Golisano College/NTID students present research at CURM and AMS mathematics conferences

By Fran Broderick

Three RIT students recently presented their talk, “Variations on failed zero forcing in graphs 1, 2 and 3” at the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) Student Research Conference in Provo, Utah. The students, Thomas Ansill ‘15 (computer science), Jaime Penzellna ’15 (information technology), and Daniel Saavedra ‘15 (information technology) also presented related research at the American Mathematics Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland this past January. Their Baltimore talk was titled, “Failed zero forcing and failed skew zero forcing on graphs.”

The students are part of a one-year program funded by a mini-grant from CURM, and led by National Technical Institute for the Deaf  (NTID) assistant professor Bonnie Jacob. “The students’ progress this year has been amazing,” said Jacob, who was the principal investigator on the CURM grant. “They have captured the essence of research: I gave them a problem at the beginning of the year and they ran with it, asking interesting questions, improving their own results, and discovering mathematics that is new not only to them but to the community as a whole. Watching the students share the fruits of their labor with other students as well as established mathematicians is such a thrill.”

Jacob plans to continue the program with RIT/NTID students in the coming school year, and hopes it will continue to provide research opportunities to future students. Team member Daniel Saavedra felt his participation was rewarding, explaining, “[the conferences] were a great experience! I learned a lot from other researchers that gave me ideas to help boost my research!”

RIT students that are interested in participating in future programs with Dr. Jacob are encouraged to contact her via her email: bcjntm@rit.edu