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Student Research

One of the hallmarks of Davidson College is the opportunity to work on graduate-level research projects as an undergraduate. Many mathematics students are involved in research work at Davidson beyond the scope of usual coursework, through summer research projects, research assistance to faculty, independent studies, honors projects, and more, thanks in part to external faculty grants, as well as internal collaborative grants to faculty or students, such as the Davidson Research Initiative

Students pursue research in pure and applied mathematics as well as computer science, investigating areas such as graph theory, sports analytics, and bioinformatics (in conjunction with in genomics).

Contacts for these and other possible summer experiences are available on a list of summer opportunities in mathematics and computer science.


Project Type: Topic
Faculty Mentor
Dustin Atchley '17 Independent Study: Virtual Reality for Biology Education Peck
George Baldini '19, Mike Blasey '19, Henry Duncan '17, Jason Feldman '18, Noah Furman '19, Abhi Jain '18, Athena Kalamaras '18, Wes Kerr '19, Ross Kruse '17, Grant McClure '17, Jack Lang '19, Max Schimanski '16, Nathan Tenpas '18 Sports Analytics for Davidson College Men's Basketball Chartier
Victoria Bonagura '18 Sports Analytics for Davidson College Women's Soccer Chartier
Chris Cardwell '17 & Harrison Manning '16 Algorithm Development for Chartier
Jiarui Chu '17 Summer DRI: Random Visibility in Groups of Geometric Objects Heyer
Courtney Cochrane '16 Summer DRI: Disease Spread Modeling through Zero Forcing and Dynamical Systems Molinek
Courtney Cochrane '16 Independent Study: Virtual Reality and Scientific Visualization with Data from Dr. Lom in Biology Peck
Courtney Cochrane `16, Ross Kruse `17 & Grant McClure `17 Analytics for NBA League Office Chartier
Will Damron '18 Analytics for Dunham Sports Chartier
Megan Feichtel '16 Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Research Peck
Jack Goffinet '16 Novel Algorithms for Solving the Maximum Satisfiability (MaxSAT) Problem Ramanujan
Graham Haines '18 & Wes Kerr '19 Sports Analytics for Davidson College Women's Basketball Chartier
Graham Haines '18 & Tyler Hickey '16 Sports Analytics for Davidson College Football Chartier
Kai Jia '16 Thesis Research: Matchings in Lex and Colex Graphs Yerger and Keough
Mason Lin '17 Summer DRI: Sports Analytics Applied to Finance Chartier
Lingbo Lu '15 Summer DRI: Rank Aggregation Chartier
Ricky Sosa '18 Summer RISE: Explorations in Graph Pebbling Yerger
Takuya Wakayama '17 Summer FS&R: Intermingled Ascending Wave M-Sets with Three Colors Yerger
Katy Williams '17 Project PRONTO Heyer
Erica Shook '17 NSF-funded Synthetic Biology Research: Programmed Evolution Heyer
Chenxiao (Simon) Xue '16 Thesis Research: Branching Heuristics for SAT Solving Ramanujan
Chenxiao (Simon) Xue '16 Summer DRI: Pebbling and Class 0 Graphs Yerger


Project Type: Topic
Faculty Mentor
Miles Abbett '14 Summer research: Developed fantasy sports salary cap algorithm for Major League Fantasy Chartier
Nancy Brown '15 Independent study: Operations Research Heyer
Spencer Chadinha '15 Independent study: Bioinformatics research and web development Heyer
Erol Cromwell '15 Summer DRI: Machine learning and graph theoretic tools to explore the potential for computational creativity in the domain of salad recipes Ramanujan
Jason Feldman '18, Abhi Jain '18, Ross Kruse '17, Grant McClure '17 Sports analytics: for the Davidson College men's basketball team Chartier
Alex Feliciano '15, Eric Hart '15, Sarah Klett '15, Ross Kruse '17 Sports analytics: for Davidson teams and developing related high school curriculum Chartier
Jack Goffinet '16 & Alden Hart '15 Independent study: Computer organization Ramanujan
Ross Kruse '17 Summer DRI: Deep learning techniques for automatic feature induction in the domain of Pacman Ramanujan
Ross Kruse '17, Grant McClure '17 Sports analytics: for the NBA Chartier
Andrew Liu '14 & Greg Macnamara ‘12 Summer sports analytics: ranking methods for World Cup Mossinghoff Chartier
Shane Macnamara '16 Summer and fall research: Sports ranking research and web development Chartier
Nicolas Neitzel '14 Independent study: Data analytics in NASCAR racing Chartier
Thomas Reith '15 Motif-based clustering of directed networks Heyer
Kevin Roberts '15, Annie Tang '15 Sports analytics: for a national sports retail company Chartier
Morgan Spencer '16 Summer research: Synthetic biology team modeling and analysis Heyer
Elena Vasiou-Sivvipoulou '15 Summer research: Development and analysis for NASCAR simulation software Chartier
Tyler Williams '15 Honors Thesis: An introduction to the ideal class group, and a comparison of bounds on its size Thompson
Chenxiao (Simon) Xue '16 Summer DRI: Optimal pebbling on grid Yerger
Fangning (Richard) Yan '15 Honors thesis: Expected peak sidelobe level of random sequences Mossinghoff
Yuchen (Vincent) Zhu ‘15 Independent study & research: Automated animal recognition through machine learning Ramanujan


