COURAGE: Clemson Online Undergraduate Research on Algebra and Graphs Expanded


Program Director: Prof. Sean Sather-Wagstaff
Email: ssather at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Sean joined Clemson University in 2015, coming from Fargo, ND. He earned his AB degree from UC Berkeley and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Utah. His research is in combinatorial and homological commutative algebra. He has supervised 14 undergraduate research projects, three of which resulted in peer reviewed research publications.


Analysis Professor: Prof. Shitao Liu
Email: liul at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Shitao has been at Clemson University since 2013. He earned his BS degree from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, in 2006 and his PhD degree from the University of Virginia in 2011. Before joining Clemson, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Inverse Problems Research Group at the University of Helsinki in Finland from 2011 to 2013. His research is in control theory and inverse problems for partial differential equations.

Applied Algebraic Geometry Professor: Prof. Michael Burr
Email: burr2 at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: coming soon

Applied Graph Theory Professor: Prof. Neil Calkin
Email: calkin at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Neil Calkin has a wide range of mathematical interests, especially in probabilistic methods applied to other areas. From 2002 to 2013 he was involved with running Clemson's Math REU. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, and earned his PhD at the University of Waterloo. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been on faculty at Clemson since 1997.

Applied Statistics Professor: Prof. Billy Bridges
Email: wbrdgs at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Dr. Bridges came to Clemson University in 1984 after completing his PhD at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  His primary professional interests involve the development and analysis of statistical models for survey and experimental research data.  He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in statistical methods, regression analysis, statistical research design, and data analysis.

Applied Statistics Professor: Prof. Jun Luo
Email: jluo at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: coming soon

Applied Statistics Professor: Prof. Whitney Huang
Email: wkhuang at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Whitney joined Clemson University in 2019. He received his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from Purdue University in 2017. Prior to Clemson he was a Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)/ Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) postdoc where he spent a year in the Research Triangle, NC and another year in Victoria, BC Canada. His research is in statistics of extremes, spatio-temporal statistics, and Uncertainty Quantification. He was one of the group leaders of the SAMSI 2018 Undergraduate Modeling Workshop.

Combinatorics Professor: Prof. Svetlana Poznanović
Email: spoznan at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: coming soon

Commutative Algebra Professor: Prof. Courtney R. Gibbons, Hamilton College
Email: crgibbon at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Gibbons is an associate professor of mathematics at Hamilton College who works on problems in commutative and homological algebra, many of which come from Boij-Soederberg theory. She received her BA in mathematics from Colorado College in 2006 and her MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

Computation Professor: Prof. Qingshan Chen
Email: qsc at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Qingshan Chen is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Clemson University. He obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Indiana University in 2009, under the supervision of Professor Roger Temam. He spent two years at FSU, working with Professor Max Gunzburger on regional climate modeling. Afterwards, he spent two years at the Los Alamos National Lab, working with Dr. Todd Ringler and the COSIM group on ocean and climate modeling. In 2013, he joined the computational math group at Clemson University.

Industrial Engineering Professor: Prof. Mary E. Kurz
Email: mkurz at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: by appointment
Bio: Mary Beth works on applied operations research topics, working often with manufacturers like BMW, Samsung and Milliken. Her interests are in the application and implementation of systems that support decision-makers in tactical systems (like day-to-day operations, as opposed to long-term decision making).

Operations Research Professor: Prof. Matt Saltzman
Email: mjs at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Matt Saltzman's interests cover operations research and computer science, with particular focus on computational optimization and large- scale computing. His degrees are from Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. He is founding president of the COIN-OR (COmputational INfrastructure for Operations Research) Foundation, developers and publishers of open- source software for operations research.

Graduate Students:

Graduate Project Leader: Michael Cowen
Email: mcowen at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Michael joined Clemson as a PhD student in 2016. He earned his BS from North Carolina State University and his MS from University of North Carolina - Wilmington. His research is in combinatorial commutative algebra and its interactions with electrical engineering.

Graduate Project Leader: James Gossell
Email: jgossel at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: James transferred into Clemson's PhD program in 2017 from the University of Utah. He earned his BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Central Missouri in 2013. His research interests include abstract algebra and graph theory.

Graduate Assistant: Amy Burton
Email: aburto2 at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Amy started graduate studies at Clemson in 2017. Since then she has completed her MS degree and is continuing on with her PhD. She earned her BA from Erskine College in Mathematics and Business Administration. Her research is in operations research.

Graduate Assistant: Molly Honecker
Email: mhoneck at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: Molly came to Clemson in 2017 for the PhD program from Florida Gulf Coast University down in Ft. Myers, Florida. She graduated from FGCU with a BS in mathematics and her research interests included statistics and algebra.

Graduate Assistant: Blake Splitter
Email: bsplitt at (change "at" to "@")
Office hours: TBA
Bio: coming soon

2020 MATH REU conference at Clemson University (online edition) July 27 More information soon!
Application deadline: closed.

Dates: Mon June 22 - Fri August 7, 2020

FAQ, including tentative program description
Projects: (background, specific project information, and additional project topics coming soon)
Community Standards: COURAGE team members (faculty members, graduate students, and student participants) found in violation of the standards described below will be subject to removal from the program. COURAGE participants can confirm the standards here.
Academic Integrity: COURAGE is committed to scholarship with the highest ethical standards. All team members are expected to present their own work as their own, and to give proper attribution for all other work, e.g., from fellow team members, textbooks, research papers, and websites (including mathstackechenage and wikipedia). Please consult the AMS Policy Statement on Ethical Guidelines for more information.
Inclusivity: COURAGE is committed to equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, disabilities, veteran status, socio-economic status, field of expertise, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. All team members are expected to work toward this commitment.
Bullying: Following with the above statement on inclusivity, all COURAGE team members are required to behave with the utmost respect and professionalism toward all other team members. Bullying or harassment of any type will not be tolerated. This includes, among many other things, jokes made at the expense of any person's gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, disabilities, veteran status, socio-economic status, or field of expertise.
Reporting: Please report any violations of the above policies to the Program Director (change "at" to "@"), a project leader, a graduate assistant, or Clemson's Office for Equity and Accessibility, as appropriate.
Accessiblity: COURAGE is committed to equal access and opportunity for all participants. For any accessibility-related questions or requests, please contact the Program Director (change "at" to "@").
Funding: COURAGE is grateful for financial support for graduate students from Clemson's School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

Last updated 05 Jul 2020