Senior Project

The senior project in mathematics is intended to be a culminating, independent experience of the mathematics major. Students must select a member of the mathematics faculty to serve as their supervisor. In consultation with this supervisor, the student should choose a mathematical topic to study for the senior project. The project must be presented in a written paper, as well as in a public oral presentation.

Senior Project Proposal

Students wishing to complete a senior project in mathematics must submit a senior project proposal form, which must be approved by the mathematics department.

For senior projects to be completed in the Fall 2017 semester, the above proposal form must be completed by September 8, 2017. You will need your project supervisor's approval before finalizing your proposal form, so it is highly recommended that you begin this process much earlier than the due date!

Recent Mathematics Senior Project Titles

The following is a list of some recent titles of senior projects, which may give you some idea of the nature of what can be studied for the senior project.

General Mathematics

  • Fourier Analysis of Musical Timbre
  • Mathematical Analysis of the Fast Fourier Computer Algorithm
  • A Mathematical Model for Garbage Production in Delmas 33, Zone Siloe using Ordinary Differential Equations
  • This Is What Math Sounds Like: Mathematical Modeling of the Human Ear
  • Optimal Control of Dengue Fever Epidemics
  • Quantum Computing Algorithms
  • Leonhard Euler: Life and (a Few) Works
  • The Chinese Remainder Theorem and Its Application to the RSA Algorithm
  • An Introduction to Elliptic Curve Cryptography
  • A Manhattan Perception of Distance
  • Perfect Shuffles and the Resulting Permutations
  • Coding Theory
  • Rubik's Cube and Group Theory
  • Three Theorems on Nonstandard Dice
  • A History of Fermat's Last Theorem and an Introduction to Elliptic Curves
  • Legendre Symbols and an Application to Coin Flipping
  • The Mathematics of Check Digits

Mathematics Education

  • Implementing Computer Programming in a Middle School Mathematics Classroom
  • The Exercise and Brain Connection: How Increasing Physical Education In Schools Will Improve Other Academic Areas
  • Multicultural Math Education: Making Students Better Citizens and Mathematicians
  • Kinesthetic and Visual Learning
  • Math Projects: Social Justice, History and Mystery
  • Compounding Interest: Reversing the Decline in the Perceived Relevance of Mathematics as Students Age
  • This is BS!: The Problem with Block Scheduling
  • History of Mathematics in the Classroom
  • Whose Theorem Is It Anyway? Making Math More Engaging by Introducing the Lives Behind the Theorems
  • Classroom Strategies to Motivate Middle School Math Students
  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Closing the Gender Gap: Gender and Ethnic Differences in Mathematics
  • Attaining a Gender Equitable Mathematics Classroom
  • 10 Lesson Plans Using the Smart Board
  • Intro to 3-D Geometry: A Two-Week Lesson Plan for Surface Area and Volume

Statistics

  • In the Red: A Statistical Analysis of Undergraduate Debt from 2012-2013
  • A Multiple Linear Regression Model for Survival Times of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Patients.
  • ADHD Diagnosis and Status Characteristics in the Classroom.