Thursday, September 05, 2013

some Smith student summer projects

We just had our first weekly math lunch, during which several of our math majors explained what they had done over the summer. Here are just a few of the projects they described (I couldn’t remember them all!):
  • investigating the sensitivity of face-recognition algorithms to certain properties, like whether the face is turned towards the camera or not;
  • restoring and classifying polylink models, originally created by Alan Holden in the 1970s;
  • turning research from the spring into a professional-level paper for publication;
  • starting a research project on dynamics, game theory, and biology to describe interaction between snails and crabs;
  • an REU about integrating monomials over the Cantor set;
  • helping a faculty member teach statistics to 14–15-year-old girls in an intensive two-week program;
  • much more!
Needless to say, it’s always an honor and a pleasure to be working with these students.

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