Research Opportunities

The BS in Mathematics offers students the opportunity to participate in research ventures along with faculty. It includes participation in the Summer Research Institute (SRI) at St. Thomas University School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, as well as internships at institutions outside of St. Thomas University.

Current ongoing projects involving Mathematics and Physics are interdisciplinary in nature, and include:

  • System Biology modeling of protein – protein interaction – Principal Investigator: Minchul Kang, PhD 
  • Theoretical Fluorescence Microscopy – Principal Investigator: Minchul Kang, PhD 
  • Computational Biophysics- Anomalous Diffusion Process – Principal Investigator: Minchul Kang, PhD
  • Mathematical modeling of the immune response during asthma episodes and the effect of changing environmental conditions on it – Principal Investigator: David Quesada, PhD
  • Statistical analysis of weather – air quality – asthma connection – Principal Investigator: David Quesada, PhD
  • Atmospheric Physics modeling using WRF + Chem community model – Principal Investigator: David Quesada, PhD
  • Connecting Solar Activity with weather and Ozone variability – Principal Investigator: David Quesada, PhD

The Applied Mathematics Research Laboratory (AMR) is where students take advantage of programming in Mathematica, MatLab, Python and C, as well as to get introduced to scientific packages often used by researchers, RStudio suite, Origin Pro, System Modeler, and BioPython. In addition, students are introduced to programming in Linux (CentOS6), as well as to perform grid computing. Computer infrastructure of the AMR is based on five Dell workstations, two MacPro computers and a mini-cluster, supported on Dell PowerEdge 850 servers with Quad-core and Dual-core configurations connected through intranet to peripheral computers at the AMR laboratory. 

Typically, students who are initiating research for the first time are asked to take CIS 214 – Introduction to Research Methods in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences, earning three credits towards general electives. Students who decide to continue in the research track will take MAT 492, earning an additional credit towards general electives, during the Summer Research Institute internships.

Results obtained from research projects are often presented at national scientific workshops, as well as regional and local chapter society meetings. Additionally, students and faculty are engaged in writing scientific articles, which could lead to publishing in a scientific journal at the undergraduate level. This constitutes an extraordinary achievement that has multiple benefits for the student, and will be included in her/his resumè.