posted July 26, 2004

Hope Hosts Mathematics REU Mini-Conference

Hope College will host the 2004 Michigan Mathematics REU Mini-Conference on Monday, July 26, at the college's science center.

The event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature presentations by undergraduates from around the country who have been conducting summer research at Hope, Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.

The mini-conference will feature a total of 12 presentations, each approximately 25 minutes long and starting at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sessions will be running concurrently in room 1111 and room 1116 in the new science center.

Members of the campus community are invited to attend the talks.

Four of the presentations feature research conducted at Hope.

"Straight Segment Spirals and Linear Mapping" will be presented at 10 a.m. in room 1116 by Andrew Craker of the University of Notre Dame and Erin Wicker of Alma College.

"Analysis of the Conditioning Effect of Future Polynomial Regularization" will be presented at 11 a.m. in room 1111 by Daniela Banu of Hope and David Levitt of Carnegie Mellon University.

"Barging Ahead: Optimizing a Trip up the River" will be presented at 1:30 p.m. in room 1111 by Ryan Ter Louw and Ryan Weaver, both of Hope.

"Why is the Learning Curve S-Shaped? A Probabilistic Model of Neural Connections" will be presented at 2 p.m. in room 1116 by Jocelyn Sikora of Carnegie Mellon University and Kyle Williams of Hope.

The department of mathematics at Hope is one of six Hope departments holding grants for summer student research this year through the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (NSF-REU) program. The other five departments are: biology, chemistry, computer science, geological and environmental sciences, and physics. Through the grants, Hope students and students from other institutions conduct research full-time with members of the Hope faculty.

Among all institutions nationwide, including major research universities, fewer than 10 hold more NSF-REU awards this year than Hope. Hope is the only liberal arts college in Michigan to hold any of the grants.