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Undergraduate Research

Math 490 presentation - Spring 2012

Our students have many opportunities to engage in undergraduate scholarship and research, including giving talks and poster presentations at conferences and publishing papers.

All Longwood students are required to complete an internship in their program of study. Students may meet their internship requirement under the guidance of a faculty member, as an intern in industry, or in the case of students who are getting certified to teach, via their student teaching. Some of our students also opt for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program to fulfill their internship requirement.

In addition to the internship, our faculty are willing to work with students to create "honors enhancements" to their courses as well as engage in directed studies or joint research with students.

When writing articles or papers, students are encouraged to follow the guidelines in the department style sheet.  Within several departmental courses, we evaluate students based on our department writing rubric and/or our department speaking rubric.

 
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There are many opportunities for students to engage in scholarly activity and research within the department.

We consider student presentations an important component of the learning experience at Longwood. Students participating in an industry internship, directed study or REU must give a presentation open to the faculty and students. Some of these endeavors also result in students giving presentations or posters at the Longwood University Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences (LU CCCAS) Showcase and/or at regional or national conferences. Below is a list of papers and recent external presentations or posters given by our students.

 

Recent Student Papers (in reverse chronological order)

  • Cyr, Justin, Ekstrand, Jason, Meyers, Nathan, Peoples, Crystal, and Peters, Justin, "Diagonalizing Hermitian Matrices of Continuous Functions," Int. J. Contemp. Math. Sciences, Vol. 8 (2013), no. 5, 227 - 234.
  • Mayfield, Sarah, "Romancing the Bite: Statistical Analysis of Young Adult Vampire Novels," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Fall 2011.  Advisors: Dr. Leigh Lunsford and Dr. Rhonda Brock-Servais.
  • Armes, Andrew, "A Study on E-mail Address Harvesting Behavior," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Fall 2011.  Advisor: Dr. Robert Marmorstein.
  • Acree, Luke, "A Minimal Working Configuration Set for Asterisk," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Fall 2011.  Advisor: Dr. Robert Marmorstein.
  • Anderson, Brittany, "Precipitation Effects on the Growth of White Oaks and Virginia Pines on the Mt. Vernon Plantation," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Vol. 3, Fall 2010, p. 28 - 40.  Advisors: Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford and Dr. Daniel L. Druckenbrod.
  • Calustro, Yuri, "Intersecting Cylinders at Arbitrary Angles," INCITE, Fall 2010, p. 65 - 75. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • Hayden, Richard, "A Statistical Analysis of Algorithms for Playing SameGame," INCITE, Fall 2010, p. 53 - 64.  Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • Honey, Daniel, "Measuring Time Complexity of PRAM Implementations," Proceedings paper and presentation at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, April 15-18 2010 hosted by the University of Montana. Advisor: Dr. John Graham.
  • Honey, Daniel M. and Ravenhorst, Jeffery P., "Building and Measuring Scalable Computing Systems," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Vol. 2, Fall 2009, p. 45 - 54. Advisor: Dr. John Graham.
  • Johnson, Zachary, "Shackled Nim," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Vol. 1, Spring 2008, p. 35 - 42. Advisor: Dr. David Shoenthal.
  • Swandby, Ashley M., "A Comparison of Image Analysis Methods in cDNA Microarrays," INCITE Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Vol. 1, Spring 2008, p 52-60. Advisors: Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford and Dr. Consuelo Alvarez.

Recent Student Presentations and Posters (in reverse chronological order)

