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Undergraduate Research Groups

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Undergraduate Research Groups

UTREUN

Directors:

  • Dr. Leandro Junes
  • Dr. Rigoberto Flórez
  • Dr. Alexandru Atim
  • Dr. Wei-Kai Lai
  • Dr. Antara Mukherjee

 

ITENU

Members:

  • Dr. Leandro Junes
  • Dr. Rigoberto Flórez
  • Luis Alejandro Masmela
  • Pedro Fernando
  • Magda Carolina Guevara
  • Javier Sebastian
  • Andrés Felipe
  • Carlos Rico
 

 

Faculties

 

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Dr. Rigoberto Flórez is Assistant Professor at The Citadel. He got his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Binghamton University (SUNY). His research area is Combinatorics with a focus on Matroids and Graph Theory. Professor Flórez had published several papers and earned several academic awards. He is also bilingual (English and Spanish).

E-mail: rigo.florez at citadel.edu

Leandro

Dr. Leandro Junes is currently teaching Mathematics at California University of Pennsylvania. He got his Ph.D. in mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His research area is Combinatorial Topology, but he also works in Commutative Algebra, Finite Group Theory, Graph Theory and Mathematical Education. Dr. Junes had published several papers and earned many academic awards. He is also fluent in both English and Spanish.

E-mail: junes at calu.edu

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Dr. Antara Mukherjee is an Assistant professor at The Citadel. She received her Ph.D. from The University
of Oklahoma. Her main research interests include Topology, Number Theory and Combinatorics. She is interested in working with undergraduate students on different mathematical problems. Her students have presented their research in local and inter-state conferences and won
awards doing the same. Two of her undergraduate advisees John Watson and Kaige Lindberg have published solutions to open problems in Fibonacci Quarterly. Another advisee Nathan McAnally has submitted the solution to an advanced problem for consideration to be published in the Fibonacci Quarterly.

mukherjeea1 at citadel.edu

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Dr. Alexandru Atim received his Ph.D. from University of North Texas in 2008. He is appointed Assistant Professor at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. His research interests include, but are not limited to specific areas of Functional Analysis, Topological Groups and Combinatorics.

E-mail: atima@benedict.edu

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Professor Luis Alejandro Masmela is currently teaching at the Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas. He also teaches at Universidad Santo Tomás and Universidad Libre. Professor Luis got his master degree from National University of Colombia. He is also part of two research groups at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

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M.S. Luis Alejandro Masmela is an assistant professor of Mathematics at the Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas. Professor Luis got his master degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He works on Probability and Statistics, specifically, his research is on Non-Parametric Statistics and Data Analysis. He currently teaches Number Theory at the Department of Mathematics. This class is an important component of the undergraduate research group ITENU. E-mail: lmasmela@udistrital.edu.co

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Professor Veronica Cifuentes Vargas has taught at Universidad Pedagógica Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) and Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Professor Vargas got her master degree from National University of Colombia. She is also part of three research groups at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Professor Vargas has a wide variety of research interest such as: Computational Commutative Algebra, Number Theory and Logic.

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M.S. Gabriel Córdoba Suárez is a professor of Mathematics at at the Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas. He holds two master degrees, in Mathematics and Computer Science, from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His research area is on Applied Mathematics. Specifically, he works on Linear Programming where he has published papers on Mathematical Modeling. Professor Gabriel teaches Stochastic Processes and is an integral part of ITENU.

 

Wei-Kai

Dr. Wei-Kai Lai is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. He is originally from Taiwan, and received his Ph.D. of Mathematics from the University of Mississippi. His research focuses on geometric properties of positive tensor products, and the general theory of Banach lattice and positive operator. E-mail: Laiw@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

 

Students

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Shannon Michaels Areford is a USC Sumter sophomore student majoring in Math.  She has been doing undergraduate research since February 2011. On April 15, 2011, Shannon submitted a solution to a proposed problem in the Journal "The Fibonacci Quarterly". This accolade is substantial because she was in her second semester of her first year of undergraduate studies with only elementary college math as a background.  Shannon is an Air Force wife and mother to a lovely eleven year old daughter.  She is also an avid equestrian and enjoys triathlon sports.  Shannon aspires to be a successful mathematician. Her ambition is to find a rewarding and enjoyable career in Mathematics.

