Research in Scientific Computing in Undergraduate Education


Instructor: Dr. Alfa Heryudono

Welcome students! I am happy that you sign up for my MTH499 Fall 2009 CSUMS class. This class is going to be different than regular class in the sense that you choose a topic, learn it as deep as you can, and present what you have learned to other students. You are expected to :

  • Do some numerical experiments with problem solving environment such as MATLAB, Mathematica, Maple, or other open source tools.
  • Read references to learn about history, interesting phenomena, and numerical techniques.
  • Write your research diary in your blog.
  • Make research presentation.
  • Make report in LaTeX.
  • Make a poster.

Hopefully, by the end of the semester, you will learn something useful.

Things you need to do during the first week:

  1. Choose advisor (+ co advisor).
  2. Choose research topic of your interest or discuss possible interesting research topics with your advisor.
  3. Set up regular meeting with your advisor to report your progress.

Possible research topics are available on the left (Bullets 7, 8, and 9). Other interesting topics are also available in books by Cleve Moler.


Useful resources for students

Participating students research blogs

  1. Christopher Bresten (poster) (final report)
  2. Sidafa Conde (poster) (final report)
  3. Christina DiStefano (poster) (final report)
  4. Zachary Grant (poster) (final report)
  5. Adelaide Hopkins (poster) (final report)
  6. Kathleen Hourihan (poster) (final report)
  7. Matthew Huberman (poster) (final report)
  8. Ann Kimball (poster) (final report)
  9. Robert LeBoeuf (poster) (final report)
  10. Jason Lemrise (poster) (final report)
  11. Justin McKennon (poster) (final report)
  12. Andrew Perry (poster) (final report)
  13. Charles Poole (poster) (final report)
  14. Michael Ryan (poster) (final report)
  15. Aaron Valente (poster) (final report)
  16. Jacob Belanger (poster) (final report)
  17. Carter Chamberlain (poster) (final report)
  18. Neil Matheson (poster) (final report)

Teaching Assistant: Daniel Higgs

Important Deadlines

I strongly encourage you to participate in the poster or talk sessions in the conferences below.

For undergraduate students.

1. Conference on Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. Penn State University. Nov 20 – 21 2009.

Deadline for Abstract: November 10 2009

2. Midstates Conference for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics. Oberlin College. Nov 21 2009

Deadline for Abstract: Oct 12 2009. Requirement: Must write a paper with a faculty advisor.

3. Joint UMass Dartmouth SIAM Student Chapter + CSUMS Poster session. UMass Dartmouth. Dec 14 2009

Deadline for Poster: Dec 10 2009. Student Photos

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