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NREUP 2009

Morgan State University

Title: The Riordan Group and Applications to RNA Secondary Structure

Director: Asamoah Nkwanta

Email: asamoah.nkwanta@morgan.edu

Dates of Program: June 2 - July 14, 2010

Summary: The focus of this summer project is to introduce undergraduate mathematics students to undergraduate research centered on properties of the Riordan group with applications to RNA secondary structure prediction. The students will study and research basic concepts, properties, and applications of the Riordan group. Some of the concepts covered will be subgroup, semi-direct product, group homomorphism, centralizer, stabilizer, and quotient group. An application of the Riordan group will be applied to molecular and computational biology and involves using elements of the Riordan group to model RNA secondary sequences. Bioinformatics programming tools will also be used to predict stable RNA secondary sequences.

Student Researchers Supported by MAA:

  • Ashley Banks
  • Damond Collier
  • Rudy Dehaney
  • David Hadley
  • Esther Opoku-Adusei

Program Contacts:

Bill Hawkins
MAA SUMMA
bhawkins@maa.org
202-319-8473

Michael Pearson
MAA Programs & Services
pearson@maa.org
202-319-8470

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