Senior Year Research Projects

The Senior Year Experience (SYE) is a required part of the programs in mathematics and computer science. This project can be either an independent research project with a faculty member or a specially designed senior seminar.  Titles of many of the recent SYE research projects in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics appear below. 

Additional information about the Senior Year Experience is available for current students.

Recent SYE Research Projects in Mathematics

Class of 2015

  • DiStefano, David • An Application-Based Understanding of Catalan Numbers
  • Joseph, Mitchell • Erdos-Faber-Lovasz Conjecture
  • Ross, Abigail  • A Multi-Dimensional Exploration of the Catalan Numbers
  • Shenton, Nathaniel • The Double Pendulum: A Case Study in Chaos Theory
  • Yang, Yunsi • Forecast of Impact of the Falling Oil Price on Oil Companies and Major Airlines

 Class of 2014

  • Balderston, John • Foxes, Hipsters, and the Internet Meme:  A Comprehensive Model of Today's First-World Social Epidemic
  • Clemens, Laura • Comparison of E coli Genomes:  An Introduction to Comparative Genomics
  • Gladwin, Alex • “[Who?] – can – write – no – more”?:  Stylometry, Authorship, and “The Loved Dead”
  • Holby, John • Variations on the Euclidean Steiner Tree Problem: Less Road Traveled
  • Lehman, Tom •   Allometric Scaling Theory and a Test of Area-Preserving Branching in Trees
  • Montgomery, Robert • Kidney Paired Donation:  Optimal and Equitable Matchings in Bipartite Graphs
  • Prassas, Vasileios • Can We Predict Currency Crises? An Early Warning System Approach
  • Rutherford, Devlin • Fractal Geometry and its Applications to Volcanology
  • Walsh, Evan • The Performance of Momentum Investing:  Consequences for Market Eciency, or Not

 Class of 2013

  • Patrick Curry • Probability Of Making Street Networks One-way
  • Roelof Groenewald • Next Generation Matrices for Epidemic Models
  • Lucy Mellor • A Chromatic Duel on Simple Graphs
  • Luke Reed • Compartmental Models:An Epidemiological Application of Ordinary Di_erential Equations

 Class of 2012

  • Newton, Kristen • Graphical Degree Sequences

 Recent SYE Research Projects in Statistics

Class of 2015

  • Bradley, Colleen  Studying the Effects of Sleep on Mental Health Using Mixed Effects Modeling
  • Driscoll, Danny • Identifying Different Clusters of NHL Goalies
  • Lusting, Brandon  Head-­‐to-­‐Head Comparison Models
  • Street, Jennifer  Adjusting Grade Point Averages for Course Diculty

Class of 2014

  • Abramski, Katie • Improving the Statistical Method for Classifying Geomagnetic Storms
  • Christensen, Kathryn • Understanding Uncertainty in Predicting the Lifetime of Plutonium Fuel Cells 
  • Felix, Zachary  • Pitch Classification Using Major League Baseball’s Pitchf/x Data
  • Legacy, Chelsey •  An Interactive Program for Modeling Autocorrelation Structures Using Sums of Rational Functions
  • Mulcahey, Dan • Identifying Similarly Performing Mutual Funds Using Cluster Analysis
  • Peterson, Addie • Simulation Methods for Survival Models with Applications to Lifetimes of C. elegans
  • Petzing, Dean • Analysis Of Play Selection in College Football

Class of 2013

  • Kerrin Ehrensbeck • Using Bayesian Statistics to Model the Plutonium Management Models for the Los Alamos National

 Class of 2012

  • About Zike, Nassir • A Bayesian Approach for Assessing the Performance of a Biometric Authentication Device
  • Curro, James • Total Hockey Rating (THOR): A comprehensive statistical rating of National Hockey League Stakers based on all on-ice events
  • Kearney, Emma • The Future of Driftwood as a Subsistence Resource in Shaktoolik and Savoonga, Alaska: A Statistical Analysis of a Translocal Phenomenon
  • Manning, Maryn • Is Your Country Better Than the Rest? : Using Bayesian Statistics to Model the Top 100 Ranked Countries and Explore the Issue of Multicollinearity
  • Pasquali, Thomas • An Analysis of NHL Face-Offs

 

Recent SYE Research Projects in Computer Science

Class of 2015

  • Mineva, Vela Dimitrova  Refactoring the ReectionApp Java Applet

Class of 2014

  • Pasipanodya, Tafadzwa • A Survey of Extractive Multi-Document Text Summarization Algorithms
  • Timerman, Spencer • Reward Shaping for Cooperative Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning

Class of 2013

  • Ryan Godard • Question Answering on the Web
  • Shelley Kandola • A Survey of Cryptographic Algorithms