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Rising Applied Mathematics juniors, Billy Heidel and Evan Williams, are participating in the Summer Science Scholars Research Program (S3RP) this summer working with math professor, Dr. Benjamin Wilson. The work is a continuation of Dr. Wilson's research in computational linguistics. The researchers are looking at the entropy and related values of information sources that print different languages. Entropy is a measure of the complexity of a system. In linguistics, it is a measure of the predictability of a language or, equivalently, the amount of information produced on average per symbol in a printout of a message in a given language. The study involves investigating natural languages like English and Spanish, constructed languages like Klingon and Dothraki, and languages based on a corpora of texts by authors like Shakespeare, Twitter accounts, and United States presidents' speeches.  Billy and Evan will work all summer and present their research at SU at the end of July as well as at the Fine School of the Sciences Fall Poster Sessions.

Ray Salas, Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual, visited SU to discuss internships for our Applied Math students.  Ray was a Capstone mentor for Michael Byrd (Applied Math '17) and we look forward to other students working with Ray to get real-life experience in this exciting field.  Ray (left) is shown here with Ellen Roskes (next to Ray), department chair, Ben Wilson, faculty member, and Michelle Schwartz, Student Engagement Coordinator.

Several Applied Mathematics majors and minors attended the 2018 Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson University.  The meeting was designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. In addition to student presentations, the conference featured two invited faculty talks and a panel on career opportunities in government, industry, and academia.​


This semester, Applied Math majors Gerald Roman-Gonzalez and Billy Heidel are working on an independent research project with math professor, Dr. Ben Wilson. The research, which Dr. Wilson and Gerald began as a summer research project during the S3RP program at Stevenson, involves analyzing the complexity of constructed languages using tools from information theory.  Gerald and Billy work on the project together each week.  Then, at the end of the semester, they will present their work at the School of the Sciences Poster Session.


Applied math senior, Gerald Roman-Gonzalez, completed his Capstone internship at the Social Security Administration in the Analysis Group.  He loved working in the actuary efield as this is directly connected to his career plans.  Gerald presented his poster on "Data Mining Algorithims for Extrapolating Information from the Disability Applicant Pool" at the School of the Sciences semi-annual Poster Session in December.  Great job, Gerald!

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