Eighteen Mathematics and Computer Science Students Presented Research Results at URAC

Monday, April 29, 2013

Eighteen mathematics and computer science majors recently presented their 2012-2013 undergraduate research results at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration (URAC) hosted by Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on April 24, 2013.

This showcase for student creative and research efforts featured the work of more than 200 Westmin­ster students, who presented posters, oral presentations, documentaries, art projects, and perfor­mances.  Posters were on display in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey during three sessions held throughout the day; concurrent presentations and performances were scheduled in Patterson Hall.  The day-long celebration also included the annual Honors Convocation at 3:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. 

Ryan Foley, first-year sociology major, won the first-year research prize at URAC this year.  Dr. Carolyn Cuff and Dr. Terri Lenox, served as advisors to Ryan in his research entitled "Correlation Between SAT Scores and Family Income."

The following students represented the mathematics and computer science department at the event:

Peter Barber
Computer Science
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. John Bonomo
Title:  Simulation of Plant Growth and Evolution using Genetic Algorithms
 
Anthony Caratelli

Computer Science
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. John Bonomo
Title:  Casino Solitaire
 
Bethany Ekimoff

Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Jeffrey Boerner
Title:  Checkerboard Surfaces on Knots
 
Christina Erceg
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. David Offner
Title:  Backgammon End Game Doubling Strategies in Money Play and Match Play
 
Ryan Foley - Winner of first-year research award
Sociology
Faculty Sponsors:  Dr. Carolyn Cuff and Dr. Terri lenox
Title:  Correlation Between SAT Scores and Family Income
 
John Griebel
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Carolyn Cuff
Title:  A Fibonacci Sequence with Probability
 
Jenna Huston
Mathematics
Co-author(s): Clark Bowman, Yan Dai, Dustin Katzin
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Joshua Barron
Title:  Information Theoretically Secure Computation Protocols in the Quantum Noisy Storage Model
 
Lisa Kaylor
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. David Offner
Title:  Matrices over Z (mod p) with Eigenvalues in the Same Field
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Corey Dunn
Title:  Is Every Invertible Linear Map in the Structure Group of some Algebraic Curvature Tensor?
 
Andrew Kieffer
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. David Offner and Dr. Jeffrey Boerner
Title:  Using a Markov Chain Model to Compare the 2012 MLB Playoff System to the 2011 System
 
Connor MacKenzie
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Jeffrey Boerner  
Co-author:  Dr. Howard Cohl, NIST
Title:  Simplifying and Generalizing Orthogonal Polynomials

Brandon Mosley
Emily Walther, co-author

Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. David Offner
Title:  How To Hang With the High Rollers

Domenic Neely
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Carolyn Cuff
Title:  Quarantine for an Infectious Disease

Matthias Nguyen
Computer Information Systems
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Terri Lenox
Title:  Trust in Online Auction and Shopping Online
 
Daniel Rutkowski
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsors:  Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz and Mr. James Anthony
Title:  An Exploration in Cover Pebbling
 
Daniel Solomon
Computer Science
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. David Shaffer
Title:  Improving Upon Previous Movie Database Programs
 
Morgan Swartz
Mathematics
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Carolyn Cuff
Title:  Statistical Analysis of an Analytical Chemistry Experiment: Applications of Partial Least Squares Regression to Biodiesel Blends and Frackwater Samples
 

Emily Walther
Brandon Mosley, co-author
Mathematics
Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. David Offner
Title:  How To Hang With the High Rollers

Ryen Wilkins
Computer Science
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. David Shaffer
Title:  Creating Adaptive Characters in Interactive Fiction through the use of a Genetic Algorithm


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L to R: Peter Barber, Matthias Nguyen, Brandon Mosley, Daniel Rutkowski, Daniel Solomon, Emily Walther, Morgan Swartz, Bethany Ekimoff, Lisa Kaylor, Domenic Neely, Jenna Huston, Andrew Kieffer, and Anthony Caratelli; Missing from picture: Christina Erceg, Ryan Foley, John Griebel, Connor MacKenzie, and Ryen Wilkins



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