Research in Mathematics and Statistics
Research Opportunities at Grinnell
Current Grinnell College students will find a list of research opportunities on the Science Division GrinnellShare site (login required). You will find descriptions for research projects with professors on campus, as well as a number of offcampus opportunities.
Faculty Research Areas

Jeffrey Blanchard: Applied Mathematics, Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, Wavelets, Compressed Sensing.

Marc Chamberland : Experimental Mathematics, Classical Analysis, Number Theory, Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations.

Pam Fellers: Valueadded methodology, mixedmodels, and the teaching and learning of statistics.

Christopher French: Algebraic Combinatorics; theory of association schemes.

Jeff Jonkman: Metaanalysis, inference for nonlinear models, analysis of observational studies, composite sampling.

Shonda Kuiper: experimental design, statistics education, statistical consulting.

Joseph Mileti: Computability theory, reverse mathematics, set theory, Ramsey theory, and the interaction of mathematical logic with algebra and combinatorics.

Marcos Ortiz: Contact topology, combinatorial topology, experimental mathematics.

Jennifer Paulhus: algebraic number theory, arithmetic geometry, elliptic and hyperelliptic curves, representation theory, Jacobian varieties.

Karen Shuman : Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Iterated Function Systems.

Royce Wolf: Algebraic Topology, Combinatorial Group Theory, Knot Theory, Spherical Virtual Knot Theory, Quandles.
Faculty Presentations
Our faculty give talks all over the world.
2017
 Marc Chamberland
 Combinatorial Identities via Matrix Factorization, Joint Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, Atlanta, Georgia.
 The Life and Legacy of Graham Gladwell, 9th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
 Shonda Kuiper
 Modules for Infusing Data Science into the Statistics Curriculum, United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, State College, PA.
 Data Science Tutorials, Joint Statistics Meetings, Chicago, IL.
2016
 Marc Chamberland
 When Choice is an Illusion, Iowa Mathematical Association of America, section meeting, Des Moines, IA.
 Combinatorial Identities via Matrix Factorization, 17th International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications, Caen, France.
 A Course in Experimental Mathematics, Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics, London, Ontario, Canada.
 Pamela Fellers
 Beyond the SRS: A Weighted Survey Data Example, Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics.
 Christopher French
 Noncommutative association schemes of rank 6 with affine subschemes, AMS Sectional meeting, Denver, CO.
 Shonda Kuiper
 Visualizations Designed to Engage Student Learning, Electronic Conference On Teaching Statistics.
 Finding and Structuring Quantitative Data; Data Visualizations. Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry Summer Institute, Grinnell, IA.
 Teaching Students to Work with Big Data through Visualizations, Joint Statistics Meetings, Chicago, IL.
 Joseph Mileti
 A Rainbow Analogue to Rado's Homogeneous Equation Theorem, Association for Symbolic Logic Annual Meeting, Storrs, CT.
 Reflections on Carl as a Researcher, Teacher, and Adviser, Midwest Computability Theory Seminar, Chicago, IL.
 Jennifer Paulhus
 Completely Decomposable Jacobian Varieties, Canadian Number Theory Meeting XIV, Calgary, Canada.
2015


“Conjugate Gradient Iterative Hard Thresholding” International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Conjugate Gradient Iterative Hard Thresholding” 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Beijing, China.



Popularizing Mathematics with YouTube, Iowa Mathematical Association of America section meeting, Lamoni, Iowa



“Statistical Consulting: Making Connections Across the Curriculum” United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, State College, PA.

“Using ValueAdded Models to Assess Teacher Professional Development Programs” National Council on Measurement in Education, Chicago, IL.



“Schemes for extending the theory of extensions of schemes” 8th Slovenian Conference on Graph Theory, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.



"Making Statistics Relevant in a DataRich Society" United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, State College, PA.

"Engaging students with data" United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, State College, PA.

"Using Games in an Introductory Statistics Course" Joint Mathematical Meetings, San Antonio, TX.

2014


“Selecting Multiple Order Statistics with Graphics Processing Unit” 16th SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, Portland, OR.

“Composite Dilation Wavelets” Numerical Analysis Seminar, Mathematics Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

“Conjugate Gradient Iterative Hard Thresholding” International Symposium on Information Theory, Honolulu, HI.

“Conjugate Gradient Iterative Hard Thresholding” SIAM Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.



“Averaging Structure in the 3x+1 Problem” Joint Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, Baltimore, MD.

"Lorenz Attractor in Flow" Juried exhibition of mathematical art, Bridges conference at Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD.



“Noncommutative imprimitive association schemes of rank 6” AMS Sectional Meeting, Knoxville, TN.



“More Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: A Quick Tour of MetaAnalysis” Central Illinois Statistical Association, Peoria, IL.

“Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: A Brief Overview of MetaAnalysis” Department of Mathematics, Bradley University, Peoria, IL.



