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 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 and Statistics

Class of 2015
Bradley, Colleen Studying the Effects of Sleep on Mental Health Using Mixed Effects Modeling
DiStefano, David An Application-Based Understanding of Catalan Numbers
Driscoll, Danny Identifying Different Clusters of NHL Goalies
Joseph, Mitchell Erdos-Faber-Lovasz Conjecture
Lusting, Brandon Head-­‐to-­‐Head Comparison Models
Mineva, Vela Dimitrova Refactoring the ReectionApp Java Applet
Ross, Abigail  A Multi-Dimensional Exploration of the Catalan Numbers
Shenton, Nathaniel The Double Pendulum: A Case Study in Chaos Theory
Street, Jennifer Adjusting Grade Point Averages for Course Diculty
Yang, Yunsi Forecast of Impact of the Falling Oil Price on Oil Companies and Major Airlines

Class of 2014
Abramski, Katie •
Improving the Statistical Method for Classifying Geomagnetic Storms
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
Christensen, Kathryn • Comparison of E coli Genomes:  An Introduction to Comparative Genomics
Felix, Zachary  •
Pitch Classification Using Major League Baseball’s Pitchf/x Data
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
Legacy, Chelsey •  An Interactive Program for Modeling Autocorrelation Structures Using Sums of Rational Functions
Lehman, Tom •   Allometric Scaling Theory and a Test of Area-Preserving Branching in Trees
Mulcahey, Dan • Identifying Similarly Performing Mutual Funds Using Cluster Analysis
Montgomery, Robert • Kidney Paired Donation:  Optimal and Equitable Matchings in Bipartite Graphs
Pasipanodya, Tafadzwa • A Survey of Extractive Multi-Document Text Summarization Algorithms
Peterson, Addie • Simulation Methods for Survival Models with Applications to Lifetimes of C. elegans
Petzing, Dean • Analysis Of Play Selection in College Football
Prassas, Vasileios • Can We Predict Currency Crises? An Early Warning System Approach
Rutherford, Devlin • Fractal Geometry and its Applications to Volcanology
Timerman, Spencer • Reward Shaping for Cooperative Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning
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
Kerrin Ehrensbeck • Using Bayesian Statistics to Model the Plutonium Management Models for the Los Alamos National
Ryan Godard • Question Answering on the Web
Roelof Groenewald • Next Generation Matrices for Epidemic Models
Shelley Kandola • A Survey of Cryptographic Algorithms
Lucy Mellor • A Chromatic Duel on Simple Graphs
Luke Reed • Compartmental Models:An Epidemiological Application of Ordinary Di_erential Equations

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
Newton, Kristen • Graphical Degree Sequences
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

Class of 2011
Gorman, Brendan, Griffin, Cassidy, Powell, Ricky -
Obtainability of Strong Orientations on Graphs
Rogers, Melissa How do I color Thee: Let Me Count the Ways
Mwenda, Jeremy Java, XML, and Web Services for Small-scale Web Applications
Nguyen, Hau • Bayesian VS. Frequentist Approaches To Modeling Seal Populations
Yamanashi, Nobu • Advanced Fantasy - Football User Draft Tool

Class of 2010
Akstull, Tara • Predicting Scoring Rates in Hockey
Chin, Cindy • The Golden Ratio: The Most Irrational among Irrational Numbers
Dale, Ryan • Comparing Seifert Circles with the Braid Index of a Knot
Fisher, Alexander • Fourier Optics and Signal Processing
Hadler, Jeremy • Evaluating the Robustness of Clustering Techniques relative to the Number of Clusters
Howard, Megan • Classification Trees
Huynh, Thang Le • Harmonic Analysis and its Applications to Economics
Lane, Catherine • Comparing Methods of Analyzing Data From Cluster Randomization Trials
McAndrews, Oke • Transfer Function Models of the Natural Gas Market
Mercurio, Paul • Explaining the Spread of Racoon Rabies Using Spatial Data Analyses
Mildrum, Charlie • An Analysis of NHL Shot Location Data
Miller, Katie • Predicting Wins for Baseball Games
Perconti, Jamie • Combinatorial Game Theory
Porter, Jennifer • Searching for Leukemia Clusters in Central New York
Sonam, Karma • Investigating the Convergence Rate of Sampling Distributions from Skewed Populations
Tuttle, Marcus • Analyzing Intensive Techniques in Statistics: Exploring Markov Chain Monte Carlo Techniques
von Reyn, Ben • Probability Bucketing: An Alternative to the Monte Carlo Approach in Financial Mathematics

Recent SYE Research Projects in Computer Science

Class of 2010
Baum, Geoffrey • Three Dimensional N-Body Simulation
Ben-Haim, Bryan • SLUlist - St. Lawrence's Online Marketplace
Denu, Douglas • St. Lawrence Web Crawler
Douglass, James • Drupal 5 Module Development
Fuerte, Christopher • A Multi-threaded and Distributed Implementation of a Turn Based  Game: Texas Hold'em
Garnett, Susan • A Multi-threaded and Distributed Implementation of a Turn Based Game: Texas Hold'em
Johnston, James • An Adaptation of a Poker Game
LaShomb, John • Web Development for Mobile Devices
Lynch, Simon • Survey of the OpenGL Shading Language
Nelkin, Valerie • Visual Explorations with Processing
Perconti, Jamie • A Pipelining Package for System C
Pogozelski, Steven • SLUlist - St. Lawrence's Online Marketplace
Sarov, Martin • Real-Time Simulation of Light Scattering By Dust Particles in a Darkened Room
VanderVoort, Lisa • Evaluation of Estimators of Generalized Pareto Distribution
Whelan, Thomas •  A Multi-threaded and Distributed Implementation of a Turn Based Game: Texas Hold'em
Woodworth, Adrienne • Kung Fu Master for Teenvity