Dr. Joan Lind, assistant professor of mathematics, was recently awarded a mini-grant for the 2008-09 academic year from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM). The $13,150 CURM mini-grant will provide funds for her to work with two undergraduates as they refine a computer program that simulates the stochastic process called SLE. Lind’s specific research goals for the coming year include the following: (1) Improve the current computer program to get accurate simulations of SLE for large values of kappa; (2) Explore what happens when we let kappa be a complex number; (3) Modify the computer program to simulate SLE with a complex value for kappa; (4) Create a computer program that will back-bite and explore the back-biting operation with an eye to answering the back-biting question.
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