Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Luther College students, Erik Linn-Molin, Shane Wilson, Donald Lee-Brown, Sarah McRoberts and Clara Olson, presented at the 2012 "Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science," Nov. 2 - 3 at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Symposium provides undergraduates in the fields of mathematics, physical sciences and computer science an opportunity to present their research projects and results to their peers and faculty.

 Every fall for more than 10 years, Washington University and the University of Chicago have alternated hosting meetings at which undergraduates present their research. A panel of graduate students is also present at each meeting in order to answer questions from the undergraduates about applying, selecting and going to graduate school in the natural sciences.

Erik Linn-Molin, Luther junior from Braham, Minn., presented "Frictional Modification of Aluminum Oxide Surfaces."

Shane Wilson presented "Optimizing Wolbachia Release Strategies for Controlling Dengue Fever."

Donald Lee-Brown, Luther senior from Princeton, Ill., presented "Identifying and Classifying Long Period Variables in the Field of Open Star Cluster M23."

Sarah McRoberts, Luther junior from Oxford, Iowa, presented "Using Stochastic Cellular Automata to Model the Growth and Competition Between Two Stationary Species."

Clara Olson presented "Searching for Rare Transient Events in the Field of Open Cluster M23."