# Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program (DRP) gives undergraduates the opportunity to:- work one-on-one with a graduate mentor for the semester,
- learn an area of mathematics not covered in any course, and
- gain valuable presentation skills.

#### Requirements

The DRP pairs undergraduate students with graduate-student mentors for an independent reading course. Undergraduate participants are expected to:- meet once per week with the graduate-student mentor,
- work independently for approximately three hours between meetings, and
- give a 10- to 15-minute talk on their project at the end of the semester.

#### DRP Activities - Spring 2019

- Kick-off event (Jan. 16 at 5pm)
- A presentation on "How (not) to give a talk" (Wed. Apr. 3 at 5pm in Blocker 605 AX)
- Final presentations by undergraduate participants (Wed. and Thurs. April 24 and 25 at 5pm in Blocker 220 [Wed.] and 628 [Thurs.])

- Maryam Almaskin (mentor: Ayo Adeniran) - Introduction to Graph Theory
- Melissa Cruz (mentor: Weston King) - Non-Crossing Partitions
- Jackson Haynes (mentor: Oguz Gezmis) - The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture
- Trevor Hollister (mentor: Wei-Lun, Tsai) - The Zeroes of the Riemann Zeta Function
- Bailey Johnson (mentor: John Griffin) - Set theory Applications
- Brent Loving (mentor: Weston Baines) - Introduction to deep learning and neural networks
- Yifei Liang (mentor: Jianyan Ye) - An Introduction To Markov Chains
- Kate McCollough (mentor: Nida Obatake) - Topology and the Neural Code
- Nathan Medrano (mentor: Eric Tovar) - Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations and Methods
- Jonathan Reed (mentor: Sheagan John) - Transcending Rationality: A Discussion of Transcendental Numbers in Mathematics
- Guadalupe Vallers (mentor: Pablo Sanchez) - Classical Theorems in Affine Space
- James Woodcock (mentor: Priyanga Ganesan) - Convergence of Series in Banach Spaces

#### DRP Activities - Fall 2018

- Kick-off event (Wed. Sept. 5 at 5pm in Blocker 605AX)
- A presentation on "How (not) to give a talk" (Wed. Nov. 7 at 5pm in Blocker 605 AX)
- Final presentations by undergraduate participants (Wed. Nov. 28 at 5pm in Blocker 220)

- William Brett Boyer (mentor: Quyuan Lin) - "Some mathematical theories to fluid dynamics"
- Chase Colbert (mentor: Wei-Lun Tsai) - "The distribution of prime numbers"
- Tyson Mailloux (mentor: Weston Baines) - "Survey of machine learning With applications"
- Kristopher Rakestraw (mentor: Konrad Wrobel) - "Percolation theory"

**(NEW!)** How to participate (undergraduates) - Fall 2019

We encourage applications from any undergraduate who:
- will be a sophomore, junior, or senior during the semester of the program, and
- has completed a year-long calculus sequence, and
- is interested in learning interesting mathematics outside of the classroom.

- complete the application for undergraduate students (Deadline: March 29, 2019), and
- register for Math 285 (Directed Studies), section 503, for 1 credit-hour.