February 25, 2015

NSF Supports Mathematics Research

NSF REU Site program grant to support collaborative mathematics research

The National Science Foundation will continue to support the Willamette Mathematics Consortium Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Associate Professor of Mathematics Naiomi Cameron and Professor of Statistics Yung-Pin Chen are involved in this NSF-funded collaboration, which brings together the mathematics research of four small liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. During the next three summers, nine faculty members from Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, and Hamilton College will conduct original research with 27 undergraduates organized around three themes: ring and matrix theory (2015), statistics and random processes (2016), and graph theory and combinatorics (2017). Program activities over eight weeks each summer are designed to expand students’ knowledge of mathematical content and process; strengthen their technical communication skills; and increase their awareness of and preparation for careers in mathematics and other STEM fields. The NSF’s REU Program supports active research participation by undergraduate students. Find out more about the Willamette Mathematics Consortium here.

February 2015