E-mail: michaesl@email.sc.edu.

Robinson

Robinson Alexander Higuita Diaz is a senior student at Universidad de Antioquia majoring in Math.  He has been doing undergraduate research since 2010. He already submitted five solutions to proposed problems in the journal “The Fibonacci Quarterly”. Robinson is also passionate about Number Theory, Jordan Algebras and Real Analysis. He is currently working on applications of Jordan Algebras.
E-mail:
robinharra@yahoo.es

Pedro

Pedro Fernando is a sophomore student at Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas majoring in Math.  He has been doing undergraduate research since 2010. Pedro’s article ”Obtención de Estrellas Mediante Congruencias Lineales y Derive” has been accepted for publication in the memoirs of the Coloquio Distrital de Matemáticas, Colombia, 2011.  He also attended several math conferences and gave talks in two regional meetings. Pedro has been invited to give a presentation at the international conference ALAMMI´2011, Cuba, Matanzas, Nov. 22 - 26, 2011. He wishes to continue his graduate education in the U.S.A.
E-mail:
pffernandeze@correo.udistrital.edu.co

Magda

Magda Carolina Guevara is a senior student at Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas majoring in Math.  She has been doing undergraduate research since 2010. Magda is currently working on her undergraduate thesis. She attended several math conferences and is mentoring high school students.  She describes herself as a kind and honest person with an excellent work ethic. Magda aspires to be a successful mathematician and wishes to continue her graduate education in the U.S.A.
E-mail:
mcguevaram@correo.udistrital.edu.co

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Javier Sebastian is a sophomore student at Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas majoring in Math.  He has been doing undergraduate research since 2009. Javier is passionate about Number Theory, Abstract Algebra and Complex Variables.  He is an active member of the group ITENU. Javier aspires to be a successful mathematician and wishes to continue his graduate education in the U.S.A.
E-mail:
jscorteso[at]correo.udistrital.edu.co

Andres

Andrés Felipe is a sophomore student at Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas majoring in Math.  He has been doing undergraduate research since 2010. Andrés is passionate about Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra and Theoretical Physics.  He is an active member of the group ITENU and wishes to be a successful mathematician.
E-mail:
afgalindoo@correo.udistrital.edu.co

Carlos

Carlos Rico is a senior student at Universidad Distrital Francisco Francisco José de Caldas majoring in Math.  He has been doing undergraduate research since 2010. On August, 2011, Carlos submitted a solution to a proposed problem in the Journal "The Fibonacci Quarterly". Carlos is passionate about Abstract Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.  He is an active member of the group ITENU and wishes to be a successful mathematician.
E-mail: caricoa[at]correo.udistrital.edu.co

 

Kristopher Liggins is a junior at Benedict College majoring in Physics. He has been doing research since May of 2011. During the summer of 2011, Kristopher (with help from two other undergraduate researchers) submitted two solutions to proposed problems in the journal “The Fibonacci Quarterly”. Kristopher is interested in mathematical topics such as Number Theory and Partial Differential Equations. He also plans to go to graduate school majoring in Mathematics.

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Mary Rachel Hudson is a second-semester freshman at the University of South Carolina Sumter. She is pursuing degrees in English and Elementary Education with the goal of one day teaching English as a second language in other countries. A few of her other interests include playing music, working with children, and being actively involved in church activities. She also enjoys math and is excited to be part of the undergraduate research program.

Chris

Chris Rufty is a USC Salkehatchie student and will be transferring to USC Columbia during Spring 2012, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Math. He has taken many Math courses in USC Salkehatchie. In Fall 2011, he took an Independent Study course with Dr. Wei-Kai Lai, and started to do research on Japanese Ladder. On October 28, he gave a presentation on “Japanese Ladder Game, A Simple Version” in Carolina Mathematics Seminar at the Citadel. Now Chris lives happily with his wife Vuong. Chris hopes to have a successful career in Chemical Engineering and Math. His ambition is to find a rewarding job that he will enjoy going to everyday. E-mail: Bigblockchris@hotmail.com.

   
 

 

   
 

 

 
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