“Using Technology to Teach Quantitative Research Skills” ACM FaCE3 Conference on TechnologyEnabled Learning, Chicago, IL.

(and Rodney Sturdivant) “Games as a locus of selfempowered collaborative learning” International Conference on Teaching Statistics, Flagstaff, AZ.

“Teaching Quantitative Research Skills Within an Online Course” ACM Online Teaching Workshop, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Chicago, IL.

“Using Games and Case Studies to Engage Students in the Introductory Class” Joint Statistics Meeting, Boston, MA.

“Using Games to teach Design of Experiments” Joint Statistics Meeting, Boston, MA.

"Designing Simulated Experiments in the Introductory Statistics Course" Joint Statistics Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

"Playing Games with a Purpose: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Statistics" Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD.



“Irreducibles and Primes in Computable Rings” International Congress of Mathematicians, Seoul, South Korea.

“Irreducibles and Primes in Computable Rings” Association for Symbolic Logic Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO.



“Jacobian Varieties of Hurwitz Curves” Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium – XI, Gyeongnju, Republic of Korea.

“Decomposing Jacobian varieties” ICM 2014International Congress of Mathematicians, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

“Decomposing Jacobian varieties” Group Actions in Algebra and Geometry session at the Applications of Computer Algebra conference, Fordham University.

“Decomposing Jacobian varieties” AMS Sectional Meeting, Eau Claire, WI.

“What the heck is Math Research?” Grinnell College Faculty Colloquium.

“The abcConjecture: A Snapshot of the World of Pure Mathematic” Grinnell College Math Department Seminar.

2013


“Greedy Algorithms for Joint Sparse Recovery” CIMPA New Trends in Applied Harmonic Analysis, Mar del Plata, Argentina.



“Averaging Structure in the 3x+1 Problem” Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany.

"The Computer's Role in Mathematical Discovery" West Chester University.

"Complex Numbers and Geometry" Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego.

"Inner Square" Juried exhibition of mathematical art, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego.

"Borromean Five" Juried exhibition of mathematical art, Bridges conference, Enschede, Netherlands.

"A Feast of Experimental Mathematics" Experimental Mathematical Seminar, Rutgers University Mathematics Colloquium.

"The 3x+1 Problem" Rutgers University Mathematics Colloquium.



“Investigation of the Impact of Nonrandomization and Ceiling Effects on Estimates of Program Effects from ValueAdded Models" Joint Statistical Meetings, Montreal, CanadaQuebec.



"Functors from Association Schemes" American Mathematical Society Spring Sectional Meeting, Ames, IA.

"Association Schemes of Rank 6" University of Texas Brownsville, Colloquium.



“A Slightly Inverted Classroom” Iowa Mathematical Association of TwoYear Colleges (IMATYC) fall conference, Mason City, IA.

“Playing WebBased Games with a Purpose: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Statistics” Kansas City Math and Technology Exposition, Kansas City, MO.

“Hybrid or Online Teaching and Quantitative Reasoning” Joint Statistical Meetings, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“Playing Games with a Purpose: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Statistics” Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA.

“Playing Games with a Purpose: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Statistics” Joint Statistics Meeting, Raleigh Durham, NC.

“Igniting a Passion for Change in Teaching Statistics” United States Conference On Teaching Statistics (USCOTS), Raleigh Durham, NC.

“Nurturing a Passion for Statistics by Finding Stories in Data” United States Conference On Teaching Statistics (USCOTS), Raleigh Durham, NC.

“Flipping the Classroom: Changing the Classroom Model to Enhance Studentcentered Learning and Optimize Use of Time” United States Conference On Teaching Statistics (USCOTS), Raleigh Durham, NC.



"Primes in Computable UFDs" Computability, Complexity, and Randomness Seminar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"Uniform Computable Reductions Between Mathematical Theorems" American Mathematical Society (AMS) Spring Sectional Meeting, Iowa State University.

"Computable Reductions Between Mathematical Theorems" Mathematics Colloquium, Western Illinois University.

"(Non)computable Algebra" Mathematics Colloquium, Iowa State University.



“Computing branching data and decomposing Jacobian varieties” American Mathematical Society (AMS) Spring Sectional Meeting, Iowa State University.

“Using Algebra to Study Curves” Mathematics Colloquium, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Faculty Awards and Grants
 Shonda Kuiper. The 2012 MERLOT Classics Award in Statistics. This award is given once a year for the best peer reviewed online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning.

Shonda Kuiper. Playing Games with a Purpose: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Statistics. National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in Statistics
May 2011May 2014.  Jeffrey Blanchard. Largescale Algorithm Analysis and GPU Implementations for Compressed Sensing and Matrix Completion. National Science Foundation, Research in Undergraduate Institutions, August 2011  July 2014.