Chico State University
Summer 2005 NREUP in Knot Theory at Chico State
Thomas Mattman, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Dates of Program: June 13 - July 22, 2005
Under the supervision of Thomas Mattman, four student researchers from
underrepresented groups will be investigating cutting edge problems in
knot theory. Topics include spatial graphs, knot colouring, and
boundary slopes of two-bridge knots.
- Jennifer Jones:
intentions for attending this program at CSU-Chico are to
allow me to widen my mathematical knowledge by introducing me to a
foreign topic in the subject and also teach me how to research mathematical
concepts. I believe that this program will greatly help me in furthering my
education in math and prepare me for graduate school in future."
- James Godzick:
heard about this REU in mathematics via e-mail. I then looked
into the program on the web page of Thomas Mattman. A paper resulting
from this program, 'The Alexander Polynomial, Coloring, and Determinants of
Knots' (2003) coincided with my interests in combinatorics and matrix theory. Because
of this, the opportunity to gain research experience, the stipend, and
softball, I am here today."
- Matt Rodrigues:
heard about this program a year ago from a friend of mine
who worked with me at the tutoring center at Yuba Community School. I was
lucky enough to be accepted to this program that summer and jumped at the
chance to do it again this summer. This program was and is a good fit for me. The
subject is interesting and the CSUC campus is close enough to my home town to
allow me to visit my family. My participation in this program last summer gave
me a good taste of what is involved in math research and also broadened my
academic horizon. I am sure this year will be just as enriching and I am very
excited about the presentations Professor Mattman has lined up for us."
- Kristin Robinson:
plan on majoring in math and am interested in becoming a
high school teacher. I have been lucky enough to realize how important
math is and I would love nothing more than to be able to teach kids what I
know. The knot theory program seemed like a perfect opportunity for me. I have
never taken a class in knot theory, so it is a completely new field of math
for me. In addition, I have never had the opportunity to explore the topic the
way we are able to through this program. We are able to use our creativity and
knowledge to produce previously unknown results."
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