“I presented my research from my summer REU, or Research Experience for Undergraduates,” said Hutson. “At this REU, I worked with my partner, Savannah Bates of Jacksonville University, and mentor, Dr. Jorge Rebaza of Missouri State University, to study global stability and bifurcations of a model of Zika virus.”
The largest portion of the conference was undergraduate presentations and posters. The conference also had lectures, panels and breakout sessions that covered a wide variety of topics including how to apply to graduate schools, exploring careers outside of academia and dealing with life and sexism surrounding a career in mathematics.
“Conferences like this one give undergraduates a great opportunity to present their research to an interested and nonjudgmental audience,” said Hutson. “Also, since this conference was for undergraduate women in mathematics in particular, it was an amazing opportunity to meet and network with some truly inspirational women in a field I’m passionate about.”
Hutson is grateful to the mathematics department at Missouri State for hosting her REU and for providing funding for herself and Stewart to attend NCUWM.
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Recently, A. Greco utilized convex rearrangements to present some new and interesting existence results for noncoercive functionals in the calculus of variations. Moreover, the integrands were not necessarily convex. In particular, using convex rearrangements permitted him to establish the existence of convex minimizers essentially considering the uniform convergence of the minimizing sequence of trajectories and the pointwise convergence of their derivatives. The desired lower semicontinuity property is now a consequence of Fatou’s lemma. In this presentation, we point out that such an approach was considered in the late 1930’s in a series of papers by E. J. McShane for problems satisfying the usual coercivity condition. Our goal is to survey some of McShane‘s results and compare them with Greco’s work. In addition, we will update some hypotheses that McShane made by making use of a result due to T. S. Angell on the avoidance of the Lavrentiev phenomenon.
]]>Dr. Les Reid, professor of mathematics, says the group exists to expand students’ exposure beyond the traditional problems that they regularly encounter in textbooks and the classroom.
“We want them to realize that there actually is a creativity to math,” says Reid. “Sometimes students feel like they should know how to proceed with a problem at the very beginning, but we want them to realize that’s not always the case.”
Kelsie Stewart, a senior majoring in applied mathematics, says the relationships students are able to cultivate with faculty are her favorite part of participating in the group.
“Interacting with faculty outside of the normal classroom setting is really cool,” said Stewart. “You get to learn more about their personalities and it actually makes it easier to go to them for help — you have more of a personal relationship with them, so it’s less intimidating.”
Chris Arnold, a mathematics graduate student, says that the encouragement he receives from the faculty is the main reason why he still participates in the group today.
“The first time I ever went, I talked to Dr. Richard Belshoff and I told him that I just didn’t feel very effective when it came to the problems they were trying to solve,” said Arnold. “I followed along, but most of it was above my head.”
Belshoff, professor of mathematics at Missouri State, assured Arnold that the problems they deal with can even stump faculty, too, so he shouldn’t be discouraged. This support encouraged Arnold to keep coming back.
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In an inverse scattering problem, we attempt to reconstruct information about unknown objects based on how waves (e.g., acoustic or electromagnetic) scatter off of them. One approach to solving this problem, the linear sampling method, has proven to be a fast and reliable technique for reconstructing an obstacle’s shape and location. The success of the linear sampling method depends on the behavior of solutions to a nonselfadjoint eigenvalue problem called the transmission eigenvalue problem. In this talk, we discuss this relationship and give new results on the existence and behavior of solutions to the transmission eigenvalue problem. These results make use of the theory of complex analysis and the theory of elliptic partial differential equations.
]]>For more information on this REU program, please visit:
http://math.missouristate.edu/reu
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