Senior Research Course
There are a few ways to perform research as a math undergraduate, the most popular being
coursework or through the Undergraduate Research Program.
MATH4590
Senior Research Course Description:
Either this course or an equivalent research experience is required for a BS in Mathematics.
Undergraduate mathematics projects that utilize
students’ mathematical knowledge will result in formal reports and final presentations.
Examples are research projects or critical indepth mathematical literature reviews. Information
about projects will be exchanged in weekly meetings. Students wishing to work on research should
make arrangements with faculty in advance. Students already engaged in research may extend and
present their results. Open to mathematics seniors only. To be graded S/U. Fall term annually. 4
credit hours.
This course has been designated by the Institute as communicationintensive. Students need to
complete at least one communicationintensive course in order to meet graduation requirements. The
other communicationintensive Math course is Foundations of Analysis (MATH4090).
Undergraduate Research Program
The department’s undergraduate research program (URP) offers students realworld, handson
research experience.
Students may register for the program during the academic year or over
the summer, and they can receive course credit for their efforts.
To participate in this
program the student arranges to work with a faculty member on a particular project. They make
connections with the faculty by either taking a course from them, or from the listing of
undergradaute research projects on the campus computer bulletin board.
The URP is open to
all undergraduate students. However, because of the nature of the research involved in most of the
mathematics projects, participating students are generally juniors or seniors. Some projects may
require that you have completed certain classes or labs.
For more information, visit the
Institute’s Undergraduate Research Program Web site.
Here is a listing of the potential Undergraduate Research Project Areas/Titles by mathematics faculty:
Here is a partial listing of the URPs supervised by mathematics faculty over the last few years:
Student 
Faculty Advisor 
Title of Project 
Spring 2008 


Heather Palmeri 
Margaret Cheney 
Radar Imaging 
Spring 2007 
Michelle Burke 
Mark Holmes 
CSUMS Project 
Fall 2006 
Elena Sebe 
Kristin Bennett 
Mathematical Models for Molecular Epidemiology of Tuberculosis 
Spring 2006 
David Weinstein 
Peter Kramer 
Diffusion Tensors in the Stochastic Immersed Boundary Method

Fall 2005 
Stanley
Bak 
Daniel Renzi
Joyce McLaughlin 
Fast Sweeping Solvers for Anisotropic Problems 
Phillip Bloom 
Daniel Renzi
Joyce McLaughlin 
Acoustic Wave Solutions using NonReflective Boundary Conditions 
David Weinstein 
Peter Kramer 
Relative Diffusivity Calculations in the Stochastic Immersed Boundary Method

Spring 2005 
Lisa Rogers 
Mark Holmes 
Mathematics of Circadian Rhythms 
Matthew Pelliccione 
Mark Holmes 
Mathematics in Kinetics 
Summer 2004 
Vera Valakh 
Donald Drew 
Mathematical Models for E. coli Cell Division 
Spring 2004 
Ethan Atkins 
Peter Kramer 
Solitons in Random Media 
Spring 2003 
Ethan Atkins 
David Isaacson 
Magnetocardiography 
Summer 2002 
Mikhail Panchenko 
Donald Drew 
Mathematical Models for E. coli Cell Division 
Spring 2002 
Jeff Banks 
Mark Holmes 
Numerical Solution of Conservation laws 
Scott Brodmerkle 
Kristin Bennett 
Design and implement a Web environment to support the course “Computational Optimization” 
Joseph Sikora 
William Siegmann 
PoroElastic Wave Speed Equations 
Fall 2001 
Jeff Banks 
Mark Holmes 
Numerical Solution of Conservation laws 
Spring 2001 
Joseph Sikora 
William Siegmann 
Wave Speed Equations 
Fall 2000 
Amy Kohler 
Bruce Piper 
BiArc Optimization 
Joseph Sikora 
William Siegmann 
Wave Speed Equations 