  • 9/13 Joseph Gills, Differential Invariants of Curves and Surfaces in Nil3, poster and presentation at the Fall 2013 SUMS conference, JMU, September 28.  Advisor: Dr. Tom Wears
  • 9/13 William Hollingsworth, Using Affine Matrices to Navigate a Virtual Space, presentation at the Fall 2013 SUMS conference, JMU, September 28.
  • 7/13 Joseph Gills, Differential Invariants of Curves and Surfaces in Heisenberg 3-space, poster presentation as part of the LU-PRISM program.  Advisor: Dr. Tom Wears.
  • 7/13 Karen Green, Engaging in Action Research to Inform Mathematics Instruction in a University Precalculus Course, poster presentation as part of the LU-PRISM program. Advisor: Dr. Leah Shilling-Traina.
  • 9/12 Matt Jobrack, Area Ratios in Squares, a poster at the Fall 2012 SUMS conference, JMU, September 29. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin. Prize winner in the "Pure Math" poster category of the undergraduate poster competition.
  • 9/12 Chris Thatcher, Cube Dissection Puzzles, a poster at the Fall 2012 SUMS conference, JMU, September 29. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 9/12 Jeff Anway, Happy Cubes, a poster at the Fall 2012 SUMS conference, JMU, September 29. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 11/11 Luke Acree, A Minimal Working Configuration Set for Asterisk, a poster at the Fall 2011 LU CCCAS Showcase. Advisor:  Dr. Robert Marmorstein.
  • 11/11 Sarah Mayfield, Statistical Analysis of Juvenile Vampire Literature, a poster at the Fall 2011 LU CCCAS Showcase. Advisors:  Dr. Leigh Lunsford and Dr. Rhonda Brock-Servais.
  • 11/11 Jessica Zlotkowski, Area Ratios of Inscribed n-gons, a poster at the Fall 2011 LU CCCAS Showcase. Advisor:  Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 11/11 Crystal Peoples, Matrices of Continuous Functions, an invited presentation at the Fall 2011 EDGE@ISU conference, ISU, November 12. The work arose from joint work with several other students from an Iowa State REU over Summer 2011. Advisor: Dr. Justin Peters, Iowa State.
  • 10/11 Crystal Peoples, Matrices of Continuous Functions, a poster at the Fall 2011 SUMS conference, JMU, October 22. The work is joint with several other students from an Iowa State REU over Summer 2011. Advisor: Dr. Justin Peters, Iowa State. First place at the undergraduate poster competition.
  • 10/11 Jessica Zlotkowski, Area Ratios of Inscribed n-gons, a poster at the Fall 2011 SUMS conference, JMU, October 22. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.  Tied for second place at the undergraduate poster competition.
  • 4/11 Chris Thatcher, Graphical Recognition of Rectangular and Cylindrical Dice, a poster at the Spring 2011 MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Randolph-Macon College, April 15-16. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 4/11 Jessica Zlotkowski, Area Ratios in Euclidean Geometry, a presentation at the Spring 2011 MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Randolph-Macon College, April 15-16. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 4/11 Jessica Zlotkowski, Area Ratios in Euclidean Geometry, a presentation at the Southern Regional Honors Council, Little Rock, Arkansas. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 11/10 Chris Thatcher, Graphical Recognition of Dice Faces, a poster at the Fall 2010 LU CCCAS Showcase. Advisor:  Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 11/10 Crystal Peoples, Lie Groups via Matrix Groups, a poster at the Fall 2010 LU CCCAS Showcase.
  • 10/10 Crystal Peoples, Lie Groups via Matrix Groups, a poster at the Fall 2010 SUMS Conference.
  • 4/10 Yuri Calustro, Intersecting Cylinders at Arbitrary Angles, a poster at the Spring 2010 MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Virginia State University, April 16-17. Winner: First Prize Student Posters. Advisor: Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 4/10 Yuri Calustro, Intersecting Cylinders at Arbitrary Angles, a presentation at the Spring 2010 MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Virginia State University, April 16-17. Winner: First Prize Student. Advisor:  Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 4/10 Yuri Calustro and Nikole Varhegyi, COMAP: To the Bat Swing: An Impulsive Approach, an invited presentation at the Spring 2010 MAA MD-DC-VA Section Meeting, Virginia State University, April 16-17. Advisor: Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford.
  • 4/10 Cody Merkes, Bridging the Gap: Calculus to Physics, a poster at the 2010 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium, Radford University, April 9-10.  Advisor: Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell
  • 12/09 Yuri Calustro, Two intersecting cylinders at arbitrary angles, a poster at the Fall 2009 LU CCCAS Showcase. Advisor:  Dr. Phillip Poplin.
  • 4/09 Elizabeth Creath, Supporting the Geometric Learning of Future K-8 Teachers, at the annual meeting of the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM), April 13-14, 2009. Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Nelson
  • 1/09 Bobby Markey, Coordinating Tutoring with the Calculus I Classroom, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC, Jan. 8, 2009. Advisor:  Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell.
  • 10/08 Damian Bailey, Address Harvesting in 2008: How Spammers Get Your E-mail Address, a poster at the CCSC (Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges) Eastern Regional Conference in Frederick, Maryland Advisor:  Dr. Robert Marmorstein.
  • 12/07 Michael Souza, STAPL: A Parallel Column Sort Algorithm, a poster at the Fall 2007 LU CCCAS Showcase. Click here for a picture. REU in Computer Science at Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX, Summer 2007.
  • 12/07 Ashley Swandby, A Comparison of Image Analysis Methods in cDNA Microarrays, Preliminary Results, a poster at the Fall 2007 LU CCCAS Showcase. Advisor:  Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford.
  • 8/07 Ashley Swandby, A Comparison of Image Analysis Methods in cDNA Microarrays, a 15 minute presentation at the 2007 Pi Mu Epsilon National Meeting at MathFest, San Jose, California. Advisor:  Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford.

Zack Johnson Shackled Nim

  • 4/07 Zack Johnson, Shackled Nim, a poster at the Undergraduate Poster Session of the Spring 2007 Meeting of the MD/DC/VA Section of the MAA, Roanoke, VA. Winner: First Prize Undergraduate Poster.   Advisor:  Dr. David Shoenthal.
  • 4/07 Ashley Swandby, Pre-processing Techniques in cDNA Microarray Data, a poster at the Undergraduate Poster Session of the Spring 2007 Meeting of the MD/DC/VA Section of the MAA, Roanoke, VA.  Advisor:  Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford.