2005-current: As PI on Michigan RTG grant for algebraic geometry and its boundries, Karen Smith helped distribute NSF funds to four undergraduate students each summer.

2002: Professor Smith funded through her NSF grant a team of four students to research problems in combinatorics under the direction of Assistant Professor Mark Skandera, now at Dartmouth College.

2000: Maggie Peters investigated applications of linear algebra to building effective internet search engines, and also to analyzing voting patterns in the United Nations. Maggie is now professor of political science at Yale, after doing a PhD in political science at Stanford.

1999: Betseygail Rand, who eventually went on to get a PhD from U Texas and is now a professor at Texas Lutheran, conducted research with Professor Smith on sparse matrices. The project was assisted by (then) PhD student Amanda Johnson. The goal is to find matrices with as many zero entries as possible which still have many non-zero sub-determinants. As the number of non-zero determinants increases, so must the number of non-zero entries. How can one describe this function? This has applications to finding sparse systems of parameters for projective algebraic varieties.

For more information on undergraduate research opportunities, see Christine Betz in the Math Office, East Hall 2084.