James Madison University has been chosen for a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in mathematics. All qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply for this eight-week program, in which students will work in groups of two under the supervision of their faculty mentor.
In Summer 2009, Carla Martin was awarded a three-year research grant in Computational Mathematics sponsored by the National Science Foundation (DMS 0914974) to support cutting edge research in tensor decompositions. This grant can support two undergraduate students in summers 2010, 2011, 2012 and includes travel expenses for students to attend conferences. The summer research portion is an 8-week session with 6 of the 8 weeks spent at JMU working with Professor Martin. Two of the summer weeks will be an exchange program with Tufts University for the undergraduates to work with mathematics graduate students and faculty. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to get a taste of graduate school in mathematics. Students who are interested in this opportunity should contact Professor Martin.
Professors Brian Walton, Anthony Tongen, Nusrat Jahan, and Reid Harris were awarded a five-year, $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (DMS-0734284) that funds four undergraduate mathematics or statistics students per year, along with four undergraduate biology students for research in mathematical biology. Interested students should contact Professor Walton.
In the 2008-2009 academic year a group of JMU undergraduate students majoring in engineering, integrated science and technology, secondary education and mathematics or statistics developed an electric-assisted bicycle competition for high-school students. The goals of the competition were to promote sustainability on college campuses and encourage high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering & math careers. The student team members traveled to the National Mall in Washington DC to present the results of their work to judges and the public during the annual Sustainable Design Expo. This project was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's P3 award program and co-mentored by Professor Prins.
Anthony Tongen and Brian Walton were awarded a grant from CURM for the 2007-2008 academic year to fund four undergraduate research students. The traditional model of research experience is the very successful REU program (see above); however, students who engage in an academic year research experience can gain the same valuable tools, while at the same time getting a flavor for graduate school in mathematics, by combining classes and research expectations.
M3 began in the summer of 2007 with Anthony Tongen as a program that supports undergraduate research experiences for minority students. The program was funded by a NREUP grant that is administered through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) with funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences, the National Security Agency, and Moody's Foundation. This program has been subsequently f unded and advised by Anthony Tongen and Roger Thelwell during the summers of 2008 and 2009.
In 2002, Caroline Lubert was awarded a $30,000 research grant from the Jeffress Trust to design and build an anechoic chamber – a room that is isolated from external noise and prevents the reflection of sound waves, so that the only sounds recorded are those emitted directly by the source of interest. This was built in Burruss Hall, with the help of undergraduate students. In 2003, Jeffress Trust awarded Professor Lubert $10,000 to continue developing the chamber, and to employ students to conduct acoustical and optical experiments. A further $10,000 was awarded in 2005. To date, nine JMU students have worked with Professor Lubert on a variety of different projects.
In 2009, the Department purchased a large shared-memory computer using funds from an NSF SCREMS (DMS 0821309) grant. The system, called Redwood, is a 24 core Xeon platform with 128 Gigabytes of RAM. Redwood is a single large system, not a cluster. All JMU faculty or student researchers with faculty, are welcome to use the system. For more information or faculty wishing an account on Redwood should contact Prof. Jason Martin.
EMMST is a project supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program (Grant No. 9952799). EMMST seeks to provide a program meeting teacher preparation content standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, MAA recommendations, and recommendations of the Conference Board on the Mathematical Sciences Mathematical Education of Teachers report for grades 5-8 in a context emphasizing effective teaching.