Student Research

One of the hallmarks of Davidson College is the opportunity to work on graduate-level research projects as an undergraduate. We've mentored 32 student-based research projects since spring 2012 alone.

Many mathematics students are involved in research work at Davidson beyond the scope of usual coursework, through summer research projects, research assistance to faculty, independent studies, honors projects, and more, thanks in part to external faculty grants, as well as internal collaborative grants to faculty or students, such as the Davidson Research Initiative.

For example, below is a listing of student research projects during the 2012-13 school year.  Most summers see as much or more activity, including several mathematics and computer science students involved in genomics research.

Project Type: Topic
Faculty Mentor
Daniel Bernstein '13 Honors Thesis: Algorithmic Definitions of Singular Functions, a real analysis topic. Neidinger
Jonah Galeota-Sprung '13 Applied math research: algorithm to create salad recipes via existing recipes using artificial intelligence. Chartier Ramanujan
David Heilbron '13, Kyle Snipes '13, Amy Tang '15 Applied math research: Development of bracketology algorithm based on producing odds via Colley and Massey methods. Chartier
Seth Kindig '14 Applied math research: Linear Programming formulation for scramble squares. Chartier
Cyrus Lala '13 Applied math research: adaptation of ranking method posed as linear programming problem. Chartier
Robert Lorenzen '13 Independent Study: sports analytics with mentoring a high school student.
Applied math research: variation of PageRank algorithm for recognizing spam in web networks.
Jena Manilla '13 Independent Study: Social Network Analysis including a network at Davidson College. Chartier
Daniel Marchuk '13 Applied math research: development of applets in sports ranking for uDemy course on bracketology. Chartier
Brian McGue '13 Independent Study: analysis of NASCAR with sports analytics with Donour Sizemore (Michael Waltrip Racing). Chartier
Erin Osment '15 Applied math research: Adaptation of Laplace rule of succession within derivation of Colley method. Chartier
Corey Poff '13 Honors Thesis: Pathology in Upper Confidence Bounds Applied to Trees, an artificial intelligence topic. Ramanujan
Colin Thompson '13 Honors Thesis: A Hierarchy of Chaotic Topological Dynamics, a dynamical systems topic. Molinek
Chang (Kyle) Yang '13 Honors Thesis: The Bordeaux 3-color Conjecture and Near Coloring, a graph theory topic. Yerger