NCM21: New Connections in Math 2021

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC.  Room 103, Gross Hall.

Are you an undergraduate student interested in analysis, probability, PDE, computation, or applied mathematics?  

Do you want to learn more about research opportunities and graduate study in these fields?

New Connections in Math (NCM21) is a research symposium for undergraduate students interested in analysis, probability, PDE, computation, and applied mathematics.  Organized and hosted by the RTG Team in the Duke Mathematics Department, the event will be a great way for students to learn about some current math research opportunities and about graduate study in math.   Participants will meet other undergraduate students doing research, as well as graduate students and faculty working in analysis, probability, PDE, computation, and applications.  Students have been involved in a summer research project or semester research project are strongly encouraged to give a short talk or present a poster about their work.   The program will include: student research talks, faculty keynote speakers, a panel discussion with grad students and faculty about opportunities for graduate study, and many opportunities to interact with other mathematicians.



9:15-9:45  Coffee, snacks, welcome

9:45-11:15  Student Presentations

  • Carolyn Lee and Ethan Lu, “Surfactant Dynamics from the Arnold Perspective”
  • Craig Chen, “Discounted Policy Gradients”
  • Minsung Cho and Seth Hoisington, “The Krein-von Neumann Extension Of A Regular Quasi-Differential Operator”
  • Sam Dulin, “Numerical Simulations in Optimal Transport”

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:15 Faculty speaker, Xiuyuan Cheng: "Finding signals in noisy data: from piezoresponse force microscopy to accelerating computation a hundred times"

12:15-1:30pm  Lunch with research groups

1:30-2:45  Panel discussion about graduate school in math:  Veronica Ciocanel, Jianfeng Lu, Omar Melikechi, Alexander Kiselev

2:45-2:55 Break

2:55-4:25 Student Presentations

  • Kaitlynn Lilly, “Existence and Stability of Fronts in the Klausmeier Equations”
  • Whitney Bennet and Alix Wagner, “Using Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling to Study the Gender Differences of the Tissue Distribution and Pharmacokinetics of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)”
  • Dominic Flocco, “Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic through Knowledge Graph Construction and Application”
  • Owen Queen, “Agent-Based Social Network Models of the Prescription Opioid Epidemic”

4:25-4:40 Break

4:40-5:25 Faculty speaker, Tarek Elgindi: "Introduction to Fluid Mixing"

5:25-5:30 Closing remarks

This event is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation grant "RTG: Training Tomorrow's Workforce in Analysis and Applications" (DMS-2038056).