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NSF REU-RET Grant for Mathematics Collaboration

March 20, 2012

Five faculty members in Lewis & Clark College’s Mathematics/Computer Science department are co-leaders of the “REU-RET Site: Willamette Valley Mathematics Research Consortium for Undergraduates and Teachers,” which has just been re-funded with a new $513,069 National Science Foundation grant. Led by PIs at Willamette University, this program unites the mathematics research programs of four predominantly undergraduate institutions in northwest Oregon. During the next three summers, twenty-one faculty members from Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Linfield College, and the University of Portland will conduct original research with undergraduates and high school teachers or community college instructors in emerging fields in math and computer science. Each partner institution will host one research team per summer; each team will include two faculty mentors, four undergraduate students, and one teacher. Student applicants are recruited nationwide, and teacher participants are recruited regionally.  The first faculty mentors at L&C (Summer 2012) will be Associate Professor of Mathematics Yung-Pin Chen and Associate Professor of Computer Science Peter Drake, who will lead their team in the research project, “The Game of Go: Statistical Approaches to Artificial Intelligence.” Future faculty participants include Assistant Professor Paul Allen, Assistant Professor Naomi Cameron, and Professor Jens Mache.  More information about the Willamette Valley REU-RET Consortium for Mathematics Research is available at:

February 2012

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