Prof. 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 2224, 2014). Katrina presented a 20 minute talk at Western Kentucky University's 34th Annual Mathematics Symposium, a research poster at the Emory UniversityLaney Graduate School STEM Research and Career Symposium (March 2527, 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, Prof. 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 SoutheasternAtlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on October 1011, 2015, as well as at the Joint Mathematics Meetings' AMS Session on Undergraduate Research in Seattle, Washington, on January 69, 2016. In the fall term of 2016,
 Nicholas will pursue the Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Delaware
Prof. 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