Mercer University Department

§Research Opportunities§

Are you interested in working on some research in mathematics? Many professors have projects for students to work on, or we can help you with something that you are interested in already! Please stop by and ask us. Here are some current and recent projects, along with a list of faculty interests.

Looking to Start Research?

Are you looking to start a research project with a faculty member? A list of faculty research areas is listed below and this may help you find a professor with interests in your area. We are also always willing to talk to you about ideas!

Faculty Research Interests

Current & Recent Projects

  • Ian Culpepper (‘14), Bryan Danley (‘14) and Steven Hussung (‘14) are engaged in a year- long independent reading project in symplectic geometry.

  • Three students (Tyler Allee (‘16), Jonathan Beale (‘15) and Edward White (‘15)) are working with Dr. McIlwain on a modeling project.

  • Raymond Goodwine (‘17) is conducting an independent study with Dr. Howard investigating a discrete treatment model of HIV.

  • Sophia Rivera (‘14) in collaboration with Dr. McIlwain, presented her work on international trade through ranking methods at the 2013 Nebraska Conference for Women.

  • Lizzie Knapper (‘14) in collaboration with Dr. McIlwain, presented her work on a volleyball case study of ranking strategies at the 2013 Nebraska Conference for Women.

  • Nidhi Patel (‘14) and Brandon Reagan (‘15) worked with Dr. Denny and Dr. Wiles presented work on the Competition between Eschericha Coli and Serratia Marcescens at the Sigma Xi Research Conference at Mercer in October 2013.

  • McCabe Olsen (‘13) and James Lanterman (‘13) presented their work at the 2013 JMM and presented at Kennesaw State. Melanie King (‘13) also attended with support from the REU she participated in last summer.

  • Lyndssey Autrey (‘14) and Dr. Denny are working with several biology students and professors (students: Garcia, Hoang; professors: C. Denny, Dr. Wiles) on a yeast competition lab for teaching mathematical biology. Results of this project were presented campus as part of BEAR day in April 2012 and at the Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting in February 2012.

  • Gloria Ananing (‘12) presented her work analyzing mathematical models of HIV in collaboration with Dr. Denny and Dr. Howard as part of Bear Day 2012.

  • James Lanterman (‘13), in collaborations with Dr. Herink, worked on a variation of the Kirkman Schoolgirl Problem.

  • Gloria Ananing (‘12) worked with Dr. Howard on a project studying the stability of male trimorphism.

  • Melanie King (‘13), McCabe Olsen (2013), and Steven Hussung (‘14) completed REUs during the summer of 2012.

  • Steven Hussung (‘14) worked with Dr. Herink on a project based on an episode of Futurama in 2013.

  • McCabe Olsen (‘13) worked with Dr. Beier to find a closed form of a bracket expansion inside of the universal enveloping algebra of a toriodal group in 2013.

  • McCabe Olsen (‘13) and Melanie King (‘13) completed REUs. In addition, Chris Kirkland (‘13) completed an REG on his way to graduate school at North Carolina State University.

  • James Lanterman (‘13) researched with Dr. Reinkoester the factorization properties of an algebraic object similar to prime numbers.

  • Adam Lewis (‘12) presented at the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on his geometric research with Dr. Symington. He won an award for one of the best talks!

  • Chris Kirkland (‘12) completed an REU this summer and presented his research at MathFest 2010. Great job!

  • Chris Kirkland (‘12) spent Fall 2010 working with Dr. Symington to find an algebraic formula for the locus of incenters of an interesting family of triangles. This work is motivated by Dr. Symington’s work with a dermatological surgeon, Joshua Lane.

  • Melanie Markman (‘11) worked with Dr. Denny on developing a simulation of C.S. Holling’s experiments to determine a model of the rate at which small mammals find prey as a function of the density of the prey in the environment.

  • Andrew Conner (‘11) worked with Dr. Herink on generalizations of Zeckendof’s Theorem (Every positive integer can be uniquely expressed as a sum of nonconsecutive Fibonacci numbers). Andrew developed an interest in this after attending MUURMaC.. He is presenting at Georgia Southern’s Eagle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in 2010.

  • Daniel Brown (‘10) completed a mathematical analysis of the construction of the fort at First Colony in North Carolina. This work was supervised by both Dr. Symington (Mathematics) and Dr. Eric Klingelhofer (Anthropology).

  • Annie Morris (‘10) worked on her senior presentation with Dr. Denny exploring the definition, basic theory and applications of Fourier series.

  • Jonathan Crosby (‘09) spent time working with Dr. Herink investigating the Fibonacci sequence mod n. He presented his research at MUURMaC in 2009.

  • Whitney Thompson (‘09) completed a senior research project with Dr. Nelson that involved a statistical analysis of the former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur to determine whether he is a streaky hitter.

  • Kimberly Conner (‘07) researched 6-by-6 sudoku puzzles with Dr. Herink and Dr. Yackel.

  • Andrew Gainer (‘07) completed an honors research project supervised by Dr. Symington. The project concerned immersed closed curves in the plane.

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