Project Type: Topic
Faculty Mentor
Miles Abbett '14, James Bramlett '14, Seth Kindig '14, Andrew Liu '14, Noah Woodward '14 Independent study: Sports analytics - focusing on different projects in basketball, baseball, and golf Chartier
Miles Abbett '14, Bryan Kelly '14, Ford Higgins '14, Seth Kindig '14 Sports application: CatsStats micro-analysis and twitter feed Chartier
Micah Brown '16 Independent study: Mathematical modeling in biology - agent-based models to illustrate concepts in first-year biology course Heyer
Micah Brown '16, Jackson Spell '15  Summer applied math/CS/Genomics research: Agent-based models of cellular processes and online tool construction for automated DNA assembly Heyer
Sam Castle '15, Alden Hart '15, Jackson Spell '15 Independent study: Machine learning Ramanujan
Seth Kindig '14 Independent study: APBRmetrics and sports analytics Chartier
Seth Kindig '14 Summer applied math research: Predicting sports outcomes with similarity scores; springboarded Seth into a one month internship with Chartier
Sarah Klett '15 Summer applied math research: Improving least-squares ranking methods with regression Chartier
Sarah Klett '15 Independent study: Data analytics - Big data and scoring Twitter, ranking restaurants via reviews posted on Twitter, in collaboration with Twizoo, Inc. Chartier
Emma Krause '14 Independent study: Programming neural networks in MATLAB, in support of Center major in neuroscience Heyer
Matt Mohorn '14 Honors thesis: An Introduction to Graph Pebbling Yerger
Thomas Reith '15 Applied math research: Mathematical modeling and cluster analysis of networks of neurons Heyer
Jackson Spell '15 Independent study: Data analytics - Twitter sentiment analysis, in collaboration with Twizoo, Inc., founded by Davidson grad Madeline Parra '09 Ramanujan


Project Type: Topic
Faculty Mentor
Daniel Bernstein '13 Honors thesis: Algorithmic Definitions of Singular Functions, a real analysis topic Neidinger
Jonah Galeota-Sprung '13 Applied math research: Algorithm to create salad recipes via existing recipes using artificial intelligence Chartier Ramanujan
David Heilbron '13, Kyle Snipes '13, Amy Tang '15 Applied math research: Development of bracketology algorithm based on producing odds via Colley and Massey methods Chartier
Seth Kindig '14 Applied math research: Linear programming formulation for scramble squares Chartier
Cyrus Lala '13 Applied math research: Adaptation of ranking method posed as linear programming problem Chartier
Robert Lorenzen '13 Independent study: Sports analytics with mentoring a high school student
Applied math research: Variation of PageRank algorithm for recognizing spam in web networks
Jena Manilla '13 Independent study: Social network analysis including a network at Davidson College Chartier
Daniel Marchuk '13 Applied math research: Development of applets in sports ranking for uDemy course on bracketology Chartier
Brian McGue '13 Independent study: Analysis of NASCAR with sports analytics with Donour Sizemore (Michael Waltrip Racing) Chartier
Erin Osment '15 Applied math research: Adaptation of Laplace rule of succession within derivation of Colley method Chartier
Corey Poff '13 Honors thesis: Pathology in Upper Confidence Bounds Applied to Trees, an artificial intelligence topic Ramanujan
Colin Thompson '13 Honors thesis: A Hierarchy of Chaotic Topological Dynamics, a dynamical systems topic Molinek
Chang (Kyle) Yang '13 Honors thesis: The Bordeaux 3-color Conjecture and Near Coloring, a graph theory topic Yerger