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Research

The Math Department has had many students engaged in research on campus and at other universities during the summer. Students interested in the former can view the Office for Undergraduate Research Pacific Fund page for fellowship opportunities at Pacific. The National Science Foundation also supports undergraduate research in mathematics through its REU program. Below are some examples of recent student projects.  

  • Tim Shumate ('17) earned a Summer Research Fellowship in summer 2015 to study Markov chain models for water polo possessions. 
  • Ashley Butts ('16) completed a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Cal State Channel Islands in summer 2015 studying graph theory. 
  • James Price ('15) earned a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in summer 2014 to design a database for storing and computing water polo statistics. 
  • Austin Tuttle ('14) completed a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Grand Valley State University in summer 2013 studying properties of outer billiards dynamical systems.
  • Austin Tuttle ('14) presented his work on Pandemic Proliferation at Pacific at the 2013 National Joint Mathematical Meetings.
  • Andria Barraza ('12) completed a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program at the University of Nebraska studying graph theory and gave a presentation on her work to the Math Club.
  • Nicolas Lytal ('12) presented his work on Markov Models in Population Genetics at the 2012 Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Mike Abram ('11) presented his work on Sharing Secrets with Elliptic Cryptography at the 2011 Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Lauren Elward ('11) presented her work on Copenhagen Consensus and Operations Research at the 2011 Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Kyunmin Kim ('11) presented his work on Galois Theory for Differential Equations at the 2011 Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Youa Yang ('11) presented his work on The Outset Chromatic Number of Tournaments at the 2011 Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Yeoil (Steve) Yun ('11) presented his work on The (1,2)-Step Competition Number of a Tree at the 2011 Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Matt Lundy ('09) presented his work A New Slant on an Old ODE Problem: What a Student Can Learn from Draining Inclining Tanks at the Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Damien Mondragon ('08) presented his work Connected Components in Random Graphs, at the Northern California Undergraduate Math Conference.
  • Michael Babcock ('07) collaborated with Professors Langley and Merz on the problem of determining the distinguishing number of a digraph.
  • Huimei Lin ('07) presented research she did at the Summer Math Institute at Cornell at the National joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematics Association of America.

If you are interested in pursuing research in mathematics, speak to one of the following math faculty: