About Undergraduate Research

The hallmark of a research project that allows undergraduate participation is one where students can immediately start work and learn about what they are doing as they go. Students write documented computer programs, under the advisement of their mentors, to explore ideas and make conjectures based off observed patterns. While students are making such explorations, ideally in teams of 2-3, they will be reading about the mathematical background that provides reason and motivation for their research. Thereafter, research students will work on proving their conjectures with their mentors and team members. Not all undergraduate research students will obtain new results, however they will all get to have a rich research experience and will make progress on problems. With that said, each student leaves behind computer programs, visualizations, presentation slide-shows, progress reports and essays. Graduate students and faculty keep long term projects moving forward until publishable results are obtained.

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